Taking the cocktail scene by storm, the espresso martini is rich and indulgent with a caffeine kick. While the martini is adapted and evolved constantly to include new fruity flavors and twists, the espresso martini was definitely voted “Most Popular” in 2022. Many restaurants + bars in the Montclair area serve up this new classic and lucky for you, we’ve done the leg work to seek out a few you should order on your next night out. Read on to learn more about some must-try espresso martinis in Montclair + beyond.
Barrel and Brew Craft Bar + Kitchen | 872 River Road, New Milford
At the top of Barrel and Brew’s menu is the saying, “nuestro rincón,” which literally translates to, “our corner,” but is used to convey its welcoming and homey environment. Its menu is eclectic and fun with a nod to Latin comfort. Its espresso martini compliments the fun environment Barrel and Brew offers.
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Barrow House | 1296 Van Houten Avenue, Clifton
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The Barrow House is a farmhouse-turned-restaurant in Clifton that honors its old-world charm while offering modern food and drink menus. The space has seven different rooms available for unique dining experiences. Its espresso martini is best enjoyed while admiring this restaurant’s beautiful reclaimed wood interior.
De Novo | 1257 River Road, Edgewater + 275 Bellevue Avenue, Montclair
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De Novo is a European pub with two locations — Edgewater and Montclair. Both restaurants are casual and inviting, and its Edgewater location boasts stunning NYC views. They currently have 3 different espresso cocktails — a coconut espresso martini, a classic espresso martini, and an espresso martini shot. Order one of these delicious options while gazing at the lit-up George Washington Bridge.
Faubourg | 544 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair
Faubourg is a modern French restaurant in the heart of Montclair’s downtown area on Bloomfield Avenue. Voted Best Cocktails in The Montclair Girl’s “Best of Montclair 2022,” it’s no surprise that its espresso martini is raved about around town. It’s strong in espresso flavor and a great compliment to the restaurant’s beautiful covered outdoor area.
Halcyon | 114 Walnut Street, Montclair
Halcyon is a seafood-focused restaurant with an inviting bar and cocktail menu to match. The interior is elegant and it has a lounge upstairs for private events. Its espresso martini includes a hint of vanilla and hazelnut, making it a sweeter option in the area.
Publick House | 899 Mountain Avenue, Mountainside
Publick House is a gastropub offering new American fare. Its dishes are seasonal and feature local ingredients. Cozy up with an espresso martini next to its beautiful fireplace.
Roots | Morristown, Princeton, Ridgewood, + Summit
Roots is an “old-fashioned New York-style steakhouse.” Its interior and menu are classic and comfortable while still feeling elegant. With four locations, there are plenty of ways to enjoy their espresso martini alongside a great steak.
Sofia | 36 Engle Street, Englewood
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Sofia is a farm-to-table Italian restaurant in Englewood. Downstairs, the restaurant is serving up delicious wood-fired steaks but upstairs is where the party gets started with DJs in the lounge. Indulge in a dance and an espresso martini your next night out.
Sweet Waters Steakhouse | 43 Elm Street, Westfield
Opened in 2001, Sweet Waters is an intimate steakhouse in the heart of Westfield’s downtown. Sweet Waters is focused on the highest quality meats and seafood and has a substantial wine and cocktail menu. If you’re a real coffeeholic, you’ll love its espresso martini which features a serious coffee punch — Jameson cold brew coffee, espresso, Irish cream, and Kahlua.