Begin your evening atop the hill at the aptly named Hilltop Ale House, a home-away-from-home haunt where you can fortify yourself for an evening of drinking with a hearty chicken sandwich and a pint of seasonal brew among neighborhood regulars.
From there, head down Queen Anne Avenue to Bricco della Regina Anna, a dimly lit oak and mahogany wine bar where groups of leggings-clad ladies sip boutique wines from a rotating wine list and snack on small plates including five types of bruschetta and that wine-bar standby, truffled mac and cheese.
A wine list as long as a Dickens novel awaits at the N’awlins-inspired Toulouse Petit. It’s a warm, open space packed night after night, especially during its three daily happy hours.
Sink into an antique sofa at The Sitting Room, where candles barely light dark corners, and dainty plates of cheese and olives complement the warm buzz of a Kir martini.
We conclude this crawl a note of caution: It’s easy to overdo it at Tini Bigs Lounge. Ten-ounce martinis have a way of disappearing when the overeager, well-into-the-evening patrons join voices in a collective: “I’ll have another.”