May 12, 2022 - Food and Drink

Finding some of Raleigh's best martinis

A martini on Whiskey Kitchen's patio
A Whiskey Kitchen martini. Photo: Lucille Sherman/Axios

Not every bar in Raleigh makes a great dirty vodka martini.

But don't worry, we compiled a list of some of the best places to try if you're looking for the perfect balance of vodka, vermouth and olive juice.

Worth nothing: Extra points to the restaurants and bars that include two or more olives per drink. The more the merrier.

In no particular order, some of our favorite martini spots:

🦪 St. Roch Fine Oysters + Bar

  • Location: 223 S. Wilmington St.
  • Appetizers to pair your martini with: Raw oysters (duh) and crawfish hushpuppies.

🥃 Whiskey Kitchen

  • Location: 201 W. Martin St.
  • Pair with: Farm cheese and fried brussel sprouts.

🐦 Hummingbird

  • Location: 1053 E. Whitaker Mill Rd., Suite 111
  • Pair with: Charbroiled oysters

🥩 Sullivan's Steakhouse, if you fancy a blue cheese salted rim martini and occasionally running into state lawmakers.

  • Location: 410 Glenwood Ave., Suite 100
  • Pair with: Honestly, you can never go wrong with Sullivan's three cheese mac.

What’d we miss? Send us your suggestions!

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