The original Minibar, six of the most coveted seats on the Washington dining scene from 2003 to 2011, has undergone a transformation. The counter now serves as the raw bar at chef Frederik De Pue's Azur, which took over Jose Andres's former Cafe Atlantico and America Eats Tavern space last month. As you can see, Minibar 1.0 looks a bit different now.
The original copper surface remains, but everything else has been updated, brightened and relaxed: New lighting fixtures, fresh tile, a closed overhead space. And plenty of seafood.
There's no commemorative plaque or anything (D.C. foodies might argue there should be), but the old Minibar is where your oysters will come from when you stop in at Azur's daily happy hour. From 5 to 7 p.m. seven days a week, a rotating selection of oysters are $1 each, with $5 draft beers and $6 martinis.
As for grabbing one of the seats at the raw bar for dinner, you can request to sit there when you make a reservation at Azur. That way, you can tell your friends you ate at Minibar without having to drop the $225 per person for a seat at Minibar's expanded location.