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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
    Washington PostDecember 17, 2014
    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
  • AFAR Media
    AFAR MediaAugust 4, 2014
    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
    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
  • Eater
    EaterJuly 28, 2011
    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
  • Shanen
    ShanenAugust 20, 2013
    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).
  • AskMen
    AskMenMarch 19, 2010
    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
    AskMenOctober 29, 2010
    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
  • T F.
    T FungSeptember 25, 2010
    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
  • Janine H.
    Janine HanrahanDecember 19, 2013
    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!
  • FiOS 50
    FiOS 50January 3, 2012
    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.
  • Bob S.
    Bob StaffordFebruary 26, 2010
    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.
  • Jim M.
    Jim MaloneOctober 3, 2010
    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
  • Graham H.
    Graham HarbisonApril 9, 2012
    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.
  • Alex L.
    Alex LeonidasNovember 20, 2011
    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.
  • Nick S.
    Nick ShockeyNovember 19, 2011
    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
  • Jon P.
    Jon PNovember 10, 2011
    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!
  • AFAR Media
    AFAR MediaAugust 4, 2014
    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
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsAugust 19, 2013
    The Passenger is one of DC's darlings: it's a casual neighborhood bar that makes some of the best cocktails in town.
  • Fred K.
    Fred KAugust 7, 2013
    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.
  • Michelle L.
    Michelle LeeDecember 9, 2013
    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.
  • Bitches Who Brunch
    Bitches Who BrunchJanuary 12, 2014
    Bitches Who Brunch voted The Passenger as the best hole-in-the-wall brunch and as serving the best creative cocktails in 2012!
  • Michael S.
    Michael SingletaryAugust 14, 2014
    The staff is friendly and their cocktails are delicious. Try the burger and house-made chips. Sad that this gem might go away.
  • aj (andrea jo)
    aj (andrea jo)October 5, 2014
    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.
  • John S.
    John SchlinkerApril 21, 2013
    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.
  • Alice L.
    Alice LiSeptember 24, 2012
    There's no more mac and cheese! Someone tell management to stop changing the menu every few months! And add more vegetarian options!
  • Washington Post
    Washington PostMarch 14, 2013
    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
    Washington PostMarch 2, 2013
    The mac and cheese arrives sizzling in a cast-iron skillet, the perfect warmer for a cold winter day. Read more
  • Kara K.
    Kara KMarch 30, 2013
    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!
    USA TODAYDecember 6, 2010
    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
  • FiOS 50
    FiOS 50November 28, 2011
    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.
  • Benjamin B.
    Benjamin BannerAugust 10, 2014
    My favorite bar in the country. Doesn't get more creative and knowledgeable than the ladies behind this bar.
  • Karthik R.
    Karthik RamanNovember 7, 2014
    Good happy hour and local beers. Not too many drafts, but reasonably priced. On the louder side
  • Jackie G.
    Jackie GutierrezJune 21, 2011
    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
  • Craig H.
    Craig HicksDecember 26, 2010
    Try this popular night spot for drinks and brunch on Sunday afternoon. Same great bartenders, no crowds.
  • Sam P.
    Sam PetersMarch 30, 2013
    The bacon-wrapped peanut butter cups are what heaven tastes like. Eat them or the Tea Party wins.
  • Dallas S.
    Dallas ShieldsOctober 21, 2010
    Best 'French 75' I've had! Happy Hour is a little busy, but definitely a great locale.
  • Kathy D.
    Kathy DuongApril 14, 2013
    Beignets topped with condensed milk and pork belly crisps
  • scott s.
    scott steadNovember 21, 2010
    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.
  • ShannonRenee M.
    The hummus with fava beans is delicious. A great portion size for an individual.
  • Jeremy J.
    Jeremy JohnstoneDecember 27, 2010
    The lovely bartenders will make you a unique concoction if you tell them your taste.
  • Alexandra C.
    The fried chicken sandwich is divine. Don't forget to add bacon!
  • Josh E.
    Josh EllenFebruary 14, 2010
    I ordered the "lions tail" and it was great. Also you have to get the beef jerky!
  • Yonas H.
    Yonas H.July 17, 2011
    Best oyster po' boy in town, hands-down. The beef jerky is also unbelievable. Read more
  • Steve C.
    Steve CentrellaDecember 8, 2009
    Try the beef jerky & have them pair a cocktail with it. Bonus for you if it is a Manhattan
  • Craig H.
    Craig HicksJanuary 20, 2013
    Be sure to ask for the Sunday brunch cocktail and potato chip pairing.
  • Michelle M.
    Michelle MillerFebruary 1, 2010
    Order a cocktail curated to your tastes. Follow it with Butternut's Pork Slap beer.
  • Matthew Z.
    Matthew ZabludMay 4, 2010
    They got rid of the three meat Italian Panini - please tell them to bring it back. It rocks!
  • The Feast
    The FeastJune 10, 2011
    Mixologist and owner Derek Brown calls 'The Rickey,' a cocktail native to D.C., "air conditioning in a glass."
  • Aisha
    AishaDecember 30, 2013
    The glorious truffle mac & cheese is no longer on the menu. Bring it back please!
  • David P.
    David PorrasNovember 4, 2010
    Hipster up the wazoo. Lots of canned beer choices to complement the variety of chips.
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