Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Robusto’s Martini Lounge and Wine Bar

Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan

My favorite Martini Bar in the country!

Do you ever want to get away, relax, enjoy a delicious cocktail and, even though you’re a stranger, feel welcome?

I travel, a lot! Sitting in a hotel room, or almost as bad, a hotel bar just isn’t my idea of seeing a city. So where do you go? If you’re ever in the Detroit metropolitan area, enjoy outstanding drinks (especially martinis), savor a good cigar, relish tasty gourmet appetizers or just want to delight in an elegant, intimate lounge, YOU HAVE TO GO TO Robusto’s Martini Lounge and Wine Bar.

Robusto's is located on the East side of town at 19271 Mack Avenue (on the West side of the street), just North of Moross in Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan. You can call them at 1-313-881-0100.

Robusto's celebrates the renaissance of the Martini with Michigan's largest original Martini menu (over 185) and a delicious gourmet appetizer and snack selection. Let me tell you a couple quick points before I tell you the rest of the story.

• Robusto’s is Open 6 nights
• Live music Thursday, Friday and Saturday
• Gourmet Appetizers
• 100" Big Screen TV
• Over 185 Martinis
• Voted Best Martini Lounge by The Detroit News

My first experience with Robusto’s was back in December of 2001 when I was hired to perform my sleight-of-hand, strolling, up close magic at a company Christmas Cocktail Party. The place was bought out for the night to host this corporate event. Let me tell you, I’ve been in a few bars in my life, this one read sophisticated casual and welcoming all over it. From the granite counter tops, African Mahogany walls, loft, extensive use of real wood and brass, and the impressive banks of humidors, Robusto’s exudes elegance. That evening I didn’t partake in the libations but I certainly sampled the food, it was scrumptious. That evening I also met the owners, Scott and Jackie Baumgart. You haven’t met two more delightful people. This hard working couple couldn’t have been more hospitable if you were in their own home. They bought the bar in 2000. Scott has been around this business for over 20 years, Jackie was new to it. Scott says, “Jackie wanted a bed and breakfast and wound up with a martini lounge.” (Some people might love that turn of events.)

While you’re there, ask about the cards on the ceiling.

I’ve had the pleasure of preforming at Robusto’s on a couple subsequent occasions but I’ve also taken delight in the opportunity of occasionally visiting just to relax and enjoy.

Robusto’s gives me the impression of a corner bar, a Cheers, but a place where business people co-mingle with local socialites and everyone gets dressed up to be there. It’s classy, cozy, comfy, elegant all on the dressy side of casual. It’s refined yet cordial. It’s a must visit if you like martinis and cigars.

Robusto's serves its Martinis the way they were meant to be served, "Shakin'… not stirred!" From the traditional Vodka Martini to their selection of original Martini recipes that spans the sublime - the Dirty Pickled Martini garnished with a large Pickle Spear; to the delightfully unique - Robusto's Chocolate Martini, served in a chocolate dripped glass. Did I mention that Robusto's has over 185 Martinis on their menu? By the way, I love their vanilla martini.

Robusto's also offers a fine selection of wines by the glass or bottle, Champagne, a variety of single malt Scotches, beer, coffee drinks and delicious desserts, as well as a limited selection of fine smoking cigars. Additionally, only the finest ingredients are used in all of Robusto's libations, such as fresh juices, fruits, vegetables, gourmet olives and the like.

Though Martinis are the mainstays of this intimate Grosse Pointe Woods establishment, do not refer to it as just a Martini lounge. It's a cocktail lounge, a cozy gathering spot where people can casually partake in the good life -- fine liquor, cigars, carefully selected wine, conversation and great music. Robustos's emphasizes casual mingling and cozy conversations, fueled by artfully mixed décor, comfortable seating, music and the best libations and friendliest service around.

For your listening enjoyment Robusto's employs some of the finest local and regional musicians and bands Thursday through Saturday nights. Furthermore, Robusto's has a large 100" screen TV in the loft area and another TV centered above the bar. There is also a Robusto's Club Member "VIP" area for select clients. Valet parking service is available on Friday and Saturday nights and many special occasions.

This may be the finest Martini, Wine, Cigar and Music lounge in Metro Detroit! I know it’s my favorite in the country. Why don't you try it for yourself?

Tell Scott and Jackie that Al The Only said “aloha.” Maybe I’ll see you there.


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