It's Little Poland, in Elsternwick. With lots and lots and lots of vodka
The little sister of perennially popular Windsor restaurant Borsch, Vodka and Tears, After the Tears serves up plenty of hearty Eastern European classics, like przekąski – Polish tapas platters of pickled herrings, Russian potato salad, beets and trout terrines. And of course, there's borsch.
There is also vodka – oh, is there ever vodka. There are more than 100 varieties to choose from, and there is no snobby alcohol wank in the descriptions (cf this delightful sequence: "Yes, It’s A Tree Flavoured Vodka!" "Comes With An Oak Strip In The Bottle...Ok, It’s Another Tree Flavour" "This Is Getting Ridiculous. Maple Leaf Vodka" "Seriously? Another? Oak Bark Infused? WTF Poland?" and "Alright, I Give Up. You Wanna Drink Pine Shoot Vodka, You Go Right Ahead!"). There are flights available, so you can try plenty.
There is also vodka tea, after-work herbal vodka and dessert vodka (are you sensing the theme here?).
It's also next door to popular Elsternwick stalwart Classic Cinemas, so it's the perfect place for a pre-show drink or a post-film comedown.
|Venue name:||After the Tears||Contact:|
9b Gordon St
|Opening hours:||Mon-Fri 3-10pm; Sat-Sun 11am-10pm|
|Transport:||Nearby stations: Elsternwick; Ripponlea|