By OnMilwaukee Staff Writers   Published Feb 14, 2009 at 8:19 AM

"Bar Month" at is back for another round! The whole month of February, we're serving up intoxicatingly fun bars and club articles -- including guides, unique features, drink recipes and more. Grab a designated driver and dive in!

The votes are in and the winners have been selected for OnMilwaukee's Best: Bars & Clubs, 2009. The results of this readers' poll, including an editors' pick, are available in this series of articles that run all month long in the Bars and Clubs section of

Martinis are a loaded drink. Perhaps no other alcoholic beverage has generated such a precise and passionate following as the one that supplemented the iconic careers of James Bond and the entire Rat Pack.

Tradition says a classic martini is a cocktail made with gin and dry vermouth. Inviting vodka to the party has, more recently, opened the floodgates and significantly blurred the lines of martini qualifications. Most of what you see today is just a froo-frou drink in a martini glass.

But, regardless of your flavor preference, a good drink is a good drink, and the readers of know one when they have one. That's why it's no surprise they chose the Hi-Hat Lounge as purveyor of the city's best martinis.

The bar's drink list is extensive and diverse -- a pleasing selection for the traditional drinker and the experimental sipper alike.

So whether you like it dry, sweet, extra dirty or dripping with chocolate, chances are you'll be satisfied with a Hi-Hat martini.

Only one question remains: shaken or stirred? ediotr's choice: Angelo's

2. Elsa's on the Park
3. Metro Bar
4. Centanni
5. JoJo's
6. Blu
7. Taylor's
8. Martini Mike's
9. Eagan's
10. Art Bar
11. Angelo's