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Good place to get a martini...

jniceyw Aug 18, 2006 06:32 PM

Looking for more restaurants/bars/lounges to get a decent martini. The traditional, crazy, and fruity are all welcome suggestions! I recently went to Lola's in West Hollywood and it spurred on a search for the best martinis. Thanks in advance!


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    cimero Aug 19, 2006 01:24 AM

    My vote goes to Mastro's steak house in Beverly Hills. That dinner club atmoshphere and to die for bread basket (so I don't get too drunk before dinner arrives) is fantastic!

    1. Tom P Aug 18, 2006 11:19 PM

      Another vote for Musso's, simply the best. I have had excellent martinis, also, at Firefly on Ventura in the Valley, Lucques, Republic, Casa del Mar hotel in Santra Monica, The Ritz Carleton Hotel in Pasadena, and Arroyo Chop House in Pasadena.

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        JPomer Aug 18, 2006 09:57 PM

        Put me down for Musso. Consistently the best martinis.

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          echo eater Aug 18, 2006 08:03 PM

          I second the Hungry Cat; they have a cucumber martini with hendricks gin and fresh susumber juice, served over ice. I had no idea cucumber juice would be such a brilliant green. Tasted and looked great.

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            carter Aug 18, 2006 07:10 PM

            Nic's Martini Lounge in Beverly Hills on Canon.
            Likewise, Wilshire in Santa Monica, Grace and Lucques, Vibrato Grill & Jazz up in Beverly Glen, Arroyo Chop House in Pasadena, etc.

            1. DanaB Aug 18, 2006 07:03 PM

              They have excellent martinis and other drinks at Hungry Cat (in the Sunset and Vine complex). Good food, to boot.

              1. Silver Lake Guy Aug 18, 2006 07:00 PM

                I'm a purist. Musso and Frank's.

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                  Ernie Aug 18, 2006 08:03 PM

                  I agree, Musso & Frank is hard to beat. They make a mean martini, the old bartenders are great, and the Raymond Chandler-esque atmosphere is incomparable in LA.

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                    The Oracle Aug 18, 2006 08:56 PM

                    I'm assuming this is for regular martini's. I had an apple martini at Musso & Franks some years ago -- it was waaayyy too sweet and served in the tiniest martini glass. (Maybe 4 ounces... maybe).

                    My perfect martini's have been found at Patina.

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                      Ernie Aug 18, 2006 08:57 PM

                      Yes, regular martini of course. I don't care for those flavored concoctions that are in fashion.

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                        Silver Lake Guy Aug 18, 2006 09:19 PM

                        I'm with you guys. And of course a classic means a gin martini - not vodka!!!

                      2. re: The Oracle
                        JudiAU Aug 19, 2006 12:09 AM

                        Ahem...that is the size of a martini glass. Anything else is trough.

                      3. re: Ernie
                        Will Owen Aug 18, 2006 10:15 PM

                        Stoney Point,on Colorado at the western edge of Pasadena. Good bar, good atmosphere, have a drink and leave unless you're rich.

                        The Wild Hare, on York Blvd. in Highland Park. Young crowd, good menu with great apps, but the bartender knows how to make a REAL martini as well as the froufrou stuff. Have a drink and stay, 'cause it's way fun, and the food is pretty damn good.

                    2. Das Ubergeek Aug 18, 2006 06:51 PM

                      Taboo, in Woodland Hills (shush!), has the most delectable dirty martinis ever.

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                        Cher D. Aug 18, 2006 10:11 PM

                        I would never shush someone talkin' about a fine martini in my part of the Valley! Someone else mentioned to me about Taboo having good martinis. Is it just a bar/club or do they have food too? What's the story?

                        1. re: Cher D.
                          Das Ubergeek Aug 18, 2006 11:11 PM

                          It's a bar/club... the back is a hip hop type club, the front is a lounge (on the patio, etc.) It's actually extremely cool for being, well, er, not near any other clubs.

                          (I stumbled on it by accident.)

                          I don't know if they serve food, though.

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