This weekend is time to don the over-sized Guinness hat and head to one of these venues to celebrate St Patrick's Day

As well as the Six Nations final, this weekend is also St Patrick’s Day – the celebration of the primary patron saint of Ireland – which has been adopted by cities across the world.

So where are the best places in the capital to enjoy all things Irish this weekend?

Cowgate St Patrick’s Festival

(Various venues in the Cowgate, Edinburgh EH1 1JS)

The Cowgate don’t just have a single day to celebrate St Patrick’s, they have a weekend-long festival.

With a programme of craic and Irish themed goodness, from tonight (Friday 16th March) you’re sure to find something fun to do no matter when you get there.

This year there’s nine stages in five bars and multiple outdoor venues.

Best of all, if you get on the guest list you’ll get drinks from £1.99 and free breakfast on the 17th.

Sygn Bar

(15 Charlotte Ln, Edinburgh EH2 4QZ)

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This popular, hidden bar is celebrating St Patrick’s Day with a special Irish Ninja cocktail.

Made with Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey, green tea syrup, orgeat and lemon, it is best enjoyed alongside their selection of delicious pub grub of pizzas, waffles, wraps, hotdogs and burgers.

The Beer Kitchen

(81-83 Lothian Road, Edinburgh EH3 9AW)

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Picture: Innis and Gunn

Innis and Gunn recently teamed up with Tullamore D.E.W. Irish Whiskey to create an barrel aged Irish Whiskey stout, which you can enjoy this weekend at their Beer Kitchen in Edinburgh.

As well as this there’s a special two course Irish menu for £12, which includes Traditional Irish stew with soda bread and a decadent Kindred Spirits Triple Chocolate Stout Cake, served with vanilla ice cream.

To top it off the Six Nations games will be shown from 12.30pm as Scotland kick off proceedings with their game against Italy.

Biddy Mulligans

 (94-96 Grassmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2JR)

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Biddy’s is perfectly situated in Edinburgh’s Grassmarket and will no doubt be fit to bursting with great atmosphere any time you visit.

Boasting a great drinks list (including a huge selection of Irish whiskies) and a friendly atmosphere in great surroundings, it’s the perfect little bar to kick back and enjoy the celebrations.

You can even enjoy a pint or two in ‘the Paddock’ – Biddy’s beer garden – a great place to sit and watch the world go by.

Best of all the bar is taking part in the St Patrick’s Day Festival and will have a variety of events on throughout the weekend.


(14 Forrest Road, Edinburgh EH1 2QN)

With an atmosphere to match any of Ireland’s best pubs, Malone’s is an Edinburgh institution and will probably be the first recommendation locals give when asked for the best Irish bar in town.

Irish owned and Irish run, you’re sure to enjoy the brilliant St Patrick’s Day festivities here with a great line up of top music acts and the Six Nations being shown live on the big screen.


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