Convivial Swedish-themed watering hole that’s hard to find fault with.
Homely, quirky, community-spirited – adjectives that could describe any of the Leith-end group of Swedish bars (which includes Sofis, Victoria and Joseph Pearce’s). That's not to say they are clones of each other though: each has its own identity and loyal regulars. Boda has a well-stocked bar, good range of beers and a cracking cocktail menu, including house specialities such as Botanic Garden, a blend of Hendricks, elderflower and cucumber. The ‘cocktail of the moment’ may be a Marmalade Martini or something seasonal invented by the bar staff. Posters flag up events like DJ nights, film screenings and quizzes, both here and in the sister bars. There’s no kitchen, so no food is served beyond the odd cup of nuts, but if you're coming to hang out for a while you can bring your tea in – maybe a pizza from nearby Origano.
- Private dining: Up to 30 covers
- Provides: Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Beach Boys, Aretha, Joni Mitchell
- Live entertainment: Occasional live bands and DJs
- Capacity: 80
- Largest group: 80
- Open since: 2004
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 10
- House wine: £14 per bottle
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