If you're looking for a cool new place to hang out, then you'll want to go to Blue Martini. It's located in the Shops at Legacy and it’s the hottest one-stop destination for dining, drinking and dancing. It would have to be a super cool place with neighbors like The Capital Grille and Seasons 52. With daily happy hours and live music, it's already a hot spot. It's a lounge so guests must be 21 years old to enter.
Go Casual on the Patio or Cool in the Club
As you walk in to the patio bar area, you'll notice that the windows are open and it's 104 degrees outside. But you're not hot. That's because even the casual patio area is air conditioned. Managing Partner Scott Mauro says it's going to cost a little to cool the patio in this Texas heat, but Blue Martini's motto is “Everything we do is designed especially for you!” I'm not a fan of the extreme heat this time of year so I loved the air conditioned patio. I didn't mind sitting by the open-air window at all.
And they do roll out the blue carpet for their guests.
Once inside, it's a very upscale, sleek, sexy club with a hip Miami feel to it. With great music, trendy lighting and beautiful people hanging out, the only thing missing may be Don Johnson in a pastel linen suit (sleeves pushed up of course).
The seating is extraordinarily comfortable. Tables near the bar/stage are more like high-rise sofas surrounded by a tall table. The seating is cozy and there's always room for one more.
Across from the bar you can hip hop on the elevated dance pod. My immediate thought was "How dangerous is that?" but Mauro quickly said that there are fewer incidences of falling than you would think. Good to know. Warning: there's a 2-person maximum on the pod.
Did I mention sexy people? From the Blue Girls behind the bar and serving drinks to the security guys walking around with ear pieces, it's all-out eye candy.
You don't have to be a rock star to hang out in the VIP section either. Blue Martini can accommodate anything from intimate parties to larger corporate or social events. But if you are a rock star or pro athlete, you'll enjoy the seclusion of the VIP area. It's in the back where you have a perfect view of everything.
I love martinis. They're served in a sexy glass. They come shaken or stirred -- adorned with a lemon twist or an olive. And with more than 45 specialty martinis on the menu at Blue, there’s a good chance that you’ll find a favorite soon. I know you'll have fun trying to find a fave.
If you haven’t tried the Blue Martini, you absolutely must. It’s an exotic drink made from Van Gogh Blue Vodka, Cointreau, Blue Curacao, sour mix and orange juice. The bluish-greenish cocktail isn't served in a traditional martini glass -- but an oversized snifter over ice with a glow stick and adorned with an orchid. I had to try the signature drink. It was a little bit sweet, a little bit sour and very refreshing. I also ordered one on my second visit.
If you prefer drinks that are less sweet and more old-school, try the Down and Dirty (Grey Goose, olive juice, 3 olives) or the Masterpiece Bleu (Stoli Elit Vodka with 3 Bleu Cheese-stuffed olives). Mmm, olives.
Regardless of what you prefer, Blue will show you that martinis are more than just gin and vermouth.
Happy Hour is from 4-7 p.m. daily and you can expect special prices on both food and beverages. Wednesday is free cover for ladies.
The food is fantastic and many items are offered at happy our prices between 4-7 p.m. daily. The Shrimp and Crab Dip is amazingly flavorful and a sure hit (Gulf shrimp, blue crab in a creamy cheese sauce served with seasoned toast points) $11 (regular price) /$6 (happy hour price). One of the most colorful items on the lighter fare menu was the Fruit and Cheese Plate. My friends and I feasted on the seasonal fruit, mouthwatering cheeses and tasty flatbreads. $16/$10.
Of course you'll find a Shrimp Martini on the lighter fare menu. You can also nosh on freshly made Roasted Red Pepper Hummus or a variety of flatbreads.
The Seared Tuna is as delicious as it is beautiful, and the accompanying Mandarin Sesame and Wasabi Sauces are the perfect spicy complement. I absolutely loved Lollipop Lamb Chops: Balsamic Marinated New Zealand Lamb served with Parmesan Truffled Fingerling Potatoes and Mint Pesto. That dish made a lamb lover out of this Texas Rancher’s daughter.
Leo Lopiccolo is the Director of Kitchen Operations, and he was in town for the club's opening. Recipes for some of Chef Leo’s signature dishes – like the Eggplant Caprese Salad -- are from his grandmother’s own kitchen. Seasoned roasted eggplant, fresh Buffalo Mozzarella, EVOO, fresh basil and mixed olives. $12/6. I haven't tried this dish just yet but it's on my must-sample list for my next visit. (Trust me, that will be soon).
You'll also find beef tenderloin and portabella, burgers, sandwiches and salads on the menu.
You can enjoy live music Wednesdays through Sundays each week at the Plano location.
Fashionable attire is recommended by Blue Martini, which means no shorts, sneakers, baseball caps or flip flops. A shirt with a collar is recommended for men. Jeans are Ok.
I've never been to a Blue Martini before so I excited to see a new upscale lounge in the suburbs. It offered everything that I was looking for during a recent reunion with my college friends: fantastic food, great drinks, rockin' music and cool, fun people. It was a great people-watching place.
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