by Macy Sprock
Dim lighting, fun music, spunky steampunk-esque bartenders and exquisite drinks crafted with house-made bitters. Sound like a swanky big-city bar? It’s actually what one would find at Al Settanatsette, or 77, as many locals call it. This bar is tucked back in the medieval corner of Viterbo, Italy. While once inside you’ll find stone walls, various seating areas, even an archway covered in signatures of the many guests 77 has hosted. Many assume it is just another bar to grab a beer or quick mixed drink, but the real magic comes out when Manfredi (Manni) is bartending. Manni grew up around the industry and displays his expansive knowledge with every cocktail he makes. His drinks are more of an art form than something to just sip on. Each is crafted with a variety of liquors, fresh fruit, house-made bitters, and even flowers. Many guests elect to order a “bartender’s choice” instead of a specific drink. Upon ordering, one can simply ask for “something fruity” or “something sour.” Watching the drink being made can be half the fun. Manny does all sorts of flips and tosses with the bottles. Flames occasionally make an appearance depending on the drink ordered. After the show, guests are left with a beautifully hand-crafted masterpiece cocktail. Sounds expensive right? Most cocktails run about 5 euros. Which compared to big-city bars, is a bargain! The quality far exceeds the price, making this destination an amazing value for travelers from all over. A trip to Al Settantasette will never disappoint!