Where: 6000 Glades Road, Suite C-1380, 561/910-2583
The lowdown: The party never seems to stop at this always-lively hot spot tucked behind Town Center at Boca Raton—especially for the area’s Baby Boomers, who have found a home away from home at Blue Martini. At 8:30 p.m. on a Wednesday night—aptly dubbed “Girls Night Out”—we had trouble finding any customer under the age of 25. There also wasn’t a seat open at the bar, inside or out, and just about every table was full. Girls Night Out has its perks for the ladies: no cover charge and half-off drinks all night, as well as designer raffles and giveaways. But that isn’t keeping the opposite sex away; an equal amount of men and women were grinding up the dance floor while a live band played everything from old party favorites to current radio hits. There is a strict dress code enforced every night after 8—which, of course, means skin-tight dresses that could pass as shirts for the ladies and collared shirts and ties for the men.
Girls Night Out is one of the many themed events that Blue Martini offers. “In The Biz” specials for those in the hospitality industry are available every night after 11 p.m. (half-off drinks when you show your paycheck stub). “The New Blue Happy Hour” runs every day (4 to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 5 to 8 on Sundays) with half-off drinks and discounts on food. The crowd gets a little bit younger on Thursday nights for “Blue U”—aka, College Night. Snag half-off drinks with a student ID, and ladies drink free from 10 to midnight.
Live music keeps the place entertained nightly. Expect to pay a cover charge (unless you are a girl on a Wednesday night), and shell out some serious bucks for drinks. Specialty drinks range from $12.50 to $14.50 a pop, and they weren’t even included in the Girls Night Out half-off special! For a drink that costs more than the appetizers on the menu, it had better be good. The difference between half-off drink specials and full-priced cocktails apparently is in the pour as well as the brand. I couldn’t even taste the vodka in my vodka-club with a splash of pineapple, a half-off selection made with house vodka—at least in theory. On the other hand, the Morning After handcrafted cocktail was full of flavor, and I could definitely taste the Ciroc peach vodka and St. Germaine liqueur. As one might expect, bartenders here make more than their share of martinis, including the signature Blue Martini—a mix of vodka, Cointreau, sour mix, orange juice and Blue Curaçao to give it that illuminating aqua color.
The intangibles: The mostly all-female bartenders and waitresses are dressed for the wandering eye, and it felt on Girls Night Out that they were catering to that segment. It took almost 30 minutes for my waitress to take my drink order, while the male-dominated tables in the vicinity were being served their cocktails and appetizers in a timely matter. … Blue Martini is open into the wee hours. It appears to get a bit younger as the evening progresses, which makes sense—but even as the clock struck 11, there were still more forty- and fifty-somethings hanging around than anyone in their mid-20s.
Hours: Blue Martini opens at 4 p.m. seven days a week, but closing times vary. Sunday and Monday it closes at 2 a.m., Tuesday at 3 a.m., Wednesday and Thursday at 4 a.m., and Friday and Saturday at 5 a.m.