Nestled in the Newtown’s leafy Skene Street, Gold Diggers Arms may well be ‘the last of the true neighbourhood pubs’ in Geelong. In time honoured tradition the ‘Diggers’ has become the local for many, with their next generations following suit and making it their local of choice too.
It all began for the Gold Diggers Arms in 1854 when William Lindsay was granted licence to the establishment. The population of Geelong was just over 20,000 people. Now, 150 years later, Newtown is an integral part of Geelong with sporting clubs, schools and shops and Geelong’s population has swelled to over 140,000 people..
It is one of the great pleasures of pub going, that every so often you find a pub that is as near perfection as possible. Perfection is of course subjective, which is why it’s so important that pubs are as individual as their customers. Finding a pub that ticks all your boxes is worth shouting about, and that is what we will be striving to achieve. In moving forward to the future of the Diggers we want to continue finding the things that make the perfect pub.
In 1946 George Orwell wrote about his perfect pub in the London Evening Standard. He listed the attributes which made his perfect pub, amongst them; open fires, friendly bar staff, good food, a pleasant beer garden and the availability of cigarettes and his favourite tipple. However, what appealed to George most was the atmosphere... ‘that indefinable quality that cannot be contrived, manufactured or bought’. It is our vision that no matter what time of day you visit the Diggers, it always has that atmosphere of home…. Diggers will be a place where friends and family share a drink, a laugh, enjoy some great food and create some great memories.
Partners Cameron Ling, Tim O’Toole, Darren Holroyd and Dominic Tripodi and are locally born and raised. They have hired the best team to ensure that every visit to the Diggers is an experience. Renowned host Paul West will cater to your every need in the dining room with our award winning kitchen team behind the scenes creating delicious fare.
Open 7 days a week: Monday from 3pm – 10pm, Tuesday from 3pm – 11pm, Wednesday – Friday from 11am – 11pm, Saturday from 10am – 11pm and Sunday from 11am – 10pm. Meals are available for lunch from Wednesday to Sunday and for dinner from Tuesday to Saturday.
Wednesday Night Wheel
Spinning Wheel & Alotofparmis every Wednesday Night. You could win prizes up to the value of $800.
Live acoustic music at Diggers!
Back to the 90s:
Back to the 90’s – We’ve taken our Thursday night prices back to the 90s.
Special occasion? We have just the place!
Diggers have three terrific spaces perfect for your next event... for an intimate lunch, dinner or meeting book The Room Upstairs, for a larger group why not consider booking our Dining Room exclusively or in the finer months there is our courtyard. Lots of parking, fab food... lets us help you plan your special event
Hap, hap, happy hour
Each Thursday and Friday from 5pm – 6pm is happy hour. Come and enjoy a pot and great company at Diggers on your way home! Got a group coming, give us a shout out and we’ll organise a complimentary platter of food for you!
Diggers Outdoor TAB
Check out our new TAB in the beer garden.
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