Edinburgh’s very own ‘Little Ireland’, The Three Sisters is one of the most famous bars in the city and is located in the popular Cowgate area. The bar is named after the three MacKinnon sisters from the 1700s and is a popular hangout for large groups visiting Edinburgh, especially stag and hen parties. When the 6 Nations come to town, nowhere throws a 6 Nations party quite like The Three Sisters, especially when Scotland take on Ireland, where the atmosphere is something else.
The bar itself is lively all weekend, while the popular courtyard area is home to many local food stalls, and is great for meeting new people. If you’re visiting Edinburgh in a large group, the Karaoke Pod at The Three Sisters is a fantastic way to spend an hour or two. The Three Sisters is a must see when visiting Scotland’s capital.
Open from 11am – 1am every day, McSorley’s is one of Edinburgh’s most popular Irish bars and one that is renowned for the craic! The daily live music sessions have an Irish feel to them, with great Irish bands joining top local acts in entertaining the customers. For the cèilidh fans among you, a Tuesday at McSorley’s is the place to be. McSorley’s is another popular bar in the city for watching live sports, so whether it’s music, sports or folk dancing, McSorley’s has you sorted.
Located in the popular Grassmarket area of the city, Dropkick Murphy’s is a good honest Irish pub, and the starting point for many a Grassmarket pub crawl. With intimate booths and a long open bar, there’s a space to suit all tastes in Dropkick Murphy’s. Like most Irish pubs in the city, Dropkick Murphy’s is thriving on St. Patrick’s Day, although it’s during the Fringe Festival when it really comes into its own with the bar transforming into a popular comedy venue for the festival. If you’re in Edinburgh during Fringe, be sure to stop by.
Finnegan’s Wake is a quintessential Irish pub and popular live music and sports venue in the heart of Edinburgh. With live gigs on every night of the week, Finnegan’s Wake is guaranteed a crowd any night, so if you happen to be visiting Edinburgh during the week and looking for a bar with some music and a bit of atmosphere, look no further than Finnegan’s.
Situated in the historic Grassmarket area of Edinburgh, Biddy Mulligans claims to be the most famous Irish pub in Edinburgh, and there are few who would argue. When it comes to live sports, particularly rugby and GAA, there are very few places in Edinburgh that match it for atmosphere. Famed for its live music sessions, you’ll also find Scotland’s smallest pub in Biddy Mulligans, affectionately known as “The Wee Pub”. Take part in Scotland’s smallest quiz every Thursday night, or settle into one of the many snugs, as you relax with a drink. Whether it’s a drink you’re after or a pumping music session, Biddy Mulligans will look after you.
Famed for its fantastic live music, unreal craic and magical atmosphere, Malones on the Mall is one of the standout Irish pubs in Edinburgh, and a must visit if you are over during St. Patrick’s Day. Located on the roof of the popular Waverley Mall, Malones does no fuss food and it does it well, with the rooftop bar is a great place to catch up with friends, and maybe even make new ones. With a great selection of Irish and Scottish drink on offer, Malones has a strong case for being Edinburgh’s finest Irish pub.