Martinis are the epitome of elegance and opulence. It is the symbol of all cocktail drinks. This famous alcoholic drink has been characterized by fictional and real life people who enjoy martinis. 007 Agent James Bond likes his very dry martini to be “shaken not stirred.’ In the 1960s successful business executives were known to have coined the phrase “a three-martini lunch.” A martini is an alcoholic mixed drink consisting of gin and vermouth topped off with an olive.
It’s the glass and olive garnishment that makes this drink truly stand out. Now the martini has spawned other concoctions such as appletinis, peach martinis, chocolate martinis, etc. This has lead to the trendy martini bars all across the country in major cities and tourist areas. Right here is Tampa Bay there are four very unique martini bars worth looking into if you’re into the bar scene or enjoy live entertainment. Some of them offer a different theme night. One thing they all have in common…..martinis.
1.) Blue Martini – Tampa, Florida
With locations in South Florida, Orlando and Las Vegas this one in Tampa is located close to Tampa International Airport. Situated at the International Plaza’a Bay Street this is the place to go for lively entertainment, dancing, eating exotic tapas and trying one of their 25 different martinis. You can even get your martini shaken or stirred.
You can select from the signature Blue Martini drink to their Three Chocolates to The Pomegranate and the list goes on. They close every night at 3 a.m. There is always something going on each night, plus there are different hours when they open during the week, so you’ll need to check the website for up-to-date information. 2223 South Westshore Boulevard, Tampa, Florida 33607 (813) 873-BLUE (2583)
2.) The Venue, Martini Bar – Clearwater, Florida
This features an upscale nightclub with two restaurants, a few bar areas, live music and outdoor bars. In the mix of this establishment is their martini bar at The Venue. It’s a great place to meet after work for their Happy Hour, a designated time when they offer drinks at a discount or two for one. Their Happy Hour for the Martini Bar is from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday thru Friday. You can enjoy live music every Friday and Saturday nights. Thursdays to Saturdays and on Mondays they closed at 3 a.m. 2675 Ulmerton Road, Clearwater, Florida 33762 (727) 571-2222
3.) Boomerang Martini Bar – Brandon, Florida
Here’s another nearby mall location for this upscale martini bar in Brandon. Located close to the Brandon Town Center it features a full kitchen and a Tapas menu. On certain nights there are various themes such as Sunday nights is Mexican Night Live, Thursdays is Ladies Night, Friday is Happy Hour and Latin Night and Saturday is their Simply Sexy Saturday. Closed each night at 3 a.m. 2016 Town Center Boulevard, Brandon, Florida 33511 (813) 655-1700
4.) Icognito Lounge – Apollo Beach, Florida
Not only do they serve innovative martinis, but also gourmet pizza. Friday and Saturday nights they feature live music at this upscale lounge located in South Hillsborough County. Their Happy Hour is from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday thru Sunday. Closed on Mondays, they stay open late on Fridays and Saturdays till 2 a.m. Incognito Lounge is located at the MiraBay Village 131 Harbour Village, Apollo Beach, Florida 33572 (813) 645-9700
Each place at least offers live entertainment, DJ, karaoke or various theme nights and Happy Hours for you to enjoy a martini or two. They’re all in upscale settings where you can feel elegant drinking out of a signature martini glass. If you want to get away with friends after work or enjoy an interesting evening with a martini then try one of these four martini bars in Tampa Bay. Cheers.
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Blue Martini: The Premiere Martini Lounge, Blue Martini Lounge
The Venue – Martini Bar, The Venue Club
Boomerang Martini Bar – Brandon, FL, Boomerang Martini Bar
Incognito Lounge – Upscale Martini Bar, Incognito Lounge