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OC's Best Martinis: Seal Beach, Huntington beach

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For Martinis in Orange County, CA, the Hangout has some of the best bars to drink. Each week, our Martini special called Martini Monday is all day. In addition to our Monday happy hour from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm, we have great Martinis for only $5.00! If you haven't visited us you're missing out! 

In addition to our great martinis in Orange County, we also have Cosmopolitans, Manhattans, and Lemon Drops at the same price!  In addition to our cocktail specials, our amazing meatloaf lunch/dinner special is a must try.

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)

For Martinis in Huntington Beach nearby, 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! As one of the best bars in Huntington Beach, we have a newly renovated outside patio to sip not only Martinis but your cocktails of choice. There is free parking with no time restrictions. Ample spaces are in front or in the back.

For Martinis in Seal Beach, there is no better place for cocktails. The Hangout is one of the best Bars Seal Bars, we're steps to the historic Pier in downtown. Located on Main Street, experience over 150 unique stores. What better way to spend an afternoon? Free Parking is available.

Martini Bars Near Me: Huntington Beach, Seal Beach

Hangout Too, Southern Bar & Grill
16446 Bolsa Chica St
Huntington Beach, CA 92649
Tel: (657) 204-9306
Price Range: 6 to $12
Dog Friendly: Yes, patio only
Payment: Cash, Visa, MC, Discover, Amex
Parking: free parking.

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

  • 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.

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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