Although vodka is ubiquitous these days, Russians have their own way of downing their national treasure. Indeed, there is a particular vodka etiquette. So if you want to get the most out of your drinking experience, here are the places to drink vodka the right way.
The pleasantly spacious and tastefully decorated Beluga, overlooking the city centre from the second floor of the historic Hotel National, is a project of Russia’s celebrated restaurateur, Alexander Rapoport. With 70 varieties of vodka, 20 kinds of caviar and an impressive assortment of vodka pairings, Beluga is a classy modern Russian restaurant with an elegant take on traditional food. It’s a place where you can drink vodka and feel great about it.
Who says traditional Russian food is the companion for vodka? After a mouth-watering dinner at Sakhli, a gold standard for Georgian cuisine, you’ll never think this way again. Appetizing khinkali, lobio, shashlyk and ajapsandal are the perfect match for vodka and Georgian chacha, something that even philosopher Slavoj Zizek couldn’t resist.
Despite the fact that there’s no shortage of food places in Russia’s capital, Café Pushkin is where your Moscow friends will take you on your first night in the city. Café Pushkin, located in a lovely 19th-century mansion, is the place to wine and dine in style, complete with deliciously cooked and impeccably served Russian and French dishes, elegantly designed interiors and a surprising selection of vodka, including the ones made with thyme, grape and lemon.
Opened in 1997, Shinok has been the best place to eat the food of Russia’s south in Moscow for the past 20 years. The restaurant, equipped with a petting zoo, has some of the best vodka pairings in the city. The borscht, pancakes and caviar, pickled fish and mini-pies are nothing less than legendary.
A beautifully designed restaurant where you can have a traditional Russian meal in a pleasantly relaxed atmosphere, Lyusyen offers plentiful appetizers, authentic Olivier salad, and ground meat cutlets. In other words, it has everything to enhance your vodka experience.
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