#169: The Three Sisters, Cowgate, Edinburgh

The Three Sisters, Cowgate, Edinburgh (exterior)

This is one of Edinburgh’s biggest pubs and attracts large crowds at the weekends, especially in the summer because of the large courtyard. On this visit, a Saturday night, it was busy with general revellers, stag dos and hen dos, a real party atmosphere. It can also get very busy for big sports events, particularly rugby internationals, where they wheel out a big outdoor screen.

Inside it’s quite cavernous with lots of old stonework, stone floors, wooden bars, alcoves and vaulted ceilings. It’s a nice old building and I’d be interested to know what it used to be. My guess would be something to do with brewing.

It’s a G1 Group establishment, so a sister pub to the Ghillie Dhu, Biddy Mulligans and Cabaret/Cafe Voltaire.

This was pub 15 of 19 on our random February blowout. We were only aiming for 8 but got very carried away. Quality will suffer, sorry. I’m not proud of the achievement, it was stupid.

The Bar

The Three Sisters, Cowgate, Edinburgh (interior, bar)

All I have written down is “1 cask, Guinness, Belhaven Best, Tennent’s Lager.” I’m sure there’s more than that so I’ll have to go back at a quieter time and get a better list.

I’ve no idea how much our drinks were.


The menu online looks tempting. Fancy an entire cooked breakfast crammed in with a burger? Or on a pizza? I do. There are 11 burgers and 8 pizzas to choose from, mostly in the £7 to £9 range. Large sharing platters are also available for £12, including non-beef chilli nachos (i.e. pointless).


Pool table, outdoor table football, a “party bus”, dancefloor(s), live music and one of Edinburgh’s largest beer gardens.

Castle View



Website: www.thethreesistersbar.co.uk
Twitter: @the3sistersbar
Facebook: The Three Sisters – Edinburgh
Parent: G1 Group


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