Great Bars 2013: Rustico

This pair of beer-focused bars offer two opportunities to
sample brews selected by expert Greg Engert—drafts are available in
“taste” sizes so you can sample suds sorted into categories such as
“crisp,” “hop,” and “smoke.” Food’s good, too (in Arlington, don’t miss
Ritz-cracker-topped chili mac and cheese), and funky upholstered barstools
are as comfortable as easy chairs. Insider tip: Rustico hosts special
events such as holiday beer festivals and family-style dinner series. Ask
what’s next. Arlington bar open daily. Alexandria bar open Tuesday through