Best Martini Bars In Washington DC

August 29, 2013 8:00 AM

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Five martini bars have been highlighted for their original martini creations and execution of some of the more classic versions of the drink. Check out one of these martini bars and enjoy your martini adventure in DC.

Sky Bar
1615 Rhode Island Ave. N.W.
Washington DC 20036
(202) 872-1126

The Sky Bar at the Beacon Bar & Grill has a whole list of house martinis to choose from. Examples include the chocolate martini, perfect martini, lemon drop and the blackberry martini, to name a few. During happy hour, the drinks are only $5 on the rooftop. This establishment hosts an annual Best Martini in DC Contest. In its 6th year, the contest features 10 to 12 of the best local DC bartenders who battle for cash awards with their mind-blowing martini creations. The audience and special guest judges determine the winner.

Dirty Martini 
1223 Connecticut Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 503-2640

Dirty Martini is a restaurant, bar and lounge in the DC area. All martini drinks can be served in all three areas of the establishment. Known for its martinis, you can’t leave this martini bar without trying its classic cocktail – the dirty martini. Or try one of the signature martinis like the Obama, a perfect pear, hot and passion or the Howitzer 75. Happy hour is Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

1813 M St. N.W.
Washington, DC 22036
(202) 822-6000

Ozio is one of the premier martini bars in Washington, DC. With six bars, a restaurant and a hookah and cigar lounge on a multilevel building, Ozio has a reputation of being one of the top martini lounges in the city. Its martini menu is filled with unique names and flavors like Agent “O”, Long Kiss Goodbye, Ole’ Blue Eyes, Muddy Waters and Stockholm 75. Since Ozio is a Mediterranean/American fusion restaurant, its has a signature martini called “Ozio” that is served with a feta-stuffed olive. Happy hour is from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday and Friday.

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Black Fox Lounge
1723 Connecticut Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 483-1723

The Black Fox Lounge is nestled in the northwest part of DC. It serves everything from classic to original cocktails. Black Fox has some amazing martinis including the Geisha to Foxy Lady. Black Fox also has shooters in martini form. Daily happy hour (4 p.m. to 7 p.m.) martini drinks are $7. One of the perks of this martini bar is the free live jazz from award-winning artists and other critically acclaimed performers in music, vocals, poetry, cabaret and much more.

1800 M St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 640-1868

Vapiano has two amazing martinis that everyone should try at least once. The Vapiano martini is made of Madre of Stoli Razberi, DeKuyper Razzmatazz, pineapple juice and gummy bears. Then, there is the Milagro espresso martini which is made of Kahlua, Milagro Plata tequila, Bailey’s Irish Cream and espresso. Vapiano has two locations in the Dupont Circle area and Chinatown. Happy hour is Monday through Saturday from 3:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. to close.

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Sonya Dunn is a freelance writer covering all things Washington DC. Her work can be found on

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