No drink can be so timeless and trendy in the same sip as the martini. At once conjuring images of smokey back rooms and neon-lit clubs, the martini works its multiple personalities well, transforming itself into the perfect drink for every thirsty patron at the bar. Whether you channel James Bond and his classic order or Carrie Bradshaw and her more colorful choices, these Philadelphia spots have a martini made for you.
The Continental Restaurant & Martini Bar
The original Continental is Old City is synonymous with martinis, from its cheeky olive-shaped light fixtures to its infamous Buzz Aldrin blend (now dubbed The Astronaut). The menu is broken down by style, helping diehards find their fix quickly while allowing newbies to test the waters.
The Continental Restaurant & Martini Bar is located at 138 Market St., 215.923.6069, www.continentalmartinibar.com
A little bit modern, a little bit swanky, this spot is known for its cocktails (and its amazing happy hour). Martinis come in every color of the rainbow and with special additions, like cotton candy or a balsamic vinegar rim.
Valanni is located at 1229 Spruce St., 215.790.9494, www.valanni.com
Manayunk’s more grown-up spot has a cocktail list that would win over every kid at heart. If the fruity and fun martini mixes on the menu don’t wow, try their candy martinis: Starbursts, Swedish Fish, Nerds and more infused with vodka.
Derek’s is located at 4411 Main St., 215.483.9400, www.dereksrestaurant.com
Southwark Restaurant & Bar
When it’s sophisticated and authentic you are looking for, head down to the cozy Southwark for a perfect pour. With words like “sling” and “fizz” on the menu, plus 20 gins to choose from, you’ll get a drink perfectly suited to your taste.
Southwark Restaurant & Bar is located at Fourth and Bainbridge streets, 215.238.1888, www.southwarkrestaurant.com
Pietro’s Prime Steakhouse & Martini Bar
The lure at this suburban spot may be the Black Angus, but liquid concoctions stand on their own. Wear a suit or little black dress to the bar, groove to some live music and down a dirty with the rest of the afterwork crowd.
Pietro’s Prime Steakhouse & Martini Bar is located at 125 West Market St., West Chester, 484.760.6100, www.pietrosprime.com