Ivan the Terrible chose his moniker after "Ivan the Eyebrowed" and "Ivan the Stamp Collector" were rejected during a vodka-fueled brainstorming session. See what vodka will do for your own historical legacy with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of sips and eats at Samovar Room, located in Cabbagetown.
Samovar Room melds vodka and voluptuousness to give patrons an upscale, Russian-influenced night on the town. Ignite imbibing with an item from Samovar Room's drink menu, such as a vodka-infused lychee martini ($9) or the Sparkling Pear ($11), made from pear vodka and sparkling pear juice. For guests seeking further forays into distilled derring-do, Samovar Room offers vodka tastings, with three standard vodkas ($32) or three premium vodkas ($42) available. Both options are served with Russian bread and pickles as well as smoked salmon. Samovar Room's edibles extend beyond vodka-accompanying sidekicks, however, with a full dinner menu using local and seasonal ingredients. Split steamed mussels ($12) with the doctor to your Zhivago, or opt for a roasted boneless chicken ($17) with vegetables and fries. Caviar is also available (prices vary).
With an expansive mahogany bar dating back to 1935, moody lighting, and rich hardwood floors, Samovar Room's ambience brings to mind the speakeasies of yesteryear—not surprising when you consider that Al Capone is said to have frequented the building during breaks from being one of baseball's most beloved players. Rush into Samovar Room for upscale drinks and dining.
This Groupon is not valid with Samovar Room’s happy hour.
- The long bar dominates one side of the room, while small tables dot the bench that runs the length of the opposite wall. Unlike Rasputin and Pravda, where cozy groupings of chairs and tables inspire intimate, conspiratorial chats, Samovar is more of a dance club, with live DJs and hired dancers keeping the energy level high, and drinks like absinthe keeping the inhibitions low. – Jessica McGann, blogTO
- Thankfully, the decor is less Yakov Smirnoff and more an homage to the Soviet era. Clips of old Russian cartoons are projected on the wall, a copy of War and Peace sits on the coat check counter, and two collages of propaganda posters adorn the sides of a small stage at the end of the bar. Not so subtle are the fur hats and officer’s caps worn by the staff. – Karon Liu, Toronto Life
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