In its true form, a martini is simply gin with vermouth and an olive or lemon twist garnish. While this is a classy staple to anyone's cocktail order, sometimes we like to mix it up with some spice, something sweet, or a double espresso! Regardless of how you prefer to order your drink, the important question is, shaken or stirred? Check out these spots in Irving for the best martinis!
5904 N MacArthur Blvd. | (214) 217-0063
The most iconic happy hour in Dallas has made its way to Irving! For the past year, we have enjoyed fresh oysters, delicious burgers, and a killer martini deal. Even if you are not able to make it to Hudson House in time for happy hour, a martini with your meal is a must. Noted as the “World's Coldest Martinis," you can enjoy these delectable sips all summer long to beat the heat. If you like a classic martini but want some pizazz, then the Bleu & Gold is a great place to start! Ice cold vodka, olive juice, bleu cheese salt, and house-made bleu cheese olives make this perfect ‘tini. Other favorites are the Lemon Drop with a luscious Limoncello foam or the Banana Nut Espresso which is a sweet twist on everyone's favorite coffee cocktail!
The Ranch at Las Colinas
857 W John Carpenter Fwy. | (972) 506-7262
While martinis may not be the first drink that comes to mind when thinking of Texan cuisine, The Ranch at Las Colinas sticks to their roots and showcases local ingredients and producers that helps create a perfectly-Texan cocktail list! Keep an eye out for their seasonal sips like the Western Bloom inspired by the flourishing bluebonnets of spring or try the menu staple, Rhinestone Cowgirl, a balanced martini with some sweetness from raspberries and lemon. Pairs great with their pork belly burnt ends appetizer or the blacked gulf striped bass.
5238 N O'Connor Blvd. #136 | (972) 957-7620
Summertime on the Pacific Table patio calls for martinis and delicious seafood! A Lemon Drop Martini is always a good idea when feasting on delicious bites like the shrimp tempura roll, ahi tuna salad, or miso salmon. Add a twist to your classic order with Pacific Table’s Saketini made with vodka, sake, chartreuse and lemon. This cocktail shows the beautiful flavor fusion that can be found all over the Pacific Table menu. When the weather permits, the lakeside patio is a must, but the dining room is also an elegant escape to a delicious meal in Irving.
360 W Las Colinas Blvd. | (469) 472-1050
Bar Louie wouldn't have “bar” in their name if they didn’t know how to whip up an amazing martini! From classics to moderns, fruity to spicy, you can't go wrong with any of the signature martinis on their menu. Some house favorites include the EFFEN Good made with EFFEN cucumber vodka, agave, mint, lime and cucumber, and the Louie’s Cosmo! If it’s a Monday night, then you better be at Bar Louie for their martini happy hour! Half off every Monday and oh-so delicious; there is something for everyone to enjoy. Pair your ‘tini with some crevalle bar bites, craft burgers, or tasty entrees for the perfect evening!
Thirsty Lion Gastropub
350 W Las Colinas Blvd. | (214) 496-0400
Irving’s favorite gastropub, Thirsty Lion knows how to make a great martini. As you can tell by their stellar service and delicious chef-driven menu, the cocktail list stays true to Thirsty Lion’s standards with seasonal ingredients and crowd-pleasing concoctions. Highly recommend their Grapefruit & Basil Martini which comes together beautifully with Deep Eddy Ruby Red Vodka, St. Germain, grapefruit juice, fresh basil, grapefruit Bitters and lime. If you are looking for a fruity sip, then the Pear Martini and Raspberry Drop are just for you! If you like the classics then you’ll be impressed by the vodka and gin selection behind the bar that will help build your perfect martini.
Cork & Pig Tavern
5224 N O'Connor Blvd. | (972) 364-7412
Whether you are celebrating happy hour, date night, or some weekend fun, Cork & Pig Tavern is always a favorite spot amongst Irvingites! Not only is their kitchen bringing out delicious bites, but they are also working some magic behind the bar. From the menu, the Molly Ringwald Cosmo and Cold Brew Martini are some fun concoctions to try, but always feel free to request your favorite martini rendition from their skilled bartenders!
3225 Regent Blvd. | (469) 941-2253
Don't let the name fool you, Whiskey Cake knows how to make a mean martini! As you can tell by the impressive liquor wall behind the bar, their bartenders are ready to shake things up and pour you a perfect martini! Whether looking for gin or vodka, sweet or savory; Whiskey Cake has you covered. Be sure to add a garnish that comes straight from their on-site garden!
5238 N O'Connor Blvd. #134 | (972) 798-4800
As the newest fine dining spot to enter the Irving restaurant scene, you can definitely expect a great martini with your meal at Monaco. Be transported to the French Riviera with exquisite food, dreamy atmosphere and a vodka martini in your hand! Their talented bartenders will make a cocktail taste just as beautiful as it looks! Enjoy this spot for your next special occasion and say “cheers” to amazing martinis in Irving!