From the Prohibition days of bathtub gin to its reverence as Carrie Bradshaw’s signature cocktail, it’s no secret that New Yorkers have been known to keep this cocktail near and dear to their hearts. Some like it dirty while others prefer it neat, we’re talking about the martini and it’s imperative that you join us in a toast today as we raise an olive-embellished glass to National Martini Day and the places best serving the quintessential cocktail, shaken or stirred.
55 Irving Place, NYC
Conjuring visions of the 007 experience or a scene from Mad Men, this extravagant Gramercy lounge goes by the name of Dear Irving and beams with golden-age ambiance. The space plays host to several sectioned off rooms, each with a unique appeal but all united under the '60s opulence. For a classic approach to the holiday, enjoy a tried and true Gibson martini from the comfort of a velvet couch within the Victorian parlor which boasts a certain brilliance of the Marie Antoinette caliber. For the new-age enthusiast, an espresso martini and leather booth surrounded by curtains of beads within the more contemporary quarters cast in chic monochromatics allow guests to celebrate National Martini Day in the poshest way.
52 8th Ave, NYC
Quaint and quirky, Art Bar in the West Village provides plenty of booze-enthused apertifs but it's their martinis that make this venue a must. With an extensive selection ranging from the classics to those in seasonal circulation, these martinis just may be the best in Manhattan. Nothing sound quite as fitting for the occasion as enjoying a warm summer night from the comfort of a plush couch with a Pink Lemonade martini in hand at this Village hotspot. Almost as charming as its cool concoctions is the venue itself. With a cozy atmosphere and trademark mural, a parody of the iconic Last Supper depicting a motley crew of Elvis Presley, Frida Kahlo, Jim Morrison and Marilyn Monroe among others, this bar is within a league all its own beyond the confines of your stereotypical cocktail lounge. In short, Art Bar is an iconoclastic fit for your National Martini Day celebration or any of the other 364 days that the year has to offer.
425 W 15th St, NYC
Putting the lush in slushie, The Tippler provides old-school charm perfectly contrasted by new-age cocktails like the frozen martini. Taking drinks on the rocks to the extreme, this contemporary take on a classic cocktail is as delicious as it sounds, especially at this time of year. When the weather is warm, we're looking for libations that are anything but. Slip away from the summer heat and beneath the Chelsea Market to this exceptional venue where conservative atmosphere meets cheeky drinks for dynamic debauchery. If you're looking to celebrate the boozy holiday with casual encounters, plenty of laughs and festive cocktails, The Tippler is the place to be.
33 W 37th St, NYC
Pay homage to the martini with breathtaking views of its birthplace. The 21st floor of the fabulous Strand Hotel provides guests with a phenomenal vantage point from which to view landmarks such as the Empire State Building with ambiance and cocktails that are equally exquisite. Sitting like a crown atop what has been referred to as one of the top hotels in the world, this venue is an urban oasis. It's where Midtown's most cosmopolitan crowd comes for after-hours entertainment and perhaps where you can be found on Friday, June 19th for this special occasion.
588 Grand Street, Brooklyn
Bask in the sun or by candlelight with one of the best martinis at Williamsburg's own, Huckleberry Bar. To be a huckleberry is to be a fool-proof fit for the job, and you can expect this aptly-named venue to do thoroughly meeting the challenge of catering an excellent National Martini Day. From sipping a cosmo from the comfort of this locale's lush fenced-in courtyard to perching on a stool while indulging with a dirty martini within the mood-lit bar, this trendy spot serves timeless cocktails and unforgettable times. Huckleberry Bar even provides in-house entertainment from local DJs on Friday night, only adding to the celebration, Two en vogue vantage points boasting live music and a copious number of tantalizing cocktails under one impeccable roof, Huckleberry Bar is one locale not to be missed.