Kardinal-Faulhaber-Strasse 11, Munich, 80333, Germany
Tel: +49 (0)89 2080 2180
Website: Not supplied
Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-1am; Sun 3pm-1am
Door: Open door
Style: Restaurant bar
Recommended for: Cocktails
Price guide: High-end
Food: Full menu
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The name might conjure up visions of a modern coffee chain, but the white-uniformed bartenders at Barista are rather more adept in mixing classic cocktails than hot drinks in this brasserie-style bar and restaurant.
Located close to the city centre, surrounded by large grand buildings, Barista is a refined but characterful sort of place, with drinks transported around the place on silver trays. From beneath 25-foot ceilings, behind a curvy bar that seats 10, and to a soundtrack of light jazz, bartenders make drinks with Germanic precision, selecting bottles from a seven-deep display of select spirits behind them. A beautiful perfect-bound cocktail menu presents drinks by category, and a good choice of simple mixed drinks with a minimum number of ingredients - all are reasonably priced at between €7 and €8. We picked a simple sherry and vermouth combination and then were served up a memorable Waldorf Astoria Eggnog.
Expect everyone from solo drinkers to groups of businessmen celebrating deals, old couples having dinner and friends meeting for early evening drinks - this place seems to appeal to a wide cross-section of Munich-ites, though somehow the football being screened on the wall-mounted plasma seemed rather incongruous.