• Borsch Vodka & Tears

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  • White Veg-options
Polish, Russian

Serves meat, vegan options available. Polish vodka bar with extensive drinks menu. Some drinks are vegan other than those containing honey, Worcestershire sauce, dairy, or egg. Vegan food on the menu including a vegan pierogi (dumplings), cauliflower fried 'chicken,' cabbage rolls, green bean and hazelnut salad, vegan zakuski (collection of Polish inspired bites). Vegan aioli available for paprika salted fries. Bar has Bonsoy for coffee and vegan dutch cocoa for hot chocolate. Open Mon-Wed 8:00am-1:00am, Thu-Fri 8:00am-3:00am, Sat 9:00am-3:00am, Sun 9:00am-11:00pm. Kitchen closes earlier than bar.

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8 Reviews

First Review by lesslinear


Points +1388

25 Mar 2023

Just fine

Came here for Valentine's Day and was very excited but it was very underwhelming. be warned that apparently the bread is not vegan other than the rye. We ordered a borscht that was supposed to come with bread and sour cream and they just removed the items but charged us the same. There is also a lot of pickles which were good put it was overwhelming the flavour profile of the dishes.



Points +922

16 Oct 2022

Something new

Being from Eastern Europe, I’ve been meaning to try this place for ages hehe I was hoping for something from home. The food wasn’t very authentic, to be completely honest. The borscht(vegan on request) was fine. I got the vegetarian platter (vegan on request). The rye bread was toasted too much so I didn’t like the texture. The sauerkraut was very salty. The cauliflower was yummy and so were the “meatballs”. Amazing experience but not the best vegan Polish food I’ve ever had. Cool drinks menu though!! And amazing interior and overall vibe :))

Pros: Amazing Vodka tasting trays, Friendly staff, Cool vibe

Cons: Not many vegan options, Food was too salty for me , Not very authentic Polish food


Points +196

22 Mar 2022

Amazing cocktails

The food and drinks are amazing and staff are so helpful and understanding, they remade a cocktail off the menu as a vegan version for me even though they have so many options. Delish!


Points +64

04 Feb 2021

Surprisingly good food

Service was a bit lackluster but once an order was placed food came out super fast. Everything was amazingly tasty. Basically ordered every vegan item on the menu was impressed by all of them. Cocktails were superb as well. Check this place out!

Pros: Great and unique vegan options, Great cocktails (clearly labeled when vegan), Na zdeovie!!


Points +32

01 Dec 2018

Somewhere a little different

Good range of tasty vegan options. Very friendly and helpful staff.

Pros: Lots of vegan options , Multitude of vodka cocktails , Friendly, helpful staff


Points +451

06 Oct 2018


I’ve been a couple of times - once in the day and once for dinner. Everything I’ve tried has been tasty and staff are friendly and helpful (although after I ordered the vegan Borsch one staff member did confirm that I’d want olive oil rather than butter on the bread (better to be safe than sorry though!). Mu Borsch was exactly what I wanted - rich, tasty soup. My partner really enjoyed his vegan pierogi too.

Pros: Friendly staff, Clearly labelled options

Cons: Book ahead in the evenings - it gets very busy!


Points +554

18 Aug 2018

Great group dinner!

The are plenty of vegan options on the menu and staff were super helpful in suggesting things to try. The cauliflower wings, vegan perogis and vegan starter board were stand outs and the drink range is extensive. Overall a great place for a nice dinner


Points +47

09 Jun 2018

Fantastic vegan Polish food! And outstanding vodka!

For some odd reason, no-one seems to know that Borsch Vodka & Tears has a number of vegan dishes! Which I'm hoping to correct, because I went there last weekend and had one of the best vegan meals I've ever had in Melbourne! Honestly, my palate was having a party after this meal.

I highly recommend the vegan pierogi (sublime potato dumplings served with sour cream, beetroot and caramelised onions – these were way better than any other vegan versions I've tried). And the vegan zakuski, which is a two-person platter filled with samples of Polish and Eastern European-inspired dishes, such as cabbage rolls, but also broccoli & sweet potato falafels, mushroom & chestnut crepes (amazing!), assorted other dishes and pickles and dipping sauces.

They also have a vegan borsch, vegan fried chicken (which I think is actually cauliflower; I didn't try it but the waiter said it's divine), salads, a raspberry cheezecake and maybe a few other things.

In addition to all this great vegan food, there's a vegetarian menu, and an extensive vodka (and other drinks) menu, including a number of vodka tasting platters.

Pros: Delicious Eastern European vegan food (so rare!), Many kinds of vodka (if you're so inclined), Ambience (this place has it)

Cons: The blintzes aren't vegan!!, Gets busy. Prob best book ahead

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