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The Passenger

The Passenger

(Now Closed)
Cocktail Bar, Bar, and Lounge$$$$
Mount Vernon Square, Washington
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  • Washington Post
    The gooey pasta at the Passenger arrives sizzling in a cast-iron skillet. But the highlight? This incarnation of mac and cheese is laced with truffle oil, giving it an utterly addictive kick. Read more
    Washington Post · December 17, 2014
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  • T F.
    It was very hot (seemed like they only had fans!). But, the beer and cocktail lists are extensive and our waitress was very nice (and prompt!). I had the Aviator, which is made with gin or vodka and
    T Fung · September 25, 2010
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  • Shanen
    Great drinks, nice low-key atmosphere, great brunch on weekends also. Lots of DC bartenders come for drinks on their days off. Columbia Room is in the back (few seats, reservations only).
    Shanen · August 20, 2013
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  • AFAR Media
    If you are out drinking on Saturday night, ask the bartender to make you anything with rye whiskey and enjoy your artisan concoction with a kimchi hotdog. Read more
    AFAR Media · August 4, 2014
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  • AskMen
    Offering a customized tasting menu of cocktails, each drink prepared with house-made bitters or tinctures and poured over hard-carved ice. You may even get a little history lesson with your drink.
    AskMen · March 19, 2010
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  • FiOS 50
    Though best known for its cocktails, hit up the Passenger for its Hangover Brunch that doesn't even get started until 2 p.m. but has a killer brunch cocktail menu and hangover cure dishes.
    FiOS 50 · January 3, 2012
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  • ThePurplePassport.com
    The cocktails are to die for. The mixologist Brown brothers really know their stuff. (Tom works out front at The Passenger while Derek handles the Columbia Room.) The ambiance is also great. Read more
    ThePurplePassport.com · July 1, 2013
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  • Eater
    The Passenger is primarily a trendy watering hole that also happens to have really solid bar food to complement the cocktail stylings of master mixologist Derek Brown. [Eater 38 Member] Read more
    Eater · July 28, 2011
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  • Graham H.
    The closest thing to a San Francisco bar in this otherwise vapid city. Be specific with what you want to drink, though. Bartenders' judgments err on the side of strong tequila and rye drinks.
    Graham Harbison · April 9, 2012
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  • AskMen
    The city’s 2 most imaginative mixologists have boiled up a drink called El Zombie. Try it out & then stuff your faces with tacos, along with a pig roasted on site (Oct. 30, $10). Read more
    AskMen · October 29, 2010
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  • Jim M.
    Definitely take advantage of their creative drink mixing skills. Just tell the bartender or waitress what kind of drink/liquor you're into and let them surprise you with something amazing
    Jim Malone · October 3, 2010
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  • Bob S.
    ask Alex to just mix up whatever is on her mind - she made me a great Sherry Flip, and a custom cocktail w/ tequila, ginger liqueur, cava, and thyme. Amazing. Derek is cool too.
    Bob Stafford · February 26, 2010
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  • Janine H.
    Okay, so it's a bit slow getting your drinks but it is worth the wait because they are so well made. The food is to die - pork cheek chili nachos and slaw dog. OMG!
    Janine Hanrahan · December 19, 2013
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  • John S.
    Looks like a typical neighborhood hole in the wall bar. Dark. Small. This joint, however, kicks out some cutting edge craft cocktails. Bar food is exceptional. High end beer. No PBR.
    John Schlinker · April 21, 2013
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  • Alex L.
    Love the staff and the vibe; plus, you really can't mess with the institutional knowledge of this bar. Exercise every opportunity to try new and different styles of liquor.
    Alex Leonidas · November 20, 2011
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  • Jon P.
    Ask Tom for a drink w/@AtlanticoRum because it is ridiculously good - if you want to sip a good rum that's been aged in bourbon cask ask for Atlantico Private Cask!
    Jon P · November 10, 2011
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  • aj (andrea jo)
    Nice cocktail bar. High quality ingredients. But be warned, there's no menu and the bartenders don't have the time of day for waffling when you order.
    aj (andrea jo) · October 5, 2014
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  • AFAR Media
    The Passenger is a must for anyone who likes to drink—and anyone who likes to soak up their drinks with gourmet grease. Read more
    AFAR Media · August 4, 2014
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  • Fred K.
    Order off the daily drink menu, trust the bartenders' recommendations. Most everything on the menu is very good, not a fan of the shrimp & grits.
    Fred K · August 7, 2013
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  • Nick S.
    This doesn't have a name, but ask for these together and it'll be the best drink of your life. Guaranteed. Ingredients: Sereno pepper, lime juice, Bulleit, maple syrup, velvet falernum
    Nick Shockey · November 19, 2011
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  • Bitches Who Brunch
    Bitches Who Brunch voted The Passenger as the best hole-in-the-wall brunch and as serving the best creative cocktails in 2012!
    Bitches Who Brunch · January 12, 2014
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  • Michelle L.
    Get the beignets. Get a cocktail. (If you're not sure what you're feelin, just let them know & they'll get you sorted.) Awesome joint.
    Michelle Lee · December 9, 2013
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  • Michael S.
    The staff is friendly and their cocktails are delicious. Try the burger and house-made chips. Sad that this gem might go away.
    Michael Singletary · August 14, 2014
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  • Alice L.
    There's no more mac and cheese! Someone tell management to stop changing the menu every few months! And add more vegetarian options!
    Alice Li · September 24, 2012
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  • USA TODAY
    This busy bar also has an 18-seat, reservation-only area called the Columbia Room.Try Gin Rickey - a refreshing mixture of gin, lime juice and soda, invented by a lobbyist in the 1880s. Read more
    USA TODAY · December 6, 2010
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  • Serious Eats
    The Passenger is one of DC's darlings: it's a casual neighborhood bar that makes some of the best cocktails in town.
    Serious Eats · August 19, 2013
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  • FiOS 50
    Are you a cocktail person who doesn't actually know a lot about cocktails? The folks here have you covered. Tell them what you like and they'll come up with something you'll love.
    FiOS 50 · November 28, 2011
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  • Kara K.
    Make sure to take the stick out of the bacon wrapped pb cups or you will get a stick in your mouth...and not the good kind!
    Kara K · March 30, 2013
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  • Washington Post
    Life is short. Order the deep-fried, bacon-wrapped peanut-butter cups. They're mini peanut-butter cups wrapped in fried bacon and dipped in a cola batter. Read more
    Washington Post · March 14, 2013
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  • Craig H.
    Try this popular night spot for drinks and brunch on Sunday afternoon. Same great bartenders, no crowds.
    Craig Hicks · December 26, 2010
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  • Karthik R.
    Good happy hour and local beers. Not too many drafts, but reasonably priced. On the louder side
    Karthik Raman · November 7, 2014
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  • Benjamin B.
    My favorite bar in the country. Doesn't get more creative and knowledgeable than the ladies behind this bar.
    Benjamin Banner · August 10, 2014
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  • scott s.
    Want a history lesson made by a skilled mixologist in a relaxed setting? Skip the bullshit and check out the pure genius at Wisdom on Capitol Hill.
    scott stead · November 21, 2010
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  • Washington Post
    The mac and cheese arrives sizzling in a cast-iron skillet, the perfect warmer for a cold winter day. Read more
    Washington Post · March 2, 2013
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  • The Feast
    Mixologist and owner Derek Brown calls 'The Rickey,' a cocktail native to D.C., "air conditioning in a glass."
    The Feast · June 10, 2011
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  • Sam P.
    The bacon-wrapped peanut butter cups are what heaven tastes like. Eat them or the Tea Party wins.
    Sam Peters · March 30, 2013
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  • Dallas S.
    Best 'French 75' I've had! Happy Hour is a little busy, but definitely a great locale.
    Dallas Shields · October 21, 2010
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  • Jackie G.
    JP & Katie: Just about the most amazing bartenders to grace this planet. Please move to Miami? The Ramos Gin Fizz is off the chizz-ain. Read more
    Jackie Gutierrez · June 21, 2011
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  • Matthew Z.
    They got rid of the three meat Italian Panini - please tell them to bring it back. It rocks!
    Matthew Zablud · May 4, 2010
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  • Jeremy J.
    The lovely bartenders will make you a unique concoction if you tell them your taste.
    Jeremy Johnstone · December 27, 2010
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  • Tricia K.
    Overcrowded and terrible service. I saw the wait staff drop at least three things during the hour I was there.
    Tricia Kelly · November 11, 2014
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  • Josh E.
    I ordered the "lions tail" and it was great. Also you have to get the beef jerky!
    Josh Ellen · February 14, 2010
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  • Michelle M.
    Order a cocktail curated to your tastes. Follow it with Butternut's Pork Slap beer.
    Michelle Miller · February 1, 2010
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  • ShannonRenee M.
    The hummus with fava beans is delicious. A great portion size for an individual.
    ShannonRenee Mouton Gray · July 21, 2011
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  • Steve C.
    Try the beef jerky & have them pair a cocktail with it. Bonus for you if it is a Manhattan
    Steve Centrella · December 8, 2009
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  • David P.
    Hipster up the wazoo. Lots of canned beer choices to complement the variety of chips.
    David Porras · November 4, 2010
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  • Yonas H.
    Best oyster po' boy in town, hands-down. The beef jerky is also unbelievable. Read more
    Yonas H. · July 17, 2011
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  • Kathy D.
    Beignets topped with condensed milk and pork belly crisps
    Kathy Duong · April 14, 2013
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  • Craig H.
    Be sure to ask for the Sunday brunch cocktail and potato chip pairing.
    Craig Hicks · January 20, 2013
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  • Philip H.
    Reigning hipster bar of the Mt. Vernon square area. Most imitated, never replicated.
    Philip Hsu · February 1, 2014
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