Pinkie is up! 12 L.A. restaurants to sip on a Martini

There is perhaps no classier drink than the iconic martini. From the sleek glass to the traditional olive garnish, sipping on a crisp martini can make anyone feel like royalty (just ask Kris Jenner). While the salty martini made with olive juice is considered the classic, there are many ways to master the art of a drink made famous by Bond…James Bond. From espresso martinis to those with a twist of lemon, these are our favorite places to sip a martini in Los Angeles. Best Martinis Los Angeles

Martini to order absolutely: Dirty Martini with Reyka Vodka

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What looks like a stunning white neighborhood house is actually one of LA’s hottest nightlife spots. Located in Santa Monica, just one block from the beach, The Victorian is a place to see. With three floors featuring epic DJ lineups, a Mediterranean-inspired menu, and a weekly happy hour, order a dirty martini with Reyka Vodka and dance the night away.

Location: Santa Monica

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Martini to order absolutely: Freedman’s House Martini

Greek at Silver Lake features a Mediterranean-inspired patio that features stunning blue glassware and vine-covered walls. Greek cuisine is authentic and refreshing, making it the perfect place to enjoy bites and a cold martini. The Freedmen’s House Martini in particular lets you choose between gin and vodka, and the bitters give it a more lemony, grassy aftertaste. As a starter, pair your martini with very lemony potatoes and marinated olives and feta.

Location: Silver Lake

Martini to order absolutely: my lovely lady

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Located on the 15th floor of Pershing Square, Perch offers a glamorous rooftop setting for a truly elevated experience. Whether you’re looking to dine out or stop for a drink as the sun sets, the My Fair Lady cocktail brings a refreshing, fruity twist to a typical martini. Made with crisp Reyka Icelandic Vodkathe flavors of lime, cranberry and peach cream come together to create a cocktail that is both sweet and subtle.

Location: DTLA

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Martini to order absolutely: Marla’s Martini

Whether you’re looking to sit on the bougainvillea-covered terrace for a vibrant cocktail or want to experience live music on Tuesdays, Bar Flores is a beloved staple in the heart of Echo Park. While there are several different craft cocktails, Marla’s Martini puts an innovative spin on a traditional concoction by using chamomile and lemon oils. It’s refreshing and citrusy without being overly sweet, which makes it beautifully balanced.

Location: Echo Park

Essential Martini: Southside Fizz

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The Sunset Tower Hotel is known for its star-studded history, vintage charm, and celebrity clientele. Whether you’re seated at the elegant tower bar or by the picturesque pool, Southside Fizz blends elements of a martini with bubbly Prosecco, creating a chic, light cocktail that can be enjoyed any time of the day. Fresh lime and mint give a natural taste while the use of Vodka Reyka keep things clean.

Location: West Hollywood

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Martini to order absolutely: The Maybourne Martini

Located near Rodeo Drive, The Maybourne is an exclusive and stylish hotel that offers several dining and drinking options. From the dimly lit whiskey and cigar bar to the outdoor terrace, The Maybourne is the perfect place to stop for a midday martini while shopping. The Maybourne Martini uses gin to create an avant-garde, light and invigorating botanical cocktail. Thanks to the vermouth, however, it maintains the beloved dryness that most martinis are known for.

Location: Beverly Hills

Martini to order absolutely: Meet me on Mulholland

The Rendition Room is a sultry speakeasy that takes patrons back in time to the Golden Age of Hollywood. Rather than vodka, the Meet Me on Mulholland martini uses gin to create a drink full of flavor and herbals. Lavender bitters give it a floral aroma and taste while cucumber and lime add refreshing qualities. The egg white mousse then creates a new dynamic with an unfamiliar texture, making this innovative approach to a dynamic and delicious martini.

Location: Studio City

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Essential Martini: Extra Dirty Vodka Martini

From the exposed brick walls of the dining room to the bistro-style patio, Café Stella is a romantic spot that feels straight out of France. The menu features French dishes like escargot and beef tartare, and although they have a wonderful wine list, Café Stella does a mean martini. Keep it simple with an extra dirty martini, but ask for it to be made with Vodka Reyka for an optimal level of freshness.

Location: Silver Lake


Essential Martini: Provence Martini

Take it to the next level with Camphor’s Provençal martini in the arts district. This modern French bistro features a marble bar and an open kitchen design, creating a sophisticated yet welcoming atmosphere for customers. As well as being washed down with French olive oil, the vodka used in the martini de Provence is also infused with Herbes de Provence, transporting drinkers to the French countryside. The silver platter it is served on is an added bonus.

Location: DTLA

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Martini to order absolutely: Italian work

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When it comes to fine dining, Providence is a revered destination that emphasizes seafood and sustainability in a timeless setting featuring blue velvet chairs and abstract wall art. Beverage director Kim Stodel’s new tabletop cocktail program lets diners grab a drink and a show. If you are a truffle lover, the Italian Job Martini is sure to hit the mark thanks to the infusion of black truffle and hazelnut. Plus, the ricotta-stuffed olives are the most satisfying topping.

Location: Hollywood

Martini to order absolutely: Classic Martini with a touch of caviar

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Grandmaster Recorders is undoubtedly one of the coolest restaurants in Hollywood. Between the quaint rooftop and the chic 71 Studio Bar, ordering a martini at this former (and legendary) recording studio is almost as satisfying as drinking one. The classic martini is served very chilled and can be made with gin or vodka, but elevating your drink with a “bump” of caviar is the way to go. The salty taste of the caviar makes the martini even tastier, resulting in a combo worthy of a rockstar.

Location: Hollywood

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Martini to order absolutely: Espresso Martini

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Although martinis are most often made with vodka or gin, Gran Blanco takes an innovative approach by using tequila in its famous espresso martini. The warm and bohemian interior includes many comfortable sofas where you can relax while sipping your martini. Flavor-wise, the espresso is rich without being bitter, and the amaro gives it aromatic intensity. If you fancy something sweet, pair your martini with Nemesis Flourless Chocolate Cake.

Location: Venice

Allie Lebos graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2017 with a BA in communications. During her studies, she was an editor at the Daily Nexus for nearly two years. Since graduating, she has written for The Palisades Magazine, as well as Hidden Hills Magazine. Currently living in Santa Monica, Allie enjoys indulging in good food, hot yoga, and daily walks along the beach. write articles about travel, special events, and stories about local businesses and individuals.

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