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barmini by José Andrés

4.8
384 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
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Cocktails have always been a passion of chef José Andrés. It started over 15 years ago when he created the Salt Air Margarita at Café Atlántico. Today, José pays homage to the golden era of cocktails at barmini by José Andrés, a hub of chef-driven libations that serves as his cocktail lab for all of his restaurants and projects. A pioneer in avant-garde cooking, José's passion is on display at barmini as guests are taken on a whimsical journey of yesteryear via classic cocktails and ingredients. Barmini operates as a true extension of minibar, a learning center where chefs and bartenders collaborate and where heritage meets innovation.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Fusion / Eclectic
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Hours of operation
Tuesday - Saturday: 5:30pm- 1:00am
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Phone number
(202) 393-4451
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
9th St NW
Additional
Bar/Lounge, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Wine
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4.8  based on all time ratings
4.6
food
4.8
service
4.8
ambience
4.3
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipArealgem24k (Dallas)
3.0  Dined on June 23, 2017

First visit a year ago was to barmini along with the chef's table at minibar. Both were just a dream of delicious innovative food and beverage creations. A once-in-a-lifetime experience. Over the top wonderful. Impeccably warm service.

Cannot say the same for our return to barmini to share the cocktail experience with friends from Texas. Yes, still amazing libation chemistry and art .... but this time, we felt locked into our 2 hour slot, very controlled, the servers every move was supervised by a woman on the floor to make sure the tight schedule was kept, and our server sounded very rehearsed. Well versed yes. Engaged, NO. It was a good experience for our friends but the overall experience was no where near the same. Take a ticket, have your ride, exit to your right.....and don't linger.

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viptoadie622 (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on June 22, 2017

Fun time at the bar. Great to watch bartenders make creative drinks. Very cool atmosphere and decor

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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on June 20, 2017

I had mentioned that it was my boyfriend's birthday, and everyone went out of their way to make it special! The service was impeccable, the drinks were incredible, and the small plates were absolutely perfect.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on June 3, 2017

Amazing cocktails with a really fun bartender. Waffles were amazing too!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on June 2, 2017

Benihana has nothing on this place! Although, the two are very similar. The very skilled and well seasoned mixologist who artfully mixes spectacular cocktails right before your very eyes are amazingly entertaining. Ask for J.P by name! You won't regret it.

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on June 2, 2017

Amazing team of bartenders with innovative techniques. They know their stuff and are most certainly at the forefront of any mixology wave.

Thanks, Aaron, for taking care of us!

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on June 1, 2017

I always have a positive experience at Barmini! I went with a friend for her birthday and she was impressed! We loved the ambiance, hand crafted cocktails, and service. I HIGHLY recommend Barmini - it's worth the wait to get a reservation.

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IamRonnieJ (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on May 31, 2017

Barmini is a gem tucked away and hidden in plain sight. It was interesting that we didn't know if a specific person was assigned to our table. It seemed any of the staff could come over to assist. If you do want to do the flight and try 6 drinks the whole party must commit to buying flights. I wish I had known this in advance so I could have informed my guests that I wanted to do the flight. I went to celebrate my birthday with girlfriends and it was a great atmosphere. Make sure you make your reservation in advance. No walk-ins.

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vipRUNMORUN (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on May 30, 2017

Wonderful. All about presentation.

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OpenTable Diner (Columbus)
5.0  Dined on May 26, 2017

This was such a wonderful experience! We will definitely return.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on May 25, 2017

On average, I travel to 15 countries a year, this is my favorite bar in the world.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on May 24, 2017

Farewell party

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CAL208 (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on May 20, 2017

I had friends visiting from out of town and decided to visit barmini for the first time. I have heard many great things about this place including the bright ambiance and eclectic decor. Booking was relatively easy. I found it strange that I could not book a party of 6, but I was able to book a separate party of 4 and 2. Either way, my group of friends were able to sit together. The cocktail menu has so many options to choose from and the waiter was very helpful with recommendations. I ended up having two cocktails although I was buzzed after the first one. I don't know how it would be possible to get through the flight of 6 drinks for $65! Especially when sharing is not allowed (every person at the table must purchase the flight). I also tried two of the bites: grilled cheese and Philly pretzel. These are indeed SMALL bites but very delicious! I knew upfront that barmini wasn't a place to go if you were hungry. Luckily, I had dinner beforehand. Overall, my friends and I loved the experience and we plan to return in a couple months for a "going away" outing.

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OpenTable Diner (Dallas)
5.0  Dined on May 19, 2017

Great cocktails. We did the cocktail flight - 6 half drinks per person for $65. Simply AMAZING. Every drink was delicious and it was incredibld to watch Al craft each drink with his encyclopedic knowledge and masterful skill.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on May 19, 2017

barmini is as great as everyone says it is. The bartenders and servers were extremely knowledgeable and they make some of the most unique and delicious cocktails in this area.

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vipAriO (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on May 19, 2017

We arrived for our 8pm reservation and were seated at the bar. The atmosphere and the drinks themselves were fantastic. We ordered the flight ($65pp) and four liquid olives ($1.5 each). Our bartender was great but it was hard to hear him and understand the drinks because he spoke quietly and the place was noisy. The drinks themselves were very interesting and incorporated a variety of techniques (smoke, freezing, foam, etc.)
That being said, we would not come back here because the pacing of each of the courses was so terrible. It took us close to 40 minutes to receive our second drink because our bartender was busy making drinks for those seated away from the bar. That was fine, but toward the end of the two hour experience, waits for drinks even though we were ready resulted in us at one point having three drinks in front of each of us as well as the check. We understand that each reservation is 2h, but issues resulting from the bar's staffing should not result in customers being rushed out of the door, particularly when they are dropping a pretty penny for the experience.

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chelseyglegg (London)
5.0  Dined on May 17, 2017

Hidden away behind what looks like an office, very quirky. The service was great and it's a very intimate, small space so it's great for catching up with friends as you aren't a talking over the people next to you, plus the seating is arranged to give everyone enough privacy.
The cocktail menu is outstanding, not only vast but original.

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vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on May 17, 2017

what a treat! Loved the speak-easy feel as you entered. Slick, modern but warm environment. Fabulous cocktail menu. Terrific glassware to serve them in. Knowledgeable, friendly, attentive service. And a grilled cheese sandwich that is unforgettable.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on May 16, 2017

Great selection of craft cocktails! I would describe the cocktails of barmini as precise, curated, and elegant. barmini is really more of an Experience than a cocktail bar. In addition to being a consummate pro, our bartender was really friendly and clearly loves his job. A bit too fancy for everyday drinks, in my opinion, but great for a special occasion.

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OpenTable Diner (Detroit)
5.0  Dined on May 13, 2017

Amazing cocktail and appetizer experience - make this a must stop before dinner, you won't regret it -

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