The Passenger

The Passenger

Cocktail Bar, Bar, and Lounge · Mount Vernon Square
1021 7th St NW (at L St NW), Washington, D.C. 20001, United States
Closed until 5:00 PM (Show more)
  • Mon–Thu
    • 5:00 PM–1:30 AM
  • Fri–Sat
    • 5:00 PM–2:30 AM
  • Sun
    • 2:00 PM–Midnight
$ $ $ $
Dinner, Happy Hour
Beer, Wine, Cocktails
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express)
Outdoor Seating:

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    Steve C.
    "Try the beef jerky & have them pair a cocktail with it."(7 Tips)
    Steve M.
    "Kimchi Hot Dog + Crab Crawtator chips = HOLY WOW!"(3 Tips)
    "cocktail stylings of master mixologist Derek Brown."(11 Tips)
    "Columbia Room is in the back (few seats, reservations only)."(2 Tips)
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  • cocktails
  • hot dogs
  • beef jerky
  • columbia room
  • bar food
  • happy hour
  • Southern food
  • hipster
  • beignets
  • whiskey
  • sandwiches
  • nachos
  • pork
  • hummus
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  • trendy
  • tequila
  • grits
  • liqueurs
  • good for a late night
  • Michelle O.

    This place has CLOSED

  • Chris F.

    Amazing cocktails. I hope they find a new location soon!

    Chris Fredericks · December 28, 2014
  • Brian D.

    The fried chicken sandwich with bacon is so unique.

    Brian Davis · December 27, 2014
  • 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
  • Arlene H.

    Amazing hot dogs!

    Arlene Herrera · November 20, 2014
  • Brandon S.

    Just order off the black board.

    Brandon Sorensen · November 14, 2014
  • 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
  • Karthik R.

    Good happy hour and local beers. Not too many drafts, but reasonably priced. On the louder side

    Karthik Raman · November 7, 2014
  • 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
  • Venu

    Best Kimchi hot dog in city.

    Venu · August 30, 2014
  • TV Food Maps

    Check out The Passenger as seen on Drinking Made Easy Read more

    TV Food Maps · August 29, 2014
  • Beth N.

    After @dcadclub #hh drinks

    Beth Nelan · August 15, 2014
  • 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
  • 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
  • Nicole K.

    Cucumber and green hat gin, my favorite bespoke cocktail

    Nicole Kyle · August 8, 2014
  • Leigh M.

    Duck carnitas are amazing!

    Leigh M. · August 7, 2014
  • 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
  • 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
  • Kathleen

    Hands down.. The best shrimp and grits I've ever had.

    Kathleen · May 1, 2014
  • Alexandra C.

    The fried chicken sandwich is divine. Don't forget to add bacon!

    Alexandra Christoforakis · March 27, 2014
  • Jessica B.

    The Burger. Every time.

    Jessica Butler · February 14, 2014
  • Philip H.

    Reigning hipster bar of the Mt. Vernon square area. Most imitated, never replicated.

    Philip Hsu · February 1, 2014
  • 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
  • Aisha

    The glorious truffle mac & cheese is no longer on the menu. Bring it back please!

    Aisha · December 30, 2013
  • 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
  • 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
  • SeanMike W.

    CRACKlins are delicious

    SeanMike Whipkey · October 14, 2013
  • Ryan E.

    Order the moonwalk.

    Ryan Emge · September 16, 2013
  • Gabriel P.

    Go crazy with your drink order.

    Gabriel Pena · September 7, 2013
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

    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 · July 1, 2013
  • Denrael

    Ani rocks the bar here on Wednesday nights. The burgers are off the hook .

    Denrael · June 14, 2013
  • megan d.

    The duck tacos!

    megan dunn · June 4, 2013
  • Milton H.

    Black bottle on the rocks

    Milton Hernandez · May 7, 2013
  • 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
  • Kathy D.

    Beignets topped with condensed milk and pork belly crisps

    Kathy Duong · April 14, 2013
  • 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
  • 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
  • Brette C.

    Great spot to meet friends for some cocktails.

    Brette C. · March 29, 2013
  • 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
  • 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
  • Craig H.

    Be sure to ask for the Sunday brunch cocktail and potato chip pairing.

    Craig Hicks · January 20, 2013
  • Ericka C.

    A little piece of Brooklyn in DC.

    Ericka C · January 15, 2013
  • Whitney M.

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

    Whitney May · January 7, 2013
  • Joey M.

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

    Joey Marburger · October 6, 2012
  • 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
  • Meg S.

    Pork cheek nachos - amazeballs

    Meg Slachetka · September 13, 2012
  • Nick N.

    Deep fried bacon wrapped PB cups

    Nick Nguyen · June 6, 2012

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