Vodka’s back in vogue big time, so make sure you know where to find it in Melbourne. Read on for some mind-blowing mixology!
Sounds like a recipe for success! The cultural and culinary magic of Eastern Europe converge at Borsch, Vodka and Tears; Melbourne’s very own slice of Slavic heaven. The décor is a lovely mix of rustic and classically opulent, and there are over 100 vodkas to wet your whistle. As for cocktails, try the Serenity Now, with Fallen Angel, mint, cucumber, rosehip, pomegranate, lime and lemon.
“A must go to for Vodka lovers- the menu is as thick as a book with 90% being on Vodkas. The food if amazing and I struggle every time ordering but can never pass up their white borsch, or lamb chops and Saganaki. The staff are super knowledgeable and helpful, and seem to all get along with each other well often having fun while doing an amazing job which helps create a really great atmosphere.” – Kate Laidlaw
The obvious follow up (for amusing wordplay reasons), After the Tears is another Polish-inspired hospitality haven with a massive vodka range. You can’t beat the Honey on Toast when it comes to cocktails here. It’s a sweet blend of honey vodka, cinnamon and crème de cacao, and is basically like drinking dessert. We always thought dessert would be better without all that pesky chewing.
“Now that Vodka Borsch and Tears has moved to Chapel St, After the Tears takes over with its quirky fun atmosphere and Eastern European cuisine. The pierogi were yummy and cooked to perfection. If you are planning to come before a movie at the Classic, allow plenty of time so you don’t have to rush.” – starwoman8
Looming splendidly over the rooftops of Fitzroy, Naked in the Sky is a trendy tower of tapas and exotic booze. The staff are legendary for their friendly attitude and deep expertise in the art of yummy nourishment, and the bar itself is an eclectic, comfy space that oozes with effortless style. Sample a tasting plate of three infused vodkas, or grab a deliciously fruity Hell on Earth cocktail.
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State of Grace is probably the only place in Melbourne where you’ll find an antique fiddle, a set of upside-down lampshades and a mounted giraffe in the same room. It’s delightfully weird, and gets even better when you head down the marble staircase to Fall From Grace, the hidden cocktail lounge below. Go for a ‘Mother’s Milk’, which is butter vodka, yellow chartreuse and apple. Delightful.
“A lovely spot to lunch. We dined downstairs near the bar, where it is private, quiet and quite luxuriously appointed. Upstairs the feel is far more casual. The meals are wonderful and surprisingly very inexpensive and the table service is professional. Would recomment this Bar and Grill to anyone as the perfect spot in the city to spend a leisurely hour or two over lunch.” – Kiz&Co
Tucked down an alley and brimming with old-fashioned charm, Murmur is a cosy spot indeed to indulge in a tipple. Self-described “booze nerds”, the folks here take pride in their rare and unusual drinks list, and you’ll certainly have fun exploring it yourself (in moderation, we’re obligated to add). Try a Honey & Vanilla Caipiroska, with honey and vanilla vodkas, lime, honey and vanilla sugar.
“Love this bar! Very cool atmosphere. The cocktails were brilliant and the staff were great. Ultimate cocktail professionals!” – 4chillis