The Passenger

The Passenger

1021 7th St NW (at L St NW), Washington, D.C. 20001, United States
Hours:
Open until 2:30 AM (Show more)
  • Mon–Thu
    • 5:00 PM–1:30 AM
  • Fri–Sat
    • 5:00 PM–2:30 AM
  • Sun
    • 2:00 PM–Midnight
Price:
$ $ $ $
Reservations:
Yes
Menus:
Dinner, Happy Hour
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express)
Wi-Fi:
No
Outdoor Seating:
No
8.4/10

Based on 276 votes

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Chris B.

    Central is on notice: The Passenger makes the best Sazerac in town.

    Chris Brown · March 2, 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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  • Robert Dallas S.

    Best 'French 75' I've had! Happy Hour is a little busy, but definitely a great locale.

    Robert Dallas Shields · October 21, 2010
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  • Matthew Z.

    Pick your favorite liquor and have Derrick or Alex mix up a surprise beverage.

    Matthew Zablud · December 2, 2009
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  • Joey M.

    They make a mean Aviation. As blue as the sky.

    Joey Marburger · October 6, 2012
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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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  • Tom B.

    Drunken Brunch, guys. Drunken Brunch. Read more

    Tom Bridge · May 30, 2011
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  • Raquel L.

    The cucumber martini is like heaven in your mouth!

    Raquel Lugo · May 21, 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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  • Christopher C.

    Duck carnitas!

    Christopher Chen · July 8, 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • tolu

    Drink an Ambersand and then have one of their on tap beers.

    tolu · May 5, 2010
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  • Dee🌴

    Try one of the hotdogs and some of the beef jerky. Amazing bar food :)

    Dee🌴 · April 1, 2010
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  • Neil G.

    Go to The Passenger and eat the Kimchi Hotdog!

    Neil Grace · January 4, 2010
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  • Troy A.

    Alright, but If it's crowded don't bother.

    Troy Anderson · December 31, 2009
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  • Arthur N.

    Order the kimchi hot dog, it rocks.

    Arthur Nelson · November 28, 2009
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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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  • SeanMike W.

    CRACKlins are delicious

    SeanMike Whipkey · October 14, 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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  • Brette C.

    Great spot to meet friends for some cocktails.

    Brette C. · March 29, 2013
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  • Whitney M.

    Everything is cool except the first bathroom doesn't have a fucking mirror.

    Whitney May · January 7, 2013
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  • Andrew P.

    Beef jerky: perfect to nibble with some spirits , and it tastes great.

    Andrew Palos · May 10, 2012
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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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  • Alycia

    Truffle mac & cheese goes perfectly with or without a buzz.

    Alycia · December 3, 2011
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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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  • Steve M.

    Kimchi Hot Dog + Crab Crawtator chips = HOLY WOW!

    Steve Minard · August 29, 2011
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  • Greg R.

    Handcrafted before it became hip

    Greg R · August 16, 2011
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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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  • 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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  • Andy W.

    Faux dirge. Faux dank. Faux fun.

    Andy White · June 20, 2011
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  • Lora W.

    Hot dogs are yum!

    Lora Weaver · January 24, 2011
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  • Aaron S.

    +1 for the Gin Rickey. Excellent

    Aaron Sabino · December 11, 2010
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  • Michael R.

    Corpse Reviver #2 (made with absinthe). Just don't drink too many.

    Michael Rader · October 9, 2010
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  • Michael C.

    The pancetta panini is like an italian version of a BLT. pretty tasty.

    Michael Chan · August 27, 2010
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  • Drew S.

    Beef Jerky and Moscow Mule.

    Drew Seman · April 24, 2010
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  • Clyde D.

    Chairman's Reserve Daiquiri off the hook

    Clyde Davis Jr! · March 6, 2010
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  • Kitty H.

    cocktails look yum

    Kitty Hansen · February 22, 2010
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  • Leonard T.

    Order a "Lion's Mane"

    Leonard Tyson · December 29, 2009
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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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  • Arlene H.

    Amazing hot dogs!

    Arlene Herrera · November 20, 2014
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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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  • Venu

    Best Kimchi hot dog in city.

    Venu · August 30, 2014
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