Best Martini in Boston


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…Read More

1999 Best Martini

Bristol Lounge


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…Read More

1998 Best Martini

Bristol Lounge


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…Read More

1997 Best Martini

The Bristol Lounge


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…Read More

1983 Best Martini, Traditional

Legal Sea Foods


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


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…Read More

1976 Best Martini

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel


The Ritz-Carlton Hotel, 15 Arlington St., sets the standards which others shoot for. Its drink is cold and dry, a perfect marriage of gin and vermouth…Read More

1975 Best Martini

The Ritz Carlton Hotel, Locke-Ober’s


A tossup between the gem crafted by the Ritz and the beauty blended at Locke-Ober’s. Both are flawless creations—cold and so dry that, by comparison, Death Valley seems muggy…Read More

1974 Best Martini

the Ritz Hotel


Until recently the Ritz had no competition in the Great Martini Race. Now the Cafe Vendome has come up with its own Superdrink, which could be rough competition…Read More

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