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barmini is the conjoined cocktail lounge to Jose Andrés' culinary playground minibar, and the libations here receive just as much mad science and innovation as the food does next door. The cocktail menu houses 100 drinks, half of which are classics across a full range of spirits categories and half of which are house concoctions. (A drink with two lines next to it is an original from the bar team.) Expect everything from color-changing cocktails, house-distilled infusions and sous vide riffs on dessert in a glass to dry-ice clouds and liquid nitrogen. A small lineup of food is available as well.

THE DRINK TO DRINK: Barrel-aged cocktails? Is this 2010? Try the leather-bota-bag-aged Leatherette, with brandy, rye whiskey, Spanish vermouth and oloroso sherry.

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Best to play it safe with a reservation, especially on the weekends. How do you get inside? Ring the doorbell.

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501 9th St. NW
Washington, DC 20004