For a bar that knows its way around Italian bitters, you can’t do better than Artusi, Spinasse’s next-door aperitivo bar that has grown into a separate Capitol Hill destination all its own. Whether you’re looking to expand beyond fernet or prefer your amaro in a well-balanced gin or whiskey cocktail, the knowledgeable bartenders here can guide your sword from behind the perch of their massive square-shaped bar table. The small plates win just as many awards as the drinks here, so you might want to order some handmade pasta or salami to go with that Americano. Don’t forget about happy hour, when martinis and old-fashioneds are $6 each. CORINA ZAPPIA
1535 14th Ave,
Hours: Daily 5 pm-11 pm
Bar/Happy Hour, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Takes Reservations
Full Menu, Happy Hour, Snacks Available, Outdoor Seating
Wine Bar, Cocktail Lounge
Mon 5-7 pm; Wed-Sun 5-7 pm, 10 pm-close ($6 house wine, $6 Fernet, $6 select house cocktails, $3-$9 food menu).