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Athletic Arms

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Great proper pub

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

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Katy R
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This is the REAL deal. You have to stop here for a pie and a pint.

I was in Edinburgh at school for 2 weeks (Heriot Watt University) in August. Each day after class... read more

Reviewed 15 August 2018
Malcolm B
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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 4 weeks ago 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.

Thank Katy R
Reviewed 15 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

Thank Malcolm B
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

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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

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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

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Reviewed 7 April 2018

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

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Reviewed 17 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.

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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

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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.

Reviewed 1 January 2018 via mobile

If you want a great pint and you appreciate a top class pie then this is the pub for you. We enjoy the experience as a family for all Hearts FC home games. The staff are fantastic and very welcoming.

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Kev M, Owner at Athletic Arms, responded to this reviewResponded 18 March 2018

Thanks for the kind words Lex. Hopefully serve you again soon

Reviewed 2 November 2017 via mobile

Very good pub. Great choice of drinks with very good prices. Whiskey and gins are plentiful. Show all sport too.

Thank Richandmanu
Kev M, Owner at Athletic Arms, responded to this reviewResponded 18 March 2018

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

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Camper550782
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Response from Kev M | Property representative |
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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