I love to mix my own cocktails most of the time…but there are those evenings when I just want the perfect setting for a relaxing, delicious cocktail with great service. Vovina in Kirkland located at 15 Lake Street (Marina Level), Kirkland, WA 98033, is just that place! Vovina opened in February of 2009. Owner, Jaymie Jones, always had a dream of opening a wine and cheese bar which then evolved. The birth of VoVina came from her creativity, and love of making great drinks, great food and great hospitality. The atmosphere is sophisticated, warm and comfortable. The drink menu is fantastic!! The food is superb. They have over 50 specialty martinis, and the largest Vodka selection on the Eastside, 3 Absinthe fountains and a variety of wines…it’s a beautiful thing!!! It was so hard to choose!! Their head bartender, Mike Taib, is an award winning Mixologist who truly has a gift. He mixed up some of the house specialities for us…and oh how fabulous they were….
#1 Lover’s Quarrel – A lovely blend of Fris Vodka, Strawberry Puree, Triple Sec, Sweet and Sour and topped off with a splash of Strawberry Champagne (I know!!! It really was spectacular!!)
#2 Spring Fling – This tasty delight was crisp, light and so refreshing. Muddled Cucumber, Hendricks Gin (infused with Rose Petal and Cucumber), Triple Sec and Lemonade…It is such a creative blend of flavors..I have to say my favorite of the night.
#3 Chocolate Martini – Vanilla Vodka, Godiva White Chocolate Liquor, Creme de Cocoa, Splash of Cream, served in a Chocolate Swirled Martini Glass (they reduce the chocolate JUST SO… to get the right consistency for the swirls to remain visible while you sip)…just another example of their creativity and flair that is evident with every drink and food item they serve.
It’s all these details that make VoVina the Premier place to go when you want to experience something special. They also have daily happy hour..check out their site for more details. Want to try three of their martinis but on a smaller scale? They offer “drink flights” a trio of the drinks you choose…served in mini glasses on a little rack..GREAT idea!! The restaurant is available to rent out for private parties. Contact Jaymie for details on that. It is the perfect venue for a special event.
Thank You, Jaymie, for the wonderful hospitality!! I will definitely be back!!!