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Welcome to the Martini Review:
Hello.  My name is Dax and I am the Merchandise manager for the band.   While on the road with Belizbeha, I will be reviewing and giving my opinions on various odds and ends.  Welcome to the first of my reviews:  the martinis of America.  Enjoy.
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RATINGS GUIDE:
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the opinions on this page do not necessarily reflect those opinions of belizbeha, well, most members anyway.

 

fivestar.GIF (815 bytes) Jello Bar:  Montreal, QUE
With a menu of over 30 martini's to choose from, this bar/lounge has more options than an insurance adjuster.  Pick one like the "007," the "blue note" or the "sushi"and enjoy the atmosphere.  I sure did and will whenever in Montreal.
twostar.GIF (563 bytes) Fox Theatre: Boulder CO.  7/17/98
A great place to catch a show but not to catch a martini.  Stick with beer - a good selection.
threehalfstar.GIF (705 bytes) Fly Me To The Moon: Telluride, CO.  7/19/98
A cozy little basement bar with a surprisingly good martini.  Love the dance floor....has springs!
onestar.GIF (446 bytes) Garton's: Vail, CO.   7/20/98
POOR!  It was the first time I ever had a martini that was 'slushy.'   To top it off, the olive had to have been lying around since the Reagan Administration.  Sorry....no soup for you!  It is a ski shack, beer is your best bet
fourstar.GIF (742 bytes) Mangy Moose:   Jackson Hole, WY.  7/22/98
The best spot in Jackson Hole:  cool atmosphere, great food, and a great tasting martini served up in a Z stem glass.  Nice touch moose.  Strong with a smooth finishing taste.  Try the trout.
onestar.GIF (446 bytes) Crocodile Cafe:   Seattle, WA.  7/24/98
All I have to say is that it was served in a rocks glass.  SKIP IT!  I expected better since they have a neon martini glass sign in the window.  One can never count on anything in life.  Too Vermouthy.
threehalfstar.GIF (705 bytes) Roseland Annex:   Portland, OR.  7/25/98
A bit strong though OK.  A little shallow on the pour.  Nice place to catch a show, a bit to much echo in the room though.  Had the Alfredo with chicken, ehh.  Great music memorabilia on the walls.
nostar.GIF (551 bytes) The WOW Hall:   Eugene, OR.  7/26/98
Yeah Right!  Too much patchouli, too much humidity, too hot, no circulating air or A/C or anything!  A freakin' gym!
fivestar.GIF (815 bytes) G Lounge:  San Diego, CA.  7/28/98
Boy that was refreshing!  The closest glass full of Bombay Sapphire to perfection in a while.  So clean going down (ahhh!), a must if ever in SD!  Nice glass too.
fourhalfstar.gif (785 bytes) Luna Park:  Los Angeles, CA.  7/29/98
Swanky, star-studded, restaurant/lounge located in West Hollywood.  The food was splendid, had the lamb.  The martini was one of the finer.....well.....liquid silk.  A real pleasure.  After all, where else can you bump elbows with the likes of Ed McMahon and Pee Wee (I mean, Paul Ruben) while sipping.
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Great American Music Hall:  San Francisco, CA.  7/30/98
THE place to catch a performance.  This venue had an unbelievably superb sound.  Martini you ask?  Why quite good thanks.  Almost airy!??   So crisp and dry, it was like a breath of air after sucking on a tic-tac.   Although...my second one was (to say politely) tainted.  It goes to show you that it is all in the pour(er).
nostar.GIF (551 bytes) Reggae On The River:   Humboldt County, CA.  7/31/98
Tip #1:  when in sunny California, in Humboldt County, in the midst of tens of thousands of people, have a couple of Red Tails, enjoy the kind bud and relax.   The bar is closed today.
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Elevation:   Lake Tahoe, CA.  8/1/98
It's all about the Blaster:  Skip the martini and take off.  The martini was just so so - very rank looking olives.  However, the Blaster is one can of Red Bull and one shot of your choice.  I chose Canadian Club.  Pour the Red Bull in a pint glass, drop in the shot and pop.  T-minus 30 seconds till blastoff......bing!
nostar.GIF (551 bytes) The Elbo Room:   Columbia, SC.  8/6/98
It's 1998 and South Carolina still has some law that all alcohol must be served in those little nip bottles.  What am I, on a freakin' plane?  I was not in the mood for the do-it-yourself idea so it was a Dewars night.  Thumbs down to SC law, but thumbs up to the Elbo Room:  nice venue and cool scene. 
onestar.GIF (446 bytes) The Metro:   Washington, D.C.  8/7/98
Here it goes:  my first martini was graciously spilled all over the bar by the bartender.  No biggie, it happens.  It was just an average one anyway.   My second was, of course, a Sapphire.  Half way through the pour, she informed me that she was out of Sapphire.  So, I asked for a regular Bombay and she mixed the two together.  What the hell is that?  And at $6.50, one really should know what they are doing.
threestar.GIF (656 bytes) Tramps:  New York City, NY.  8/8/98
That was the first time I have ever enjoyed a martini from a plastic party cup.   Excellent venue to catch a show but......come on guys, invest in some martini glasses.
threehalfstar.GIF (705 bytes) Club Metronome:   Burlington, VT.  8/9/98
Tired from a long tour and many nights of martinis, this glass finished off average but good.  Good martini, great price.  Yada yada yada.

 

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