Cocktail Culture Pioneers:
With a chic style drawing from South Beach, the Twisted Martini
swept into town in 2005, bringing a then-new upscale option to downtown Jacksonville's night scene. Drawing on the near overnight success, owners last year opened a second Twisted Martini location in Ponte Vedra Beach. Both locales offer four bars, including a VIP bar available for private parties, and an outdoor patio bar. In keeping with Ponte Vedra Beach's ritzy vibe, the newest Twisted Martini location offers valet parking
Twisted Martini's downtown Jacksonville location is part of
The Jacksonville Landing
, a shopping, dining and entertainment venue situated on the Southbank of the St Johns River. The Ponte Vedra Beach location is at 818 A1A North in St. Johns County. Both feature colorful, contemporary furnishings and low lighting. And both insist on an upscale dress code. Leave your T-shirts and flip-flops at home.
Twisted Martini plays a "Patented Twisted Music Mix" of mostly 1970s, '80s and '90s fare, with a few "memory evoking" tunes by the likes of Frank Sinatra and Neil Diamond. Depending on the night, you might also find yourself dancing to Disco, Latin or all '80s mixes. And the Ponte Vedra location sometimes leans toward beaches-inspired fare a la Jimmy Buffet.
Twisted Martini's downtown location attracts mainly the 20- and 30-something professional crowd. As is often the case in Ponte Vedra, the mix is slightly older on the male side with a constant flow of younger, suntanned women.
At the Bar and On the Menu:
Twisted Martini serves up internationally inspired tapas-style first courses designed for sharing. The menu includes such savory sensations as chicken satay, smoked marlin dip and roasted pears on pecan crisps, along with more than 20 vodkas, single-barrel bourbons and a variety of infusions. But of course, the award-winning specialty martinis get all the glory. A favorite is the Blueberry Muffin Martini with Stolichnaya Blueberi Vodka, Captain Morgan Rum, Blueberry Schnapps and Bailey’s Irish Creme, or the Cherry Limeade Martini with Three Olives Cherry Vodka, sweet & sour, lime juice and grenadine.
Wednesday is Pampered Parties with a Purpose night. Dr. Clayman's Miracle Spa offers free manicures, massages and skin treatments for the ladies, who also sip $3 martinis and premium cocktails. Have a Nice Friday and Sexy Back Saturday offer regular specials at both locations. Thursday night is Latin Night downtown, Awesome '80s Night in Ponte Vedra Beach. SIN, Sunday Industry Night, brings drink specials for those in the biz.