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Athletic Arms, Gorgie, Edinburgh

3 Angle Park Terrace
Edinburgh
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.

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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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30th Jun 2017, 17:30
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30th Jun 2017, 17:30
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 24 May 2018 by David Myles
  • Beer Garden : No last updated 24 May 2018 by David Myles
  • Car Park : No last updated 06 August 2018 by David Myles
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 06 February 2016 by hondo .
  • Micropub : No last updated 24 May 2018 by David Myles
  • Quiz Night : Yes last updated 06 August 2018 by David Myles
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 06 February 2016 by hondo .
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 06 February 2016 by hondo .
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