What’s on at Hootananny and Mad Hatters

Latest Opening Information.

We are open 5pm till midnight with traditional music 7 nights a week.

Music starts from 9pm.
Reservations for dinner can be taken by telephone only.
Please phone the bar after 3pm on 01463 233651 to make your reservation.

For 17 years, Hootananny has been promoting the best grass roots music in Scotland. Mumford and Sons, Sam Fender, Little Boots, Dougie Mclean and Skerryvore have all played the venue. The building is a lovely traditional Victorian Inverness old sweety shop with traditional and fusion Scottish ceilidh and celtic rock downstairs. Emerging original artists, indy, hiphop, heavy metal, ska and rock upstairs on the Madhatters stage. Djs in the Glow bar on the top floor. The family run business has been awarded Scotland’s Best Live Music Venue 2019 by Scottish Bar and Pub Awards and Best Inverness Pub of the Year, 8 years running, by Inverness City Advertiser. Open daily for pub drinkers, we have a delicious Scottish menu of traditional dishes cooked to perfection from 5-10pm daily

Since March 2020 Hootananny has been unable to promote live music or background music. We hope to bring back the best live music soon! Click on the Keeping Safe tab for details about safety.

Sep 17 @ 9:00 pm

25EA5438-F3C0-410F-9509-E6A41A2E84DATwo of the Highlands most gifted songwriters of the most recent generation will perform at Mad Hatters on Friday September 17th with live sets from Nicky Murray fresh from releasing new single “It Was My Heart” and Joshua Mackenzie performing a set of acoustic versions of material from LIONAL and his solo project The Joshua Hotel.

Porkpie SOLD OUT!
Sep 18 @ 9:00 pm


If you were into music in the late 70s and early 80s, the chances are you were into 2-Tone, the iconic Coventry based label that was home to Ska revivalists like The Beat, Madness and the amazing Specials.

Eight piece ska band Porkpie are coming to Mad Hatters in Inverness to faithfully recreate  the songs of 2 Tone and rocksteady ska. This band are the real deal, from the  classic ‘big’ ska band mould, with a full brass section, keys, guitars and porkpie hats to match they play with an intensity and energy that will have you dancing!


Swiss Portrait support from I Will Take You Hunting
Sep 24 @ 9:00 pm

Swiss Portrait is the creation of Inverness born Artist Michael Kay Terence, now joined live by (Guitarist) Brett McCann, (Bassist) Sam Wood and (Drummer) Andy Turnbull they aim to take their online momentum to live shows. 2021 promises big things for the Dream Pop band from Scotland.

Support comes from Moray duo I Will Take You Hunting with their neo punk stylings.

Dougie Burns and the Cadilacs
Sep 25 @ 9:00 pm


C5852047-9945-4AC0-9A89-834EA83BCDEAOriginal Bluesy Rock n Roll from a fantastic seven piece band including Sax and Harmonica. Infectious dance along music to make you kick off your shoes.

Moving Pictures – Rush Tribute
Oct 3 @ 8:00 pm


Long overdue return to Hatters for this stunning power trio tribute to Canadian rock band RUSH!

Moving Pictures will be on stage for over two hours, playing tracks from the early albums using a serious amount of equipment.

Featuring classics such as The Spirit of Radio, Tom Sawyer, By-Tor and Xanadu on twin-necked guitars.