"Bar Month" at OnMilwaukee.com is back for another round! The whole month of February, we're serving up intoxicatingly fun articles on bars and clubs -- including guides, the latest trends, rapid bar reviews 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, 2010. Find readers' results in 50 categories, including an editors' pick, in this series of articles that run daily in the Bars and Clubs section of OnMilwaukee.com.
The key to mixing a great martini is knowing what to leave out. When ordered without directions, the bartender should put in just enough vermouth to barely coat the shaker -- then dump it out. When a customer orders one dry, it's more about the essence of vermouth than including any measurable quantity.
Beyond that, a good martini is determined by the quality of its vodka or gin, what its olives are stuffed with and how cold you can make its big boat of a martini glass. Asking for it "shaken not stirred," makes you more of a James Bond connoisseur and less of a martini maven, since technically, shaking bruises gin (but doesn't harm vodka).
OnMilwaukee.com readers know that Hi-Hat Lounge, 1701 N. Arlington Pl., takes this same no-nonsense approach to its mixology, and that's why it's a perennial favorite.
And yes, technically a cosmo or chocotini fall into this category, but the only we way we drink 'em is straight-up or a little dirty (if we're feeling a little dirty).
OnMilwaukee.com editors' choice: Metro Bar
4. Eddie Martini's
8. Whiskey Bar
10. Art Bar
11. Martini Mike's
12. Hi Lo Martini Lounge
16. 88 Keys