#155: Fiddler’s Arms, Grassmarket, Edinburgh

Fiddler's Arms, Grassmarket, Edinburgh (exterior, castle view)

We visited the Fiddler’s Arms on a Saturday afternoon and it was fairly busy. There was a wide range of age-groups, but we suspected most of them were tourists. The TV was showing an old James Bond film, You Only Live Twice, so it seems like maybe somewhere to escape if sports aren’t your thing.

Decor-wise it seemed to be a modern reconstruction of a traditional pub. Bare stone walls, a few big old brewery mirrors, old trinkets in the window etc, but then modern lighting and a tiled floor to bring it up to date. Nice big windows around two sides give you a great view for people watching, i.e. plenty of stag and hen parties to laugh at.

It’s a Bruce Group pub, sister pub to the likes of Whistlebinkies, Bar Salsa, The Royal Mile Tavern, etc.

This was pub 1 of 19 on our random February blowout. We started out with the aim of ticking off 8 pubs in the Grassmarket, but got very carried away and did a lot of the Cowgate too. The quality of these posts will deteriorate towards the end as notes become thinner and memory hazier. I’m not particularly proud of the achievement, it was pretty stupid.

The Bar

Fiddler's Arms, Grassmarket, Edinburgh (interior)

One cask of Caledonian Deuchars, the rest of the beers are all keg: Harviestoun Bitter and Twisted, Williams Joker, Tennent’s Lager, Guinness, Staropramen, Caledonia Best, Stella Artois, Magners.

The B&T was £4.30 per pint, Deuchars £3.70 and Joker £4.20, so an average of £4.07.


Food mains were around £9 to £10. Pub classics mostly like haggis, fish and chips, bangers and mash etc. Nachos £8.70.


Live music apparently, check their website for details.

Castle View

Good view of the castle from outside, mostly of the iconic Half Moon Battery. You can see it from inside too so it’s the full Hokey Cokey.


Website: www.thefiddlersarms.com
Facebook: The Fiddlers Arms, Edinburgh
Parent: Bruce Group


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