Five stops on an Irish pub crawl in Edinburgh
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If anyone knows how to throw a good party on a night out, it’s our neighbours from Ireland.

These five lively boozers are a great weekend substitute to an overcrowded club or party, and often work out cheaper too. Plus, you can soak up the culture without even leaving your hometown.

Finnegan’s Wake

Just up from the Grassmarket, this cosy pub lies on Victoria Street, known for its ancient architecture and colourful shopfronts. Finnegan’s is the perfect spot to get together for a chinwag. However, once the music kicks in, get yourself ready for a good dance and sing-along to all your old time favourites.

Before planning your next trip to this lively bar, check the gig listing and look out for Absent Friends – a band sure to give you a night to remember.

9b Victoria Street, EH1 2HE – finnegans-wake.co.uk

Biddy Mulligans

With its lush little outdoor terrace at the heart of the historic Grassmarket, Biddy Mulligans is an Edinburgh favourite on a warm and sunny day. For any homesick Irish students, the bar serves ‘scran like yer mammy makes’ with 25 per cent student discount on all food.

94-96 Grassmarket, EH1 2JR – biddymulligans.co.uk

Malones

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This two-floored pub is a go-to for watching any sport event, and passionate supporters often stream into Malones by the early afternoon on game day to enjoy a pre-match drink to calm the nerves.

As well as the roaring sounds of celebration during the Six Nations, Scottish League Cup or UEFA Champion League, Malones is also home to many talented live musicians, who never fail to get the jolly crowd chanting along to their tunes.

14 Forrest Road, EH1 2QN – malonesedinburgh.com

Dropkick Murphy’s

Another favoured stop-off during an Edinburgh pub crawl is Dropkick Murphy’s, with an electric and lively atmosphere equivalent to the music of its namesake, the American Celtic band known for the track ‘I’m Shipping Up to Boston’.

With a bar stretching across the pub’s entire length, and large but cosy cube-like booths, it becomes hard to move on with your crawl the second you walk in.

7 Merchant Street, EH1 2QD – dropkickmurphys.com

The Three Sisters

Central in the hustle and bustle of Cowgate, this pub is loved for its beer garden at the front – a hub for any sports fan during any important event, but especially the Six Nations.

On any other day, the pub challenges its customers to take on the ‘Manplank’ – a five foot long smorgasbord loaded with all your pub-grub favourites, including a two pint stein of beer or cider to wash everything down with.

139 Cowgate, EH1 1JS – threesistersbar.co.uk

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