Bellevue’s Blue Martini brings tropical ambience to The Shops at The Bravern
Nestled atop Bellevue’s The Shops at The Bravern, Blue Martini is the idyllic example of an urban oasis. With its origins in West Palm Beach, Fla., this chic, modern martini bar maintains much of its tropical aesthetic while fitting seamlessly into the elegance that is The Bravern.
Although Blue Martini opened here just a few months ago, it is already a staple of Bellevue’s nightlife. The ease with which Blue Martini worked its way into the city’s restaurant and bar scene comes as no surprise.
For years the Blue Martini franchise has been enjoying success in major cities around the country including Miami, Las Vegas, Tampa and Phoenix.
So what made Bellevue a prime pick for the next Blue Martini? The Eastside attracts the ideal demographics Blue Martini seeks – young to middle-aged professionals.
One peek inside this high-class hangout leaves no mystery as to its appeal. Blue Martini is situated snugly on the backside of The Bravern. Rather than overlooking a bustling city street, Blue Martini’s unexposed location adds to its tropical ambience. Large picture windows allow for a well-lit space and ensure that it is a far cry from being another dark, dank bar scene. Outside lush trees frame this urban escape giving Blue Martini the look and feel of every adult’s fantasy tree house.
While the hours of daylight last, Blue Martini functions as a sweet spot for professionals to relax and de-stress or bring out their laptops and enjoy a quiet, soothing workspace. By night this calming haunt transforms into a lively social scene.
It is this versatility that sets Blue Martini apart, says general manager Dominic Lebaron. It may boast an iconic martini as its logo, but Blue Martini is much more than just a purveyor of specialty drinks. In addition to 42 specialty martinis, Blue Martini offers a full menu, including such offerings as Maine lobster spread, sliced beef tenderloin, lemon chicken and white chocolate mousse.
As if the menu alone isn’t a big enough draw, Blue Martini is a hub for live music on a nightly basis, happy hour from 4-7 p.m. seven days a week and a slew of other special events.
On Wednesdays Blue Martini hosts “Girls Night Out,” complete with prizes and giveaways.
Thursdays are home to “Corporate Social Hour” and Friday is “Van Gogh Blue Friday.” With multiple bars, outdoor space and a private VIP lounge, Blue Martini provides a great venue for a carefree night out with friends or an elegant private party.
Whether you’re already a Blue Martini patron or a first-timer seeking a fun-filled night out, this hidden gem is worth a look this summer.
For more information or to make reservations call 425-451-2583 or swing by the location at 700 110th Ave. NE #295. For information about Blue Martinis around the country visit www.bluemartinilounge.com.
Christine Watson lives in Bellevue