Lenin’s Vodka Bar… That’s all I read and I knew we were going to have drinks there. How could you not?
The bar is located next to James XIV, in Maboneng Precinct. So I didn’t have to walk far 😜.
Walking into Lenin’s Vodka Bar is like walking into another world. You leave the bright sunlight and enter a dimly lit room. A room that includes a DJ booth and storeroom in the one corner and a bar in another. And just as Lenin would’ve preferred, there’s sickles and hammers all over the walls. I love it! Who needs to visit Mother Russia when it’s right in your backyard 😂.
As soon as we sat down, a bartender brought us menus. The drinks have the greatest names: the Kremlin, Red Star, Chernobyl, and the Vlad.
The Kremlin is green, as it should be, and was balanced well. It had a great citric taste. I think I could’ve drunk more if it!
The Red Star was a bit harsher. The grenadine was a bit overpowering.
But the best was the Leningrad. The lemon neutralized the alcohol and you couldn’t taste the vodka, gin, Barcadi or triple sec. It was just lemon wonder.