Martinis are both cocktail and lifestyle. As such, they must be respected and enjoyed. This is not a drink to be guzzled from a red Solo cup while Anthrax plays on the juke in some crummy dive bar. For a proper experience, grab a seat at the Traymore Gin Bar. A soothing nod to Miami Beach's art deco era, the room features silver tones, and bottles of gin are the main decoration. Your bartender greets you with a warm welcome, along with shiny platters of assorted nuts and olives. Ladies are offered freestanding racks for their handbags alongside their barstools. Though there are other cocktails, you're here for a well-crafted martini. Order it dry or dirty with blue cheese olives ($15). For a true experience, select a special spirit from the bar's collection of more than 30 gins from around the world. As you sip this elixir of the gods, Sinatra croons softly as palm trees sway gently outside. This is as far from downing hootch in a red Solo cup as it gets.
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