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Best Martini in DC?

sunnyand72 Mar 27, 2008 07:43 AM

Preferably somewhere near Dupont Circle...

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  1. ktmoomau RE: sunnyand72 Mar 27, 2008 07:48 AM

    What type of martini, classic, liquor preference, or modern "martini"?

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      sunnyand72 RE: ktmoomau Mar 27, 2008 08:00 AM

      I am hoping not to start a debate about what does and does not constitute a martini, but since drinking gin is like work: Vodka martini, up, cold, olives.

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      katecm RE: sunnyand72 Mar 27, 2008 08:09 AM

      You don't have to stray too, too far from Dupont to get to Off the Record, where the bartenders are excellent and, to be honest, it's a bar where looking around makes you want to drink a martini.

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        Jeserf RE: sunnyand72 Mar 27, 2008 08:21 AM

        as much as I hate the place, the dirty martinis at 18th St Lounge were, as I remember, REALLY good.

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          cleveland park RE: sunnyand72 Mar 27, 2008 08:22 AM

          I'll give my vote to PS7 in gallery place

          1. ktmoomau RE: sunnyand72 Mar 27, 2008 08:35 AM

            Round Robin bar makes good classic drinks. Of course Todd Thrasher is the best bartender in town, but his cocktails you want to be non-traditional. There was someplace my brother who loves martinis, but prefers gin, really liked for a plain dirty martini, it might have been Zola.

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              Elyssa RE: sunnyand72 Mar 27, 2008 09:00 AM

              Not that I've tried it there but I imagine Russia House would make a good one...anyone had it there before?

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                food.fiend RE: Elyssa Mar 27, 2008 09:06 AM

                Have not had one of their "classic" martinis, but the frou-frou ones (yes, what was I thinking) are delicious, large, and well-proportioned (alcohol-content-wise).
                Though, the vodka-tasting is much more fun! :o)

              2. jinet12 RE: sunnyand72 Mar 27, 2008 09:21 AM

                Had some great Martinis at the bar inside the Hay Adams Hotel

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                  DCDOLL RE: jinet12 Mar 27, 2008 04:41 PM

                  That's what what katecm was talking about...it's called Off the Record...and i agree i had one there that was really tasty and the atmosphere is cool. Dinner at the Lafayette room after was the perfect 'nightcap'.

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                  ciaohound RE: sunnyand72 Mar 28, 2008 12:11 PM

                  Smith & Wollensky, near 19th and M. Excellent and expensive, but quite generous.

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