Best of Boston

2003 Best Martini

The Bar, Ritz-Carlton, 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 with hunting paintings—it all adds up nicely. But the real old-school gem, the real relaxation, is in the icy gin martini, perfectly blended and balanced, and served smooth with zero burn.

Ritz-Carlton, Boston, 15 Arlington St., Boston, 617-536-5700,