Vodka aficionados may argue whether its origins date back to 9th-Century Russia or 8th-Century Poland, but most agree that the clear goodness in a glass is best enjoyed at a zero or subzero temperature. Finding a “vodka bar” that adheres to this cold standard, however, isn’t easy to find. These three, however, are a start.
Silo Vodka Bar, L.A.
In other cities, a bar with its own vodka freezer would be an event. Not in L.A. When Silo hit the city of dreams last summer, some Angelenos wrote off the downtown haunt. Vodbox at Nic’s in Beverly Hills had long been the go-to destination for those who needed to imbibe vodka in its best state. But Silo’s shot-a-la-carte pricing, ranging from $7 to $50, along with a selection that includes the coconut vodka VuQo and the hard-to-find Japanese vodka Kissui, proves there’s room for more than one vodka freezer in this town.
Red Square, Las Vegas
There is another Red Square location in Atlantic City, but somehow traveling to Imperial Russia in Vegas at the Mandalay Bay seems more apropos. Dip into the Vodka Vault, kept at a cool -5 degrees, wearing a full-length Russian fur or a real Russian military coat and cap provided by a Vodka Goddess. With more than 200 different varieties of vodka on the menu, you can wage a Cold War of your own and even do shots off Lenin’s head if you dare.
Svedka Ice Bar on the Epic Norwegian Cruise Line
Cruising to the Caribbean has never been cooler than the Svedka Ice Bar on the Epic Norwegian Cruise Line. One of just 14 ice bars in the world and the only one literally making waves, Svedka Ice Bar is the closest to a vodka bar the open sea has ever seen. Colored bulbs help create a sexy northern lights glow. Tackle the icy furnishings in fur-hooded coats and gloves while throwing back such chilly Svedka concoctions as Cobalt Blue and Polaris, each made with Inniskillin Icewine from Canada.