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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'When Irish eyes are smiling, sure, they steal your heart away.' So the famous song goes anyway, and Malones Irish theme bar seems to have stolen the hearts of a good many of Edinburgh's youth. Popular with students, thanks to the location, and backpackers, thanks to the 32-bed hostel attached, this place is busy almost every night despite its cavernous size. They're drawn here by the genuine welcome, the big screens showing live rugby and football, and the live music sessions that take place every night but Monday. The lively atmosphere is bolstered by university sports clubs who use the upstairs rooms as their post-training hangout, and by the occasional ceilidh in the summer months. The food is classic pub grub – burgers, nachos, fish and chips – but using surprisingly superior ingredients sourced from Eddie's fish market and Saunderson's butchers, and only Scottish beef and free-range chicken feature in the burgers. Quality chips and decidedly moreish homemade coleslaw seal the deal on this above-average pub food, and the bottles of hot sauce on every table are a nice touch too.

  • High point: Surprisingly good pub food
  • Low point: Shabby toilets
  • Notable dish: The burgers
  • 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

There are 4 events at this location

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Ceilidh Mhor

Lively ceilidh.

Tue 21 Apr

£5 includes a choice of beverage / 0131 226 5954

Tue 28 Apr

£5 includes a choice of beverage / 0131 226 5954

Tue 5 May

£5 includes a choice of beverage / 0131 226 5954

…and 8 more dates until 30 Jun

Sunday Sessions

Live acoustic sessions every Sunday with performer Ray Considine and special guests.

Sun 26 Apr

Free / 0131 226 5954

Sun 3 May

Free / 0131 226 5954

Sun 10 May

Free / 0131 226 5954

…and 7 more dates until 28 Jun

Trad Thursdays

Informal folk and traditional music session.

Thu 23 Apr

Free / 0131 226 5954

Thu 30 Apr

Free / 0131 226 5954

Thu 7 May

Free / 0131 226 5954

…and 7 more dates until 25 Jun

Wednesday Socials

A student night complete with a beer pong tournament, live music and drink offers.

Wed 22 Apr

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 226 5954

Wed 29 Apr

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 226 5954

Wed 6 May

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 226 5954

…and 7 more dates until 24 Jun

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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