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The Athletic Arms, known locally as the Diggers is situated between two graveyards and used to be frequented by the local gravediggers who would quench their thirst here after a long day burying the dead.It is a very traditional pub that focusses on...more
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1-3 Angle Park Terrace, Edinburgh EH11 2JX, Scotland
Athletic Arms might be regarded as an old mans pub but I'd like to disagree. Yes, it has an old feel to it which makes it homely and yes a lot of the customers are of an older age. Nonetheless it is also perfect for...More
Date of experience: November 2018
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581KevM, Owner at Athletic Arms, responded to this reviewResponded 20 November 2018
Thanks for the great review, I think were more eclectic nowadays than in our heydays. Hopefully serve you again soon and if I’m working say hi.
I was in Edinburgh at school for 2 weeks (Heriot Watt University) in August. Each day after class we took the bus from campus to this pub. And by the way - it is actually called Diggers. The name derives from the fact that across...More
This club was very close to the the b and b where we stayed. Very friendly and frequented by both young and older Edinburgh citizens. Good selection of beers and whiskey s. Good pricing for both drinks and snacks. I forgot my hat one evening...More
My mate used to run this pub 15-20 years ago and always talks about it, spent 2 nights in Edinburgh and had to try it and it lives up to its legendary status, it’s definitely and Edinburgh institution, so friendly, staff are great, real ale...More
Date of experience: July 2018
Kev M, Owner at Athletic Arms, responded to this reviewResponded 17 July 2018
Thanks for the positive review. I’m glad you enjoyed yourself and the staff took care of you.
Great and not touristy pub in the canal area of Fountainbrige. You can find good whisky for £2.50 with lots of choice (I had a smoky whisky). I used to go there for soups as well in the past and they were good too. Highly...More
Response from Diggers1897 | Property representative |
Women are always welcome. In our heyday we were very much a working men's pub. Women chose to sit in the are of the bar called the jug bar (named that as you could bring a jug in to be filled with beer) in the jug bar... More
Women are always welcome. In our heyday we were very much a working men's pub. Women chose to sit in the are of the bar called the jug bar (named that as you could bring a jug in to be filled with beer) in the jug bar swearing wasn't permitted so was deemed more female friendly.
Nowadays the jug bar was removed about 15 years ago. The only stipulations we have now is that children must stay in our back room, everyone else is welcome except junkies, jakies and tramps