All aboard The Passenger. Seat yourselves in the green leather booths.
Your captain this evening is ace bartender Tom Brown (Cork), assisted by his brother — and sommelier — Derek (The Gibson, Better Drinking).
Food and beverage service will begin shortly. Choose from punch bowls of Sherry Flips and mulled wine, 25 wines by the glass (sparkling gewürztraminer, Lebanese rosé), and craft beer. There’s no cocktail menu; just tell the boys what you like, and they’ll custom blend your drink using fresh-squeezed juices and top-shelf spirits.
Local bites include artisan half smokes and beef jerky. Nosh by the bar or pass through swinging doors to the old-fashioned dining car.
In the next month, Derek’s cozy cocktail club and laboratory, The Columbia Room, opens.
It’s sure to take off.
The Passenger, 1021 Seventh Street NW, between New York Avenue and L Street (202-393-0220 or passengerdc.com).
Photo: Courtesy of Jim Webb Photography