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Best Local Martini 

click to enlarge Just look at this lemon basil martini.

Patrick Sweeney

Just look at this lemon basil martini.

Rice Contemporary

Rice repeatedly wins this category, which is no surprise since Major Ludwig, who took first place for Best Bartender—and not for the first time—is behind the bar. While you might not think martinis pair well with Asian-fusion, this downtown Eagle hotspot, which features a generous helping of ambiance and Vietnamese-inspired fresh rolls to die for, should be the exception to the rule.

2nd Place: Bardenay—Bardenay's name literally means "cocktail" in sailor slang, which should be a big hint at how well it can put one of those bad boys together. Made with the distillery's own gin and a two olives, The House martini here is a drink for the bucket list.

3rd Place: Chandlers—With 17 different martinis on the menu ranging from classic to wildly inventive, Chandlers has all the bases covered for those in the market for the drink H. L. Mencken called "the only American invention as perfect as the sonnet."


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