vodka.jpgChannel your inner czarina at the new Vodika Lounge in Petaluma, NorCal’s first 28-degree premium vodka tasting room. As in it’s actually 28 degrees inside (four degrees below freezing).

The lounge-within-a-bar-within-a-restaurant accommodates eight sippers at a go, part of the revamped bar scene at Graziano’s Ristorante. On opening day (Nov. 21, 2008), Charbay distiller Marco Karakasedic will be on hand from 7 to 10pm talking vodka and pouring.

Why the deep freeze? Sonia Perozzi of the restaurant says that 28 degrees is the only proper temperature to serve vodka. Hey, why not.

Faux fur hats and jackets are provided for your comfort. Bring your own tiara.

In addition to the new chill room, Graziano’s has also redesigned their bar lounge to include designer martinis, Italian small plates (piatti piccoli), caviar and oysters. The bar is open until 2am.

170 Petaluma Blvd. North, Petaluma, 707.762.5997.