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Barmini Debuts Cocktail Flights; Ted's Bulletin Hits Maryland

By Rina Rapuano  |  May 12, 2014
Credit: Ken Wyner

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- Barmini - José Andrés cocktail flip side to Minibar - begins offering three summer-cocktail flights starting May 27 to give imbibers a chance to sample their way through the summer cocktail list. The Classic Experience ($40 per person) brings a progression of an Aviation, Jack Rose, Pisco Sour, Sazerc and Ramos Gin Fizz. The Barmini Experience ($50 per person) offers a tasting of Barmini original cocktails: Romulo, Jose’s Margarita, Gardener, Cotton Candy Old Fashioned and Palermo. The final option, The Jose Experience ($60 per person), showcases the cocktail mecca’s most adventurous and innovative cocktails: Mojito Sphere, Nitro Caipirinha, Carbonated Negroni, Cedar and Agave, The Highlander and Veruka Salt (855 E St. NW; 202-393-4451).

- Shake Shack puts a spin on its monthly Shack & Field event tomorrow by providing boozy motivation in honor of American Craft Beer Week. The burger joint’s Dupont location will host a private Victory Brewing Co. after party complete with samples of the brewery's seasonal Swing Session Saison and Summer Love Ale. The 3- to 5-mile run starts at Pacers Logan Circle (1427 P St. NW; 202-506-2029) at 7 PM and also ends with Victory swag and Shake Shack goodies. No need for advance registration (1216 18th St. NW; 202-683-9922).

- Vinoteca has launched kid-inspired meals offered for $11 each Thursday throughout the summer. Meals consist of mix-and-match combos that include housemade hot dogs with a glass of sparkling wine, or maybe a burger with a beer - all paired with a side of housemade chips and a pair of Vinoteca-branded wayfarer-style shades, which come in handy during bocce games on the back plaza (1940 11th St. NW; 202-332-9463).

- Washington City Paper reports that the Shaw location of Mandalay, which opened in September, will close after Thursday due to the owner’s urgent need to travel back to Burma indefinitely (1501 Ninth St. NW; 202-644-8806).

- Dino’s Grotto soft opened Saturday night in Shaw with limited seating and an abbreviated menu and expects to host its grand opening Thursday as promised. Reservations will be available starting Friday via City Eats.

- Ted’s Bulletin has announced its first Maryland location, which will open in Gaithersburg’s Crown Farm mixed-use community near the Shady Grove Metro station early next year. The outpost will be similar to the four other locations in DC and Virginia, with around 180 seats in a retro dining room supported by a bakery.

- Prince of Petworth reports that Adam Express in Mount Pleasant has officially closed.