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BEST Martini

2003 BEST Martini

The Bar, Ritz-Carlton, Boston

Boston

Something about the way the light from the fireplace hits this wood-paneled room sharpens the taste buds. And something about the cushy, tapestry-covered seating relaxes the senses. The unfettered view of the Public Garden and the unapologetically clubby setting, complete… read more»

1999 BEST Martini

Bristol Lounge

Boston

First, a point of order: A proper martini will never, ever be preceded by an adjective. Not chocolate, not raspberry, not blue velvet, not anything. Except, of course, for the words “extremely dry.” Nor shall a martini be bastardized with… read more»

1998 BEST Martini

Bristol Lounge

Boston

The only difference between one cold glass of gin and another is where it’s served and how (assuming, of course, it’s good gin to begin with). The Bristol takes the prize with its tableside pouring, the generous garnish of olives,… read more»

1997 BEST Martini

The Bristol Lounge

Boston

Stripped down to its raw form, a martini is just a stiff belt of gin, which any jamoke can pull off a no-name bottle in an alley. So how to judge? Presentation and accouterments. The white-jacketed waiter at the plushy-not-stuffy… read more»

1983 BEST Martini, Traditional

Legal Sea Foods

Boston

With the Ritz in the Hall of Fame, Legal is next in line. Boissière vermouth and Beefeaters gin. read more»

1981 BEST Martini

Ritz Bar

Boston

This is a perennial, and while you might be able to get more booze for your money elsewhere, you’ll not get the ambience, service, and joie de vivre that accompany every martini here. read more»

1980 BEST Martini

Bay Tower Room

Boston

And, honestly, we weren’t influenced by the view. read more»

1979 BEST Martini

The Ritz Carlton Hotel Bar

Boston

We acknowledge the perennial favorite of our readers. Served in tiny glass decanters. read more»

1978 BEST Martini

Hilltop Steak House

Saugus

Two of these will blot out the thundering herd. read more»