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NYC’s Best Bars For A Martini

February 11, 2014 5:55 AM

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Whether you like them shaken or stirred, martinis have stood the test of time as a classic cocktail. A traditional martini contains just gin, vermouth and an olive or lemon twist garnish – although variations abound. Check out these New York City martini bars for the best versions of the cocktail in the Big Apple. By Adrienne Smith.

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Pegu Club
77 W Houston St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 473-7348
www.peguclub.com

This Soho cocktail bar, from Audrey Saunders and the owners of Flatiron Lounge and Zinc Bar, serves up classy cocktails in a sleek, Brit-inspired lounge. Bring a date to this upstairs bar for the infused Earl Grey MarTEAni. Earl Grey tea-infused gin is mixed with sugar, lemon juice and frothed egg whites. The result is a deliciously smooth take on a martini, with subtle kicks of lemon.

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Verlaine
110 Rivington St
New York, NY 10002
(212) 614-2494
www.verlainenyc.com

Verlaine is all about quality cocktails for a bargain. The Lower East Side, Asian-inspired cocktail bar offers happy hour from 5:00 p.m. until 10:00 every night of the week. Verlaine’s lychee martini – just $5 during happy hour – is a mix of vodka, the Asian fruit lychee and a dash of pineapple juice.

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Pravda
281 Lafayette St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 226-4944
www.pravdany.com

Pravda is part Russian caviar bar and part French bistro. And, surprisingly, the mix works. This Soho bar serves over 70 vodkas, including a variety of house-infused vodkas. While a classic martini at Pravda is worth a trip on its own, The Oligarch martini is a must-try luxury. The caviar martini includes Beluga vodka, Dolin Blanc, green chartreuse, a lemon twist and a generous dollop of caviar. What’s more, Pravda offers a 2-for-1 happy hour from 5 to 7 p.m.

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Cibar
56 Irving Pl
New York, NY 10003
(212) 460-5656
www.cibarlounge.com

Cibar is a martini bar tucked into the first floor of the Gramercy Park townhouse Inn At Irving Place. The menu offers more than 20 types of martinis in a relaxed setting that’s big enough for a group. Snag a spot by the fireplace or the outdoor area, and order the Bellini Martini with white peach puree, champagne and peach-infused vodka.

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Russian Vodka Room
265 W 52nd St
New York, NY 10019
(212) 307-5835
www.russianvodkaroom.com

Russian Vodka Room is an old-school Russian restaurant and bar in Midtown West. With live piano music and $5 martinis during happy hour, the bar is a solid after-work choice. Choose among five flavored vodkas for your happy hour martini: sour apple, peach, pomegranate, watermelon and raspberry. Or, try the Filthy Russian: vodka, olive juice and gorgonzola stuffed olives.

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Art Bar
52 8th Ave
New York, NY 10014
(212) 727-0244
www.artbar.com

This small West Village bar offers beer, wine, cocktails and food. But the martinis are the star of Art Bar’s menu. You’ll find dimmer lighting and soft couches in the back room for a decidedly relaxed experience. Order any of Art Bar’s rotating seasonal martinis – the Pumpkin Pie Martini, when available, is especially popular. Or, stick to the menu with a Pink Lemonade martini (citrus rum, Cointreau, cranberry and lemon juice) or classic martini.

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