Wheelchair Accessible, Weekend Brunch, Good for Groups
With its dark-green vinyl booths and gritty gray interior, Tom Brown’s Passenger is that rare thing: a fuss-free neighborhood bar capable of turning out perfect drinks. We keep it simple with such classics as a Negroni, a Martinez, or a sidecar. In a tiny unmarked chamber behind the main bar, Brown’s brother Derek runs the Columbia Room, a reservations-only cocktail chapel offering a prix-fixe flight of three drinks and one small plate from chef Javier Duran. Visitors are greeted by a welcoming beverage—often an aromatic punch—then linger over a second libation of the bar’s devising. The final cocktail is a collaboration between bartender and guest, usually inspired by a favorite drink, spirit, or other ingredient. The calm pacing, the cozy, candlelit room, and the delicious, carefully crafted cocktails add up to a memorable evening that feels well worth the $69 price—you’ll leave as relaxed and invigorated as after a visit to the spa, and with a buzz to boot. Insider tip: Sign up for the Columbia Room’s newsletter to learn about upcoming classes—held on Saturdays and covering topics such as vermouth, using honey in cocktails, and bar basics. The Passenger open daily. Columbia Room open Tuesday through Saturday.