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Athletic Arms (Diggers), Gorgie, Edinburgh

3 Angle Park Terrace
EH11 2JX
Phone: 01313373822

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Star Pubs & Bars (Heineken)

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hondo . left this review about Athletic Arms

I've only known it as Diggers. A traditional interior with a central bar. Busy on my post rugby visit so not sure how many real ales served.

On 6th February 2016 - no rating submitted
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Old Boots left this review about Athletic Arms

A famous Edinburgh pub, lying between two cemeteries gives it the nickname of the gravediggers or usually just the Diggers, merchandise celebrating this can be purchased in the pub. Its corner location forms a triangular front room with a squarish servery against the back wall. The marble topped counter has two pulls and four air engines, all serving Scots beer including the special 80/- from Stewart brewing. The beer quality is excellent and the staff equally so. Their whisky festival was also on when I visited, 40 malts sold in proper Scots measures of 35ml at a fair price. Seating is traditional bench with the skinny tables used in Edinburgh, the Bow Bar has some as well. The ceiling is deeply coffered and there's some modern stained glass screens on the big clear windows although that round the entrance vestibules looks original, the floor is classic Victorian. The back bar is similar in style but more intimate. Get the bus out here from High St / South Bridge if you don't fancy the walk, you can also try the very different Caley Sample Room at the same time but I would definitely make the journey.

On 25th January 2014 - no rating submitted
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David Ross left this review about Athletic Arms

Although officially called The Athletic Arms, the pub is known locally as "The Diggers." It's a wonderful traditional Edinburgh pub, a bit off the tourist trail but well worth a trip out from the city centre. There is a wide range of whisky and beers, including half a dozen real ales, one of which is the bar’s own Diggers 80 Shilling. The one I sampled, Trade Winds (brewed on Speyside), was in perfect condition. The décor is old fashioned, with light brown wood panelling, polished brasswork and maroon padding on the seating. The colour scheme reflects the fact that it's a favourite haunt of supporters of Heart of Midlothian Football Club, whose Tynecastle Stadium is nearby. It gets very busy on match days, I’m told. The walls are also hung with Hearts memorabilia, as well as old beer adverts and bygone Edinburgh scenes. The Diggers nickname allegedly arises from the fact that gravediggers from the cemetery across the road used to frequent the pub, which you should do too next time you’re in Edinburgh.

On 24th March 2011 - rating: 10
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Dave Dangé left this review about Athletic Arms

Top class pub. It is a traditional Scottish boozer, lots of brass, good beers, the staff are very friendly and the customers look like they're enjoying themselves. Would recommend for older and younger drinkers as there's a good mix. Students and workmen sitting side by side, no airs and graces - rumour is they buy their pies in from Currie on a special import licence. There's alos a good wine menu on offer for the ladies. Best night there was after the Hearts Cup Final win and although it is a jambo pub there's a fair smattering of Hibees and Old Firm supporters among the locals

On 27th September 2006 - rating: 10
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