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Best Martinis in LA?

We need a great birthday celebration restaurant -- great food, great martinis. Thoughts?

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  1. Lola's is more martinis than food, but their food is still very good and if you can snag one of the lounge areas, all the better. I think their martini menu is something like 5 pages. Definitely a fun, hip place.

    945 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046

    1. What about Nic's in Beverly Hills? I've had great martinis there.

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      1. re: Snoopy

        I just happened to see something else about Nic's so we're making reservations there. Fingers crossed. Thank you!

        1. re: kimlbc

          Enjoy. I like the Maytag martini. I also had a really delish burger there and some great gnocchi.

      2. Two places come to mind. For classic martinis, there's Musso and Frank. For modern martinis, The Hungry Cat. At both, you'll be able to order classic likes a sidecar or a manhattan, but HC will give you a modern twist on classics, like their cucumber martini or fig bourbon martini. HC has a better menu, in my opinion, but that's because I'm *this* close to being a pescetarian, and I'm a big fan of Hungry Cat's seafood.

        The Hungry Cat
        1535 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90028

        Musso & Frank Grill
        6667 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

        1. For just martinis.... the bar at the Peninsula in BH has a spectacular martini

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          1. re: ErikaK

            definitely Musso & Frank ! a perfect martini.

            1. re: cecibean

              Perfect, and COLD. Be sure to order yours with three olives; that way you won't have to order a salad with your dinner.

              1. re: cecibean

                Musso's is the bench mark for classic martinis and anyting other than a classic martini is just a drink in a pointy glass IMHO

            2. Musso Frank for the standard in LA.

              1. If Nic's doesn't work out - Chateau Marmont. I also like Lola's, but I think Chateau Marmont has better food. Though Nic's does have the added advantage of having a vodka tasting freezer room.

                1. If it's gin and vermouth you want, the best I've had at a bar so far was at Stoney Point, on Colorado at the western edge of Pasadena. I'd expect Musso and Frank to be equally good, but so is the Redwood Room downtown on 2nd just off Hill Street. And if it's NOT gin and vermouth you want, I have no recommendation.