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April 19, 2010

The Hill has one of Baltimore's best martini deals

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The Hill has more than 15 specialty martinis. And every day the Federal Hill restaurant/bar is open, they're all $5.

Let me type that again, in case you missed it the first time: Martinis are $5 all the time at The Hill.

Do any other Baltimore bars have a deal like that? I can't think of any off hand. Their martini list is fairly long, too -- more than 15 martinis in all.

I have only tried one: The Afternoon Delight, which, presumably, is named after the song, which is named after the ... well, you know. My wife Amie introduced me to the Afternoon Delight. It's delightful in the evening, too ...

Made with Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka, raspberry and lemonade, the Afternoon Delight tastes just like raspberry iced tea. To borrow a phrase from a local pie maker, it's dangerously delicious.

I called The Hill and asked chef/owner Antoine Petteway how he makes any money from charging folks only $5 for a martini. He laughed for a few seconds before answering.

"It's just our marketing to get people in the door," he said.

(Photo courtesy of The Hill's website)

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 2:35 PM | | Comments (8)
Categories: Bars & Clubs


There should still be a good profit margin if you're getting $5 for a shot of firefly and a dash of raspberry schnapps.

Unless these are the fishbowl martinis you posted about.

Red Star in Fells Point has $5 martinis Wednesday nights.

The song title "Afternoon Delight" is the same as the name of an appetizer at Clyde's restaurant in Georgetown in the early 70s.

the martinis are normal size, and you can get straight gin or vodka if you don't want a flavored one. I'm not a big martini drinker but I tried my wife's chocolate cherry martini and it was great. dessert is also $5, I believe.

Mixing a cocktail and putting it in a martini glass does not a martini make. As Bmore Chop pointed out, it's not like a shot of vodka and some mixers cost a whole lot, especially at wholesale. The volume of business you bring in will make up for the slightly lower prices. Honestly unless I'm on vacation someplace, there is no way I'd buy a $5 vodka cocktail. I'd feel like Vincent Vega hearing about his first $5 shake.

What's wrong with a $5 vodka cocktail, duder? That's cheap -- even by Baltimore standards.

"How do you make any money?"

They're probably using about $2.00 worth of ingredients.

I'm trying to figure out why they call a drink made with sweet tea vodka, rasberry & lemonade, a "martini"

It sounds pretty refreshing, but it ain't a martini!

"How do you make any money?"

Served in a thimble

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