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Fab Five Friday

As promised, here are the five best places to get martinis in the area.

This one was tough for me, because I'm not a huge martini fan.

And though some bars try hard to be like New York City hot spots, Baltimore is still not a huge martini town.

So thanks for all your input.

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(Nanine Hartzenbusch/Sun Photographer) 

1. Ixia, 518 N. Charles St.

Ixia takes its martinis more seriously than any other Baltimore bar I've been to. And molecular mixologist Tom Cusack setting a national nightlife trend with his liquid nitrogen martinis.

2. Champps, 10300 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia

For a suburban chain, Champps is not a bad place to drink. And, according to Midnight Sun reader Diane, they have half-price martinis and $10 manicures on Wednesdays.   

3. Cazbar, 316 N. Charles St.

Free valet parking, belly dancing and untraditional martinis sometimes served at half-price. What's not to like?   

4. Cosmopolitan Bar & Grill, 2933 O'Donnell St.

Cosmo has a long martini list, but its late-night scene has been lame every time I've been there. Go for post-dinner drinks and then head somewhere else in Canton Square for dancing. 

5. Shorty's Martini Bar & Lounge, 3301 Foster Ave.

Totally unpretentious neighborhood joint with tons of great drinks. Might be closed soon, though -- it was on the market a couple months ago. 

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