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 One course lunch - £5 (set lunch); £13 (evening meal)
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‘There are only two types of people in the world, the Irish and those who wish they were.’ This is the first of many quirky quotes that greet you upon entering Malone's and perhaps it can partly explain the popularity of this bar. The Irish ‘lads’ behind the taps provide the expected banter, and the craic as they say is mighty. This huge space is rarely empty and it’s easy to see why: live music, sporting events and proper pub grub are just a few of the charming attractions. The quality food far exceeds usual pub expectations, with offerings like proper stews, fish and chips, succulent steaks and an all-day Irish breakfast with homemade soda bread. Behind the bar there are the usual draughts and bottles, and they serve what could arguably be crowned the best pint of Guinness in the city.

  • High point: Warm welcome and hearty grub
  • Low point: Can get boisterous at the weekends – not a place for a relaxing drink
  • Notable dish: Malone's Irish Stew
  • Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
  • 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: 6
  • House wine: £10.45 per bottle

Event times

The Rock Bottoms

Folky indie acoustic duo of Dan Sealy (bass player with Ocean Colour Scene) and Adam Barry (Merrymouth).

Sun 14 Feb

Free / 0131 226 5954

Comments & ratings

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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