Houston's Top 10 Martini Bars

As our sister blog Eating... Our Words does, from time to time Rocks Off will be giving your our picks for the top taverns in various Houston-area neighborhoods. Of course, the lines can be porous, but here anything with a TABC license that cannot reasonably be considered either a restaurant, coffeehouse or live-music venue is fair game.

Downing Street is "technically" a whiskey and cigar bar, but did you know they also have a list of specialty martinis a mile long? From Blood and Sand, a Chivas-based OJ and cherry concoction to the sugary-sweet Milky Way, Downing Street has martinis down to a science, even the pineapple-Infused vodka martini. Yum.

2549 Kirby, 713-523-2291, downingstreetpub.com

Not only is Cezanne one of Houston's top jazz rooms, it's also home to one of its best martinis. Step into this intimate, swanky bar filled with the sound of sweet, sweet jazz, and Cezanne's killer martinis will transport you well out of this century back into something way more Gatsby-ish and cool.

4100 Montrose, 832-592-7464, cezannejazz.com

Perhaps there's a slight bit of line-bending on this list with the inclusion of benjy's, but honestly, it counts since it's technically the lounge at benjy's, and they have some seriously killer martinis up in that attic bar space. Try a Citrus Blossom cause yum, or take advantage of the fact that benjy's wants you to be creative and encourages you to create your own signature martini. Such freedom, such deliciousness.

2424 Dunstan, 713-522-7602, benjys.com

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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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