Boda Bar

Boda Bar
Boda Bar
229 Leith Walk, Edinburgh, EH6 8NY
  • Telephone 0131 553 5900
  • Bar open Tue–Thu 2pm–midnight; Fri 2pm–1am; Sat noon–1am; Sun 1pm–midnight. Closed Mon.
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Convivial, cosy Swedish-themed watering hole on Leith Walk.

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Slap bang in the heart of Leith Walk, Boda’s welcoming atmosphere is equally suitable for lone women wanting to enjoy a glass of wine trouble-free and groups hoping to make new friends at meet-ups – and that's what sets this bar apart from other neighbourhood watering holes. In fact Boda, the original of Edinburgh’s six Swedish bars, is practically a home from home; complete with all the paint scuffs that you never quite get round to covering up and a slightly outdated interior which just adds to the personality of the place. The well-stocked back bar and hand-written cocktail list keep the loyal crowd merry, most of whom have a Boda-based story to tell, or maybe even a photo on the wall. Headlining is the Midsommar Night’s Dream: a syrupy martini of gin, lemon, Swedish spirits and rhubarb bitters, while other appealing refreshments including beer from nearby Campervan Brewery, local gins and Swedish Idun’s fruit cider, imported by the owners. There's no food but you're welcome to bring in a takeaway from one of their neighbours.

  • High point: Cosy community spirit
  • Low point: No food, but hurrah for the BYOFood policy
  • Notable dish: Paddington Bear - gin cointreau, lemon, syrup & marmalade
  • Private dining: Up to 30 covers
  • Provides: Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Staff picks
  • Live entertainment: Bands, DJs, quiz nights and film screenings.
  • Capacity: 80 (10 outdoors)
  • Largest group: 80
  • Open since: 2004
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 13
  • House wine: £15 per bottle

Events at this venue

There are 5 events at this location

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Burns Night

Celebrate Burns night with contemporary folk music.

Fri 25 Jan

0131 553 5900

  • 19:00 – 01:00

International Women's Day Party

A cocktail masterclass with snacks and a DJ.

Fri 8 Mar

Free / 0131 553 5900

  • 19:00 – 01:00

Love Songs Through The Ages

A night of love songs from through the ages.

Thu 14 Feb

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 553 5900

  • 19:00 – 22:00

Resolution Breaker Party

Kiss those New Year resolutions goodbye at this party filled with specialty cocktails and DJ tunes.

Fri 1 Feb

Free / 0131 553 5900

  • 19:00 – 01:00

Vegan Cocktail Party

There are vegan choices aplenty on the menu at this cocktail party.

Thu 21 Feb

0131 553 5900

  • 19:00 – 00:00

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