Inside Wodka Bar, a Lavish Eastern European-Style Watering Hole in Over-the-Rhine

OTR's Wódka Bar — from the Team Behind Babushka Pierogies — carries an ambitious selection of vodkas, stocking upward of 60 types including many Russian, Polish and Ukrainian brands that are lesser known in the United States. There are also several dozen house-infused vodkas with flavors lent from ingredients like Russian Caravan black tea, caraway seeds, pine needles, rosemary, berries and citrus zest, among many others. Plus, the bar has a rotating cocktail list as well as a small selection of other spirits, European wines and a single draft beer: O.K. Beer, a Premium Lager from Brzesko, Poland’s Okocim Brewery.

Bar snacks are mandatory, of course, but forget about french fries and beer cheese. Instead, you can chase your shots with bites of caviar, pickled vegetables and dill butter on dense, dark rye bread. Sarah Dworak, bar owner, also offers her popular pierogies in addition to a variety of Slavic dishes like the Kielbasa Bowl, with a late night menu starting at 10 p.m. Wodka Bar is located at 1200 Main St., Over-the-Rhine. Find more info here.
Photos by Hailey Bollinger

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Inside the intimate space, patrons will be enveloped by deep Prussian blues and rich golds, luxe velvet upholstery and distressed plaster walls, elegant wood paneling and all the intricacies of Eastern Orthodox architecture.
Hailey Bollinger

Inside the intimate space, patrons will be enveloped by deep Prussian blues and rich golds, luxe velvet upholstery and distressed plaster walls, elegant wood paneling and all the intricacies of Eastern Orthodox architecture.

The bar is located at 1200 Main St. in Over-the-Rhine
Hailey Bollinger

The bar is located at 1200 Main St. in Over-the-Rhine

Preparing The Bolshoi cocktail ($10) with lavender-infused wódka, St-Germain and cava
Hailey Bollinger

Preparing The Bolshoi cocktail ($10) with lavender-infused wódka, St-Germain and cava

The Kielbasa Bowl ($12) with pork ribs, sauerkraut and garlic mashed potatoes
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The Kielbasa Bowl ($12) with pork ribs, sauerkraut and garlic mashed potatoes

The bar
Hailey Bollinger

The bar

Four pierogies ($8) with options of potato bacon cheddar, potato cheddar and potato sauerkraut, comes with caramelized onions and sour cream. Next to a Hi-Rent Fizz cocktail
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Four pierogies ($8) with options of potato bacon cheddar, potato cheddar and potato sauerkraut, comes with caramelized onions and sour cream. Next to a Hi-Rent Fizz cocktail

Hi-Rent Fizz ($10) with hibiscus and rose petal, red-currant-infused wódka, rosemary, lemon and soda
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Hi-Rent Fizz ($10) with hibiscus and rose petal, red-currant-infused wódka, rosemary, lemon and soda

Seating near window
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Seating near window

Courtesy zesty rye crouton bites available at bar
Hailey Bollinger

Courtesy zesty rye crouton bites available at bar

Exterior of bar
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Exterior of bar