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Best Martini in DC?

Preferably somewhere near Dupont Circle...

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

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    1. re: ktmoomau

      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.

    2. 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.

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

        1. I'll give my vote to PS7 in gallery place

          1. 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.

            1. 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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              1. re: Elyssa

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

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                1. re: jinet12

                  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'.

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