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Anxo Cidery & Pintxos Bar

By ADELE CHAPIN

Start us off with an overview.
In case you didn’t know what you were in for when you step inside this renovated Truxton Circle row house, a giant barrel of cider will clue you in. A wall of graphic black-and-white tile contrasts with Anxo Cidery & Pintxos’ exposed bricks, and a turret is now a showy staircase leading up to the dining room. On a beautiful night, sit out on the patio under the stars and string lights.

So who’s there?
This place appeals to both low-key cider drinkers and bottomless brunch-goers mastering the art of the porrón.

How are the drinks?
If you’re a newbie to the world of cider, this Basque-style cidery and restaurant is a great place to dive in. The menu is divided into sections like “Bright” and “Fruit-Forward”; you can try ciders from all over the world or those made locally in Anxo’s Brightwood Park production hub. There’s even a section for ciders meant to be poured from up on high for proper aeration—a dramatic spectacle. The menu also features cider cocktails, vermouth, wine, and sherry. Taste something you like? Buy a bottle to take home.

Worth ordering something to eat, too?
The menu focuses on pintxos, or bite-size snacks traditionally served in Spanish bars, like patatas bravas, chicken liver mousse toast, or the croquettes of the day. Larger plates include red wine-braised short rib or seafood cooked a la plancha.

At the end of the day, what are we coming here for?
You’re bored with beer and wine, and you want to drink like a Spaniard.

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