by Mariana P. on
I had forgotten how much I love this bar until I went there again after a good 5 year hiatus. This is not your typical bar - this is a PROPER bar, with PROPER waiters, PROPER bartenders, and PROPER drinks. A pleasure, from beginning to end. Going to Martuni's is like going to a spa: you feel pampered. I'm not a fruity drink kind of person, but I had a passion fruit cosmo and it was FABULOUS.
by Lashon Hartsough on
If you're walking from the BART station in heels, your feet will probably hurt once you get here, but odds are you won't be disappointed. The bar itself is average-sized and narrow, with a spot for shuffleboard and a pool table - were it not for the kick-ass gigantic patio in the back, this place could potentially be a bit crowded on weekend nights. However, the patio, complete with heat lamps, little nooks and crannies for seating, and strings of white lights, accomodates large crowds quite nicely, almost too nicely - the last time I was here, our group of folks were waaaay in the back corner and was somewhat difficult to find at first. Still the best spot on the patio though. Sometimes there's a cover and they have bands, burlesque shows of varying quality, and salsa nights on Sunday. When there's no cover, and especially if there's a fundraiser for delightfully adorable furballs of the canine variety (yay Rocket Dog Rescue!), this place is golden. Free oysters on the half shell Fridays at 5:30 if that's your thing, and $3 wells from opening to 9pm. The drinks are served in small plastic cups, but the liquor content makes up for it, and considering the various steps, uneven patio tiles, and sheer volume of people that pass through here I can't hold that against them anyway. Though it'd be nice if there was never a cover (after all, they do have a second room like Hemlock does), it'd be even nicer if it lived closer to me (as opposed to me living closer to it - nothing against the neighborhood it's in, but my current one is just far more convenient). 4.5 stars.