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THE MARTINI  ****** Website: http://themartinilv.com/ The Martini is one of those classic, almost old-fashioned bars which take you back to a much more elegant, sophisticated time. Its dark oak furniture, spacious and comfortable leather armchairs, lovely fireplace as well as the retro bar create a sensual, nostalgic atmosphere. While you sit there sipping your cocktail you want to listen to Lana Del Rey’s sultry voice and give your date seductive looks from under your lashes. You glance at the bar half expecting Don Draper to enter with Betty, Megan (or whomever else he is currently bestowing with his attentions) on his arm, linger at the counter and order an Old Fashioned. They’d light a cigarette and just sit there, filling the whole room with their magnetic presence, getting everybody’s attention with their raw sexual energy. So much for the fantasy. Because reality, as  usual, is not quite as enticing… What spoils this little illusion of a bygone era are all the modern additions like the TV screens, video games and gambling machines. They ruin what otherwise would have been a perfect venue, but I guess these technological atrocities are very hard to avoid nowadays, especially in a city like Las Vegas. That’s one of the things I love about Europe: if you go to a classy bar or restaurant, there will be no TV monitors or anything of that sort. Honestly, they are completely out of place anywhere besides a sport joint! If you want to spend a romantic evening with somebody special, then staring at the TV or playing Poker will most likely turn out to be a somewhat counterproductive activity. On the other hand, if you are not so much into your partner, it might actually prove to be a good way to gracefully exit the relationship. Take her/him on a couple of dates like that and you will definitely not have to worry about breaking it up with them: they’ll be delighted to kick your TV watching,  gambling butt to the curb. Apart from that flaw I still really like the Martini and go there quite often. As the name suggests, they specialize in Martinis, but they also offer a wide variety of other cocktails and a really good wine card. The ones on their menu definitely belong to the better wines out there and I yet have to encounter one that I did not find delicious. This certainly seems to be one establishment where you should not worry about running out of spirits: the back of the room features huge cabinets filled with every kind of booze known to man (or at least close). If the Zombie Apocalypse ever comes, this would probably be a great place to choose as your last stand: not only could you use the bottles to smack the undead on their stinky zombie heads, but you could also drink the contents first to provide you with liquid courage as well as a more optimistic outlook on  the whole end-of-the-world aspect of the situation. The songs played at the Martini usually belong to the more mellow, easy-going kind (a selection of all the classics from the last 6 decades), but sometimes, especially on weekends, the music can go to hell. Another nostalgic touch this venue features is a jukebox (a very, very loud one), so if you get an eager 60-ties throwback fond of operating it, you will be fighting with some serious decibels. Friday and Saturday evenings appear to be the busiest, but if you enjoy the more lively party vibe you will still have a good time! They also have a small dining room off to the side, where you can sample their gastronomic creations. The restaurant offers an interesting combination of dishes, starting with the all- American favorites and ending with the more refined fare. And another thing that I simply must mention is the way they interact with their guests: so far it has always been excellent, the waiting staff friendly, attentive and very polite. You can see right away that the management values providing good customer service and hires people who are willing to follow the company’s directives and not treat the patrons like they are a major nuisance.  I mean did you not at one time or another feel like one of those annoying, demanding creatures (What do you mean you want another drink??? I just brought you one like 2 hours ago!), keeping the poor young men and women of the waiting folk away from the important things in life, namely drinking shots, flirting and smoking an occasional joint in the backroom? Well, you don’t have to worry about it here: they will make you feel valued and welcome.
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THE MARTINI  ****** SUMMERLIN, LAS VEGAS The Martini is one of those classic, almost old- fashioned bars which take you back to a much more elegant, sophisticated time. Its dark oak furniture, spacious and comfortable leather armchairs, lovely fireplace as well as the retro bar create a sensual, nostalgic atmosphere. While you sit there sipping your cocktail you want to listen to Lana Del Rey’s sultry voice and give your date seductive looks from under your lashes. You glance at the bar half expecting Don Draper to enter with Betty, Megan (or whomever else he is currently bestowing with his attentions) on his arm, linger at the counter and order an Old Fashioned. They’d light a cigarette and just sit there, filling the whole room with their magnetic presence, getting everybody’s attention with their raw sexual energy. So much for the fantasy. Because reality, as usual, is not  quite as enticing… What spoils this little illusion of a bygone era are all the modern additions like the TV screens, video games and gambling machines. They ruin what otherwise would have been a perfect venue, but I guess these technological atrocities are very hard to avoid nowadays, especially in a city like Las Vegas. That’s one of the things I love about Europe: if you go to a classy bar or restaurant, there will be no TV monitors or anything of that sort. Honestly, they are completely out of place anywhere besides a sport joint! If you want to spend a romantic evening with somebody special, then staring at the TV or playing Poker will most likely turn out to be a somewhat counterproductive activity. On the other hand, if you are not so much into your partner, it might actually prove to be a good way to gracefully exit the relationship. Take her/him on a couple of dates like that and you will definitely not have to worry about breaking it up with them: they’ll be delighted to kick  your TV watching, gambling butt to the curb. Apart from that flaw I still really like the Martini and go there quite often. As the name suggests, they specialize in Martinis, but they also offer a wide variety of other cocktails and a really good wine card. The ones on their menu definitely belong to the better wines out there and I yet have to encounter one that I did not find delicious. This certainly seems to be one establishment where you should not worry about running out of spirits: the back of the room features huge cabinets filled with every kind of booze known to man (or at least close). If the Zombie Apocalypse ever comes, this would probably be a great place to choose as your last stand: not only could you use the bottles to smack the undead on their stinky zombie heads, but you could also drink the contents first to provide you with liquid courage as well as a more  optimistic outlook on the whole end-of-the-world aspect  of the situation. The songs played at the Martini usually belong to the more mellow, easy-going kind (a selection of all the classics from the last 6 decades), but sometimes, especially on weekends, the music can go to hell. Another nostalgic touch this venue features is a jukebox (a very, very loud one), so if you get an eager 60-ties throwback fond of operating it, you will be fighting with some serious decibels. Friday and Saturday evenings appear to be the busiest, but if you enjoy the more lively party vibe you will still have a good time! They also have a small dining room off to the side, where you can sample their gastronomic creations. The restaurant offers an interesting combination of dishes, starting with the all- American favorites and ending with the more refined fare. And another thing that I simply must mention is the way they interact with their guests: so far it has always been excellent, the waiting staff friendly, attentive and very polite. You can see right away that the management values providing good customer service and hires people who are willing to follow the company’s directives and not treat the patrons like they are a major nuisance.  I mean did you not at one time or another feel like one of those annoying, demanding creatures (What do you mean you want another drink??? I just brought you one like 2 hours ago!), keeping the poor young men and women of the waiting folk away from the important things in life, namely drinking shots, flirting and smoking an occasional joint in the backroom? Well, you don’t have to worry about it here: they will make you feel valued and welcome.
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