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Three Sisters and one thousand regulars!
Three Sisters Bar (Edinburgh)
Member Name: orkney*girl
Three Sisters Bar (Edinburgh)
Date: 16/08/01, updated on 16/08/01 (225 review reads)
Advantages: half of Edinburgh in one place, lots of variety, great food
Disadvantages: getting to the bar
I used to work in the Three Sisters bar while I was a student, and what memories!!
It took Tailors Hall a while to open, hiding in The Cowgate for many months, next to the gloomy end of the Sheriff Court, behind wooden fences. The Edinburgh citizens got so used to seeing those wooden fences, there was nothing but pure, unprecedented interest when the hotel finally opened.
If you have been to The Cowgate before the Three Sisters finally emerged you will remember a grotty street, with a main feature of a leaking George IV Bridge, and vomit in the gutters from the previously gloomy and dismal Edinburgh Nightlife. Not a pretty scene. The fences were finally lifted and the most wonderful opening night of any bar and hotel I have seen was waiting...
The Three Sisters bar is the attached to Tailors Hall hotel, and attracts more than just the average hotel punter. Since opening more than two years ago the crowds have not diminished, and for a great reason. The Three Sisters (downstairs) is made up of three bars, well done! In the summer there is a bottle bar outside in the courtyard offering beer, cider, alcopops, and anything else in a bottle. There are numerous tables outside, and a wonderful atmosphere. On entering the main building there is a large 'American' bar area, with modern furniture, a video screen playing classic films, and a general feeling of elegance. During the day this area contains lots of expensive suits, whether staying within the hotel or just chilling!
From there we move onto the 'Irish' bar, with more chunky wooden furniture, and some featured booths - proper booths, with a door and walls around the table! There is a large mosaic floor, which you will not be able to view during the night for feet...
At the back of the Three Sisters there is the 'Gothic' area, also very well themed. Here candles light the tables, which are situated in a mini-maze of curly tables, booths an
d stairs. This area also has a separate bar.
All of these areas sell food well into the evening, with a wide and varied menu to suit all (serves more than vegetables to vegetarians).
During the day the Three Sisters tends to cater for business types. But in the evening a tranformation happens - hen nights, stag nights, leaving do's and half of Edinburgh magically appear in this venue.
There is DJ downstairs who tends to play the usual cheesey chart music. You cannot get to the bar for the million people in front of you, and don't even consider saying to a friend 'I'll meet you in there'!!
Towards the weekend upstairs also opens - this is the same size as downstairs (huge!!) and has a resident DJ, who is not at all bad. There is a dancefloor, with tables, another area for sitting and relaxing, and another TWO bars.
I worked there when it first opened, and can guarantee all of the bar staff are wonderful!! When there the Three Sisters employed around 70 bar staff, and there's always a job going, but be prepared for your feet falling off!!
Overall I can guarantee that the Three Sisters, even for people who do not know Edinburgh, is the place to be at the weekend, if you can get to the bar!!