Best Martini: Tio Pepe

10 E. Franklin St., (410) 539-4675, tiopepebaltimore.com

The bar at Tio Pepe eschews the freakishly oversized martinis that are all the rage, preferring to serve the classic cocktail in a proper glass of perfectly chilled gin and just the right amount of vermouth. The $8.50 price makes the second round taste that much better. The lounge itself is an amalgam of ‘60s era leather stools, Spanish tiles, a crushed red velvet banquette, and dark wood paneled walls. With every cocktail, bartender Jorge Zea offers the traditional Spanish toast, “Salud.”

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