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Athletic Arms

Open Now: 11:00 - 01:00
Open today: 11:00 - 01:00
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The BEST pub in Edinburgh!

Athletic Arms might be regarded as an old mans pub but I'd like to disagree. Yes, it has an old... read more

Reviewed 19 November 2018
KaterinaAndr
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Great proper pub

Found this place by chance as we were staying round the corner. It was friendly, relaxed, welcoming... read more

Reviewed 23 August 2018
750katyr
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London, United Kingdom
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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
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Reviewed 19 November 2018

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. Kev

Reviewed 6 October 2018 via mobile

Nice pub, but it would be much better if the staff could put a smile on there faces as a more miserable bunch i have never seen in my life.

Date of experience: September 2018
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581KevM, Owner at Athletic Arms, responded to this reviewResponded 20 November 2018

Thanks for the review. I note the feedback and will raise the issue at our next meeting. Pop in on a Tuesday night as I’m always happy to meet new customers Kev

Reviewed 23 August 2018 via mobile

Found this place by chance as we were staying round the corner. It was friendly, relaxed, welcoming to outsiders and served a fantastic selection of whisky.

Date of experience: August 2018
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581KevM, Owner at Athletic Arms, responded to this reviewResponded 20 November 2018

Thanks for the great review, I appreciate all feedback, especially when it’s awesome. Serve you soon hopefully

Reviewed 14 August 2018

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

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 22 July 2018 via mobile

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

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 15 July 2018 via mobile

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
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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.

Reviewed 13 April 2018

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

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed 6 April 2018

Classic Edinbugh pub. Great ambience and fun banter with fellow patrons. Best pub in Edinburgh. Strongly recommended.

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed 16 March 2018 via mobile

Fantastic place to go after a Scotland match, brilliant atmosphere and very reasonably priced! I've been along with friends and with family and had an excellent time every time.

Date of experience: November 2017
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Kev M, Owner at Athletic Arms, responded to this reviewResponded 18 March 2018

Thanks for taking the time to review us. I appreciate the positive words and I’m glad we managed to make sure you all enjoyed yourselves.

Reviewed 1 February 2018 via mobile

Diggers pub is nice inside and the steak pie was great good service. Good selection of beer and goof layout

Date of experience: February 2018
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Kev M, Owner at Athletic Arms, responded to this reviewResponded 18 March 2018

Thanks for the great review Chaz. Hopefully serve you again soon.

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Yes you can, still £12
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That shouldn't be a problem. What time do you expect to arrive and how many will there be? Kev
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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
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