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 noon–midnight. Closed Mon.
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Convivial Swedish-themed watering hole that’s hard to find fault with.

Eating & Drinking Guide

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As the slightly surprising gentrification of Leith Walk and particularly its bar scene gathers pace, this agreeably odd Swedish-themed bar has been a welcoming home from home for its happy customers for over a decade. There’s a strong emphasis on cocktails including a cocktail of the moment, but whisky drinkers aren’t ignored (with a corresponding malt of the moment) and all the usual tea and coffee options are available. The beer selection changes with the seasons, with more fruit beers in summer and porters in winter. Food, including takeaways, can be brought in since there’s no menu and the cosy back area can be booked gratis for an event or celebration. Themed quizzes have proved popular, with the Harry Potter evening – complete with their own take on the wizard world’s “butterbeer” – resulting in a feverish scramble for reservations.

  • High point: Laid-back and quirky, ticks all the boxes for a friendly local
  • Low point: Can be a little chilly when quiet
  • 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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