barmini by José Andrés

4.8
384 reviews
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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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Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Fusion / Eclectic
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Hours of operation
Tuesday - Saturday: 5:30pm- 12:00am
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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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Cross street
9th St NW
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Bar/Lounge, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Wine
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Washington DC
122 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2017
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

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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Washington DC
92 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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New England
3 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful. All about presentation.

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Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Farewell party

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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Dallas
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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AO
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

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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London
2 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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New England
21 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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Detroit
7 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every day dining

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience. Very tasty, creative cocktails with impressive presentations.
We were in town for nephew's college graduation and we ended the evening there.
We got the option where you would taste 6 different homespun cocktails.
Would suggest everyone get this option for your first time at Barmini.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

The drinks are interesting and there is a wide selection from which to pick and satisfy any palate. I loved the smoky accent to the lady with a tutti frutti hat, a deliciously spicey drink.

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CB
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brilliant!! The service here is impecable!! We had a blast and our visitors were truly delighted. There is no substitute for a Jose Andres experience!!

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service. Superb cocktails and finger food. Definitely worth it. JP was the best. Must do in D.C.

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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pricey but definitely worth every penny. Excellent service and great cocktails! Will be back for sure.

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Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2017
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Birthday event. Great service great drinks. Excellent experience

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Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience! For drinks, the cocktail tasting menu was fantastic. We had the waffle trio and grilled cheese for snacks - all great. Definite date night repeat.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a wonderful time celebrating my birthday with amazing cocktails and a stellar deco. I will definitely be back!

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Dallas
44 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This mini bar is a delight both in the drinks and the ambience. It is definitely worth having one or more of this very carefully hand-crafted cocktails.

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Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, barmini was amazing. Still the best cocktails we've ever had and the service is second to none. If you like cocktails and you're going to DC barmini has to be on your agenda!

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

Couple years ago it was cool bar with perfect drinks and service, but this time we didn't go get much - service was not very informative, no new items on menu. I was trying to explain what kind of drinks I like a long as sweetness, spices etc. Waitress made suggestion - and result was awful. Next time ordered from the menu and got better result. Only good things you can expect - the vibe and design. It looks like it as abandoned by Jose Andres.

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Amsterdam
3 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic! Never had a cocktail experience like this. All was perfect. I wish we had a place like this where i live. Outstanding! A must for foody's who appreciate a special drink.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This Place Was An Amazing & Unique Experience ❣️ I Enjoyed Myself Here.

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Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great cocktails

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Baltimore
14 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We did the cocktail tasting menu, and it was such a unique experience in texture, techniques, and flavors. And we cannot say enough good things about the grilled cheese and waffles (we did the flight), which were absolutely delicious. Pricey, but an awesome experience.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a unique and enjoyable experience. The staff at barmini are not only talented and gracious, but engaging and committed to creating a tailored experience to their guests. I look forward to returning. Cheers!

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K
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All the bar staff are incredibly attentive and actually take the time to remember who you are. It is seldom that you find places where people are that real and that genuine. The bar staff are really what make it genuine

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Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2017
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Excellent handcrafted cocktails. What a great experience. We had the"flight"...six handpicked cocktails that were very enjoyable. All six were unique. I highly recommend Barmini for those seeking an unforgettable display of cocktails.

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Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing all way around. Mixology at its finest. Some of the best drinks ever. Definitely doing again next trip to DC. This visit has persuaded me to try the Minibar experience. Thank you!

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