Chandeliers and a cool selection of jazz provide the atmosphere at this second-story neighborhood haunt. The bar is lined with glass fountains filled with ice water, which the bartenders use to mix absinthe concoctions. The van Gogh, named in honor of the painter’s devotion to the drink, is a mixture of Le Tourment Vert absinthe, grenadine, and pineapple juice. For a quick appetizer, we like the grilled merguez sausage with polenta and piquillo peppers. Sunday through Wednesday from 5:30 to 7, bottles of wine are half price. Thursday nights, there’s live jazz at 10.

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