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The Fifty-Fifty Martini at the Columbia Room
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18 Places to Order a Martini in D.C.

Gin or vodka, olives or twist — all are on the table

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The Fifty-Fifty Martini at the Columbia Room
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Beyond being one of the most iconic drinks in cocktail history, martinis bring a certain elegance to any situation, especially for customers who prefer their beverages on the savory side. This map makes no judgment on gin versus vodka, dry versus vermouth-heavy, or garnish debates that may determine what makes the ultimate martini. But it does stick to places that excel at classic versions rather than the sweeter (or more dressed-up) drinks that share the same name. For anyone craving an espresso martini — there are plenty of those out there right now, too.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Left Door

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1345 S St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 734-8576
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Order a martini at Left Door, and the bartender will immediately ask you what gin-to-vermouth ratio you are looking for. The martini spin on their current cocktail menu, Revenge of the Gibson Girl, is a mixture of Beefeater, Dolin Dry Vermouth, Genepy, celery bitters, and a big onion they pickle themselves (be warned it’s on the sweeter side).

Martini with a pickled onion
Revenge of the Gibson Girl at Left Door
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2. Annie's Paramount Steak House

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1609 17th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 232-0395
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This longtime gathering place for the gay community and the Dupont Circle neighborhood as a whole is known for martinis that are strong and generously portioned.

Annie’s Paramount Steakhouse storefront, with someone whizzing by on a scooter in front
Annie’s Paramount Steakhouse
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3. Le Diplomate

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1601 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 332-3333
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There’s no speciality martini on Le Diplomate’s cocktail menu at the moment, but the restaurant turns out smooth, perfectly chilled versions of the cocktail regularly. Pair it with a warm shrimp salad or an order of tartare.

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Le Diplomate
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4. Astoria DC

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1521 17th St NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 754-0065
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Though their tiki drinks have received more attention, Astoria has a full cocktail menu devoted to the classic, and they encourage variation in martini ordering, where customers can specify ratios, spirit, and garnishes, ask for the house version, etc. That house version is smooth and chilled, and goes down easily.

Martini on a coaster with a tiki cup in the background
Martini at Astoria
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5. Convivial

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801 O St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 525-2870
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French restaurants are often a good bet for ordering a martini, and Convivial has a pretty interesting concoction in its Martini de la Mer. Spanish gin and dry vermouth find a pairing with anchovy and caper-washed sherry, and there’s also some olive oil in the mix ($13).

Inside a restaurant with Edison blubs hanging from the ceiling and a neutral color palette.
Convivial D.C.
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6. Never Looked Better

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130 Blagden Alley NW
Washington, DC 20001

Though some high-end cocktail bars tend to get snobby about vodka, this new speakeasy in Blagden Alley is anything but, going as far to divide its menu into “Vodka Has Never Looked Better” and “Not Vodka” sections. The bar’s dirty martini is accented with bleu cheese stuffed olives, and its French martini keeps things on the wet side (there are even some throwback spinoffs like an espresso martini and an appletini).

Espresso martini next to a couch on an art deco-style table with another drink to the side of it
Espresso Martini from Never Looked Better
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7. Columbia Room

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124 Blagden Alley NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 316-9396
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This cocktail destination in Shaw does not shy away from the vermouth. It serves a fifty-fifty martini, referring to the classic ratio, accented with orange bitters and lemon oil. Gin, not vodka, natch.

A martini on a stark black background on a white table
The Fifty-Fifty Martini at Columbia Room
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8. Blue Duck Tavern

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1201 24th St NW
Washington, DC 20037
(202) 419-6755
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Martinis are one of the main cocktail attractions at this attractive lounge within the Park Hyatt hotel on the West End.

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Blue Duck Tavern’s Lounge
Blue Duck Tavern [Photo: Official site]

9. Bourbon Steak

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2800 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 944-2026
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The lounge at this restaurant within the Four Seasons in Georgetown is one of D.C.’s classier locations to sip a martini, and the bartenders consistently serve well-executed versions. At one point, a truffle-accented dirty martini appeared on the cocktail menu.

A long bar with wooden seats and back-lit bottles
The lounge at Bourbon Steak
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10. Off the Record

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800 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 638-6600
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One of D.C.’s best hotel bars (as well as a historical hangout for journalists), Off the Record is the place to order a generously-portioned martini if you’re looking for an old-school vibe.

Two red chairs, a table, and two cocktails on the table, including a martini with olives to the right
Cocktails, including a martini, at Off the Record
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11. Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab

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750 15th St NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 489-0140
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Miami transplant steakhouse Joe’s has lofty ceilings, a terrific happy hour, and bartenders who know how to make a good martini. Sadly, though, martinis aren’t currently featured on the half-priced classic cocktail menu during said terrific happy hour — but you can still pair one with discounted snacks and raw bar.

Joe’s Seafood dining room
Joe’s Seafood
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12. Old Ebbitt Grill

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675 15th St NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 347-4800
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Old Ebbitt’s well-trained bartenders know their way around a number of classic cocktails, including the martini. Have one at the oyster bar during happy hour when raw bar items are half-priced.

Olive-garnished martini with a menu in background
Martini from Old Ebbitt
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13. Mastro's Steakhouse

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600 13th St NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 347-1500
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Mastro’s is the rare place where they’ll shake the martini in front of you and leave what remains in the shaker behind for you to refresh your drink with later. Their signature spin on the cocktail is vodka-based, and garnished with bleu cheese-stuffed olives.

A martini next to a cocktail menu
Mastro’s house martini
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14. Silver Lyan

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900 F St NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 788-2799
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Situated in the depths of Penn Quarter’s Riggs hotel, this classy cocktail lair led by London’s world-famous bartender Ryan Chetiyawardana is back with its martini service for one ($21) or two ($40). There’s two options each for vodka or gin, served with an oyster, pickled onions, and lemon. Chetiyawardana’s version of choice? The fifty-fifty ratio of Fords Gin and Dolin vermouth. — Tierney Plumb

15. barmini by José Andrés

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501 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 393-4451
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Find three different versions of a martini in the “classics” section of this avant garde bar’s drink menu. There’s a spin on the James Bond-themed Vesper, spiked with Kina, a classic dry martini, and a martini cocktail that adds sweet vermouth and orange liqueur to the mix.

16. The Grill

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99 Market Square SW
Washington, DC 20024
(202) 916-5996
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The Grill has a fun “martini your way” section of its menu where diners can customize by spirit, style, garnish, etc. The cocktail menu also contains a traditional and “perfect” riff on the drink, as well as a spin on the James Bond-influenced Vesper cocktail.

Martini-style cocktail with bar in the background
Cocktail from The Grill
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17. Caruso's Grocery

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1401 Pennsylvania Ave. SE
Washington, DC 20003
(000) 000-0000

The antipasto dirty martini sounds like a gimmick, but Caruso’s actually pulls it off. The martini itself isn’t too briny, and it’s surprising how nicely mozzarella balls and cherry tomatoes work as less traditional garnishes here. The best part? It’s $10.

A martini with olive, mozzarella, and cherry tomato as garnish, on a table with a menu
The antipasto martini at Caruso’s
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18. Hank's Oyster Bar

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1026 King St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 739-4265
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Each Hank’s location has a different vibe, from Dupont’s bustling patio to The Wharf’s waterfront crowds to Alexandria’s long indoor bar filled with locals. No matter the feel, you’ll find a bartender who knows how to make a smooth martini, fashioned with your garnish of choice.

Martini with giant olives
Gin martini with olives from Hank’s Oyster Bar
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1. Left Door

1345 S St NW, Washington, DC 20009
Martini with a pickled onion
Revenge of the Gibson Girl at Left Door
Missy Frederick/Eater DC

Order a martini at Left Door, and the bartender will immediately ask you what gin-to-vermouth ratio you are looking for. The martini spin on their current cocktail menu, Revenge of the Gibson Girl, is a mixture of Beefeater, Dolin Dry Vermouth, Genepy, celery bitters, and a big onion they pickle themselves (be warned it’s on the sweeter side).

1345 S St NW
Washington, DC 20009

2. Annie's Paramount Steak House

1609 17th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
Annie’s Paramount Steakhouse storefront, with someone whizzing by on a scooter in front
Annie’s Paramount Steakhouse
Annie’s Paramount Steakhouse [Photo: Official site]

This longtime gathering place for the gay community and the Dupont Circle neighborhood as a whole is known for martinis that are strong and generously portioned.

1609 17th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

3. Le Diplomate

1601 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
Window with table in front of it
Le Diplomate
Le Diplomate [official photo]

There’s no speciality martini on Le Diplomate’s cocktail menu at the moment, but the restaurant turns out smooth, perfectly chilled versions of the cocktail regularly. Pair it with a warm shrimp salad or an order of tartare.

1601 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

4. Astoria DC

1521 17th St NW, Washington, DC 20036
Martini on a coaster with a tiki cup in the background
Martini at Astoria
Missy Frederick/Eater DC

Though their tiki drinks have received more attention, Astoria has a full cocktail menu devoted to the classic, and they encourage variation in martini ordering, where customers can specify ratios, spirit, and garnishes, ask for the house version, etc. That house version is smooth and chilled, and goes down easily.

1521 17th St NW
Washington, DC 20036

5. Convivial

801 O St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Inside a restaurant with Edison blubs hanging from the ceiling and a neutral color palette.
Convivial D.C.
R. Lopez/Eater DC

French restaurants are often a good bet for ordering a martini, and Convivial has a pretty interesting concoction in its Martini de la Mer. Spanish gin and dry vermouth find a pairing with anchovy and caper-washed sherry, and there’s also some olive oil in the mix ($13).

801 O St NW
Washington, DC 20001

6. Never Looked Better

130 Blagden Alley NW, Washington, DC 20001
Espresso martini next to a couch on an art deco-style table with another drink to the side of it
Espresso Martini from Never Looked Better
R. Lopez/Eater DC

Though some high-end cocktail bars tend to get snobby about vodka, this new speakeasy in Blagden Alley is anything but, going as far to divide its menu into “Vodka Has Never Looked Better” and “Not Vodka” sections. The bar’s dirty martini is accented with bleu cheese stuffed olives, and its French martini keeps things on the wet side (there are even some throwback spinoffs like an espresso martini and an appletini).

130 Blagden Alley NW
Washington, DC 20001

7. Columbia Room

124 Blagden Alley NW, Washington, DC 20001
A martini on a stark black background on a white table
The Fifty-Fifty Martini at Columbia Room
Maya Oren/MOJALVO for Columbia Room

This cocktail destination in Shaw does not shy away from the vermouth. It serves a fifty-fifty martini, referring to the classic ratio, accented with orange bitters and lemon oil. Gin, not vodka, natch.

124 Blagden Alley NW
Washington, DC 20001

8. Blue Duck Tavern

1201 24th St NW, Washington, DC 20037
Bar area with wooden tables and furniture
Blue Duck Tavern’s Lounge
Blue Duck Tavern [Photo: Official site]

Martinis are one of the main cocktail attractions at this attractive lounge within the Park Hyatt hotel on the West End.

1201 24th St NW
Washington, DC 20037

9. Bourbon Steak

2800 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20007
A long bar with wooden seats and back-lit bottles
The lounge at Bourbon Steak
Bourbon Steak [Official photo]

The lounge at this restaurant within the Four Seasons in Georgetown is one of D.C.’s classier locations to sip a martini, and the bartenders consistently serve well-executed versions. At one point, a truffle-accented dirty martini appeared on the cocktail menu.

2800 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20007

10. Off the Record

800 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20006
Two red chairs, a table, and two cocktails on the table, including a martini with olives to the right
Cocktails, including a martini, at Off the Record
Hay-Adams [official site]

One of D.C.’s best hotel bars (as well as a historical hangout for journalists), Off the Record is the place to order a generously-portioned martini if you’re looking for an old-school vibe.

800 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20006

11. Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab

750 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20005
Joe’s Seafood dining room
Joe’s Seafood
Joe’s Seafood/official photo

Miami transplant steakhouse Joe’s has lofty ceilings, a terrific happy hour, and bartenders who know how to make a good martini. Sadly, though, martinis aren’t currently featured on the half-priced classic cocktail menu during said terrific happy hour — but you can still pair one with discounted snacks and raw bar.

750 15th St NW
Washington, DC 20005

12. Old Ebbitt Grill

675 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20005
Olive-garnished martini with a menu in background
Martini from Old Ebbitt
Missy Frederick/Eater DC

Old Ebbitt’s well-trained bartenders know their way around a number of classic cocktails, including the martini. Have one at the oyster bar during happy hour when raw bar items are half-priced.

675 15th St NW
Washington, DC 20005

13. Mastro's Steakhouse

600 13th St NW, Washington, DC 20005
A martini next to a cocktail menu
Mastro’s house martini
Missy Frederick/Eater DC

Mastro’s is the rare place where they’ll shake the martini in front of you and leave what remains in the shaker behind for you to refresh your drink with later. Their signature spin on the cocktail is vodka-based, and garnished with bleu cheese-stuffed olives.

600 13th St NW
Washington, DC 20005

14. Silver Lyan

900 F St NW, Washington, DC 20004

Situated in the depths of Penn Quarter’s Riggs hotel, this classy cocktail lair led by London’s world-famous bartender Ryan Chetiyawardana is back with its martini service for one ($21) or two ($40). There’s two options each for vodka or gin, served with an oyster, pickled onions, and lemon. Chetiyawardana’s version of choice? The fifty-fifty ratio of Fords Gin and Dolin vermouth. — Tierney Plumb

900 F St NW
Washington, DC 20004

15. barmini by José Andrés

501 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20004

Find three different versions of a martini in the “classics” section of this avant garde bar’s drink menu. There’s a spin on the James Bond-themed Vesper, spiked with Kina, a classic dry martini, and a martini cocktail that adds sweet vermouth and orange liqueur to the mix.

501 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20004

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16. The Grill

99 Market Square SW, Washington, DC 20024
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Martini-style cocktail with bar in the background
Cocktail from The Grill
The Grill [Official Site]

The Grill has a fun “martini your way” section of its menu where diners can customize by spirit, style, garnish, etc. The cocktail menu also contains a traditional and “perfect” riff on the drink, as well as a spin on the James Bond-influenced Vesper cocktail.

99 Market Square SW
Washington, DC 20024

17. Caruso's Grocery

1401 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, Washington, DC 20003
A martini with olive, mozzarella, and cherry tomato as garnish, on a table with a menu
The antipasto martini at Caruso’s
Missy Frederick/Eater DC

The antipasto dirty martini sounds like a gimmick, but Caruso’s actually pulls it off. The martini itself isn’t too briny, and it’s surprising how nicely mozzarella balls and cherry tomatoes work as less traditional garnishes here. The best part? It’s $10.

1401 Pennsylvania Ave. SE
Washington, DC 20003

18. Hank's Oyster Bar

1026 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314
Martini with giant olives
Gin martini with olives from Hank’s Oyster Bar
Missy Frederick/Eater DC

Each Hank’s location has a different vibe, from Dupont’s bustling patio to The Wharf’s waterfront crowds to Alexandria’s long indoor bar filled with locals. No matter the feel, you’ll find a bartender who knows how to make a smooth martini, fashioned with your garnish of choice.

1026 King St
Alexandria, VA 22314

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