August 23, 2012 Featured Food

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Lauren Patrick is a native Southerner and the editor of Pretty Southern.com. She’s a member of the Atlanta Blogger Network and Atlanta Food Blogger Society. #LovetheSouth #GoDawgs Follow Lauren on Twitter

The Russians may be cold rulers; however, they have nothing on Czar Ice Bar. Atlanta’s newest destination for creative cocktails is the epitome of cool. Nestled in the heart of Buckhead’s bar triangle, this joint is equal parts Southern hospitality mixed with 300 different vodkas in a beautiful setting surrounded by gorgeous people. Oh yeah…and the sushi is to die for!

Of course, being Buckhead’s newest royalty, the house vodka at Czar Ice Bar is Russian Standard. Y’all can try any of their delicious martinis but beware (like the Russian mafia) they are quite powerful. But Czar, being filled with charm, decided to offer a clever way to sample multiple types of vodka. Guests can build their own flight with any of the distilled liquors in a variety of flavors – all made in-house. And the sampling of four vodkas is served on a block of ice!

The Cucumber vodka is distilled for just three hours while some of the fruit infusions such as Melon and Mango take a full 24 hours to develop their unique flavor. We highly recommend the Blue Ginger, Pineapple, Strawberry, Blueberry, and the somewhat spicy Jalapeño. Czar’s mixologists got very creative when they distilled Krispy Kreme in vodka (see photos of these delicious treats above) and even tried a green Skittle vodka which sold out in a flash.

Management says Czar has already hosted a few ATL celebrities including Young Jeezy, Sheree from The Real Housewives of Atlanta, and players from the Hawks, Braves and Falcons. Yet the most unique celebrity is Czar’s very own sushi connoisseur. Master Sushi Chef Saito Saito chef is one of only a handful of exclusive Master Chefs in the U.S., let alone in the South.

Born in Fuku-Shima Ken, Japan, Saito was in retirement down in Savannah for more than five years before management coaxed him into returning to the foodie scene. The new concept of a sushi restaurant coupled with a vodka bar so excited Saito that he came out of retirement and moved to Atlanta.

Thousands of pretty Southerners have flocked to this hot spot adjacent to East Andrews. So head over to Czar Bar to sit a spell with a cool cocktail and plate of sushi. It’s the perfect way to chill before things heats up. And Lord knows, in Buckhead, the night is always bound to get wild. From Russia with love and straight into Buckhead, y’all have got to check out Czar Ice Bar. Afterall, a night in Hotlanta should always start on a cool note.

For more information about Czar Ice Bar, check out their website, like them on Facebook, and follow them on Twitter. Also, Daily Candy is offering $50 for $100 worth of sushi and cocktails to Czar!

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