Thursday, January 19, 2012

Awesome in Shaw: The Passenger

Awesome in Shaw is a series on nifty stuff that is going on in and around our neighborhood, and awesome resources, events, and places here. We're looking for guest authors for this new series! If you'd like to contribute to the blog, email

The Passenger, found at the very southern end of Shaw just off Mount Vernon Triangle and across from the Convention Center at 1021 7th Street, NW, is one of the best bars in the country. No, seriously. Food and Wine magazine put it in their 50 Best Bars in America list

Craft cocktails, great beers, and a very very late Sunday Brunch menu (served until well after dinner) all make this a place worth checking out. The Passenger is a relatively new bar to DC and the neighborhood, having opened up in late 2009. After seeing the place in Food and Wine Magazine, a couple friends and I checked it out. 

The crowd definitely steers younger here. Expect 20-30somethings for the most part. There was a good mix of people here - part hipster bar, part lawyers and young professionals, some neighborhood residents and a little bit of "congressional intern" thrown into the mix. There was a pretty good breakdown of singles and couples on the handful of nights we've tried it. My only complaint is that service can be pretty slow on a Saturday night when they get busy. I enjoy it more on slower weekdays, when the service is attentive and awesome. 

Also, although there's a decent number of abandoned buildings on that same block (which I'll be covering in future "Abandoned in Shaw" posts!) it feels safe because there's a good volume of pedestrian traffic, partly because there's other establishments on that block, partly because it's so close to major streets like New York Avenue and Massachusetts Avenue, and partly (or maybe more than partly) because it's between Chinatown and the Convention Center Metro, so there's people walking to and from the trains. Added point of interest - that big vinyl-wrapped building at the end of the block? It's the new renovation-in-progress home of LivingSocial. 


  1. The hand of Derek Brown is in there.
    Expect no less than excellent stuff, and mad scientist creativity.

  2. Just went there this weekend. Your review is spot on! It's great to have this little jewel in our neighborhood.