North City Bistro and Wine Shop

North Seattle's Hidden Gem

Amaro, Fernet & Vermouth

  • Amaro

    Amaro (Italian for "bitter"), is an Italian herbal liqueur that is commonly consumed as an after-dinner digestif. It usually has a bitter-sweet flavor, sometimes syrupy, and has an alcohol content between 16% and 40%. 

  • Rossbacher – Austria

    • 2 oz $10

    64 Proof

  • Amargo de Chile – Chicago

    • 2 oz $10

    64 Proof

  • Dogma Rubin Bitter Grapefruit – Chicago

    • 2 oz $10

    68 Proof

  • Aveze Racines Ameres Sauvages – France

    • 2 oz $10

    40 Proof

  • Bonal Apertif des Montagnes – France

    • 2 oz $10

    32 Proof

  • Byrrh Grand Quinquina – France

    • 2 oz $10

    36 Proof

  • Dolin Genepy des Alps – France

    • 2 oz $10

    90 Proof

  • Salers Apertif Labounoux – France

    • 2 oz $10

    32 Proof

  • Bitter Truth Pimento Dram – Germany

    • 2 oz $10

    44 Proof

  • Amaro Del Ciclista – Italy

    • 2 oz $10

    52 Proof

  • Amaro Montenegro 1885 – Italy

    • 2 oz $10

    46 Proof

  • Amaro Nonino – Italy

    • 2 oz $10

    70 Proof

  • Cardamaro Amaro – Italy

    • 2 oz $10

    34 Proof

  • Cocchi Barolo Chinato – Italy

    • 2 oz $10

    33 Proof

  • Finale Emilia Amaro – Italy

    • 2 oz $10

    52 Proof

  • Lorenzo Inga Amaro – Italy

    • 2 oz $10

    60 Proof

  • Meletti 1870 Bitter – Italy

    • 2 oz $10

    50 Proof

  • Meletti Amaro – Italy

    • 2 oz $10

    64 Proof

  • Pasubio Vino Amaro – Italy

    • 2 oz $10

    34 Proof

  • Quintessentia Amaro Nonino – Italy

    • 2 oz $10

    70 Proof

  • Vecchio Amaro del Capo – Italy

    • 2 oz $10

    70 Proof

  • Zucca Rabarbaro Amaro – Italy

    • 2 oz $10

    32 Proof

  • Amargo-Vallet – Mexico

    • 2 oz $10

    90 Proof

  • Amaro Amorino Riserva – Seattle

    • 2 oz $10

    80 Proof

  • Fernet

    Fernet is an Italian type of amaro, a bitter, aromatic spirit. Fernet is made from a number of herbs and spices which vary according to the brand, but usually include myrrh, rhubarb, chamomile, cardamom, aloe, and especially saffron, with a base of grape distilled spirits.

    Fernet is usually served as a digestif after a meal but may also be served with coffee and espresso or mixed into coffee and espresso drinks. It typically contains 45% alcohol by volume. It may be served at room temperature or with ice.

  • Contrato Liqueur Fernet – Italy

    • 2 oz $10

    60 Proof

  • Fernet Branca – Italy

    • 2 oz $10

    78 Proof

  • Foro Originale Amaro Speciale – Italy

    • 2 oz $10

    30 Proof

  • Meletti Fernet – Italy

    • 2 oz $10

    80 Proof

  • Fernet-Vallet – Mexico

    • 2 oz $10

    70 Proof

  • Vermouth

    Vermouth is an aromatized fortified wine, flavoured with various botanicals (roots, barks, flowers, seeds, herbs, and spices) and sometimes colored. The modern versions of the beverage were first produced in the mid- to late 18th century in Turin, Italy. While vermouth was traditionally used for medicinal purposes, it was later served as an apéritif, with fashionable cafés in Turin serving it to guests around the clock In the late 19th century it became popular with bartenders as a key ingredient for cocktails, such as the martini, the Manhattan, the Rob Roy, and the Negroni. In addition to being consumed as an apéritif or cocktail ingredient, vermouth is sometimes used as an alternative white wine in cooking.

    Historically, there have been two main types of vermouth: sweet and dry. Responding to demand and competition, vermouth manufacturers have created additional styles, including extra-dry white, sweet white (blanc or bianco), red, amber (ambre or rosso), and rosé.

  • La Quintinye Vermouth Royal – France

    • 2 oz $10

    33 Proof

  • Lillet Blanc – France

    • 2 oz $10

    34 Proof

  • Lillet Rose – France

    • 2 oz $10

    34 Proof

  • Alessio Vino Chinato – Italy

    • 2 oz $10

    32 Proof

  • Carpano Antico Vermouth – Italy

    • 2 oz $10

    33 Proof

  • Cocchi Americano Apertivo – Italy

    • 2 oz $10

    32 Proof

  • Cocchi Dopo Teatro Vermouth – Italy

    • 2 oz $10

    32 Proof

  • Cocchi Vermouth di Torino – Italy

    • 2 oz $10

    32 Proof

  • Alvear Veermouth – Spain

    • 2 oz $10

    30 Proof

  • NewPriorat Natur Vermut – Spain

    • 2 oz $10

    32 Proof

Bistro dining & take out for Wednesday 4-7 • Thursday 4-8:30 • Friday & Saturday:4-9:30

Wine Shop Hours: Wed-Sat— 12p-close
Open some Wednesdays at 2pm, so please call ahead

EXCELLENT
218 reviews on
Bill Ray (BillRayDrums)
Bill Ray (BillRayDrums)
November 3, 2021.
Thanks to Ray and Sharon for providing a great place for so many talented artists to do their thing. The music is always top notch, the food is incredible (Scallops w/ Risotto is my favorite), and it's always a great time.
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Hanna McElroy
Hanna McElroy
October 31, 2021.
Monica Jones de Borges
Monica Jones de Borges
October 27, 2021.
We went to see some live music. There's a pricey cover charge but the music was really good. The food was excellent. Delicious pork loin with cream sauce. Good portion size of antipasto. Wonderful cheeses and salami. Very delicious seafood pasta. The prices were reasonable. We picked a great Italian Amorone wine off the shelf. The corkage was pretty steep, 12.00 given we had appetizers, full dinner and 20.00 cover. But the wine was fantastic and a fair price. Lots of wines from most important wine regions. The shelves are full and the prices fair. We'd definitely return. Service was very good especially given it was a full house. Small venue, quaint and enjoyable.
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Kevin Starkey
Kevin Starkey
October 24, 2021.
Close, tightly packed room, but comfortable. Soft lighting, exceptional wine selection. The wonderful, smooth vocalizations of Gail Pettis backed by her talented quartet. Hot and delicious shrimp fettacini paired with a perfect chardonnay. Fantastic. A winner all the way.
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Lee Schroth
Lee Schroth
October 8, 2021.
Great spot, love the small plate options. Outdoor seating was a great option. My favorite this time was flatbread with goat cheese, figs and balsamic glaze. Yum
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Daniel Torres
Daniel Torres
October 6, 2021.
Lisa Weller Ashton
Lisa Weller Ashton
August 27, 2021.
They helped make our 8th wedding anniversary so special. Amazing food, excellent cocktails, and such a fun and classy wine shop. I will be coming here more often, and hopefully have time to go see some of the live music soon.
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Chris Lapins
Chris Lapins
August 8, 2021.
Diane Howerton
Diane Howerton
August 1, 2021.
I almost hate to post as this is small and exquisite and I really don't want to share! However, everyone should have this experience; toothsome menu choices just right sized for visiting and music listening. And live music! First time out post covid and I felt like I'd been nervous system detoxed; hallelujah for establishements that are here for us all in the transition time. Thank you to the owners and the musicians!! And saftey is top notch with vaccine proof required; another thank you!
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David Johnson
David Johnson
August 1, 2021.
Delicious cuisine and great drinks. Wonderfully supportive of musicians, with a killer lineup of talent throughout the year. Highly recommend you check it out!
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