Best Martini: The Peppermill

1301 York Road, Lutherville-Timonium, (410) 583-1107, pepmill.com

For over three decades this U-shaped bar on the ground floor of the Heaver Plaza has been keeping the residents of Lutherville lubricated by never wavering from its core mission: Serve solid drinks at reasonable prices. Never a place to go in for fads, it has seen cocktail crazes come and go, and vile mixtures all ending in “tini” fall by the wayside. We at City Paper prefer classic martinis—gin, a modest splash of vermouth, and an olive. Bartender Marcella Marsiglia works her magic behind the bar every Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Monday night. Each drink is chilled to perfection and shimmers on the bar like cut crystal. A regular martini is $4 and a Beefeater is $5.25. Yes, you read that last line correctly.

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