#153: Soba, Hanover Street, Edinburgh

Soba, Hanover Street, Edinburgh (exterior)

Almost everybody in here was eating, so it felt like it was leaning more towards a restaurant than a bar. The bar dominates the main floor though, taking up a good 50% of the space.

Quite eclectic decor, with a mixture of graffiti, a modern bar, old stair handrails, quirky lighting and a long wooden picnic-ish table. There is a mezzanine level at the back and another bar downstairs, though we didn’t notice on the night.

It seemed relatively busy for a Tuesday night, we got the last table available. The long tables on the ground floor and basement mean you’re potentially sharing with strangers. We were given a regular table to ourselves upstairs.

The Bar

Soba, Hanover Street, Edinburgh (interior, bar)

An all-keg affair, these are the only beers I wrote down: Asahi, Kirin Ichiban, Krusovice. The barman seemed annoyed that I wasn’t ordering, so I stopped and headed to our table. Facebook photos from the end of last year show these too: Cobra, Blue Moon, Carling, Sharp’s Orchard cider. Not necessarily up to date, mind, though I doubt they change often.

There’s a long list of cocktails from around £6 to £8.

No record of the price of the round.


Full menu of “Pan-Asian street food.” Mains from £9 to £14. Gav seemed to enjoy his Massaman curry.

Castle View



Website: www.barsoba.co.uk
Twitter: @SobaEdinburgh
Facebook: Bar Soba (Edinburgh)


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