Because I am coming to AA this weekend for business, and I know I am really going to need several.
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Black Pearl does not disappoint.
I agree, it is very good for exotic martinis, so is good night gracies. thanks to uncle sam, I have spent my fair share of money on expensive drinks here in AA
And I thank everyone who recommended it. It is very difficult to post while drunk.....
Rush Street, which is ironically enough on Main Street
Rush Street recently was taken over by new owners and they've turned the bar into more of a night club than anything. Some of my female friends said it's known as the place where married men go to find a little college girl lovin'.
I would say that your assessment is accurate!
i suggest you pull the skeeps to ricks move, it is a college classic and obvy you can get your grind on after your shark bowls
Ricks offers up some pretty solid cocktails
Arguably the best shark bowl in AA.
Black Pearl was pretty fantastic when I went.
Screw the martini. Head to Connor's for good pint of beer.
... under the Hoke regime there is no room for sissy martini drinking, queen's english speaking, ninnies who aren't tremendous and don't like to be touched.
But seriously, no man should ever be caught drinking out of one of those silly glasses. Drink blanton's neat. That is all.
You calling Roger Sterling a ninny? Nothing the least bit girly about a true a dry martini of gin and dry vermouth, or even the perfect martini of gin, dry vermouth and sweet vermouth the OP called for. I recommend the Grange on Liberty for an awesome hand-crafted cocktail.
... but Sterling is a fictitious character from the 1960s. At that time, they also considered Elvis to be the Devil's music.
There will never be a substitute for a nice hard alcohol served neat... be it a good vodka, tequila, whisky (yes, please), etc...
Martini drinkers are brought up, and it's not James Bond.
Though your OP made me think we went from moonshine to keg stands with the coaching change. What would Lloyd be? Sipping brandy, wearing as ascot?
(Saving this for July for "OT: What drink would you associate with Ex-Michigan coaches?" Bump Elliot- discuss)
... made me imagine him sitting in his expansive library, surrounded by history professors and foreign dignitaries, listening to Pat Suzuki's version of The Victors, while talking about the Good War and quipping, "Meeting FDR was like opening your first bottle of champagne; knowing him was like drinking it."
yep, that's what it made me think. Weird, I know.
I am thoroughly looking forward to this thread. Preliminary thoughts; Four Loko = RR, Keystone Light=Brady Hoke.
Fielding Yost = Everclear
Fritz Crisler = Strongbow
We all know there Is but one drink for a man or woman out on the town in Ann arbor or anywhere else in this universe: the Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster.
Ashley's has the best beer selection in town.
Have the T-shirt. And trust me, it is on my list of stops this weekend (I am looking forward to a nice Porter Flight). But sometimes there is absolutely nothing like a perfect, ice-cold Martini to un-fuck your head when you really need it. And I am absolutely positive I am going to really need it. My preferred method is to just have the bartender crack my skull open and pour it directly on my brain....
if you don't get distracted by the superior wine offerings.
And Gandy Dancer. I'd say those are the two best bars for business meetings. You can get a good martini in either place. They both used to have Noilly Prat vermouth; not sure if it even matters anymore since they ruined Noilly Prat.
They have good-sized martinis, and cocktails (solid menu) are half price during Happy Hour, which is not only weekdays from 3-5, but also on Thurs-Sat nights from 10 pm to close. By the way, pints of draught beer are $3, and 12-oz. bottles are $2..
Full menu, including beverages (except the cocktail menu for some reason) can be found on their website: redhawkannarbor.com.
I make my martinis with absolut Peppar, and they're one of the few places in town that carry it. Nice menu too.
There shall be no debating this.
is a great place. I liked it more when you could smoke cigars. It's still a great place for those who can find it..
It's under an office building. Kind of a weird place.
Good Night Gracies has good drinks and live music, usually jazz IIRC. 1st and Huron.
La Dolce Vita if you've got the need for a cigar and a nice single malt, but if you want a martini I'd say Gracies.
Although it sounds like it's your first time in the area if you're asking recommendations, so maybe you should try The Landing Strip in Romulus. I think they do deals on a bucket of beer and crabs....
You might WHAT your first wife? Go back for seconds?
That sounds like the perfect name for a strip club...
Just the lapdance.
Knight's offers the most honest pour in AA. $5 or so for a huge martini or manhattan.
They have VERY generous portions as well. I personally get either jack and coke or long islands when I go there.. Knights, Webbers, and Westside Banfields (zeeb and baker) are all not stingy on their drinks and ALL have good deals.
i understand this is a thread about drinking, but I don't understand what is so good about knights steak. sure their ground beef that is used at restaurants like red hawk is the best you can get in town, but for grilling at your house, the selection of different grinds at whole foods is better, and for steaks sparrows blows knights out of the water, its not even close
Knight's has a brilliant business model of getting everyone so hammered for cheap nobody will care their $20 steak is basically Applebees quality. Seems to be working for them. Amazing what a little extra booze will do for a joint.
You must not go there often. Because their steaks are definitely not applebees quality.
You do realize it's their meat market which supplies most of the top restaurants in the Ann arbor area..
...they serve the best beer flavored martini in AA.
Black Pearl followed by Babs. The black pearl is going to be the nicest place, but if you are interested in smoking a cigar head to babs.
I don't drink martinis but the place I'd like to find myself on any given night is Ashley's with a nice Stone beer. Had office hours there before, never a business meeting.
Is Stiver's still around?
Rush St, Black Pearl and Melange all have some pretty good martini's
In terms of martinis Rush Street and Black Pearl are it.
In terms of atmosphere etc I like Babs.
If you want a great Martini see Gary at the Chop House. Great bar, great bartender. If you head down to la dolce vita for a cigar, you still get his mixes. Black pearl is okay, but too many gimmicky martini's. Just give me the classic martini.
We sat at the bar, had Martinis and steaks, and Gary got a big kick out of your post when I showed it to him on my iPhone. Gordon was working with him, and they made a great bunch of drinks. There is nothing like getting a Martini directly from the bartender, outstanding!
If the place even considers making the martini with vodka (which most use vodka by default anymore), promptly turn on your heel and walk away. Melange and Rush street are about twenty something kids who know nothing about alcohol but just want to look/act cool. Bypass quickly.
Black pearl was okay, but still, not a huge fan. Cafe Felix has a nice vibe to it, and they have quite a selection of liquor, which is important.
For my bet - ZINGERMAN'S ROADHOUSE. The staff there is amazing. They know their cocktails inside out. They are stocked well - both in variety and quality. Variety as in all potential ingredients for a wide variety of drinks. Quality as in bypassing the popular overrated crap and serving what is really good. I've had many a different variations of a classic dry martini there, and never disappointed. Never had a drink poured incorrect there. They've never screwed up a manhattan (seriously, how do you screw that up), but normally, the dbag bartender at places like Melange and Rush Street always screw it up.
I have never tried Grange, and I thought Bab's had closed.
You are in a college town, drink a college drink.
To watch the round of 32 in the NCAA tournament this year. Bartenders were great about tuning the big ass flat screens to whatever game my wife and I requested. After the third martini, I really didn't care what they tasted like or whether it was manly or not.