Bar Review: The Grill on the Alley, Westlake Village, CA

The Grill on the Alley is located hidden in the back of a shopping complex.  You have to drive past several other beckoning restaurants.  But don’t be distracted, the Grill is where you want to be.

I’ve been here a few times and the food it always superb, the service is excellent, and the atmosphere is friendly and open.   The roast beef was particularly noteworthy.   Definitely worth a visit for that alone.

But I’m here for the Martini.  And, as you’ve seen in past reviews, the food isn’t necessarily an indication of the Martini.

But today it is.  They serve a great martini, really excellent.  The stem was wonderfully frozen, the Martini very dry, well shaken, and served promptly before the stem started to warm up.  Matthew was engaging while staying professional.

B+ for selection: Citadelle, Nolet’s, Tanqueray, Tanqueray Ten, Bombay, Bombay Sapphire, Boodles, Hendrick’s, Beefeater.  I think just a few more selections, including something a bit ‘unusual’ or rare, would push this into the “A” category.

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*****   Rating Definitions   ****

Two Days to National Martini Day

Two days to go to National Martini Day.  How are you planning on celebrating?  What type(s) of Martinis are you going to enjoy?

As always, drive safe or make sure you have a Designated Driver if you’re not celebrating at home


National Martini Day Coming Up – June 19

Hot on the heels of World Gin Day, National Martini Day is June 19.  That’s only three days away.  Not that we’ve sample several gins its time to consider which would be best for our Martini celebration.   Or perhaps which ones?


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World Gin Day Sampling Results & Opinions

As you all know, last Saturday was World Gin Day.  Some friends and I sampled a small collection of gins.  It was a last minute, fun, and very informal event.  I thought I would share the comments and ratings of our gins.   The ratings were from 1 to 5 with 5 being best.  There were no rules, guidelines, limitations, or expectations.  It was just fun.   I’ve also added whatever comments came first to mind.

Miller’s – 3.0          Spicy, Peppery
Broker’s – 3.25          Salty, Cedar, Woodsy
Beefeater – 3.5          Clean, Easy, Refreshing
Tanqueray – 2.0          Woody, ‘Bite’, Acidic, Harsh
New Amsterdam – 4.25          Sweet, Tangerine, Orange Peel, Citrus, Spicy
Seagram’s – 2.25          “Piny”, Bland, Blah
Hendrick’s – 3.75          “Not for a Martini”, Lavender, Smooth, Subtle, Peaty

Miller’s was controversial with its pepper taste, though everyone enjoyed it.  Though not necessarily for a Martini – G&T seemed a better option.  New Amsterdam was a nice surprise and universally liked.  Seagram’s was universally panned as was Tanqueray, though for different reasons.   The former was just “boring” while the latter was a bit harsh for this audience.   Tanqueray might get better reviews if were mellowed in a Martini.

Next year I plan on expanding my sampling selections and invitees.  I’m sure to add Bombay Sapphire, Bombay Sapphire East, Tanqueray Ten, and Tanqueray Rangpur.   Any suggestions or requests will be gladly accepted.   Keep watching for future notifications on time and place.

World Gin Day, Its Finally Here

Martini with Twist

Happy World Gin Day to everyone.

I hope everyone has a great celebration but remember to have a Designated Driver if you’re out.

Preparing for World Gin Day Tomorrow

Putting together a few Gins for a fun taste comparison, on a budget.

A few 50ml gin samples for World Gin Day fun
A few 50ml gin samples for World Gin Day fun

World Gin Day on Saturday

Coming soon to a bar near you or anyplace you feel like celebrating – World Gin Day, June 13.

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