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October 26, 2007

Fab Five Friday

As promised, here are the five best places to get martinis in the area.

This one was tough for me, because I'm not a huge martini fan.

And though some bars try hard to be like New York City hot spots, Baltimore is still not a huge martini town.

So thanks for all your input.


(Nanine Hartzenbusch/Sun Photographer) 

1. Ixia, 518 N. Charles St.

Ixia takes its martinis more seriously than any other Baltimore bar I've been to. And molecular mixologist Tom Cusack setting a national nightlife trend with his liquid nitrogen martinis.

2. Champps, 10300 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia

For a suburban chain, Champps is not a bad place to drink. And, according to Midnight Sun reader Diane, they have half-price martinis and $10 manicures on Wednesdays.   

3. Cazbar, 316 N. Charles St.

Free valet parking, belly dancing and untraditional martinis sometimes served at half-price. What's not to like?   

4. Cosmopolitan Bar & Grill, 2933 O'Donnell St.

Cosmo has a long martini list, but its late-night scene has been lame every time I've been there. Go for post-dinner drinks and then head somewhere else in Canton Square for dancing. 

5. Shorty's Martini Bar & Lounge, 3301 Foster Ave.

Totally unpretentious neighborhood joint with tons of great drinks. Might be closed soon, though -- it was on the market a couple months ago. 

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 10:24 AM | | Comments (3)


Best Martini's Tusk Lounge, 900 block of North Charles. Over 10 varieties, two for the price of one at happy hour!

Shortys is not closing, I promise. Shortys did change hands when it was purchased by Lisa Suit and myself, but the only thing that changed was the ownership. In addition to maintaining the historic martini list (and adding a few new items), Lisa and I have been working hard to offer the best we can in DJ talent from local to internationally known acts.

Personally, my favorite martini is the Hard Rain: tanqueray gin, raspberry liqueur, sweet & sour and topped with chilled champaign. If thats not your taste, there's about 40 more to choose from.

Hummers in Canton has a decent martini menu.

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Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

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