For gin martinis (if you want vodka, you might as well mix it with eggnog for all the flavor it has), my top picks are: 1. Musso & Franks 2. Pacific Dining Car (Santa Monica) 3. Father's Office (Culver City)
From J Gold's FOLA review: "the bartenders seem happy to explain the comparative hoppiness of Quebec ales or the exact components of a Father’s Office martini, which is made with white Lillet in place of vermouth, homemade orange bitters and your choice of artisanal gins"