If you’re looking to get a little toasty without spending your last roll of laundry quarters, check out today’s Groupon: For $20, you get $50 worth of drinks at The Martini Bar. Located at 401 S. LaSalle St. in the Loop, The Martini Bar is a throwback to the 1940s with a 21st-century twist - think of a gin gimlet meeting a Red Bulltini, then sitting down and having drinks together.
This is not just any old martini bar - this is The Martini Bar. It has a serious martini menu that pays homage to old classics such as the dirty martini (a little olive juice splashed in) and the dry martini, Alfred Hitchcock-style (“gin and a quick glance at a bottle of vermouth”), while offering newer creations like the Sweet and Spicy (Stolichnaya Cinnamon, sweet vermouth, orange liquor and a cinnamon stick) and the Snickertini (Smirnoff, Frangelico, Vermeer chocolate liquor, a cocoa powder-rimmed glass and a mini Snickers bar). There’s also modern classic favorites like the Cosmo, Lemondrop and Saketini. For $20, you can sample the spectrum and see what works for you.
Everyone who loves The Martini Bar - and that’s a lot of folks - loves it for his or her own special reason. Check out these comments by Yelp reviewers:
- “This place is easy to miss, but that can be part of its charm. It’s smaller than most of its south loop competition, but it only adds to its cozy ‘this is our bar’ feel.” - Robert F.
- “What a posh spot and secluded from the outside world. The back room should be in a movie or video. The scotch list is very impressive” - Johnny A.
- “Good snack mix on the tables!” - Cassie B.
- “This is an awesome place for a martini! … Their Sweet and Spicey [sic] martini is awesome, it’s orange and cinnamon” - Ren H.
Even if you’re not the ‘tini type, don’t dismiss today’s deal: The Martini Bar also boasts an impressive fine wine, beer and top-shelf liquor menu, offering selections ranging from the low-priced (Bud Light) on up to the hurrah-the-economy-is-totally-fixed! (‘98 Opus One, Cristal magnums, and Macallan 25-year scotch). If you’re looking for beers that have won impressive numbers of unsubstantiated “blue ribbons,” you’ll need to go elsewhere. But if you’re looking to drink some fantastic top-shelf martinis for the price of said hypothetical blue-ribbon winner, get today’s deal.
With all the drinking you can do for $20, you might be worried about getting home. The Martini Bar is a quick walk from the entire rainbow of CTA lines and Union Station.
One last bit of advice: Don’t show up looking dumpy. This is fancy, Fifth Avenue-style night-living, Daddy-o, where the hep cats get their drank on. If you want to kick-it casual after work, sip a bot’o’bubs at your local watering hole. At The Martini Bar, you’re cookin’ with gas - so get your Groupon, put on your best polyester blends, and get your drink on.
401 S Lasalle St
Chicago, Illinois 60605Get Directions