Akva

Akva
129 Fountainbridge, Edinburgh, EH3 9QG
  • Telephone 0131 290 2500
  • Opening times Mon–Fri 10am–midnight; Sat & Sun 10am–1am.
  • Bar open Sun–Mon 10am–11pm; Tue–Thu 11am–midnight; Fri/Sat 10am–1am.
  • Food served Mon–Fri 11am–10pm, Sat/Sun 10am-10pm
  • Email
  • Website www.bodabar.com/akva/
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The biggest of Edinburgh's Swedish pubs, this canal-side spot has homely food with plenty of drinks and family friendliness.

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Your handy reminder to actually go and spend some time around Edinburgh’s picturesque yet rather under-visited canals: Akva calls for cyclist-watching, duck-feeding and prime sun-soaking in their generous beer garden. Despite spanning two floors, the largest of Edinburgh’s six Swedish bars still achieves their trademark homely Scandinavian feel, complete with shabby-chic mismatched furniture. The Wednesday open-mic night and Sunday ping pong tournament are now a thing of the past (don’t worry, the tables are still there) yet the eclectic mix of drinkers still pile in for casual evenings knowing there’s a drinks selection to suit all tastes. Sample the traditional food with a Nordic take on Cullen skink or a smögåsbord for two, or play it safe with slightly blander pub staples, including the Akva beef burger. In the likely event that the traditional crayfish and sour cream smørrebrød fails to satisfy one’s hunger, cue a side of hasselback potatoes – the ones drenched in lime butter and speckles of chilli are particularly tasty.

The List's rating
6.2

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Ailidh Forlan visited Akva on 15 July 2018
  • High point: A Swedish meatball fix, with no flat pack in sight
  • Low point: Slow and slightly confused service
  • Average price: £12 (lunch); £15 (dinner)
  • Private dining: 250 upstairs
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Anything and everything
  • Live entertainment: Quiz on Tue
  • Capacity: 550 standing, 250 seated, 300 outside
  • Largest group: 500
  • Open since: 2015
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 14
  • House wine: £15 per bottle

Events at this venue

There are 10 events at this location

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Drawing Club Edinburgh

Welcome to Drawing Club Edinburgh! https://m.facebook.com/groups/232366487321006 This is the group that brings together drawing*, meeting people and sharing skills. The event will take place every week. There won't be formal instruction, just a nice atmosphere to share ideas and provide a platform for people of…

Mon 29 Jul

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 290 2500

  • 19:00 – 21:00

Mon 5 Aug

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 290 2500

  • 19:00 – 21:00

Mon 12 Aug

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 290 2500

  • 19:00 – 21:00
…and 3 more dates until 2 Sep

Granny Green's Big Night Out

Weekly craft drop-in with occasional special events such as a book group and workshops.

Mon 22 Jul

Free / 0131 290 2500

  • 18:00 – 20:00

Mon 29 Jul

Free / 0131 290 2500

  • 18:00 – 20:00

Mon 5 Aug

Free / 0131 290 2500

  • 18:00 – 20:00
…and 21 more dates until 30 Dec

Knit, crochet, eat cake!

Would you like to meet fellow crazy knitters and crochet addicts who love cake and a chat on a Saturday morning? Then this is the group to join. We meet weekly at 10.30am at Lovecrumbs, 155 West Port, Edinburgh EH3 9DP.

Sat 27 Jul

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 290 2500

  • 10:30 – 13:30

Sat 3 Aug

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 290 2500

  • 10:30 – 13:30

Sat 10 Aug

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 290 2500

  • 10:30 – 13:30
…and 3 more dates until 31 Aug

Learning to Code Edinburgh

This is an inclusive, social meetup for people learning to code or who want to mentor people learning to code. We meet every 2 weeks at a cafe in central Edinburgh. This is a great chance to meet others in the coding community, chat, code or get help with problems in a casual setting. If you're involved in programming in…

Tue 30 Jul

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 290 2500

  • 17:30 – 19:00

Tue 13 Aug

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 290 2500

  • 17:30 – 19:00

Tue 27 Aug

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 290 2500

  • 17:30 – 19:00
…and 4 more dates until 22 Oct

The Scottish Gantry Gin Sessions

The Scottish Gantry The Scottish Gantry Gin Sessions welcomes you to enjoy some of the best gins in the world. Guided by an expert you will taste the gin, hear about Scotland's booming industry, learn how we make it and how Scotland ended up top of the world gin list. This is a fun, informal and entertaining…

Sat 17 Aug

Gin Sessions

£49 / 0131 290 2500

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

The Scottish Gantry Gin Tasting

Sample six Scottish gins at this entertaining guided tasting.

Sat 17 Aug

early bird prices £19–£25 / 01786450873

  • 12:00 – 19:00

The Scottish Gantry Rum Sessions

The Scottish Gantry The Scottish Gantry Rum Sessions will welcome you to enjoy some of the best rums in the world. Guided by an expert you will taste the rum, hear about Scotland's growing love for rum and learn how it's made. This is a fun, informal and entertaining experience. What you get: six fantastic rums (25ml)…

Sun 18 Aug

Rum Sessions

£49 / 0131 290 2500

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

The Scottish Gantry Rum Tasting

Learn more about Scotland's production of this sugar cane alcohol at this guided tasting, featuring six rums and plenty of mixers and garnishes to experiment with.

Sun 18 Aug

early bird prices £19–£25 / 01786450873

The Scottish Gantry Whisky Session

The Scottish Gantry The Scottish Gantry Whisky Sessions will welcome you to enjoy some of the best whiskies in the world. Guided by an expert you will taste the whisky, hear about Scotland's booming industry, learn how we make it and how Scotland ended up king of the world whisky list. This is a fun and informal…

Fri 16 Aug

Whisky Sessions

£49 / 0131 290 2500

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

The Scottish Gantry Whisky Tasting

Sample famous whiskies from across Scotland and learn about the drink's fascinating history.

Fri 16 Aug

£19–£25 / 01786450873

  • 12:00 – 19:00

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21 May 2018

Try your hand at Pacman, pinball, darts and other pub games

Ping-pong, Pacman and pool, table football, and even a whole room of retro arcade machines: order a side of fun with your burger and beer at these bars where it's playtime every time. Fancy a shot?