We are espresso martini lovers and these will definitely satisfy those cravings. Whether it’s the first drink of the night or your last, this list will get you to where you’re going. Let’s get something straight, Baileys or no Baileys?
We are team Baileys, we like cream in our coffee and a bit of sweetness. But, since we know the love is divided, we have added a couple places that make great classic espresso martinis without the cream! These are in no order, we have equal love for them all! 🥰
So, without further ado… here are the best places to get espresso martinis in the 203 area.
ZAZA Gastro Bar- Stamford, CT
Zaza has a secret recipe for their espresso martinis that makes them taste so good! It’s creamy and comes layered like this:
We paired it perfectly with the fettuccine bolognese. Zaza also has the biggest espresso martini we’ve seen. It comes in a coupe glass with cinnamon sprinkled on top! All parts of the drink are layered too.
About ZAZA: Since its opening in 2011 ZAZA Italian Gastrobar has had one mission: To provide the best Gastrobar experience in Fairfield County. ZAZA isn’t just a bar or a kitchen – it’s an amazing bar and an amazing kitchen. Sit down in their vibrant, exciting dining room with a true Roman look and order from our menu. Enjoy Napoletana style pizza, classico Italian dishes, pasta, paninis, salads and our favorite and well-loved tapas! Conveniently located on the corner of Broad Street in Stamford, ZAZA is the perfect place to enjoy an intimate outing, family meal, corporate event or special celebration!
Quartiere- Stamford, CT
The Q’s espresso martinis are so near and dear to our hearts because on Thursday nights, they’re only $8 for ladies night! Even if you aren’t a lady.. They are still 8 dollars. Unbeatable!
We had the opportunity of trying their pumpkin spice espresso martini and oh my god was it good. Get it while it’s available! They run out fast, the ingredients are all homemade!
Quartiere (pronounced kwa-ti-eeray) translates literally to neighborhood. They aim to be THE neighborhood place for great food in a charming environment, but most importantly, they want to offer the best hospitality possible. Their mantra is everyone leaves happy. Of course, they recognize that is a high aspiration and it’s not always possible, but they’ll do their damnedest to try.
They are a small (but perfectly formed) restaurant that was designed to be a neighborhood place ideal for a date night. After trying to accommodate families for the first couple of years, it has become evident they need to be an adult only venue. It’s more about date night than play date.
They are incredibly proud of their food and handcrafted cocktails.Their pizza dough is made daily from a blend of imported Italian flours, fresh yeast, water and salt (none of the unnecessary stuff like oils or sugars). They mix it in an Italian mixer then it proofs for at least 24 hours. It’s hard work, but worth it. They even have an insanely good gluten-free dough.
They make their own fresh pasta on site daily (they’ll even sell it to you by the lb to take home and cook should you wish). In essence, they are proud of their scratch kitchen: from the salad dressings to the meatballs to the soups. Made in-house is just better!
Their mixologists create some crazy good drinks (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic), so swing by, raise your glass and say cin cin!
They term it ‘Elevated Casual’. What do they mean by that? Well, they are a casual food restaurant, they sell their delicious food at super-affordable prices but you get to dine in a very elegant setting that wouldn’t be out of place in a Manhattan neighborhood.
Visit them at 51 Bank Street Stamford, CT
Bar Rosso – Stamford, CT
There’s nothing like a nice Italian dish pairing oh so perfectly with an espresso martini. We promise that every dish goes together with one and it’s not just for dessert. Bar Rosso has the ultimate date vibes with dark lighting and a comfortable atmosphere.
About Bar Rosso:
Welcome to Bar Rosso! Bar Rosso is modern Italian cuisine merged with a high end craft cocktail and wine bar, located in the heart of downtown Stamford.
The restaurant and bar have a cozy yet lively atmosphere that plays off of its rustic and trendy setting. It is a place where one can enjoy the tastes of the contemporary Italian culinary scene, while experiencing a variety of fine wines featured in their extensive wine cellar. For a more casual night out, patrons are free to meet at the bar and enjoy the atmosphere with one of their exclusive signature cocktails.
Their approach to the culinary experience is centered around creating classic Italian dishes with a modern twist. They offer wood-fired pizza, fresh house-made pasta, and an array of small plates and innovative entrees. Supporting their local community has always remained important to the Bar Rosso family, and many of their signature dishes integrate locally distributed ingredients. They are dedicated to bringing their customers a unique blend of food and culture.
Visit them at 30 Spring St Stamford, CT
Lugano Wine Bar & Salumeria- Greenwich, CT
Lugano is known for their delectable Italian cuisine in Greenwich, but what you probably don’t know is that their espresso martinis are a must try. It really pairs well with everything on the menu, especially their penne vodka!
About Lugano Wine Bar & Salumeria:
Lugano is named after the only Italian speaking town in southern Switzerland. They are a spirited bar, restaurant, and gathering place which features an extensive Italian tapas menu and salumeria, which offers a wide assortment of unique cured Italian meats and cheeses.
Their talented culinary team prepares a variety of Italian specialties using quality pasta, market fresh fish, free-range poultry, and all natural meat and chops. Try their famous meatball selection, hearty and creative salads, and coastal raw bar.
The centerpiece of Lugano is its stunning marble topped bar. Their beverage program includes over 15 wines by the glass, with varietals from Italy and beyond. Their craft cocktails are much like our menu items, modern interpretations of the classics.
Come eat, drink, and enjoy your experience at Lugano!
Visit them at 1392 E Putnam Ave Old Greenwich, CT
Happy Monkey – Greenwich, CT
Happy Monkey has the espresso martini vibes we love! Have it with or without Baileys and it’s still so tasty. Get your groove on on Greenwich Ave before or after shopping.
About Happy Monkey:
Situated in vibrant Greenwich, Happy Monkey is the Vongerichten’s first restaurant in Connecticut. Guests can expect to find the Chef’s legendary approach to cuisine and outstanding service–all set within a convivial, contemporary atmosphere that offers something decidedly new. Whether you’re sharing a few plates at our communal table, or enjoying a warm treat at their buzzing bar, you’ll be dining in a setting that puts friends first. And they can’t wait to meet you.
Visit them at 376 Greenwich Ave Greenwich, CT
ELM – New Canaan, CT
Elm uses a fancy concoction of ingredients to perfect their foam and it comes in the prettiest coupe glass around. Bartender and Manager Hector serves up a mean espresso martini and takes your taste buds on a ride!
Welcome to Elm. Here in the heart of New Canaan, CT, they believe that great meals start with the best ingredients, friends, family, (and of course) their favorite wines. In their neighborhood restaurant, they serve seasonal American dishes inspired by farmers, fishmongers, and on occasion, a faraway place.
Visit them at 73 Elm St New Canaan, CT
Greer Southern Table – Norwalk, CT
Our server Brian at Greer Southern Table recommended we tried their espresso martini with Rumchata instead of Baileys and it was a game changer. We have been obsessed ever since. Definitely give it a try, it gives it a cinnamon finish!
About Greer Southern Table:
“Come, Sit, Eat!
These three simple comforting words are at the heart of Greer Southern Table.
They call themselves a southern table; a place to enjoy casual yet refined low & high country cuisine– where you’re treated like family and can seek respite from the world in a relaxed, fun and comfortable atmosphere. “The Table” being where so much occurs, from celebrations to business deals. They eat, drink and break bread at the table. They share stories of laughter and tears. They toast to yesterday, today and to the future – all at the table. A place where everyone comes together after a long day or week and spends time with each other to connect.
“Greer is not only my birth name but it happens to be a small quintessential southern American town that’s located in the northwest corner of South Carolina. A small town with a perfect city center that holds onto nostalgia with all of its charm, while embracing community. I suppose there’s a few different versions out there of how I came to have a name like Greer Peaches Fredericks…My brother may have an entirely different tale than I do, but perhaps this is a debate better left for the fire pit and some cold beers – another time!”
Greer is the heart of the South, where the cosmopolitan north meets the highways and byways of the history drenched deep south. It’s so much more than a name, or a city – it’s a crossroads with only a short drive to the border of North Carolina’s “High Country” – the Appalachian & Blue Ridge Mountains. The same distance to the east will bring you to the beautiful Outer Banks, a little ways south you’ll hit Charleston & Savannah and just west is Birmingham and the Great Mississippi.
As for their food? Fabulously fresh, locally & southern sourced, lovingly prepared.
You’ll find all of your southern favorites, from their delicious shrimp & grits to their award winning fried chicken.
And let’s not forget about that southern hospitality! So, when you see them pull chairs, hold doors, say please and thank you AND cater to your every whim, chalk it up to their firm belief in good ‘ol southern manners!
Whether you’re looking to experience a memorable meal among friends or sip on a cocktail or two from our more than magnificent bar, they’re here for you.
May their food fill your bellies and their service warm your hearts.
“Come on in, and welcome home!” – Greer, owner of Greer Southern Table
BJ Ryan’s- Norwalk, CT
BJ Ryan’s Banc House and all of the BJ Ryan’s establishments offer great priced cocktails, including espresso martinis. Pair it with fried oreos for dessert or their artichoke- spinach dip 😀
About Banc House:
The second of the BJ Ryan’s family, they keep true to their brand in offering comforting and delicious cuisine. Their award-winning barbeque selections are house smoked and their seafood is always fresh including a daily raw bar featuring local oysters & clams.
They are arguably the best place to watch your favorite sporting events with 16 TVs between the lively taproom, dining room, and outside patios which are heated in the off season.
Sit back and enjoy while their friendly staff serves you one of the city’s largest craft beer and bourbon selections around.
Saturday & Sunday brunch service starts at 11:30am and includes all of your favorites plus bottomless mimosas and an impressive Bloody Mary menu.
Come on in, the portions are large and the fun is endless!
Caffe Social- Norwalk, CT
Caffe Social is nestled in the heart of Downtown Norwalk with a lively atmosphere and the cutest spot to hangout with friends and family for coffee or some drinks! They are a cafe, so you already know their espresso martinis are out of this world. Can you tell we love them? Try their Freddo Cappuccino Cocktail!
About Caffe Social:
Three sisters, Elpida, Glika and Ioanna, had a dream. Years of experience had taught them exactly what they wanted–a welcoming environment with tasty food and energizing coffees, teas and drinks.
Caffé Social opened its doors in Spring 2017. A gem set in the heart of South Norwalk, CT, they welcome you to experience, “A Taste of Home”!
Visit them at 73 North Main Street Norwalk, CT
Public Wine Bar – Norwalk, CT
Public uses the freshest espresso to curate their espresso martinis. We saw them pulling a fresh shot to make ours! You can really taste the difference. Super foamy on top 🥰
About Public Wine Bar:
Situated in the epicenter of South Norwalk’s bustling bar scene stands Public Wine Bar. The newest addition to Norwalk’s world of refined dining opened on April 10th of 2018. Public Wine Bar, located on 88 Washington St. in what was formerly the Greek restaurant Estia, has been a collaborative idea in the making for over four years between a pair who embody the American dream, Henry Lopez, and Eugenia Zuniga. Run and owned by the two, Public features a sophisticated dining experience ranging from exquisite lunch options and an elegant but Casual dinner menu to a wide variety of wine options from the California sun to the Tuscan countryside.The restaurant is small but possesses an elegant and modern vibe. Currently seating around 65 people inside, during the warm seasons, outdoor seating is also available at leisure. It is the perfect locale for a date, a casual lunch break, a night out with some friends, or a business meeting to impress your boss. The menu is inclusive yet takes you out of your comfort zone. It provides a range of Mediterranean cuisine but with a New England flavor such as the Lobster Salad and the Wild Boar Ragu. The two-course Price Fix lunch menu (offered between 11:30 a.m to 3:00 p.m) has a fixed price of $17.95. The broad-based menu also contains an assortment of wines that are exclusively offered at Public Wine Bar. All fans of brunch will love their selection of brunch menu items plus bottomless mimosas for ONLY $12.
Public Wine Bar is open daily from 11:30 am to 1:00 am and later on Friday and Saturday. They have happy hour drink specials and a happy hour menu every day from 3:30pm to 6:30 pm. . Information is online at www.publicwinebar.com or by calling (203) 939-9995.
Visit them at 88 Washington St Norwalk, CT
Mamma Bella Cucina- Norwalk, CT
Mamma Bella uses a special curation of Mr. Black coffee liquor, Frangelico, espresso and coffee liqueur to make their frothy martinis. This is some of the best froth we’ve seen… so nice and dark and frothy considering there isn’t any dairy!
About Mamma Bella Cucina:
Mamma Bella is now under new ownership! Their goal is to keep the authenticity of the restaurant while also creating a space that is more than just a slice of lunch! With their upcoming changes, you can expect to see a new and improved menu.
Visit them at 19 North Water Street Norwalk, CT
South Bay- Fairfield, Greenwich, or New Haven, CT
South Bay has 3 beautiful locations in the 203 area and all come equipped with skilled Bartenders to make your cocktail dreams come true. It’s like heaven in a glass.
About South Bay Fairfield:
In early 2019, the Siguenza Family welcomed the newest additions to the JS Restaurant Group with the openings of South Bay New Haven and South Bay Greenwich. These are the eighth and ninth restaurants for the Siguenzas as they continue to share their creativity, energy, and passion to provide an exquisitely warm and welcoming dining experience in the communities they serve.
Visit them at 55 Miller St Fairfield, CT
Cover Two Sports Cafe- Newtown, CT
We have heard nothing but great things about Cover Two, so of course we had to try it for ourselves. To no surprise, it was awesome. One of the best spots in Newtown!
About Cover Two Sports Cafe:
A local sports pub in Sandy Hook Center established in 2014 that is committed to providing a great atmosphere, dining experience and sports hub for the Newtown community & beyond.
Visit them at 100 Church Hill Road Sandy Hook, CT
Perfusion Espresso & Cocktail Bar- Newtown, CT
Visit Newtown’s newest cafe and bar all in one! This has become a spot I frequent since their opening last December. They have weekly trivia, karaoke, and live music with awesome specials. Make sure to try their 6 different flavors of espresso martinis. Our favorite is the Classic Vodka Espresso.
About Perfusion Bar:
Cafe by day and cocktail bar by night. Perfusion is Newtown’s newest hangout spot with small bites to eat. Reservations and walk-ins are allowed.
Visit them at 274 S Main St Newtown, CT
Nautilus- Milford, CT
Nautilus Milford is home to Milford’s newest and best pizza. With exciting drinks and menu items, it’s no shock that their espresso martinis make this list. Go give it a try with your next pizza!
About Nautilus Milford:
Their story originates from what they thought was a frivolous conversation in the early 2000s. Yet, almost 20 years later, it all came to fruition.
Something important to them both is to remember what, and who, lead them here…the Amoratis family. If it was not for them they would not be the proud owners of what they consider home … once Alfa Pizza that is now Nautilus.
Visit them at 54 Naugatuck Avenue, Milford, CT
Spotted Horse Tavern- Westport, CT & Shelton, CT
The Spotted Horse Tavern has a very nice classic espresso martini that cures your cravings! It’s shaked to perfection and served in a chilled glass, cheers! Pair it with burrata for a nice creamy touch.
About Spotted Horse Tavern:
A collaboration from seasoned restaurateurs Kevin McHugh, Pete Menonna, Tommy Febbraio, and Marc Murphy, the team behind Southport’s jammin’ little hideaway, The Gray Goose Café, the Spotted Horse Tavern is a neighborhood respite where folks gather over great food and drink. Housed in Westport’s historic Sherwood House (circa 1808), the design is modern in its interpretation, with a nod to the historic building’s colonial past. The menu is in keeping with their local food movement but they don’t beat you over the head with it. Organic, clean, distinctive flavors find their way into each dish by way of unique ingredient combinations and thoughtful preparations, and favorite comfort foods are left to speak for themselves.
Visit them at 26 Church Lane Westport, CT or 100 Commerce Drive Shelton, CT
La Plage – Westport, CT
From the stunning views of the harbor to their espresso martinis, it doesn’t get better than this. It pairs perfectly with a dozen oysters and classic dinner items. Check out the “La Plage” cinnamon display on top!
About La Plage Westport:
La Plage is a waterfront casual restaurant & oyster bar showcasing a coastal cuisine focused on locally harvested seafood and shellfish, garden fresh produce and sustainable meats, served in a relaxed atmosphere with views of the Saugatuck river and Long Island sound.
Visit them at 260 Compo Road South Westport, CT
The Cottage- Westport, CT + Greenwich, CT
So we know that The Cottage is a Date-Night destination but now you know they have amazing espresso martinis too. They are ever-changing their garnish and design on top which we love. Go give it a try at your next visit.
About The Cottage:
They embrace the local community and are greatly influenced by the artisan farmers and growers of our region. Chef Brian’s creative take on American cooking offers an exciting menu of hand-crafted dishes inspired by techniques and cultures from regions around the globe. Their food, wine, and signature cocktails are paired with gracious hospitality in a warm and cozy setting. They are deeply rooted in seasonality, sourcing exceptional ingredients, and creating memorable experiences for our guests.
Visit them at 256 Post Road East Westport, CT or 49 Greenwich Ave Greenwich, CT
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