Best Martini Bars, Lounges and Restaurants

 

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The Dresden, Los Angeles
Selected by CBS Los Angeles as one of The Top 10 Martini Bars in Los Angeles, 2013
1760 N. Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA
Order the Blood and Sand martini.


Liquid Kitty, Los Angeles
Selected by CBS Los Angeles as one of The Top 10 Martini Bars in Los Angeles, 2013
11780 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA
Order the Liquid Kitty martini. It's made with Ketel One Vodka and served with a Camel cigarette. How Humphrey Bogart!


Bemelmans Bar @ the Carlyle Hotel, NYC
Selected by The Huffington Post as The Best Martini Bar in New York City, 2011
35 East 76th Street
New York, NY
The bartenders are dressed in red bellhop jackets and the walls are lined with the murals of Ludwig Bemelmans (1898-1962) who was a beloved 20th century children's storybook artist in addition to being a well-known international gourmet. He's probably best known for his Madeline books. You must order the Vesper Martini which is not on the menu. It's made of one part vodka, three parts gin, a splash of white Lillet and a lemon twist.


Pegu Club, NYC
Selected by Time Out New York as a Top 10 Martini Bar in New York City, 2012
77 West Houston Street, (between West Broadway and Wooster St)
New York, NY
Try the Earl Grey MarTEAni which is made with, you guessed it, Earl Grey tea. Tanqueray gin (heavy on the juniper berry) is combined with loose-leaf Earl Grey from In Pursuit of Tea then shaken with lemon juice and an egg white. It's then laced with a fragrant bergamot and garnished with lemon peel and sugar.


King's Row - GastroPub - Pasadena
Best Bar & Best Cocktail 2010
20 E. Colorado Blvd Ste. 102
Pasadena, CA 91105
Great pub. Good selection of beers and very good martinis. Good food must always follow a good martini - and King's Row delivers. They source their menu from top California farmers. Rare and exotic burgers and sausages, signature dishes (we muses loved the Oxtail Osso Buco), re-interpretations of classics, as well as simple and unpretentious snacks. The food is reflective of what a gastropub should be: great gourmet-like food offered in a pub setting. The food is perfectly prepared, unique and thoughtful. The bar is large and the dining area even larger. This is real food. Better in our opinion than Mi Piace restaurant across the street where we've been many times with friends not wanting music mixed with their dining experience. Not that Mi Piace serves bad food - it's that their food is not as fresh and flavorful as they market it to be. And it's quite expensive. King's Row is a gem - unbelievable food at ridiculously low prices.


Dry Martini Bar - Barcelona
Eixample District
Carrer Aribau 162
Eixample, Barcelona, Spain
The clue's in the name - a shrine to the martini. Classy yet Unstuffy. Well-appointed staff, an abundance of dark wood and a bounty of bottles.


The Hemingway Bar - Paris
The Ritz Hotel
15 Place Vendôme In the Hôtel Ritz
Paris, France
Yes, Hemingway spent many a day and night here at The Ritz which has been renamed in his honor.


Olive Bar & Kitchen - Mumbai
Bandra, North Mumbai
14 Union Park Khar
Mumbai, India
Renowned as the hippest hangout in trendy Bandra, north Mumbai and quite popular with models, Bollywood movie stars, and Cricket stars.


The Backyard at The W Hotel
930 Hilgard Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Beautiful trickling pebbled fountain and a pool surrounded by cabanas. Ask for a vodka martini with St. Germain elderflower liqeur


Lefty O'Doul's Restaurant & Lounge
At Union Square
333 Geary Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
Located in between Powell & Mason
Ask for their SKYY Pineapple Vodka Martini


Tropicana at the Roosevelt Hotel
7000 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA
(map Map of Blue Taleh, 15 Kearney Square, Lowell, MA)

Plush poolside lounge chairs, paintings by David Hockney, palm trees to establish the tropical setting and great martinis


Twin Palms
101 West Green Street
Pasadena, CA
(map Map of Blue Taleh, 15 Kearney Square, Lowell, MA)

Old Town Pasadena just off of Colorado, seemingly tucked away on a corner until you hear jazz playing and see the billowing canvas shade sails. try the mango-tini.


Blue Taleh
15 Kearney Square
Lowell, MA
(map Map of Blue Taleh, 15 Kearney Square, Lowell, MA)


Pat's Cocktail Lounge
12121 Riverside Drive
North Hollywood, CA
(map Pat's Cocktail Lounge - 12121 Riverside Drive, North Hollywood, CA Map)

Old-time cocktail bar. Bartenders are not limited with bottle stops or measurers. They pour as they feel. if you tip well, they pour even better. Pint-sized soda glasses are used for the martinis but the martinis are good. Pool tables, TVs and best of all, a real down-to-earth clientele. You can make friends with anyone at Pat's Cocktail Bar. The address says North Hollywood but Pat's is really located in Studio City / Valley Village, corner of Laurel Canyon and Riverside. Easy and safe street parking. Highly recommended. Excellent luncheon menu served.


Martinis
1313 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN
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The Oak Room
Fairmont Copley Plaza
100 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02116
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Lola's
945 N. Fairfax
West Hollywood, CA
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Nic's Restaurant and Martini Lounge
453 N. Canon Dr
Beverly Hills, CA
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Tantra in Silverlake
3705 Sunset Blvd
Silverlake, CA
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Firefly
11720 Ventura Blvd
Studio City, CA
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Clear
11916 Ventura Blvd
Studio City, CA
(map Map)
(Mango Tango Martini)


Birds
5925 Franklin Avenue
Los Angeles, CA


Mark's Restaurant
861 N. La Cienega Blvd
West Hollywood, CA
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Yamashiro
1999 N. Sycamore Avenue
Hollywood, CA
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Yi Cuisine
7910 W. 3rd Street
Los Angeles, CA
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Chateau Marmont
8221 W. Sunset Blvd
West Hollywood, CA
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Sunset Marquis Hotel and Villas
1200 Alta Loma Rd
West Hollywood, CA
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Musso and Frank Grill
6667 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA
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Monroe's Bar
8623 Melrose Avenue
West Hollywood, CA
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Liquid Kitty
11780 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA
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Club Rare
836 N Highland Avenue
Los Angeles, CA


The Century Club / The Banana Café
10131 Constellation Blvd
Los Angeles, CA


The Dresden
1760 N Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles, CA
(map Map)


Arsenal Bar
12012 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA
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Over 250 Martini Recipes!

Martini of the Month

Holly Jolly Christmas Martini Recipe
Dedicated to Burl Ives

  • 3 oz Gin
  • 1/2 oz Dry Vermouth
  • 1 tspn Peppermint Schnapps
  • 1 small candy cane

Add the gin, vermouth and peppermint schnapps together into a cocktail shaker which is filled halfway with cold, cracked ice. Shake well and then strain the delicious mixture into a chilled cocktail glass. Hang the small candy cane off the side of the rim and voila - you have the Burl Ives' Holly Jolly Christmas Martini.


Burl Ives' Holly Jolly Christmas Martini Recipe

 

Baklava Martini
We take from the Greeks in our celebration of the fall/autumn season with the Baklava Martini. The closest ting to eating this delicious Greek dessert.

  • 1 fluid ounce amaretto liqueur
  • 3 fluid ounces gin
  • 1 fluid ounce creme de cacao
  • 1 1/2 fluid ounces simple syrup
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Combine amaretto, gin, creme de cacao, simple syrup, and cinnamon in a cocktail shaker full of ice. Shake the mixture together and then strain it all into 2 martini glasses.


En-Lighten-Mint Martini
Perfect for Spring and Mother's Day. Hemingway may even have tried one!

  • 1 oz Cucumber Infused Clique Vodka
  • 3 Lemon wheels
  • 3 oz Sparkling water
  • 1 Mint sprig

Muddle infused vodka, 2 lemon wheels and mint sprig. Strain into a tall glass with ice and top with soda water. Garnish with a cucumber strip and lemon wheel.


Clique Vodka En-Lighten-Mint Martini

 

Baklava Martini
We take from the Greeks in our celebration of the fall/autumn season with the Baklava Martini. The closest ting to eating this delicious Greek dessert.

  • 1 fluid ounce amaretto liqueur
  • 3 fluid ounces gin
  • 1 fluid ounce creme de cacao
  • 1 1/2 fluid ounces simple syrup
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Combine amaretto, gin, creme de cacao, simple syrup, and cinnamon in a cocktail shaker full of ice. Shake the mixture together and then strain it all into 2 martini glasses.


Lefty O'Doul's Pineapple Martini Recipe
JC writes in to the Muse:
"a few weeks ago my wife and I were in San Francisco and stopped in Lefty O'Douls for drinks... she had a SKYY infused pineapple martini that she loved... I've looked all over for a recipe and can't find one...do you know of any?"

Well, JC, we were wondering how Lefty O'Doul's made their Pineapple Martini also so we called them. We spoke with Chuck Davis, the Manager/Bartender. He was the bartender who made your pineapple martini.

  • 1 ½ oz. SKYY pineapple vodka
  • 1/8 oz. dry vermouth
  • Chill the mixed concoction
  • Serve it all up in a martini shell glass
  • Optional: add a slice of pineapple on side of glass as a garnish


Manmohan Prashar's Real Martini Recipe
Manmohan Prashar emailed us this simple, pure and tasty martini recipe:

  • 1 part red dry vermouth
  • 2 part vodka
  • 3 part gin

Step 1: start with vermouth; measure 1 part, drop a few drops in a chilled cocktail glass; rotate the glass so that vermouth is spread on the glass walls. Pour rest of the vermouth left in the measure glass in cocktail shaker.

Step 2: Add 2 parts vodka to the cocktail shaker.

Step 3: Add 3 part gin to the cocktail shaker.

Shake well and serve
Cheers!!
Manmohan Prashar


  Meadow Lark Vodka Martini

Mike Sherwood of Santa Rosa Spirits writes The Muse that he's been experimenting with two infusions from Sub Rosa Spirits. Nothing radical and, that he says, is the point. He likes mixing Elderflower Liqueur with Tarragon Vodka. The Saffron and Cointreau seemed destined as partners, "very lush and warming", he says. Mike adds a hint of fine freshly ground black pepper into a plain Tarragon martini. Grinding in white pepper also works well. The martini is meant to be understated which brings out the delicate flavor of the tarragon.

  • 1/4 oz. St. Germaine Elderflower Liqueur
  • 2 oz. Sub Rosa Tarragon Vodka
  • splash of lemon juice
  • 2 oz. soda water

Combine all ingredients into a martini glass over cold ice - check out Swank Martini Glasses for a nice selection of classic, cool and artsy martini glasses - and shake. The elderflowers bring imagery of a fresh summer meadow at sunrise. The Meadow Lark is Oregon's state bird.


  The Marseille Airport Martini

The Marseille Airport Martini may require 1-2 ounces of ginger ale or a juice of your liking. The weekend bartender at Serattos make this one with a little soda water mixed in. Soda cut the sweetness of the orange liqueur but need to play with this one a little more. The Marseille Airport Martini has a pale yellow orange cast to if from the Saffron vodka and Cointreau. The aroma is warm and familiar yet not completely identifiable due to the toasted cumin wafting over the orange liqueur and fresh lime. Think Golden Cosmopolitan minus the juice.

  • 2 ounces Sub Rosa Saffron infused vodka
  • 1 ounce Cointreau
  • 1/2 ounce fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 2 dashes Peychaud's bitters (Orange bitters will work as well)

Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker with cracked ice. Shake and strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with a long twist of lime.


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