This traditional 19th century neighbourhood pub actually goes by two names. Officially it is called the ‘Athletic Arms’, but for many years has been locally known as ‘The Diggers’ as it is across the road from a graveyard and was frequented by grave diggers.
The pub is beautifully preserved and has a friendly, laid-back atmosphere. Frequented by local characters, it offers an array of real ales and typical Scottish bar snacks like Scotch pies, pork scratching & pickled eggs. But what I really love about this place is its whisky menu. This pub is a must for malt whisky lovers. They have an extensive menu of whiskys and offer them at a fraction of the price that you would pay in one of the pubs on the Royal Mile.They have everything from well-know favourites to real rarities and little-known classics
If you want a real slice of Edinburgh life, look no further. Order a half pint of hand-pulled ale, select a malt whisky to go with it, get a comfortable seat and soak up the atmosphere of a real Old Edinburgh Pub.