Seattle’s swank Barca has a separate vodka bar ensconced on the mezzanine, featuring more than 100 vodkas from Scotland to Austria. Flavored vodkas range from the familiar to the esoteric – fig or banana, anyone? – and a chocolate martini, made with local, legendary Dilettante chocolate, is among the top cocktails. “We’re trying to challenge people to break away from the usual vodka and tonic,” says co-owner Richard Hemsley. The full vodka lineup is displayed behind the bar, including bottles shaped like trumpets, rifles and artillery shells.
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