If James Bond sat down at the low-lit Red Feather Lounge bar and ordered his classic vodka martini, shaken not stirred, we guarantee the bartender would lean over and thwack his chiseled jaw ever so daintily with a wet bar rag. "If you want a boring vodka martini," the bartender would reply with a genteel air, his hand propped on his hip in a perturbed gesture, "go to any of the ubiquitous chain bars found in any city across the country. If you want a thoughtfully prepared martini using top-shelf gins, innovative vermouths and local garnishes, I am at your service." And then 007 would massage his stinging cheek and order the Gaspar--a classic gin martini made slightly wet with parfait amour, an orange lavender liqueur.
Second Place: Bardenay Restaurant and Distillery
Third Place: Chandlers Steakhouse
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