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The martini made with gin, French vermouth, Cocchi Americano, and orange bitters at Kimball House comes with a silver tin dish filled with ice and a choice of an olive or lemon twist to garnish the drink.
The Fifty-Fifty martini made with gin, French vermouth, Cocchi Americano, and orange bitters at Kimball House.
Andrew Thomas Lee

15 Atlanta Bars and Restaurants Serving Marvelous Martinis

From gin martinis with a lemon twist and vodka martinis served dirty with blue cheese olives to variations on the classic cocktail

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The Fifty-Fifty martini made with gin, French vermouth, Cocchi Americano, and orange bitters at Kimball House.
| Andrew Thomas Lee

Most martini drinkers are quite particular about how they prefer this cocktail. Purists of the drink insist the martini be made with gin, while others favor vodka as the base spirit. Some like it served dirty with blue cheese-stuffed olives, while others want their martini served dry, straight up, and ice cold with a lemon twist. Even the speed in which a gin martini is stirred causes debate. Vigorous stirring might bruise the gin, thus bringing more bitter notes forward in the drink. Then there are the numerous variations on the martini, including the Fifty-Fifty, the Gibson, Cosmopolitan, and the espresso martini.

Whether served classic or dirty, made with gin or vodka, the martini is a timeless classic cocktail found on many a bar menu. Here are a few stellar martinis and martini variations to consider sipping at bars and restaurants around Atlanta.

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1. La Grotta Ristorante

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2637 Peachtree Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30305
(404) 231-1368
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This fine dining Italian restaurant, with its white linen-clad tables and decadent pasta dishes, may be known more for its impressive wine list, but don’t sleep on the martinis here, which come made to order and ice cold. After dinner, order La Grotta’s espresso martini with dessert. Some regulars to the restaurant say this espresso martini might be the best version of the coffee liqueur and coffee-laced drink in Atlanta. Dress code. Reservations highly encouraged.

2. Lyla Lila

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693 Peachtree St NE UNIT 118
Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 963-2637
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The martinis here may not be listed on the cocktail menu, but that doesn’t mean this Midtown Italian restaurant from chef Craig Richards can’t whip up this classic. Chilled down to the perfect temperature for slow sipping, order the martini here dry with gin and a lemon twist. For dessert, pair an espresso martini with Lyla Lila’s tiramisu.

3. Talat Market

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112 Ormond St SE
Atlanta, GA 30315
(404) 257-6255
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There tends to be a new version of the martini on the menu every week at Summerhill Thai restaurant Talat Market. People even get to choose from gin, vodka, or pisco. A recent menu featured a martini with blanc vermouth, dry madeira, pandan, artichoke, and orange bitters. Make sure to order some shrimp chips and the crispy rice salad to kick off a meal here.

4. Chops & Lobster Bar

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70 West Paces Ferry Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30305
(404) 262-2675
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Steak and martinis — combination that’s hard to beat when feeling fancy. While the classic martini with a twist is always the right move, the dirty vodka martini at Chops is equally as popular and comes with blue cheese-stuffed olives. Think of those olives as bar snacks.

5. The Betty

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374 East Paces Ferry Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30305
(470) 531-8902
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A hotel bar influenced by those found throughout the midcentury should always feature a martini on its menu. Located at the Kimpton Sylvan Hotel, a new boutique hotel in Buckhead residing inside a renovated midcentury office building, the bar at the Betty keeps the martini classic: dry and straight up with rocks on the side. It also comes with a choice of olives or a lemon twist. Valet parking available.

6. Nakato Japanese Restaurant

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1776 Cheshire Bridge Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30324
(404) 873-6582
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This Cheshire Bridge Road institution is Atlanta’s oldest Japanese restaurant and is still family-owned and operated. Pair a lychee martini here, made with real lychee fruit and vodka, with sushi, teppanyaki, or tempura dishes on the menu. The restaurant makes a mean dirty martini, too.

7. Kevin Rathbun Steak

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154 Krog St NE STE 200
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 524-5600
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The bartenders at chef Kevin Rathbun’s eponymous Eastside Beltline steakhouse are well versed in the art of making a superb martini to pair with the prime steaks and decadent side accompaniments on the menu here. The classic comes served ice cold with either gin or vodka by request. Reservations required. Patio with fireplace.

8. The Colonnade

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1879 Cheshire Bridge Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30324
(404) 874-5642
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Regulars to this nearly century-old Atlanta institution know the martini at the Colonnade is a pro move. Martinis from the bar here are served super ice cold (and sized) and very strong, with either gin or vodka, and can be made dirty by request. It’s likely that giant, cold glass of gin or vodka will carry over into dinner in the dining room where it should absolutely be paired with Southern comfort classics, including the fried chicken, chicken fried steak, and turkey and dressing. It even pairs well with the Southern vegetable plate, which can come served with a side of fried chicken.

9. Wonderkid

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777 Memorial Dr SE
Atlanta, GA 30316
(404) 331-0909
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The diner-style vibes and menu at this Reynoldstown restaurant are enhanced further by the cocktails here. This includes the bar’s take on the Hanky Panky (gin and sweet vermouth with amaro), a drink credited to Ada Coleman, who is said to have created the cocktail in 1925 while working as lead bartender at the American Bar inside the Savoy in London. Some argue the Hanky Panky is a variation on the sweet martini, while others say it blends the martini with the negroni. Regardless of where the Hanky Panky falls on the martini spectrum, it’s a damn good three-ingredient gin drink. Listed as You Never Can Tell Hank from Pank, Wonderkid’s Hanky Panky features Japanese gin, Cocchi Torino, and Ramazzotti amaro. Patio available.

10. LLoyd's Restaurant & Lounge

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900 DeKalb Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 228-7227
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Pizza and martinis. That’s the move at LLoyd’s on DeKalb Avenue. Part of the Victory Brands restaurant group, Lloyd’s offers up classic pizza pies, salads, mozzarella sticks, and shrimp cocktail on its menu paired with ice cold martinis made with gin or vodka. Martinis can also be made dirty or filthy by request and come with more ‘tini in a shaker for topping off the cocktail. Check out crab leg Mondays here, too. Patio available.

11. Highland Tap

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1026 North Highland Avenue Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30306
(404) 875-3673
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A Virginia-Highland institution, Highland Tap (“steak basement” or “steak cellar”) continues to be the spot for local Atlantans to partake in affordable, below-street-level steak dinners paired with generously poured martinis served with a little extra ‘tini on the side to top off the cocktail.

12. OK YAKI

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714 Moreland Ave SE Suite D
Atlanta, GA 30316
(404) 999-9254
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The East Atlanta Japanese-influenced restaurant, known for its okonomiyaki and yakisoba, typically lists a take on the martini on the cocktail menu. A recent adaptation featured Japanese vodka, dry vermouth, orange bitters, and coriander. Patio available.

13. Arnette's Chop Shop

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2700 Apple Valley Rd NE
Brookhaven, GA 30319
(404) 969-0701
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The Brookhaven steakhouse with its rooftop bar isn’t messing around with the martini, which is built specifically to pair with the steaks on the menu here. Listed as the Carnivore Martini, the cocktail is served dirty and ice cold with vodka and garnished with blue cheese-stuffed olives and bacon. Never fear, gin lovers, the bartenders at Arnette’s make a great classic martini with a lemon twist, too. Patio available.

14. Poor Hendrix

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2371 Hosea L Williams Dr SE bldg 2
Atlanta, GA 30317
(404) 549-8756
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Poor Hendrix is the total package in terms of food, cocktails, and vibe. This East Lake neighborhood establishment doesn’t list the classic cocktail on the menu, but the bartenders know it well and whip up a perfectly balanced martini with gin or vodka by request. It’s super for snacking on French fries or catfish nuggets at the bar or on the dog-friendly patio out back with friends. Do not leave without ordering food here, including the spicy peanut cold noodles, grilled cheese on sourdough with tomato jam, and marinated mussels served with a side of focaccia. Patio available.

15. Kimball House

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303 E Howard Ave
Decatur, GA 30030
(404) 378-3502
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The award-winning Decatur restaurant located inside an old train depot offers a namesake Fifty-Fifty on its menu, combining gin with equal parts Cocchi Americano and French vermouth. The cocktail comes served with rocks on the side and a choice of lemon twist or olive for garnish. It might be perfection in a cocktail glass. Reservations highly encouraged. Patio available with fire pits.

1. La Grotta Ristorante

2637 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30305

This fine dining Italian restaurant, with its white linen-clad tables and decadent pasta dishes, may be known more for its impressive wine list, but don’t sleep on the martinis here, which come made to order and ice cold. After dinner, order La Grotta’s espresso martini with dessert. Some regulars to the restaurant say this espresso martini might be the best version of the coffee liqueur and coffee-laced drink in Atlanta. Dress code. Reservations highly encouraged.

2637 Peachtree Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30305

2. Lyla Lila

693 Peachtree St NE UNIT 118, Atlanta, GA 30308

The martinis here may not be listed on the cocktail menu, but that doesn’t mean this Midtown Italian restaurant from chef Craig Richards can’t whip up this classic. Chilled down to the perfect temperature for slow sipping, order the martini here dry with gin and a lemon twist. For dessert, pair an espresso martini with Lyla Lila’s tiramisu.

693 Peachtree St NE UNIT 118
Atlanta, GA 30308

3. Talat Market

112 Ormond St SE, Atlanta, GA 30315

There tends to be a new version of the martini on the menu every week at Summerhill Thai restaurant Talat Market. People even get to choose from gin, vodka, or pisco. A recent menu featured a martini with blanc vermouth, dry madeira, pandan, artichoke, and orange bitters. Make sure to order some shrimp chips and the crispy rice salad to kick off a meal here.

112 Ormond St SE
Atlanta, GA 30315

4. Chops & Lobster Bar

70 West Paces Ferry Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30305

Steak and martinis — combination that’s hard to beat when feeling fancy. While the classic martini with a twist is always the right move, the dirty vodka martini at Chops is equally as popular and comes with blue cheese-stuffed olives. Think of those olives as bar snacks.

70 West Paces Ferry Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30305

5. The Betty

374 East Paces Ferry Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30305

A hotel bar influenced by those found throughout the midcentury should always feature a martini on its menu. Located at the Kimpton Sylvan Hotel, a new boutique hotel in Buckhead residing inside a renovated midcentury office building, the bar at the Betty keeps the martini classic: dry and straight up with rocks on the side. It also comes with a choice of olives or a lemon twist. Valet parking available.

374 East Paces Ferry Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30305

6. Nakato Japanese Restaurant

1776 Cheshire Bridge Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30324

This Cheshire Bridge Road institution is Atlanta’s oldest Japanese restaurant and is still family-owned and operated. Pair a lychee martini here, made with real lychee fruit and vodka, with sushi, teppanyaki, or tempura dishes on the menu. The restaurant makes a mean dirty martini, too.

1776 Cheshire Bridge Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30324

7. Kevin Rathbun Steak

154 Krog St NE STE 200, Atlanta, GA 30307

The bartenders at chef Kevin Rathbun’s eponymous Eastside Beltline steakhouse are well versed in the art of making a superb martini to pair with the prime steaks and decadent side accompaniments on the menu here. The classic comes served ice cold with either gin or vodka by request. Reservations required. Patio with fireplace.

154 Krog St NE STE 200
Atlanta, GA 30307

8. The Colonnade

1879 Cheshire Bridge Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30324

Regulars to this nearly century-old Atlanta institution know the martini at the Colonnade is a pro move. Martinis from the bar here are served super ice cold (and sized) and very strong, with either gin or vodka, and can be made dirty by request. It’s likely that giant, cold glass of gin or vodka will carry over into dinner in the dining room where it should absolutely be paired with Southern comfort classics, including the fried chicken, chicken fried steak, and turkey and dressing. It even pairs well with the Southern vegetable plate, which can come served with a side of fried chicken.

1879 Cheshire Bridge Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30324

9. Wonderkid

777 Memorial Dr SE, Atlanta, GA 30316

The diner-style vibes and menu at this Reynoldstown restaurant are enhanced further by the cocktails here. This includes the bar’s take on the Hanky Panky (gin and sweet vermouth with amaro), a drink credited to Ada Coleman, who is said to have created the cocktail in 1925 while working as lead bartender at the American Bar inside the Savoy in London. Some argue the Hanky Panky is a variation on the sweet martini, while others say it blends the martini with the negroni. Regardless of where the Hanky Panky falls on the martini spectrum, it’s a damn good three-ingredient gin drink. Listed as You Never Can Tell Hank from Pank, Wonderkid’s Hanky Panky features Japanese gin, Cocchi Torino, and Ramazzotti amaro. Patio available.

777 Memorial Dr SE
Atlanta, GA 30316

10. LLoyd's Restaurant & Lounge

900 DeKalb Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307

Pizza and martinis. That’s the move at LLoyd’s on DeKalb Avenue. Part of the Victory Brands restaurant group, Lloyd’s offers up classic pizza pies, salads, mozzarella sticks, and shrimp cocktail on its menu paired with ice cold martinis made with gin or vodka. Martinis can also be made dirty or filthy by request and come with more ‘tini in a shaker for topping off the cocktail. Check out crab leg Mondays here, too. Patio available.

900 DeKalb Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307

11. Highland Tap

1026 North Highland Avenue Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30306

A Virginia-Highland institution, Highland Tap (“steak basement” or “steak cellar”) continues to be the spot for local Atlantans to partake in affordable, below-street-level steak dinners paired with generously poured martinis served with a little extra ‘tini on the side to top off the cocktail.

1026 North Highland Avenue Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30306

12. OK YAKI

714 Moreland Ave SE Suite D, Atlanta, GA 30316

The East Atlanta Japanese-influenced restaurant, known for its okonomiyaki and yakisoba, typically lists a take on the martini on the cocktail menu. A recent adaptation featured Japanese vodka, dry vermouth, orange bitters, and coriander. Patio available.

714 Moreland Ave SE Suite D
Atlanta, GA 30316

13. Arnette's Chop Shop

2700 Apple Valley Rd NE, Brookhaven, GA 30319

The Brookhaven steakhouse with its rooftop bar isn’t messing around with the martini, which is built specifically to pair with the steaks on the menu here. Listed as the Carnivore Martini, the cocktail is served dirty and ice cold with vodka and garnished with blue cheese-stuffed olives and bacon. Never fear, gin lovers, the bartenders at Arnette’s make a great classic martini with a lemon twist, too. Patio available.

2700 Apple Valley Rd NE
Brookhaven, GA 30319

14. Poor Hendrix

2371 Hosea L Williams Dr SE bldg 2, Atlanta, GA 30317

Poor Hendrix is the total package in terms of food, cocktails, and vibe. This East Lake neighborhood establishment doesn’t list the classic cocktail on the menu, but the bartenders know it well and whip up a perfectly balanced martini with gin or vodka by request. It’s super for snacking on French fries or catfish nuggets at the bar or on the dog-friendly patio out back with friends. Do not leave without ordering food here, including the spicy peanut cold noodles, grilled cheese on sourdough with tomato jam, and marinated mussels served with a side of focaccia. Patio available.

2371 Hosea L Williams Dr SE bldg 2
Atlanta, GA 30317

15. Kimball House

303 E Howard Ave, Decatur, GA 30030

The award-winning Decatur restaurant located inside an old train depot offers a namesake Fifty-Fifty on its menu, combining gin with equal parts Cocchi Americano and French vermouth. The cocktail comes served with rocks on the side and a choice of lemon twist or olive for garnish. It might be perfection in a cocktail glass. Reservations highly encouraged. Patio available with fire pits.

303 E Howard Ave
Decatur, GA 30030

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