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For The Best Martini Bars Nearby in Orange County, the Hangout has some of the best places to drink. Each week, our Martini special called Martini Monday is all day!

Enjoy great Martinis for only $5.00.

In addition to our great martinis in Orange County, we also have Cosmopolitans, Manhattans, and Lemon Drops at the same price!

Our happy hour runs from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm Monday thru Friday.

If you haven't visited us you're missing out!

Martini Bar In Huntington Beach

We love the sliders, wings, and good house wine and don't forget martini Mondays! Service is amazing.

—Anne S.,Yelp review

For Martinis in Huntington Beach, our restaurant/bar is central to many popular places such as the Bolsa Chica Wetlands and Bella Terra mall.

We're a great spot for some sunset cocktails! At our fun bar in Huntington Beach, sip Martinis or your cocktail of choice on the outdoor patio. 

There is free parking with no time restrictions.

The Hangout Restaurant & Beach Bar
16490 Bolsa Chica St
Huntington Beach, CA 92649
Tel: (657) 204-9306
Price Range: 6 to $12
Payment: Cash, Visa, MC, Discover, Amex
Parking: free parking.

This visit was for dinner and just perfect! We started with reasonably priced cocktails (great dirty martini) and lingered and talked a while before ordering.

—Laura V. Huntington Beach, Yelp review

Martini Bar In Seal Beach

For Martinis in Seal Beach, there is no better place to drink by the beach.

The Hangout Bar by the Seal Beach Pier is steps to the waterfront in downtown. It’s been the backdrop for a a number of notable Hollywood movies.

For things to do, drop in at over 150 unique stores. What better way to spend an afternoon? Free Parking is available.

The Hangout Restaurant & Beach Bar
901 Ocean Avenue
Seal Beach, CA 90740
Tel: (562) 431-4888
Payment: Cash, Visa, MC, 
Discover, Amex

  • Free on Main Street for 2 hours

  • Seal Beach Pier $3.00/2 hours or $6 daily

  • Free on 8th & Central Ave 5pm to 10pm

  • Free at Marina Community Park (12 min. walk)

What is a martini? 

What is a Martini? While it seems like an obvious question, the answer may differ depending on who you ask. Vodka or gin? Each brand of gin or vodka will have its own flavor characteristics. Lesser quality gins have a pine tree flavor.

Higher quality vodkas will have less of a burning characteristic. The taste will vary depending on how it's distilled (grain or potatoes) as well as the amount of alcohol. Drinking Martini cocktails is entirely about preference. 

The classic Martini consists of a 2:1 part ratio of gin to vermouth served stirred or shaken over ice in a cocktail glass. Garnish is either olives or with a lemon twist. Olives contain salt which offers a nice accent. More modern recipes call for a 4:1 ratio.

I had never tasted anything so cool and clean. They made me feel civilized.

— Frederic Henry after drinking Martinis in A Farewell to Arms.(Hemingway 34)

History & Origin Of The Martini

Like many inventions throughout time, the origin of the martini has a hazy history. Record keeping prior to the 1950s tends to be murky causing historical disputes. 

The birth of the Martini dates back to the 1800s in the United States. It first appeared in the 1887 manual of bartender Jerry Thomas from the Occidental Hotel in San Francisco.

The town of Martinez, California disputes this laying claim to the invention during the Gold Rush era.

Classic Martini Recipe:

  • 2 Ounces Dry Vermouth
  • 1 Ounce Gin (94 proof)
  • Shaken or Stirred Over Ice
  • Olives or Lemon Twist





Further still, in 1911, Martini di Arma di Taggia, head barman at the Knickerbocker Hotel in New York serves the drink and added olives. Perhaps this explains the emergence of the olive garnish?

So the origin, like many early historical inventions, remains in dispute. One thing is certain. It's entirely American. Thank goodness for that.

Here's how to order a Martini like a pro.

  • "Straight up"
  • This means the drink is chilled over ice and then strained.

  • "On the rocks"
  • The drink is poured over ice and served in an old fashioned glass. If your basking in the sun on a hot day, your drink will survive longer.

  • Shaken or stirred?
  • Stirring slowly chills the drink. Shaking chills the drink much faster. Ice-cold would be shaken; chilled would be stirred.

  • Dry Martini (standard)
  • This is heavier on gin. Your calling for less vermouth.

  • Extra Dry Martini
  • Leaning much heavier on gin. Your basically reducing the presence of vermouth to around .5 ounces.

    e.g. Gin martini with a splash of vermouth over ice with some lemon.

    You Would Say: "Extra-dry gin martini on the rocks with a twist please".

  • Wet Martini
  • You prefer a high ratio of vermouth to gin. This means more vermouth making it sweeter.

  • Dirty Martini
  • Olive brine is added in the place of vermouth. This gives it a cloudy look and that's why it's called a dirty martini. 5 oz is recommended but it can vary. Taste will have a fairly high salty taste with that of olives. So if you love olives, you'll probably be a fan.

  • Extra Dirty Martini
  • All of the above with even more brine. e.g. ice-cold martini with vodka, a lot of olive brine with an olive garnish You Would Say: "Extra-dirty martini with olives shaken please"

  • Vodka Martini
  • The key ingredient is the vodka. Recipes will vary. Typically it's a 2:1 ratio. e.g. vodka with a splash of dry vermouth garnished with a lemon and shaken.

    You Would Say: Extra dry vodka martini with a twist… shaken please.”

    The key to ordering is specifying otherwise you'll receive a drink you don't want AND you'll make the bartender mad!

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Nicholas McDonough

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