Here in Lehigh Valley, we have no shortage of places for James Bond to order a dry martini, "shaken, not stirred." Whether you find yourself in Allentown, Bethlehem, or Easton, you're never to far from a great martini. We put together a list of our favorites. What are yours? Let us know in the comments section below.
Looper’s Bar and Grill - With more than 75 different martinis on their "Fruity Menu" alone, Looper’s selection is extensive. They also offer more than 50 coffee martinis, more than 45 unique ‘Special-tinis,’ as well as dessert martinis, frozen martinis, cosmos and margaritas. If you’re looking for a festive drink to enjoy the fall weather, I highly recommend the pumpkin pie dessert martini.
Apollo Grill – An award-winning restaurant and bar located in downtown Bethlehem, Apollo has a delectable martini menu. If you’re looking for a place to relax and unwind during the work week, Apollo is the place to be on Thursdays from 5-7 p.m. Their ‘Therapeutic Thursday’ happy hour specials feature $7 martinis as well as $5 glasses of Cabernet and chardonnay. My personal favorite is the Apollo’s Arnold Palmer.
Stratus Restaurant & Lounge – Located on Airport Road in Allentown, Stratus Restaurant and Lounge is a trendy place to hang out and enjoy a great drink with friends. Expert mixologists at Stratus feature a menu of more than 30 excellent martinis to choose from. If you’re in the mood to let your hair down, karaoke with B-Dazzled Barb on Wednesdays is the perfect way to celebrate hump day. How could you not have fun singing loudly with a ‘Peanut Butter Jelly Time’ martini in hand?
Cosmopolitan – One of downtown Allentown’s finest restaurants, Cosmopolitan has daily happy hour specials featuring Svedka martinis. Tuesday through Thursday from 4-7pm and Friday from 4-8pm, patrons can enjoy a classic martini happy hour for $4.95. With an award winning food menu, elegant decor and complementary valet parking, Cosmopolitan makes it easy to have a fantastic evening. If you’re looking for a late night adventure, the grand opening for Wave Nightclub, Cosmopolitan’s rooftop dance club, is coming up this weekend on October 25th and 26th featuring DJ Xtina.
Pistachio’s Bar and Grill – A casual American style restaurant with an eclectic twist, Pistachio’s has great food and more than 45 martinis to enjoy. If you haven’t yet, I would definitely try the pineapple upside down cake martini, it’s to die for!
Twisted Olive – A fun new bistro in downtown Bethlehem with a stylish and approachable atmosphere, Twisted Olive features a unique cocktail list as well as a fabulous signature martini. Patrons of Twisted Olive can expect an eclectic menu with a world twist, passionately created by owner and chef Steve Kershner.