Martini Bars, Straight Up
We all know there’s no shortage of great places to grab an after-work cocktail in the area. Point your taste buds in any direction and you’re bound to find the perfect bar to suit your mood. However, when it comes to sourcing the best martinis, the opinions are both varied and immense. And while we may never officially put the argument to rest, three of the best have been put to the test right around the corner.
Recently named one of the Top 10 New Restaurants in US by luxury guide, Gayot, New Jersey’s Blue Morel is just what Morristown has been waiting for. In addition to its celebrated menu, Blue Morel’s entrees are expertly paired with their cocktail list. Blended vodka, cranberry juice, fresh squeezed lemon and lime juices and Brooklyn Pilsner are used to create the Shandy Martini, while the Wet Ginger Martini packs the perfect punch of gin, fresh ginger and a variety of fresh juices. Can’t find what you’re looking for on the menu? They’ve got that covered, too, with custom creations using Blue Morel’s house infused liquors.
Blue Morel – 2 Whippany Road, Morristown, NJ
Nestled at the edge of SoHo, this underground caviar bar has been modeled after the Russian speakeasies sprinkled throughout Moscow. Whether you’re in for the long haul or elect to take multiple trips to the bar, there are a few libations you have to try. If vodka martinis are more your style you may want to get your hands on the Caviar Martini. Made with cucumber, dill and a spoonful of caviar, this unique blend is a treat for your mouth. If it’s gin you’re after, Pravada has both the Pear Martini and Rosemary Martini for fruity, fresh alternatives.
Pravada – 281 Lafayette Street, New York, NY
Martini Bistro & Bar
Aptly named, the Martini Bistro has been a local favorite for years. With more than a dozen to choose from, martini aficionados continue to flock to Martini Bistro & Bar time again because they believe they’ve found the best martini spot anywhere. And with a cocktail menu that houses a library of martini selections with kitschy names and big taste, including the Sexy Devil, Fuzzy Dude and the inquisitive Horsepower Tini, something tells us you’ll be coming back for more.
Martini Bistro & Bar – 40 Main Street, Millburn, NJ