Like balloon animals and the adventures of the Hardy Boys, martinis are often best with a twist added at the end. Drink up creative concoctions with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of martinis, tapas, and other upscale bar fare at Olive Black Martini & Wine Lounge in Richmond.
Inspired by the art-deco elegance of the 1940s, Olive Black Martini & Wine Lounge entertains guests with a refined roster of specialty martinis, soft lighting, and live jazz entertainment. Master mixologists wield jiggers, shakers, and wizard costumes to conjure potions such as the Cabana, a tropical blend of melon, coconut, pineapple, and raspberry ($5–$7). A wedge of lime, crumbly graham cracker and ribbons of whipped cream crown the secret-recipe key-lime-pie martini ($6–$8), and bourbon infuses a classic Prohibition-era sidecar ($7–$10).
While sipping and lounging on soft sofas, groups can pass around a selection of tapas, including skewers of chicken satay marinated in cumin and honey ($3–$8). Stunning platters of tzatziki, tapenade, and goat-cheese spreads paint portraits of lumberjacks on pita wedges ($8), and garlic-poached jumbo shrimp bob in zesty house-made cocktail sauce ($8) between thumps of the jazzy upright bass.
Olive Black Martini Lounge
Inspired by the art-deco elegance of the 1940s, Olive Black Martini Lounge entertains guests with a refined roster of classic cocktails, specialty martinis, and soft lighting. Located less than two miles from the Wisconsin border, mixologists wield jiggers and shakers to conjure potions such as the Dark Secret and Pineapple Upside Cake. Selections of authentic tapas dishes settle stomachs after a few drinks, with bite-sized eats such as cajun bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin or seared shrimp served with fresh mango salsa. Meals end sweetly with such succulent desserts, including chocolate fondue.