Malone's Irish Bar

Malone's Irish Bar
Malone's Irish Bar
14 Forrest Road, Edinburgh, EH1 2QN
  • Box office 0131 226 5954
  • General enquiries 0131 226 5954
  • Bar open Sat–Mon noon–1am; Sun 12.30pm–1am.
  • Food served Sun–Thu noon–8pm; Fri/Sat noon–9pm.
  • Average price £13 (lunch); £13 (evening meal)
  • Email
  • Website www.malonesedinburgh.com

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Eating & Drinking Guide

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This review is taken from the 2013 edition.

Irishness radiates from every Guinness memorabilia festooned nook and cranny of Malone’s, from the quotations and portraits of sporting and literary heroes that line the walls, to the green telephone box nestled in its upstairs area. Set in the capacious surroundings of the former Oddfellows Hall and decorated with furniture and antiques shipped over from the Emerald Isle, it's a place that does atmosphere, albeit green-tinged. They pack 'em in here on a regular basis, with live music every night from Wednesday to Sunday, ceilidhs in summer and large HD screens showing sports, though the breezy surroundings also offer an amiable environment for a quiet pint of the black stuff during calmer moments. A good-value food menu provides hearty portions of traditional pub fare, with a decent range of burgers and sandwiches served on large wooden boards contributing to the fanciful, rustic ambience. An added feature this year is a 32-bed hostel, making the place even more of a gathering point for travellers and weekenders.

  • High point: Bottles of green sauce on each table – a nice touch.
  • Low point: Daylight deprivation
  • Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Mixed AOR
  • Live entertainment: Scottish and Irish folk music almost every night from 9pm (10pm weekends)
  • Capacity: 600 in bar
  • Largest group: 300
  • Open since: 2009
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 3
  • House wine: £11.95 per bottle

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4. Irish-Scot20 Jun 2013, 3:56pm5 stars Malone's Irish Bar Report

The best Irish pub in Edinburgh and one of THE best pubs in Scotland overall.. Good selection of beers, wines and spirits, lovely, fresh food, authentic Irish decor and surroundings which add to the terrific atmosphere. No beer garden other than a few seats outside, but who cares? Above all, staff are friendly and helpful and it isn't too pricey. Shows a lot of sports and has some great live acts on at night, bands and singers, also hosts regular Ceilidhs and the occasional BIG gig by famous artists. My personal favourites are the draught Budweiser and the mega breakfasts and tidy burgers, mmmm. More than just a pub, it's a hub, where staff treat you like one of the family or a long lost friend, in contrast to some other establishments. Even the bouncers are nice. Excellent wheelchair access. All in all, a gem of a pub.

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2. galestevens15 Feb 2011, 5:24am5 stars Malone's Irish Bar Report

malones is brilliant! a lovely lively place with great food and better craic. drinks are well priced and there are excellent student offers especially with a snapfax. they organise many fun nights which are very popular across a wide age range. highly recommended.

1. greeniebean15 Jul 2010, 4:20pm5 stars Malone's Irish Bar Report

This is a great place to come in and have a pint with your friends and have a bite to eat. The food is always extremely delicious! I usually go for the breakfast salad which is essentially your classic hearty breakfast (bacon, black pudding, poached egg etc) and some salad leaves and tomatoes. Ingenious!
They had a live band playing when I was there and everyone seemed to be having such fun. The atmosphere is great and the staff is very friendly. I would definitely go back again.

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