Two Washington-Area Lounges among “Food & Wine’s” 50 Best Bars in America

A Seventh Street hotspot and a speakeasy in Alexandria make the cut.

Food & Wine magazine released its list of 50 best bars in America this week, and two local lounges got a nod: Tom and Derek Brown’s the Passenger, which the magazine described as “divided into two distinct spaces: a raucous saloon with a punk-rock soundtrack (Tom’s realm), and a quiet cocktail club (Derek’s);” and PX, the Alexandria lounge from the Restaurant Eve folks where Todd Thrasher mixes the drinks.

The bars are in good company. Also on the list is the drape-lined Violet Hour in Chicagowhere drink enthusiasts regularly wait more than an hour for the chance to order up something bitter and brownand the legendary New Orleans lounge Arnaud’s French 75.

Check out the full list here.