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Boston’s Best Martini Selection

October 19, 2010 2:31 AM

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Whether you’ve had a long day at work and a stiff cocktail is the only thing that will take the edge off or you’re heading out for a night on the town with some friends, which bar you end up at is probably the most important decision you’ll make all night. To help you make that mighty choice is a list of bars that boast pouring Boston’s best martini selection.

Eastern Standard

528 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 532-9100
www.easternstandardboston.com

With a lengthy cocktail menu that spans from sparkling-based martinis to vermouth, the martinis at Eastern Standard are nothing short of perfection. They mix sweet martinis with ingredients such as maple syrup and citrus and dry martinis with bourbon and rye. If you really want to try something new, have a taste of Eastern Standard’s raw egg-based martinis, such as the ES Gin Flip or the Pink Lady.

Top of the Hub

800 Boylston Street, Floor 52
Boston, MA 02199
(617) 536-1775
www.topofthehub.net

If you want more than just a great martini, head to Top of the Hub, where you can sip on an exquisite drink while enjoying one of the best views in Boston. Boasting the best dirty martini, Top of the Hub is located on the top floor of the Prudential Building in Boston’s Back Bay. The décor is rich looking and reminiscent of an old British officers’ club. If you’re in the mood for something really sweet, order the cotton candy-filled martini glass.

The Oak Room

Fairmont Copley Plaza
100 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 267-5300
www.theoakroom.com

Located in the Fairmont Copley Plaza in the heart of the city, The Oak Room is a classy spot to enjoy a night of cocktail drinking. From a classic martini to a blueberry basil martini, drinks are brought to your table chilled to perfection in a little ice bucket with a chilled glass.

The Last Hurrah

60 School Street
Boston, MA 02108
(617) 227-8600
www.omnihotels.com

First-rate martinis can be found inside the Omni Parker House in Downtown Boston. The bartenders at The Last Hurrah have even managed to turn a Beantown classic dessert into a beverage with their Boston creme pie martini. This concoction of vanilla vodka, chocolate liqueur, and Bailey’s with a cocoa-dusted rim is satisfyingly sweet and not unlike drinking spiked chocolate milk.

Bar 10

Westin Copley Place
10 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 424-7446
www.starwoodhotels.com

Another hotel bar in Boston with a tasty selection of libations is Bar 10 in the Westin Copley Place. Voted the best bar in Boston by Boston Magazine, Bar 10 mixes signature martinis in a modern setting. Bar 10 has a creative martini menu from the Strawberry Fields martini to the blueberry muffin martini.

- Natalie Miller
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