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 10am–midnight; Fri/Sat 10am–1am.
  • Food served Mon–Sun 10am–10pm.
  • Average price Deli plate £7.50 (Mon–Fri noon–2pm); £10 (Sat/Sun noon–3pm). Eat as much as you want for £5 extra.; £12.50 (evening meal)
  • Email
  • Website www.bodabar.com/akva/

Edinburgh's Swedish chain takes on its biggest venture yet, and gets everything right with good food, drink and family friendliness.

Eating & Drinking Guide

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The empire of local Edinburgh Swedish bars which started out with Leith Walk’s cosy Boda has expanded into its sixth and largest premises, the two-level canalside warehouse formerly known as Cargo. Where its predecessor was decidedly crisp and corporate, however, the sense of homely, unpretentious chintz with which the Boda chain has made its name fits surprisingly well here. A few muffling rugs, some mismatched furniture, a ping-pong table upstairs (there’s a tournament every Sunday at 6pm) and the customarily decent range of craft beers, ciders and cocktails means this is a fun hangout whether there are a couple of dozen people in for open mic night on Wednesday or the place is mobbed after work on a Friday. Other selling points include child friendliness (there’s a small baby play area at the back), a huge outdoor seating area on the canal, and strong food offerings; highlights include a chunky, Norwegian-style fish chowder, a plate of Swedish meatballs served with mashed potato, dill gravy and lingonberry jam, and a smoked trout and salmon smörgåsbord.

  • High point: Homely local on a grand scale, with great food, drink and events
  • Low point: In a developing part of town, it hasn't quite found its home crowd yet
  • Notable dish: Sharing smorgasbord of smoked trout, salmon and cheddar, pâté, beetroot pickle, homemade dill pickles and bread
  • 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
  • Live entertainment: Live music on Sun, quiz on Tue, open mic on Wed, DJs Thu–Sat, ping-pong championship at 6pm on Sun.
  • Capacity: 550 standing, 250 seated, 300 outside
  • Largest group: 500
  • Open since: 2015
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 14
  • House wine: £14.30 per bottle

Event times

There are 4 events at this location

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Drinkmonger Christmas Fair

A chance to try over 120 wines, beers and spirits from around the world to help get you in the mood for Christmas.

Sat 19 Nov

£15 / 0131 290 2500

Edinburgh English Practice Meetup

Calling everyone interested in improving their English in the beautiful city of Edinburgh! Whether you're new to the city or have been here for years, join us for conversation and real British vocabulary. Meet new people, have a coffee or a beer, and go home with a better understanding of the English language every time.

Thu 27 Oct

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 290 2500

English Practice Meetup - Sport idioms

PyLadies Edinburgh

This is a meet up group for women based in or around Edinburgh, involved or interested in python programming. All levels are welcome, from professional programmers to those completely new to programming of any sort! We plan to have informal monthly meetups, as well as occasional talks and other one-off events.…

Tue 8 Nov

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 290 2500

Tue 13 Dec

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 290 2500

Tue 10 Jan 2017

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 290 2500

…and 5 more dates until 13 Jun 2017

Talk Discuss! Edinburgh

This group is for anyone who thinks the world is full of interesting stuff to be chatted about over a drink with other people! - Non-fiction book club - Going to lectures/talks, then to the pub for a chat - Watching and discussing documentary films This group is for everyone, so the meetups will be around ideas and…

Thu 24 Nov

£1 / 0131 290 2500