It's a fun pub, usually full of hen and stag parties.
It's probably more expensive than what you would normally find on Cowgate but definitely rowdier and more "loose" than what you would find on Grassmarket.
The three sisters...or "Free" sisters during the Edinburgh fringe festival is a great pub. Its centrally located and has a diverse offering no matter what time of year it is. It has a massive outdoor front area you can sit outside, but they also put a cover as well. They have multiple bars and venues that open up when the fringe festival is on and I absolutely love that they have free shows on, plus its cheap - about 3£ for a pint.
It can get pretty messy at nights, as it is also next to a hostel, so loads of backpackers, plus locals plus general chaos. Whenever I go to edinburgh I always hit the three sisters, just for the good craic and you can easily get around anywhere else in the city from here. I do have to say the food is a bit on the expensive side though.
Went on a Saturday night and had an excellent time! So many good looking men it was ridiculous. A kid in a candy store I tell ya.
Ah, The Three Sisters. For any Irish reading, this (not Espionage) is The Coppers of The Burgh.
Cheap pint at the bar, which is usually jammed, great dancefloor which is usually jammed, open area outside which is usually jammed and don't get me started on the queue for the ladies! You guessed it, jammed.
It's an honest place, it doesn't pretend to be above itself and I can dig that. I generally bring visitors here if they want a boogie and most are happy to while away the night chatting with the various tourists, Hen and Stag parties and the usual mix of people from back home. Others just scream 'Oh My God you brought us to Coppers!' and leg it.
The music is good and they show all the rugby. They have a barbeque outside. During the festival there is some pretty decent free shows, if you ever have a chance to see Bogan Bingo DO IT! It's endorsed by real Australians! There's also some awful shows, I won't lie!
Completely unpretentious and a bit messy. Sure, why not!
My friends and I greatly enjoy this place!!
We came here for the moonlight beach party, the free comedy shows for the Edinburgh Festival (Which were so awesome!) and a few times for a drink.
When we were there to dance, the music was played in reverse chronology, so you start with current music and move backwards to 90s and 80s...etc. It is fun, especially if you've been alive for more than 2 decades... 0_0
If you're feeling a little stuffy after dancing, step out with a drink for fresh air at their open air sitting area. Their burgers are aromatic and will certainly seduce you.
I won't attempt to review all of the pubs I drank at in Edinburgh (pub crawls are truly a glorious thing!) but I thought I'd make an effort to review the pub I had the most fun at.
On a cab drivers recommendation I added the Three Sisters as a stop on our pub crawl through the grassmarket area for a bachelor party. Three Sisters definitely didn't disappoint - it was packed with people, and there were quite a few other bachelor/bachelorette parties there as well. The place had a very friendly (although pretty drunken) vibe and had a dance floor inside as well as an outside area for the smokers. Even though the place was packed, there were enough bartenders so the time waiting for a drink was kept at a minimum.
I would definitely recommend this place for any visitor looking for a fun, drunken night. The bathrooms are absolutely disgusting though.
You've got to give The Three Sisters credit for being so brash and brazen about what they are: a sports bar, a students bar, a stag and hen party bar, a cheap-and-cheerful student-deals bar, a really big bar with ample room for huge groups, a friendly and welcoming bar but not in the 'local' type of way. Not the sort of place to get cosy, or comfy, or make your regular haunt. Definitely the sort of place to come with a large group for a messy one that most likely includes jaeger bombs.
In fact, when I came here around 6pm on a Friday I was actually a bit shocked to see folk already ordering rounds of 10 sambuca shots. At 6pm. Jeez that made me feel like a lightweight.
I was lured here by the promise of Gourmet Burgers. A wee peek at the menu online confirmed that they did have some good options, and with a student card that could be purchased for £3 it was 2-4-1. The burger *was* quite good. Not as good as other places, that I would class gastropub. Three Sisters isn't a Gastropub. But for what it is, the burgers were nice. And the chips were especially nom-able, but don't come included in the price of the burger (a wee stickler).
As soon as we'd finished our burger, we moved on. Luckily there's a lot of great bars in the area (two doors down, a certain brewery of the dog variety).
I did enjoy the burger, and the company of my lovely friend of course. But I immediately felt out of place here. I think it's definitely subjective. This isn't a bad bar, per se. The staff were friendly, it was clean, there was a 'happy' vibe although maybe later in the night it could get messy, but it just wasn't very 'me'. Good for large groups, students, stag parties, sports groups. Oh and as Joey A would put it, it was a bit of a 'sausage fest' (whole lotta large groups of men).
Random stroll through a dark alley way led me to this club! Because it was my first time out at a club in Edinburgh I didnt know what to expect. But first off, living in NY and seeing a doorman, you immediate fall upon your best behavior, shlep on a coat of lip gloss and keep your fingers crossed that you get in without a pat down.... well, nothing, absolutely nothing but a smile from a ....no joking you now...a 6'7" beast of a man with the friendliest smile and hands that look like he pops rugby balls clear across football fields... so we get in and its a simple no frills bar, just a place where everyone goes to just have fun! and that is exactly what it was! FUNNNNNNNN! I danced wherever I stood without a dance floor and was totally accepted by the crowd. Everyone is there to just have fun...saw a man in a bunny outfit being tossed around by his friends and girls on a hen gathering wearing what I would normally see in Hawaii my hometown, tank tops and shorts in 40 degree weather. Gosh I felt young for a night! Love this place would suggest it to anyone who is wanting to just have fun and dance, drink and mingle! Dont come here with an attitude ...park it outside ;)
Ok, when I was politely asked by my friend if we could nip in here when she came through to visit I was powerless to say no. Not because I was massively eager to go here, but because I hate saying no to my friends!
We turned up here around 4ish on a Wednesday afternoon to find it was shut until five. Alright, that's acceptable, it is January. So we went on to Oz Bar had a drink there and returned around 5ish when it opened. Needless to say, we were the only people there! BUT I like this bar, it reminds me very much of Waxy O'Connors in Glasgow, except much more reasonably priced drinks. It is kinda dark and dingy inside, kinda like a generic Irish bar, but I quite like that, gives it something resembling an atmosphere. And this place is huge! Plenty of room for moving around if it is a little crowded.
So, the staff were fine. The chap serving us was very nice, got us drinks but it did take a little while before all the cutlery and menus etc were put out on the table. Think this might be because they were setting up for a private function, but we were in no rush. The menu - if you don't like pizza or burgers you are kinda a little shafted. It was definitely not the sort of food I was expecting, it was better. I ended up plumping for the Godfella, a burger with pepperoni, sundried balsamic tomatoes and little balls of mozzarella. Yet again, I was not setting the bar too high, I mean, Holyrood 9a anyone!? This burger was immense. I mean really delicious. Plus they had a deal on for January, get any main meal and get the second for 1p. Hells yes I will.
So basically, we had two burgers, and 4 drinks. Less than twenty squidders. Boom. I want another one of those burgers NOW.
I feel old. Very, very old.
Look, this is actually one of the nicer bars in this area of old town. It's clean, spacious, with enough seating and my legginess-problem is not a problem in this bar, at all.
What's to whine? Well, I feel so old. I don't do shots, well, not unless it's at a Yelp event, and I don't drink that much. When I go and have a drink somewhere with a group, I want to be able to understand them. At 7pm on a Thursday, apparently the music needed to be of the ear-deafening variety. To the point where I had to shout sitting at a table, next to someone, in order for them to understand me. I thought that was quite unnecessary.
I find it difficult to pinpoint what was so off-putting about this place. The staff are indeed friendly, the place is clean, spacious, but I'm not a major drinker. And somehow this bar gives the vibe of "must get smashed gaaaah". Not something that's very appealing to me. Maybe I should try it for a burger, as Jenny did, with some friends when the music is less loud. Or maybe, just maybe, this isn't for me.
I'll take my 26-going-on-62 year old self elsewhere.
Jumped in here to see one of the shows on at the fringe and enjoyed a relaxed drink beforehand with no hassles.
Reasonably priced with a decent food menu I regrettably didn't have the time to try out. It included champ! You don't get that everywhere.
Huge outdoor seating section which is nice, poorly lit inside with a few bars and a labyrinth of different little 'venue' type places inside I suspect get used for clubbing?
A nice enough place in a dingy part of the city centre where you can park yer bum comfortably.
I only ever came here once in my freshman year and doubt I will be rushing back anytime soon. It was supposed to be part of a student pub crawl and when we arrived at the three sisters they seemed really lost about what it was on about or the drink deals we had been promised. To add to this, the bartenders were extremely rude to us, got our drinks wrong and we had to pay more than we thought we should. To sum up we didn't stay long. Apparently we weren't the only ones treated this way either.
Apparently it's a place to watch footie or rugby matches at. It's over-commercialised which I think has damaged it quite a bit. Despite the ideal layout and building I strongly advise visitors of the City to try their luck elsewhere, as there are plenty of places with a much more welcoming atmosphere.
Since Three Sisters opened, I have had absolutely no compunction to walk through their doors. There is absolutely no reason, I felt, to come in here - a non descript generic bar with no defining qualities to make me feel at home here. Too big, too many chavs.
Well, now I have to take all of that back, because I spent a long time getting quite quite hammered and watching fringe shows here last Monday. It was open late, served me alcohol long past when I deserved to still be drinking, and had an open courtyard where I could sit in the pouring rain talking to cute boys. I think in terms of pubs, I still prefer small and cozy over big and grandiose, but I see the Three Sisters in a new, warmer, more welcoming light than my prior judiciousness.
Never seen any pub quite like this one. Our group was drawn in by the outdoor patio for dancing. Very spacious and you will get plenty of air! Finally a place to dance without a roof and no stuffy air.
There were plenty of people here and the mood was high energy. The drinks are little pricey but we didn't pay cover to get in so it balanced out.
Best described as a hole. The downstairs bar has always been one of the city's busier establishments but last night I was directed upstairs for the first time as every man & his dog was out pretending to have Irish connections (myself included).
Thus I discovered the sticky floored delight of Maggie's Chambers. Do they not employ cleaners with mops or do they soak those mops in booze rather than soap & water? The toilets are wholly inadequate for the size of the potential crowd in the place & £18+ for 5 Jagerbombs (albeit with a free coke thrown in) is ludicrous. Paradoxically the music was probably the best I heard all night but otherwise there's absolutely no reason to give this place any business.
Rugby, or in fact sports in general, packed with hen and stag nights, packed with people in general, memories of getting ID'd here constantly when I was younger...this all adds up to a pub experience that makes me slightly grumpy and impatient. Not so much the packed with people element, because I don't want to sound too middle aged, and a lot of my favourite drinking establishments are always rammed, I think it's just the lairy sports plus pints plus swilling them everywhere plus a general lads, lads, lads atmosphere that makes me feel like I need to go and sniff some perfume or look at something pink, just to feel a bit girly again.
The good features of The Three Sisters are as follows...it has the advantage of a large courtyard, so if there's decent weather, you've got the facilities to sit outside and banter away, which feels a bit more holiday-esque than usual. There are also sometimes BBQs here, which is a bonus. It's completely unpretentious, down to earth banter, and if you're into sport, you're in for some good times.
On occasion I have gone to The Three Sisters and it has been dead, other times you can barely move. Usually during the week its pretty empty with only a few guys watching the football or having something to eat.
The actual bar is quite nice with big tables and a large outside seating area with patio heaters and umbrellas. Crucial in this climate! Usually in the summer it is jam packed as they have screens outside with football/rugby on and a BBQ going.
By the time it gets to about 9 o'clock on the weekend this bar can be horrendous. Horrendous in a full of pub crawls/stag and hen dos sort of way. This seems to be the hot spot for these groups so as you can imagine it can get very rowdy with the odd fight or two and someone throwing up in the corner. I personally do not enjoy bars like this, too much pink cowboy hats and 'lads on tour' going on for me.
I have been to The Three Sisters and had a good time, more often than not you will make a friend from Australia while sharing a table outside so it can be fun. But lately I bypass it because from the outside it looks like its brimming with lager louts and incredibly drunk students.
My night spent in the Three Sisters took on two very distinct, and very different characteristics.
Lets start with the good part of the night. A fine summers evening had drawn us to the huge outdoor seating area of the Three Sisters, and as my friends bought the drinks and a Three Sisters BBQ blazed in the corner, I had an excellent time. The atmosphere was great and generally I had a very large amount of fun.
However, then the second half happened - it was getting busier and attracted a hen party and a seperate stag party, which generally ruined the chilled, relaxed and fun vibe that we had before. The night was also growing colder so we moved indoors - well, I say moved, i mean we jammed ourselves inside bearly able to move in a hot mass of drunken people. I attempted to buy a drink next, and after waiting for nearly 10 mins, a round for 3 people came to almost £25 - extorsionate.
So there you have it - get there early and you will have a great time, get there after everybody else does, and you might not want to come here again.
I've been here a few times as part of pub crawls or staff nights out. I always think it's a decent enough place, but actually it's quite over-priced and not good value for money! the drinks are quite expensive - I was £4 for a Gin and Tonic (single!) and the food wasn't anything special - my lasagne was cold and the 'salad' was a lettuce leaf.
It gets really busy at the weekends and during sport events, the bug screen outside is a nice touch. Not for me though!
The Three Sister's spacious courtyard, plentiful outdoor seating and heaters are primed and ready for watching big sporting events. An immense viewing screen creates ample opportunity for you to huddle around a table with mates and watch a sporting event without the need to stare at the back of some brute's head all night.
Beer and alcohol in general are all standard with regards to quality and cost, so nothing special in that regard.
The Three Sisters should be really good; it's central, it's massive, it's got a huge beer garden, and they have a good range of beers at the bar. But it never quite lives up to this, and is overall a pretty average place. The interior is really dark, to the point that it's a hassle to walk anywhere, you have to kind of feel your way towards things. Also for the size, there a remarkably few seats, meaning you spend the vast majority of your time standing about, which is always a bit of a pain. The worst part of it though are the people that go in there. It's always full of chavs and on a weekend you feel like any minute a mass brawl is going to break out. It can be quite intimidating, and there's always a bit of anger just simmering under the surface.
It does have its good points though. The bar sells a good range of beers, wines and ciders as well as all the major spirits. The garden is probably the best feature, it is absolutely massive for a pub. During the summer it's a really good place to have a few drinks outside, or sometimes there's a big screen showing sports. At the moment (during the festival) they have a Crabbies garden in there as well, which is always a good thing in my book.
Decent enough food, nice outdoor area, but not really my scene - you'll like it if you like crowded, loud, obnoxious clientele, etc. It's fine for what it is, but I don't really like what it is.
This place can be a great night, or can make for a bad night. The people at Three Sister's are generally pretty rude and pushy hence the bad night. That being said the venue is great, big picnic style seating outside, large dance floors inside. Due to the crowd this usually becomes a one drink stop for friends and I, but have had the occasional good time.
St. Patrick's day was one of those good nights. Go expecting a crowd on weekends or game-nights. Definitely a hit-or-miss kind of deal.
I can't count how many times I went here with friends while a Student at Napier College. It was a great place to go as if you did not like the music in one room you could go to another. It was a fun dance club and hot spot. If you want to hit the floor with a mass of friends this is the place to go. I would not go expecting a pub, I always considered it a dance hall.
Pretty cool spot. Very dark up in there. The beer garden area was cool. The DJ played a good mix of music. Even through on some Westcoast rap while I was there. Don't get the Rum and coke.. it was no bueno.. .Lot of folks on the dance floor. I had time with my friends. Jager bombs were the death of me. :P
If you are looking for a pub where you can get a quiet drink, this isn't it. I know I shouldn't like it, but I love to go dancing and that's why I like it. They play a variety of music, most importantly music I can dance to. The drinks are a bit pricey and there isn't a lot of seating inside, but I do like the large outdoor area. When you need a bit of breathing room, you can just head outside. Yes, it is a magnet for hen/stag parties, but never been there when things have kicked off, although I think hen/stag parties are always entertaining to watch... from a distance... and that's why the large outside area comes in handy. Never had to wait very long for drinks as the staff seem to be on top of it.
The Three Sisters is a large pub situated on the end of the Cowgate which can accommodate a variety of social functions. I has an upstairs room in which live music and comedy shows are held, a small dance-floor downstairs and a courtyard which acts as a smoking area as well as a beer garden in summer. Further, large screens are used for showing big sporting events which usually attract large crowds.
Depending on what one wants out of a Saturday night out The Three Sisters may or may not be the ideal venue to begin or spend it in. It is often used as the site of Stag and Hen parties and, therefore, if your looking for a quiet drink and catchup with your friends this probably isn't the place. On the other hand, if your feeling young and wild this is an ideal place to start the night as its lively, drinks are reasonably priced and service is sufficient for coping with the numbers who flock to its bars on Friday and Saturday nights. I've been to The Three Sisters several times and always enjoyed myself, however, the atmosphere isn't quite as bustling or friendly as I'd like it to be.
Nice atmosphere, good drinks, fair prices and nice music.
In my opinion, a place you must have seen
A decent bar if you're in the area- best avoided during the day if you're not into sports though as on my last visit it was over-run with football fans. I've had a good Saturday night here - it's particularly student friendly.
Another very busy at the weekend/during rugby/football games pub. If the weather is good, its great to sit in garden courtyard on picnic benches. Food served on BBQ outside in good weather too.
Are the bouncers not any ex-cop/s whom have been kicked out of
any of the countries police forces ?
As it's a known fact some bad cops
many end up as doormen when found out to be liars and bullies
whenever found out under oath of telling lies in court when they were a police officer and there-for commiting perjury and then thrown out of their police force after being reported and found out to be liars and bullies
after the respective court case/s
although they dont when found out with telling blatant lies in court end up charged with perjury themselfs..How Come
As this is all wrong in my opinion as the law should be the same for all
regardless of them being one time police officers or not..reason i rate any bar or club with a 1 is because i reckon any club or pub whom needs bouncers on their doors is only because they expect trouble..as WHY employ them ? and its only silly little girls whom think these some BENT
bouncers are nice people..fortunately some people are wiser to such..
I spent 2 nights here at the three sisters. On the outside, you get the atmosphere of that similar to a beer garden on the East coast. Everybody is loud with excitement and plenty of beer to go around. As you continue walking, it takes you downstairs toward the DJ and a few bars, which gives a more dancing feel for the place. The first night (Friday) we were there, the DJ was playing request, which I thought was pretty cool. He played a few bangers in his mix, but he also played some outdated Destiny's Child. Although, you can't take away from the drunkies who love that music, you also have to play more of the new for those who actually enjoy getting their 2-step on. The 2nd night I was there was a bit of the same from the 1st night. The music just wasn't doing it for me as the DJ was now playing some end of the night closers that you usually hear as places close down. You really can't complain if you're walking into the place for free, the drinks are a bit pricey but for a bar with a great atmosphere you need to check it out. There are plenty of other bars/clubs in the area that play more of the dancing type music if you're looking for that
rowdy n' raucous bar heaving with kids. hurling distance from the grassmarket. not-so-faint aroma of vomit permeates. it's a "must" stop on any drunken pub crawl of the grassmarket area. much quieter during the week, though.
Where do you start with the Three Sisters? We went there to watch a EURO 2012 match in the hope that we
could watch outside on the big screen in the nice weather it was cold and wet
so we went inside and found a table in there. There is a fair sized bar with
plenty of staff who were always busy serving and clearing tables but the bar
does always seem to be really busy. Our round of drinks which consisted of 3
pints of lager, 1 pint of Guinness and 1 vodka mixer came in at about £20,
which seems a bit overpriced to me, especially as later on they started serving
them in plastic glasses which is never a good thing. The toilets are terrible. I don't know what the ladies are
like, but the gents toilet is tiny and nowhere near fit for purpose. The bar
was mainly full of men, so there are always queues to get in which is really
annoying. The worst part of our visit was of course, the clientele. The
pub seems to consist pretty much only for visiting English stag and hen parties
so as you can imagine, it's not much fun for those of us who want a good, but
quiet night out. However, I think the courtyard is a great idea with a big
screen and bbq on the go and I'm sure it will be great to watch a game there if
we ever get a summer, but I don't think I'll be going back to give it a try.
A generous 2 stars from me.
Oh Three Sisters, how I love to loathe you. I used to like the place, but perhaps I've matured and can't handle it anymore. The bouncers, for starters, are power-hungry idiots who use their only bit of influence in the world turning back potential paying customers. If you're in a group that happens to consist of a slightly higher male-to-female ratio, you won't be let in. If you do get in, there is no room to move, and the queue at the bar is about 6 people deep. No happy mediums here. Everyone who visits Edinburgh has heard of this place and wants to go there, so I would like to put an end to the reputation as a must-see place. There are so many other places to go that are far less aggravating.
What a dive! Echo the comments of the sticky floor, rude staff and inadequate toilets men queing out of the door to go to the toilet?!?! Unless I'm dragged in here on another stag do I won't ever be returning..
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