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Back in June we popped into Victoria bar to watch the World Cup match between Brazil and Chile. We booked a table in advance and were lucky that we did so. We were seated on the stage, right in front of the screen where the match was being shown. Perfect for World cup viewing.
The bar was fairly empty when we visited just before 5pm on a Saturday. Victoria bar had been recommended to us by a number of friends. I’ve been to Sofi’s bar before which is also part of the Boda bar group. There are a few bars in the group dotted around edinburgh. It has a similar feel and style to that of Sofi’s.
Victoria doesn’t offer a food menu but they do have cutlery and allow you to bring in your own food and takeaways. There was a young couple behind us eating a Chinese takeaway as we watched the football. If you’re feeling a bit peckish before visiting Victoria’s, just bring your own food in and enjoy the atmosphere.
The staff in Victoria were polite. The furniture is mix-matched and creates a homely feel to the bar. A good thing about the bar is that the music wasn’t too loud (although it may be the case that it gets turned up a bit as the night goes on). I always hate it when you go into a bar and the music is up so loud that you can’t even have a conversation with the person beside you.
I’ll certainly try to get back to Victoria soon. I’d like to go on a live music night next time. It’s a lot nicer than some of the other more ‘local’ bars on the walk. The drink selection, although not substantial, will be sufficient for all but the most prolific drinkers. Real Ale enthusiasts may want to look elsewhere to get their fix.
There was a fair selection of lagers on offer including the likes of Innis & Gunn and Black Isle bottles. They also had a few drinks which I haven’t come across before. They had the different varieties of Idun’s Swedish cider on offer. I had a bottle of the Elderflower flavour. A very sweet tasting cider, it would be perfect on a hot summers day (sadly not something we get a lot of up here in Edinburgh..). Other flavours on offer included pear and lingonberry.
As far as the customers go, Victoria seems to attract a varied crowd. The bar is family friendly with children welcomed in the bar during the day. The higher end prices (compared to other bars on the walk) will likely keep Leith’s more hardened drinkers away. It’s not a sports/football pub, but it does show a few of the bigger games and events on the projector.
If you’ve not been before, I’d definitely recommend a visit to Victoria Bar. You can make a booking through their site.
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