From the rousing sound of fiddles, traditional homemade scran and that famous Irish craic, there are plenty of ways the Scottish capital embraces the celtic spirit. So pour yourself a Guinness and as they say in the Emerald Isle – Sláinte! Here are the 5 stops we recommend on your Edinburgh Irish pub crawl.
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With its bustling atmosphere and unbeatable Irish spirit, Malones is one of Edinburgh’s most beloved boozers. Having recently relocated, it now holds a prime position in the city’s West End, establishing itself as the go-to place for a cold pint and a packet of Taytos. Proving true dedication to its theme, the bar is home to a giant mural tribute to popular sitcom, Father Ted. Surprisingly detailed and spanning 28 metres, we reckon that’s reason enough to visit this friendly joint.
Address: 242 Morrison Street, EH3 8DT
Bursting with celtic charm and a vast assortment of Irish whiskies, Biddy Mulligan’s is the place to be for loud music, good drink and even better craic. Though a cosy pub in the winter, with its friendly atmosphere and deliciously hearty scran, the summer months see the bar truly come into its own. Throughout the Edinburgh Festival, there’s no better place than the outdoor terrace to sit and watch street performers whilst sipping a chilled pint of Guinness.
Address: 94-96 Grassmarket, EH1 2JR
© The Paddock – Biddy Mulligan’s
For a knee-slapping, toe-tapping good time, visit Finnegan’s Wake. Perched amongst the historic architecture and vibrant shopfronts of Victoria Street, this lively Old Town boozer is favoured by both tourists and locals alike. Recognised for its bubbly bartenders and great student deals, it boasts an eclectic mix of live music every night. Catch local favourites, Scottish rock and folk group Absent Friends most weekends for awesome tunes, dancing and general merriment.
Address: 9 Victoria Street, EH1 2HE
If you like top-notch craic and a perfectly-poured Guinness, look no further than McSorleys Irish Bar. With sporting event screenings throughout the day and live music performances at night, this local watering hole is a constant hub of entertainment. Renowned for its lively atmosphere, cheap eats and purse-friendly pints, it is a popular hangout within Edinburgh’s student district. So pull up a bar stool and enjoy a night of Irish fun, frolics and frivolity!
Address: 14 Forrest Road, EH1 2QN
© McSorleys Irish Bar
Down a cobbled side-street in the shadow of George IV Bridge, Dropkick Murphys is one of Edinburgh’s best kept secrets and a real hidden gem. Playing well on its celtic theme, the walls of the bar are adorned with sports jerseys and vintage Guinness memorabilia, giving it a patriotic vibe without feeling tacky. Open until the wee small hours of the morning, when most other establishments have closed, it is the perfect final stop on your Irish pub crawl.
Address: 7 Merchant Street, EH1 2QD
© Dropkick Murphys
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