Part of the stable of Swedish bars enjoying a loyal following in the capital, Victoria sits in the middle of Edinburgh’s ever-bourgeoning Leith Walk. Once the domain of cruddy boozers and trashy takeaways, the Walk’s emergence as a go-to for a decent pint, a hip hangout, and a cheeky deli is a world away from its Trainspotting days of yore. And Victoria (along with its Swedish siblings) has certainly helped the area’s revival. During the day, you’ll find the odd student, freelancers tapping away at their laptops, and local parents who have been coaxed in by its child-friendly policy. By night, it’s a hip hangout for a cosmopolitan crew of young professionals and local creatives. Like the clientele, the interior is colourful and relaxed; the decor consists of a smattering of bright cushions, cute window seats, mismatched light shades and works by local artists.
The bar offers a good selection of beers and ciders, and some decent tipples on tap, as well as a fairly priced wine list. The gin and rum selections are on the money too, and the trendy bar staff are happy to talk you through their top picks.
This is a bar that’s for more than just drinking, though. Language Café takes place on Monday nights, and live music and DJ nights are held throughout the month. There’s even a popular singles’ night if you’re looking for love as well as libations.
There’s little by way of a food on offer, but most are happy to be fuelled by the wasabi nuts and occasional Tunnocks teacakes on the bar. And, if you get really desperate, in keeping with the laid-back vibe of the place the owners will sometimes allow takeaways from neighbouring pizza places and chippies to be brought in.