As its name indicates, Martini Ranch is known for its martinis. Cosmos, chocolate, whatever you want, they probably have it. But beware: Though the drinks taste good, they come on strong.
The Ranch is a popular spot for after work get-togethers, and fills up close to the 5 o'clock mark, when the bar opens. It can get pretty crowded during the week, though the crowd can start to wane by 8 or 9 p.m. Martini Ranch is loud, dark and small, although that's no deterrent to its regulars; it has a pool table and a great jukebox to make up for it. A pleasant walled-in patio is open seasonally, though the three or four tables that fit in it are staked early on nice days. Otherwise, you can squeeze into a booth, perch on a barstool or lounge on the couches in the back room.
Martini Ranch also has a full kitchen, featuring greasy appetizer plates to nosh on. Mozzarella sticks, nachos, potato skins, chicken fingers: it's the champagne of bar food and perfect for the pre-dinner munchies.
Average cost: <$10