Heading to the bar can be fun, but if you’re constantly ordering just a plain old cranberry and vodka, then you haven’t lived. Try a vodka with a special flavor to spice up your night. New York City is rife with infused vodka bars, so we’ve narrowed down your choices to the top five in the Big Apple.
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Russian Vodka Room
265 West 52nd St.
New York, NY 10019
At The Russian Vodka Room, there are literally hundreds of vodkas to try, and many you’ve never imagined existed! Try red grapefruit, horseradish, cherry and cinnamon, or wild blueberry for a fruity kick to your drink. The Russian Vodka Room doubles as a restaurant as well, offering traditional Russian fare like chicken tabaka, beef stroganoff and broiled kelbassy. If you’re looking for someplace different to try out tonight, this is the place for you.
281 Lafayette St.
New York, NY 10012
Pravda is a SoHo cocktail lounge that has a list of martinis, roses, champagnes and scotches a mile long. It also happens to have a long list of infused vodkas. Fig, citrus, mango and chai are just some of the flavors available. If you think a coffee-flavored vodka would be just the thing to keep you going all night, well, you can try that too. A speakeasy bar that is as enticing for its atmosphere as it is for its drinks, Pravda is just the place you should try if you’re looking for a chill spot downtown.
315 West 54th St.
New York, NY 10019
An authentic Russian cafe with both food and drink, Uncle Vanya has some great infused vodka options. One of the attractions of the cafe is the live piano music that plays every night. Here, there are lemon, cranberry and pepper vodkas to choose from. Start with a cup of borsch, vareniki potato dumplings, blini or chicken vanya before following it up with some sweet infused cocktails. Head here for dinner or lunch, or order catering for your special event.
9 Doyers St.
New York, NY 10079
A bar with plenty of drinks to choose from, Apotheke is known for using organic and local produce in all of their cocktails. And, if you’re interested in learning just how they make those fancy drinks, the bar offers regular mixology classes. Each of their infused vodka “prescriptions” is combined with fresh ingredients like cucumbers, blackberries, cherries, guava and passion fruit. Try the thyme and rosemary or jasmine vodkas for a special taste.
34 East 2nd St.
New York, NY 10003
A cafe with three locations around Manhattan and Brooklyn, Anyway Cafe is where you want to go if you want some good food followed by unique libations. Caviar, pelmeni, crepes and more are offered here. Infused vodka flavors include apricot, black currant and lychee. Order in small shot sizes or in carafes. The Anyway Cafe is a fusion of French and Russian culture, so you’ll feel like you’re in a completely different country when you visit here.
Jennifer Eberhart is a writer, reader, crafter, traveler and New Yorker. She works in midtown New York City for non-profit organizations. Her degrees are in communication studies and art history.You can contact Jennifer on Twitter at @egyptologist. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.