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McSorleys Irish Bar

#657 of 1,808 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
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Old Town
Irish, Bar, British, Pub
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14 Forrest Road, Edinburgh EH1 2QN, Scotland
+44 131 226 5954
12:00 - 01:00
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Sun - Sat 12:00 - 01:00
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

There are HUGE screens which are perfect for seeing all the live sport action, no matter where you are in the bar. Incredible, buzzing atmosphere!

Thank Nicola M
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36 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

the food it's what left us speachless! relly well done to the chefs. service was also really good. We would definitely be back and make it our usual spot if it wasn't that we live on the other side of the world. highly recommended.

Thank Mauro A
Management response:

Thank you very much for you review. I am delighted you had such a great experience here at Mcsorleys. I will pass on your feedback to the kitchen and staff and hopefully next time you are in Edinburgh you will pay us another visit. Kind Regards, Evan Martin More 

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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

I visited here as part of a hen party. We arrived late afternoon and had plenty of space to drink, dance and eat. Food was amazing and reasonable. The highlight of our visit was Andy "the dancing barman" 😁 very obliging in any music requests we had no matter how cheesy 🙈we stayed until closing and had a really fun... More 

Thank lucymax7
Management response:

Hello, many thanks for taking the time to leave us such a great review! I am delighted you had a fantastic day and I will be sure to let Andy know his dancing was appreciated. I hope you will join us again soon for some great food and music, we are always open to some cheesy tunes. Many Thanks, Evan... More 

Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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71 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 March 2017

Visiting Edinburgh we HAD to go into an Irish Bar for a drink (extra cold Guinness and very nice it was too!) We were surprised to have to queue to get in, even though it was probably only 5 minutes. Annoying in the drizzle then also to find the bar wasn't exactly packed when we got inside. Took ages to... More 

Thank LoveLifeLoveChampers
Glasgow, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
49 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2017

I'm not normally a big fan of 'theme' bars, I'd rather somewhere individual but this place had a number of advantages. Firstly, it's huge; two bar areas and an upstairs mezzanine. A stage where a guy was playing live music. Enormous screens to watch sport (which is why I went). Prices are mid range but there's a loyalty card scheme... More 

Thank m h
1 review
Reviewed 10 March 2017

Place was good asked to leave by a bouncer as and I quote stumbled. Didn't argue as I had a few drinks and I myself work as security but was shocked as I was barely tipsy. Would have been a good experience if not for this overly cautious doorman. Note the doorman was however polite over the matter though he... More 

Thank Michael G
Herefordshire, United Kingdom
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264 reviews
152 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 February 2017 via mobile

Popped in here as we were heading by, The bar is large and has plenty of seating, they are geared up for showing sports with a huge projected tv screen. The cost of the drinks aren't too bad and a Guinness always go down well.

Thank Mark W
Limerick, Ireland
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32 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 January 2017

We were over in Edinburgh at the same time as an Ireland and New Zealand rugby match was one, so naturally we went to find and irish bar to watch the match. We found Malone's Irish bar, which was pretty busy, we were kind of shocked at the amount of irish who had turned up to watch the match. We... More 

Thank clodagh g
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38 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 January 2017

we booked a table for dinner, and from the phone call till the last drink we were really impressed with the service, food, entertainmant and friendliness of the whole establishment. My only complaint was the language and general behavior of the door men, who were disgusting crude and not a great welcome for such an excellent establishment, as a smoker... More 

Thank glenelg96
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 8 November 2016

went in on a Saturday afternoon so wasn't busy. Service was fast and the food good. It got busier right before the Wales/Aussie rugby game started up but did not affect the service. it was really fun.

Thank Farron H

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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  • Value
Irish, Bar, British, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
Good for
Bar Scene, Groups
Open Hours
12:00 - 01:00
12:00 - 01:00
12:00 - 01:00
12:00 - 01:00
12:00 - 01:00
12:00 - 01:00
12:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 14 Forrest Road, Edinburgh EH1 2QN, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > Old Town
  • Neighbourhood: Old Town
  • Phone Number: +44 131 226 5954
With 4 large HD TVs, 2 Huge projector screens, unreal craic and an unrivalled atmosphere, we are the only place to watch live sports in the capital. McSorkleys is Edinburgh's premiere music venue, showcasing up and coming local acts and the very best Irish bands

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Old Town
Few Edinburghers live in the Old Town, but its labyrinth of dank alleys and steep streets suggests this was not always the case. Today, it’s mostly visitors, tartan-flavoured souvenir shops, and pipers that you’ll find on its cobbled streets. This is the place to get a feel for Auld Reekie (Old Smelly), as the town was once nicknamed, and stroll the Royal Mile, the thoroughfare that links the castle with the royal palace – two of Edinburgh’s great set-piece attractions. But there’s lots more exploring to do here down dozens of little alleys, or wynds, while at night the city’s busiest clubs erupt along the Cowgate which is closed to traffic for this purpose.
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