Pick just about any bar in the country, and it’s bound to have at least one vodka. It is, after all, America’s most popular tipple. But many establishments go well beyond that, offering bottlings from around the world and tasty cocktails made with the spirit. Here are five of our favorites.
Barça, 1510 11th Avenue, Seattle, 206 325 8263:
Seattle may be known best as a coffee town, but this Capitol Hill watering hole is trying to change that. Patrons can sample dozens of vodkas and order a range of themed tasting flights.
Pravda, 281 Lafayette Street, New York, 212 226 4944:
This chic downtown stalwart boasts an impressive menu of more than 70 vodkas, 10 house-made infusions and enough caviar to satisfy a czar. That’s not to mention delicious cocktails and Russian-inspired comfort food, including caviar pizza and blini with peppered mackerel.
Red Square, 3950 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, 702 632 7407:
Sure, we could do without the kitschy Soviet-era memorabilia, but Red Square in Vegas’ Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino offers around 200 different kinds of vodka. If you really want to enjoy it like a Russki, step into the sub-zero vodka vault, which is as cold as a Siberian winter.
Russian Vodka Room, 265 West 52nd Street, New York, 212 307 5835:
Located in a no-man’s-land of office buildings and tourist traps, the Russian Vodka Room has been serving thirsty New Yorkers an assortment of tasty infusions since 1997. Choose between the refreshing raspberry, the complex tarragon and the spicy horseradish.
SubZero Vodka Bar, 308 North Euclid Avenue, St. Louis, 314 367 1200:
At the heart of this St. Louis joint are freezers full of more than 350 vodkas from 26 countries and a 28-foot ice bar. And if you prefer your vodka in mixed drinks, there are plenty of Martini variations and other concoctions.
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