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Staggs Bar

81 North High Street, Musselburgh EH21 6JE, Scotland
+44 131 665 9654
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Good Real Ale pub

Have visited Staggs Bar on a few occasions and they have always had a fairly large selection of... read more

Reviewed 18 May 2018
Gogs63
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Atmosphere , Beer and Company

This is one of the best bars in Scotland , they have won many awards , it’s obvious why . Staff and... read more

Reviewed 29 April 2018
geodod1
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Staggs bar, officially The Volunteer Arms, has been owned and operated by the same family since 1858. It is a friendly local, famous for its many guest real ales and around 30 rums (including the original Sailor Jerry, sold on special occasions). There is a main bar with additional seating in a small lounge, a larger lounge and bar open on Friday and Saturday nights and a beer garden.
  • Excellent84%
  • Very good7%
  • Average7%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible2%
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“real ale pub” (3 reviews)
“beer garden” (3 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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81 North High Street, Musselburgh EH21 6JE, Scotland
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+44 131 665 9654
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Reviewed 18 May 2018

Have visited Staggs Bar on a few occasions and they have always had a fairly large selection of real ales available, at prices that are far more reasonable than in Edinburgh. The beers that I have drank have always been well looked after and of...More

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Reviewed 29 April 2018 via mobile

This is one of the best bars in Scotland , they have won many awards , it’s obvious why . Staff and regulars are open and friendly . Excellent range of beers , wines and spirits , come visit

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Reviewed 22 April 2018 via mobile

Dirty & smelly little place. The bar staff could do with some customer service training. I’ve never in my life been treated so badly.

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Reviewed 7 April 2018 via mobile

I have been coming to Staggs (also known as The Volunteer Arms) for some 25 years. It is a warm, authentic, family owned pub which serves outstanding real ales (perhaps the best in Edinburgh and the Lothians). A true community hub with a progressive ethos...More

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Reviewed 22 December 2017

Nice bar with good selection of beverages, prices about average for area. Regulars tend to be a bit clique!

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Reviewed 14 September 2017

Visited the lounge bar for a quiet drink unfortunately a short time after we arrived the local rugby team arrive, very loud and very brash with no consideration for the other patrons.

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Reviewed 22 June 2017 via mobile

Fay, the lovely bar lady from the Hole in the Wall recommended Staggs Bar (aka The Volunteer Arms). And Fay was right. Staggs is definitely worth a visit. First impressions are of a bar that has changed little over the generations. It's easy to imagine...More

Thank Pedalpower
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Reviewed 23 May 2017

This little hidden bar behind the local theatre serves a great range of wines. There is a lovely little beergarden to the side, where you can sit out during the summer. It has a little nook room and a slightly bigger room at the back...More

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Reviewed 17 May 2017

The smell off urine in the bar area is terrible and when you go to the women's toilet you have to pass the gents where the smell is coming from. Money needs to be spent on the place!

1  Thank carol B
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Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

Friendly, lots of locals but visitors are welcome. Best beer bar none but they also do a selection of wine and prosecco and all the usual spirits. Beers change regularly. Well priced. Outside beer garden for the warm Scottish summers.

Thank gillk65
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Anne W
29 October 2017|
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Response from KMcK91 | Property representative |
Hi, Yes we are :) we just expected the owners to be considerate of the other customers (eg. Leads on if necessary). Hope to see you and your dog(s) soon!
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Annie H
6 September 2015|
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Response from KMcK91 | Property representative |
Hi Annie H, Unfortunately we don't serve hot food food. Only crisps, nuts and other bar snacks. Katie McKenzie Staggs Manager
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