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Jul 26, 2006 05:18 PM

So what's wrong with Voda Vodka Bar & Lounge?

A vodka bar serving 100 vodkas in prime Chowhound stomping ground ... Belden Place ... you would think it would get more than a few one line mentions.

What's wrong with the place? Anything good here?

I don't like Belden Place much, so I don't get over that way often. Worth a stop? I know vodka is the thing, but supposedly they have food too. Is it edible?

The website doesn't have more than the address and aspirations to be more.

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    1. there's nothing wrong with voda, in fact it's a pretty cool place if you have your own group. it is so small that it's one of those first come first enjoy spots.

      one of the few places that actually has ultimat. (matrix is another)

      if you're a vodka fan, you're going to have to try ultimat. smoothest vodka i've tried here. level is my usual vodka.

      1. I think the food service was stopped. Not 100% certain.
        I can check with them. I know the 2 in charge from when they were waiters at Bastille.

        Unfortunately they stopped being able to get hold of Zubrowka and Hangar One Raspberry - which were my 2 favourite reasons for going there.

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        1. re: Sixy

          What's the deal with Zubrowka? It was a standard item when my Dad used to buy it (New York in the 50's), then it disappeared--somebody told me the Feds had ruled the buffalo grass was a food, which made it non-importable for some reason, though this sounds like a myth. Then it reappeared--I've got a bottle about half full, and Russian Renaissance on Geary used to sell it a few years ago. Now it's gone again? Why?

        2. They have tables the size of a handkerchief. Sure, 4-5 people can fit around one of those wall-mounted tables, but only about two of you will be able to put your drink down.

          1. I find vodka insipid. That's what's wrong with the place from my perspective. I didn't notice a food menu. The drink menu is almost impossible to read with the extremely low and colored lighting provided. Others have told me about many episodes of exceedingly snooty service, but I didn't really encounter that.