Nightlife & Music

Best Martini Selection In Atlanta

February 28, 2011 7:31 AM

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(credit: www.minglesatl.com)
Whether you like yours shaken, stirred, straight up, on the rocks, dirty or with a twist, nothing signals the beginning of a great night on the town like a perfectly blended martini. To find the spots with Atlanta’s best martini selection, just look for that distinctively shaped glass and the smiles that accompany it.

Platinum Blue

4505 Ashford Dunwoody Road
Dunwoody, GA 30346
(770) 551-9900
www.platinumbluesushi.com

This sleek, sexy sushi bar also doubles as one of the finest martini bars in town. The drink menu is both staggering and spellbinding. You’ll have a hard time choosing between items like the Bikini Martini, Truffletini and Cantaloupe Martini, among others. Once you’ve made your choice, sip it slowly while you revel in the cool, comfortable lounge atmosphere.

The Chocolate Bar

201 West Ponce De Leon Ave., Suite C
Decatur, GA 30030
(404) 378-0630
www.thechocolatebardecatur.com

Pairing fine chocolate with fine cocktails has to be one of the smartest moves in culinary history. It’s a marriage that works beautifully at the Chocolate Bar, where guests can choose from a wide selection of chocolates — including many made in-house — and a fun assortment of drinks. Signature martinis include Chocolate Espresso and Tiramisu, the perfect accompaniment to your sweet treats. The vibe here is coffeehouse casual, making it the prime place for a little happy-hour lounging.

Beluga Martini Bar

3115 Piedmont Road
Atlanta, GA 30305
(404) 869-1090
www.belugamartinibar.com

Surrounded by the sometimes-intimidating bars and nightclubs of Atlanta’s swanky Buckhead district, Beluga Martini Bar manages to remain cozy, relaxed and unassuming. The background music is nice, the sofas on the top floor are comfy, and the martini menu never fails to satisfy. In addition to classic recipes, you’ll also find tantalizing new creations like the Pomegranate Pucker and Sweet Tea-Ni. One note: The Beluga Martini Bar not only allows but actually encourages cigar smoking, so those with delicate lungs should take heed.

Mingles Martini Bar & Grill

182 Courtland St. NE
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 525-5151
www.minglesatl.com

This newcomer on the Atlanta restaurant scene is poised to pack the crowds in for years to come. Its great martini selection is reason enough to visit, but the food — upscale, contemporary, yet still affordable — just adds extra incentive. Another nice touch is the personal attention from the chef, who takes a cue from the restaurant’s name and does his own fair share of mingling.

– Ty Treadwell
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