It’s classic. It’s simple. It’s elegant.
The martini is a signature drink at most bars. But some martinis are just a little extra special.
Here are some of our favorite spots that can serve up a martini to compete with any of them:
1. Salar, 400 E. Fifth St., Dayton — TEMPORARILY CLOSED
Salar’s knowledgeable bar staff is well-known for delicious and globally-inspired signature cocktails. But they can just as easily go classic and can serve you up a delicious true martini.
2. Buckhorn Tavern, 8800 Beeker Road, Butler Twp.
This is a rustic steakhouse that has been serving hungry diners since 1943. The Buckhorn is best known for flavorful ribs and grilled steaks, but it also has a robust wine list and can serve up a perfect classic cocktail.
3. The Oakwood Club, 2414 Far Hills Ave., Oakwood
The Oakwood Club is obviously renowned for its steaks along with its classic atmosphere, so it’s no surprise that their martinis would also be top-notch and true to form.
4. Lily’s Bistro, 329 E. Fifth St., Dayton
Lily’s has a full menu of specialty (and classic) hand-crafted cocktails, so we’d expect nothing less than a great martini.
5. Jay’s Seafood Restaurant, 225 E. Sixth St., Dayton
A seafood restaurant for martinis? It’s true, we promise! We dare say a great dry martini would go deliciously with their oysters on the half shell.
Bonus: The blue cheese-stuffed olive-filled martinis made at Fleming’s Steakhouse, 4432 Walnut St., are a delicious addition, if not keeping with the true martini recipe. We’re willing to let it slide, because they’re that tasty.
Need some more options? Here are five other superb locations:
Is a martini on your happy hour menu tonight? You bet we’ll join you.