65 Henderson Street, Edinburgh, EH6 6ED
  • Telephone 0131 555 7019
  • Seasonal times Hogmanay: open later
  • Bar open Mon–Fri 2pm–1am; Sat noon–1am; Sun 1pm–1am.
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A laid-back local with plenty of festivities on offer.

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Sofi’s, the Scandi sister of Akva, Joseph Pearce’s, Boda, Victoria and Hemma, makes everyone feel like one of the family. Shabby chic, mismatched comfy chairs and chintz come together to create a homely space to enjoy a drink or three. For the peckish, there isn’t much more than Monster Munch and Tunnock’s tea cakes, but classic cocktails are well made (and discounted on a Sunday) and there’s plenty to sip on – the small but perfectly formed bar has a lot stacked behind it. Activities are also many and varied; clothes swaps, knitting clubs, open mic nights and film screenings in the back room, to name but a few. The schedule may be busy, but the pace is laid-back and convivial.

  • High point: A great space to relax and enjoy life
  • Low point: Eat before you go
  • Notable dish: No food
  • Private dining: Up to 20 covers
  • Provides: Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Varied, chilled and fun.
  • Live entertainment: Open mic on a Sunday, ad-hoc film screenings, knitting clubs, clothes swaps and lots more.
  • Capacity: 60
  • Largest group: 40
  • Open since: 2005
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 7
  • House wine: £14 per bottle

Reviews & features

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Comments & ratings

3. Kenny Macpherson20 Jun 2017, 9:55pm Report

My family ran this pub for 40 years when it was the bay horse , I worked there for 13 years my father Colin macpherson and my grand father Alex worked there for 40 odd years , it was a proper old pub very much of its day , If anyone knows the owners now and they would like any history me and Colin would be glad to pop in . Kenny macpherson

2. Bristle663 Jul 2014, 5:05pm1 star Sofi's Report

Not impressed. Turned up at 1.45 pm to be told "We don't open until 2 o'clock". OK. Walk around scenic Shore at Leith for about quarter of an hour and return. Told "we don't do food apart from nuts and crisps." Why? No kitchen. We never have and never will do food. I see. My information is seriously inaccurate. This is supposed to be a welcoming place that provides basic food at a reasonable price. Maybe there is another Sofi's Bar in a parallel universe that does that kind of thing. Perhaps - but we don't run that one. So retreat to flat and contemplate an individual fruit pie. Dog clearly not attracted. So beans it is..

1. April Flowers19 Dec 2011, 1:01am5 stars Sofi's Report

I live round the corner from this wonderful little bar. Its the only bar I can walk in to and feel very comfortable. Smorgasboard is excellent and the chillie and nachos are excellent. Its a quirky, friendly, community bar with loads of activities for all.

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Average rating 3/5 from 2 reviews of Sofi's.

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