The drink of kings!
In centuries past, Polish vodka was drunk by kings and peasants alike. It's thought to have had medicinal properties (and in that case potentially still does...) and during World War II it was even used as a bribe on occupying Nazi German forces.
With such a fascinating lineage, the time is ripe for a new museum in Warsaw devoted solely to Poland's extraordinary 500-year history with its national alcoholic beverage. Known in Polish as wodka which means “little water”, vodka got its name from the clear liquid that results from the distillation of cereals or potatoes. At the newly opened The Polish Vodka Museum, the magical elixir is celebrated alongside the national traditions that have seen the spirit drank, produced and promoted for generations.
Located in a 19th century historic rectification plant in what used to be one of the most famous vodka factories in Poland, the museum is home to five thematic exhibitions and a screening room. Alongside these, there are two bars (of course!) and Restaurant Zoni - a place which has a very special place in our hearts after hosting us at our Terroir Warsaw Collaborative Dinner.
"Polish Vodka is not only our national heritage, but it is also an essential attribute of ‘Polishness’ recognised all across the world."
"Polish vodka is not only our national heritage, it's also an essential attribute of 'Polishness' recognised all across the world says the Polish Vodka Association - the driving force behind the new museum. "It's also a crucial element of Polish culture, which has been served on Polish tables during celebrations for centuries."
Having had the opportunity to be one of the first inside this incredibly impressive new space in Warsaw as well as offering our international chefs the chance to cook inside some super slick kitchen facilities we can't recomend a better place to while away an afternoon in the Polish capital. Na Zdrowie!
Polish Vodka Museum, Centrum Praskie Koneser, Koneser Square 1, 03-736 Warsaw