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Opening soon?

The GOG piece (dated one day after City Paper's) mentions both "mid-November" and "early 2010." I'm having a hard time parsing it to see if the 2010 reference is just for the Columbia Room part of it, though, as the last line says opening "should" happen within the next two weeks, putting it sometime this week given the date of publication.

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The GOG's just posted a note on their blog that The Passenger will be open as of 5pm on Thursday.

Joe, you've been lucky to have such nice weather while you've been out on your cot :(

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Congrats to everyone involved in the opening of The Passenger! I definitely enjoy the low key neighborhood vibe. Best of luck.

PS - Everyone, try the bubbly from Michigan.

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PS - Everyone, try the bubbly from Michigan.

If this is by any chance the Mawby Blanc de Blanc, I had a glass of it last summer (at Zingerman's Road House in Ann Arbor) ... and was impressed enough where I bought an entire bottle.

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Sure enough, the guys were off to a flying start last night, with Jamie McBain (who also steers the ship of shake at Bourbon Steak) pitching in. The Mawby sparkler is a bit funky from a fresh bottle, but it blows off in a couple minutes. And the first Martini of Passenger's public opening got a Tom Brown retro-twist, with Hayman's Old Tom Gin, Dolin dry vermouth, and a dash of Peychaud's bitters. All I got to say is, don't knock it until you try it :(.

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Congrats Tom and Derek! Sad that Tom left Cork but glad there is a new place I can go and say I want rum with something fruity but not sweet and get a perfect drink :(

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I love this place. Great drinks, fantastic beer, cool music selection, nice people, comfortable environment. Even though they've only been open a few days, the place was slammed by 6pm yesterday. Nibbled on yummy almonds and olives. My friend's chili half smoke was received well. Another place to add into the rotation.

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"No."

When I walked into The Passenger last night, the first thing I saw were Derek and Tom Brown together, working a relatively full bar in an otherwise empty lounge on a cold Monday night. After all the publicity each has gotten, you'd think it would have been anti-climactic; but it wasn't at all - it was like seeing Cal and Billy Ripken take the infield for the first time.

I really wanted a Mojito last night, because I had just read through this fun little thread (you should, too, as it parallels the rise of Todd Thrasher and Derek Brown). So after I shook hands with both bartenders, I took a seat and asked Derek, "Can you make me a mojito?"

"No. But I'll make you something better."

So I sat there and watched him make an incredibly complex drink, a Queen's Park Swizzle ($10). I'm still not sure of all that went into it (it speaks volumes about my cocktail knowledge that I'd never heard of this classic drink before), but it was better than any mojito I've ever had - much more complex and interesting, with savory flavors and spice aromas to counterbalance the sweetness.

A great drink that perhaps doesn't belong in the "Mojitos" thread, but I have to say it was a superb alternative.

It looked something like this.

Cheers,

Rocks.

I too I was at the Passenger last night, having some pre-dinner drinks with my girlfriend. I will say the drink of Mr. Rockwell looked amazing (I think you were the only customer having it, so now, having seen the picture you posted, I can safely assume it was you). So as to not derail this thread, I will simply state our cocktails were great as well.

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Went to the Passenger for my second last visit last night and had another great experience. Relatively quiet on a Monday night and my girlfriend and I were able to get two seats at the bar. Great service from Tom ( i think). Very nice to be able to watch he and his brother in action, a truly learning experience. To start I had a scotch based cocktail with lemon. It was like a peaty lemonade and was delicious. My girlfriend had a Hendricks based gin drink with star anise. I cannot remember if we were told it had a little absinthe as well. For our second drinks I had a bourbon drink very similar to a Manhattan, but thick. I forgot to ask what the components of the drink were, as I was enjoying it immensely. She had what I thought was called a "martina", although when i search online i don’t think the proper cocktail shows up. It was explained that the martina was an ancestor to the modern martini. We also got a great lesson on London dry gins and genever gins. Prior to the second drink, my girlfriend was insistent that we get some food. We tried the beef jerky. It too was great. Peppery and spicy and the perfect complement to my bourbon drink. I will definitely be heading back soon.

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The kimchi hot dog does not suck.

Next time, say hi.

Leleboo, GennaroE, and I were tucked away in the alcove studying purple, red, and green concoctions.

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I stopped on by last Monday for the Project Create happy hour. I really liked what I saw. And my friend's kimchi hotdog looked fantastic.

Alas, I'll need to go back when it's not vegan monday.

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(sorry this won't be deep)

(it's posted via iPhone)

+1 bartenders who don't look at you funny when you order "non-alcoholic green"

+1 free wireless (from next door)

+3 the non-alcoholic green turns out to be a cucumber collins (bitter, balanced, refreshing)

+1 hopping, but not crowded on a Wednesday evening

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Visit this cool, cozy neighborhood lounge. If you want ultra different cocktails, just ask Tom or Derek--when they’re not slammed. They'll whip up some alluring cocktails just for you!

Congratulations Tom and Derek!

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It must be noted that bartender Alex is a whirling dervish of drink mixing when the hoards descent upon the place around 9:00 on Fridays and Saturdays. She's a wonder.

Alex also made a cocktail from an idea that I had and she realized it's full potential, and I will go so far as to say it just may rival my namesake cocktail for sheer deliciousness.

I call it the "Navy Cross", and it consists of:

Cruzan Blackstrap Navy Tradition Rum

Smith & Cross Navy Strength Rum

John D. Taylor Velvet Falernum

St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram

Lime juice

Pineapple juice.

shaken and served on the rocks.

After two of these, you will have the courage to take on Somali pirates singlehandedly.

I named it Navy Cross because it is a "cross" of two Navy rums, plus it has the Smith and CROSS (get it?). The famous bartender, Don the Beachcomber, used to blend rums, which was my inspiration, and I added lime juice, but my imagination ended there. Alex added the Velvet Falernum, the Allspice Dram and the pineapple juice. Bingo!

My father won the Navy Cross in World War II, so he was my inspiration behind it. I'd like to think that he would approve.

It is REALLY good! A fantastic tiki drink. Ask Alex to make it for you ;)

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From Maddy Beckwith at FreshFarm Market:

The Brown brothers great new bar, The Passenger, holds charity happy hours on Monday nights. They will be serving $5 wines, beer and punch-of-the-day with 10% of all proceeds donated to a charity of the week. And yep, you guessed it, TONIGHT, Monday, February 8, from 5-8 pm, FRESHFARM Markets, will be the recipient!

Come out & drink for a great cause!

The Passenger is located at 1021 7th Street NW, between New York Avenue & L Streets NW, and right across from the MT Vernon Sq/Convenetion Center metro stop on the Green /Yellow line.....

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It must be noted that bartender Alex is a whirling dervish of drink mixing when the hoards descent upon the place around 9:00 on Fridays and Saturdays. She's a wonder.

Alex also made a cocktail from an idea that I had and she realized it's full potential, and I will go so far as to say it just may rival my namesake cocktail for sheer deliciousness.

I call it the "Navy Cross", and it consists of:

Cruzan Blackstrap Navy Tradition Rum

Smith & Cross Navy Strength Rum

John D. Taylor Velvet Falernum

St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram

Lime juice

Pineapple juice.

shaken and served on the rocks.

After two of these, you will have the courage to take on Somali pirates singlehandedly.

I named it Navy Cross because it is a "cross" of two Navy rums, plus it has the Smith and CROSS (get it?). The famous bartender, Don the Beachcomber, used to blend rums, which was my inspiration, and I added lime juice, but my imagination ended there. Alex added the Velvet Falernum, the Allspice Dram and the pineapple juice. Bingo!

My father won the Navy Cross in World War II, so he was my inspiration behind it. I'd like to think that he would approve.

It is REALLY good! A fantastic tiki drink. Ask Alex to make it for you ;)

Alex made me something along these lines with Kraken rum. I believe that she put some bourbon in there too. Very tasty.

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