At Bar Ara, the cocktails and food are freshly made, if less-than-extraordinary. The burgers are filling and cheap. When the weather's nice, the terrace is the best place to be even though there's quite a bit of traffic noise. When it's cold or rainy, the bar's dimly lit interior is cozy enough and the music is low enough for comfortable conversation.
The home-made vermouth is great over ice, plain, or with soda and a plate of salty green olives.