The Passenger (DC)

I suppose I’ll go ahead and round out the week with a review for the other Derek Brown spot we’ve been to. While I’m still not sure how I feel about the highly specialized places (intrigued, willing to keep trying, not yet in love), I am totally down with a speakeasy-esque place with super talented bartenders just waiting to make me something delightful. As per our usual style, we rolled up at about 6pm on a Friday (early) night and got two seats at the bar. We had already had dinner, so we just went for drinks. I was a little surprised that the area behind the bar was rather small, a little cluttered, but they had every ingredient you could want. And excellent music. There was a chalkboard with some themed-cocktails on it and several bartenders just waiting to make whatever I wanted. I had one of the cocktails on the board. I think it had Ginger beer (because of course it did). Then, for my second drink, I asked for a Gin Rickey-type drink with Green Hat, but sparkling. The drink had some sort of interesting bitter and was sparkling. It was quite delightful and I can’t wait to go back and throw some ideas at the bar keeps and see what they come up with.

  • Favorite thing I’ve had: The first drink I had with gin and ginger beer and bitters was consumed quickly.
  • Most interesting thing I want to try next time: I’d like to see what they can do with an egg-white drink.
  • What makes this place stand out: The incredible bartenders who are ready to make whatever you want. The Columbia Room in the back, if you’re feeling like spending some money.
  • How soon I’d go back (tomorrow/next week/next month/special occasions): In a couple of weeks after the cocktail board has some time to evolve. 
  • Places to go afterward (what’s nearby): I’d dip down into Chinatown and hit City Tap House.