The martini is one of the most classic drinks in America. It has made its way out of traditional bars and into popular culture, where stylish characters have made the drink even more fashionable by ordering them. Trendy restaurants and clubs have made newer, creative versions of the martini like appletinis and other drinks inspired by the martini. Whether you are a purist and stick to martinis made from the perfect mix of gin, vermouth and olives, or you go for trendier versions like those infused with fruit or chocolate flavor, here are some of the places you can show off your taste for the perfect martini.
Blue Line Lounge and Grill
1548 N. Damen Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
Take a break from the workweek by grabbing a martini at Blue Line Lounge and Grill. Over 30 different martinis grace the menu at this Wicker Park spot, including the Malibu pineapple-tini and the retro-tini. Of course, it also serves the eponymous Blue Line martini. Blue Line has many drink specials during the week, so there is always an opportunity to try a great martini served up the way you like it.
1448 N. Wells St.
Chicago, IL 60610
Fireplace Inn in Old Town is well known for its baby back ribs, but it also has a large selection of martini choices. You can make a night of trying out some of Fireplace’s delicious martinis like the ginger lemon drop martini, the vanilla bean martini, the French martini or the Skyy 90 perfection. Not only does Fireplace have an excellent food menu, it also serves terrific martinis.
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1520 S. Wabash Ave.
Chicago, IL 60605
Relax and enjoy an array of choices at M Lounge in the South Loop. Try out the XOXO martini, the mango pineapple sunset, the Almond Joy martini or the Remy V martini. To add to your evening, M Lounge has live music on certain days of the week hosted by some of the best DJs in the city. Take some time to enjoy the warm décor at M Lounge while sipping on great martinis.
7068 183rd St.
Tinley Park, IL 60477
Can’t make it to downtown Chicago, but want some more sophisticated drink choices? Take a trip to Tinley Park for an evening to enjoy Intimo Lounge’s martini list and you will be dazzled. It serves everything from the classic martinis to more exotic ones like the bluebertini, the raspberry mochatini, the cranberry grande and the pomegratini.
3124 N. Central Ave.
Chicago, IL 60634
Get a martini at the trendy Martini Club on Central Avenue. The Martini Club has an extensive list of martinis, including the Club martini, the electric lemonade and the whiskey martini. There is always something to eat here too, like a chicken panini or even a Cuban sandwich to enjoy with your drink. Choose from some of the creative choices at Martini Club.
Angela Hazen lives in Oak Park, IL. She has worked as a model in Chicago and studied broadcast journalism at Columbia College Chicago. She has traveled to Europe on several occasions, and keeps her readers up to date with local and international style, shopping, fashion and beauty trends. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.