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December 21, 2012

Yesterday, we blogged about the Hogmanay Ceilidh Dinner taking place at the Trades Hall in Glasgow.

Today, we’re shifting across the M8 and taking look at Drambuie’s Extraordinary Hogmanay. The drinks brand is taking up residence in the Tron Kirk on the Royal Mile from 30th December 2012 to 1st January 2013 for three days and nights of highly unusual shenanigans.

Before the official Edinburgh’s Hogmanay got going nearly twenty years ago, the Tron used to be the focus for the capital’s New Year’s Eve celebrations. Crowds would gather around the building for The Bells. At midnight, there would be a big cheer followed by a snogfest and then everyone went home to sleep off their hangovers. It was rubbish.

Drambuie masterclasses

The Drambuie Extraordinary Hogmanay is a rather more intriguing prospect. Usually closed off to the public, the Tron Kirk will open to locals and visitors for a hugely varied programme of film screenings, digital art installations, live performances and (what I assume) are tip top club nights.

Naturally, Drambuie will also be present in several forms. As well as hands-on mixology masterclasses, the organisers promise a Surreal Cocktail Showcase – a line-up of jaw-dropping cocktails.

Outside the venue, revellers can anticipate being accosted by Drambuie’s Extraordinary Butlers.

Edinburgh club nights

The club nights are  The Post Procession Party with Craig Smith (6th Borough Project) on the 30th; Heavy Gossip and Ultragroove will be headlining on Hogmanay while LuckyMe, S-Type, Eclair Fifi & The Blessing will be whooping it up at The Unexpected New Year’s Day Party.

I’m not going to pretend that those names mean anything to me but hip friends with skinnier trousers tell me that they are indeed banging – if that is still acceptable vocabulary to use in the context of a discotheque.

A Festival of the Extraordinary will be located inside the Tron Kirk, 122 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1PD. The Drambuie Surreal Sessions are free to enter and will take place from 9am to 9pm. The Extraordinary Drambuie Gatherings will take place each night from 10pm to 3am. Tickets cost £10.

Best restaurants Edinburgh

Try as we might, man cannot live by Drambuie alone. If you would like to eat out in a venue close to the Tron over the Hogmanay period then 5pm Restaurants can guide you to some bonzer choices. From here, you can search for special offers in Edinburgh city centre restaurants on the relevant days.