Houston's Top 10 Martini Bars

Until you've had the Pear Martini surrounded by the miles and miles of lush green landscape at Blue, you really haven't had a proper martini. If pears aren't your bag, try the Fresh Berry Martini or ask your bartender to whip you up something a little special. Don't be intimidated by the idea of a hefty price tag, either -- stop by during happy hour, when martinis are available for the rock-bottom price of $5.

1 Birdsall, 713-868-4444, brennerssteakhouse.com

6. RESERVE 101
Reserve 101 may have a hefty whiskey list -- as in more than 280 types -- but don't get it twisted. They know how to make a martini; after all, it's Reserve 101 Whiskey and Martini Bar? Not only do their martini menu whet your whistle, you can do so during Reserve's four-hour happy hour on the weekdays, when signature cocktails are half price. Try a Hemingway.

1201 Caroline, 713-655-7101, reserve101.com

A bar with the name Fedora should know a thing or two about a good martini, and Fedora Lounge in West U doesn't disappoint. The mood is always chill, thanks in part to the mature crowd and the live jazz most nights, and you can always expect your Lemon Drop to be created with the utmost care. Martini-bar perfection.

2726 Bissonnet, 832-581-3232, facebook.com/thefedoralounge

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Location Info


Downing Street - CLOSED

2549 Kirby, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Cezanne Jazz Club

4100 Montrose, Houston, TX

Category: Music


2424 Dunstan, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Brenner's on the Bayou

1 Birdsall St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Reserve 101

1201 Caroline, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Fedora Lounge

2726 Bissonnet, Houston, TX

Category: Music

The Davenport (Clear Lake)

1235 Clear Lake City Blvd., Houston, TX

Category: Music

Warren's Inn

307 Travis, Houston, TX

Category: Music

The State Bar & Lounge

909 Texas, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Zimm's Martini & Wine Bar

4321 Montrose, Houston, TX

Category: Music

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I do not know what a Pear Martini, a Very Berry, or a Milky Way is, but they're not martinis. Note the change of case. Maybe retitle this as "best 10 really sweet cocktails served pretentiously in martini glasses bars." Can we get a list of the best gin and vermouth assortments in Houston? That would be useful...this is kind of shameful. Not beans in chili shameful, but close.

timblack2 topcommenter

A Blood and Sand is a classic cocktail recipe, not a Martini at all.

erichenao topcommenter

So… what was the requirements for this list? Straight gin martini's? Was it for the tastiest? or the strongest? Or the most reasonably priced? Or the largest served? How about the ones that had types of gin that no one else has? Just wondering.

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