“Community standards do not end at our door because we serve alcohol.”

1021 7th Street, NW

Thanks to a reader for sending a link to this post from The Passenger’s Facebook page:

Dear Friends and Patrons,
We are very proud to be a part of this community. Shaw is one of the most culturally diverse areas in all of DC. Our community has standards that include the prohibition of discrimination based on sex, race, sexual orientation, and gender identity. Community standards do not end at our door because we serve alcohol. We believe in these standards and ask that those that frequent our bar help us to maintain them. If you find yourself unable to abide by this etiquette, fuck off. Tom Brown

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  • There should be an ordinance mandating this at every bar in town.

  • Well done. The Passenger is great.
    Similarly, DC Reynolds (on Georgia in Park View/Petworth/Columbia Heights) Tweeted last week: @DCReynoldsBar
    “Rule #1 at DCR. Call someone a fag or any other sexist/racist name you get bounced. Permanently.” It’s great to see zero tolerance for homophobia spreading.

  • Ok so what happened?

    • I was wondering the same thing…

    • lovefifteen

      The Passenger wrote in the comments section of this status update: “There is no specific incident I would like to comment on, just want it known that we will not tolerate a hostile work environment for our employees or an unfriendly environment for our patrons. Thanks so much for all of the support, it’s great to be a part of this community!”

  • Whelp, I know where my money is going during happy hour – directly to The Passenger for being badass. Props to The Passenger.

    • Totally agree. I’ve been meaning to check out The Passenger for some time, and I will be going tomorrow because of this.

  • Sad when you’re the pretentious bar that needs to soap box this or is it that Derek gets all the attention? DC’s greatest sports bar according to that rag washingtonian is a gay bar i think we’re alright here Capt.PC

    • Congratulations -that made absolutely no sense whatsoever.

    • Well, no matter your sexual orientation Nellie’s IS the best sports bar in DC proper. Go there any random Saturday or Sunday in the Fall if you doubt that.

  • I don’t actually know what that means. Don’t be mean to anyone in our bar? Well that’s a good idea, but this post still just doesn’t make much sense. And I like the Passenger. Just a poorly crafted post.

    • In the 3 1/2 years we have been open, people have been thrown our for making derogatory remarks about race, sexual orientation, and gender. Just because I said ‘no comment on specific incident’ doesn’t mean I don’t want to punch some ignorant piece of shit in the face. I ranted instead. Tom

  • I call BS. SOMETHING happened. Speak out, Tom Brown. Give us the deets.

  • Yeah, something definitely happened.

  • Seems that the message here is not the story that prompted the “rant” or that demands “deets”, but rather that Passenger takes its staff and patrons’ well-being alike seriously. Is it so naive to think that the message being conveyed -acceptance, zero tolerance for ignorance and disrespect and spreading love be the moral of the story here?

  • Holy smokes, that is amazing. I’ve been wary of the Passenger because it’s always so frickin’ crowded but they’re going right back on my visitation list.

    Meanwhile, has anybody else been paying attention to Sticky Rice’s social media since Joey Belcher passed away? The humor is mostly this judgmental, Tosh.0 fashion-police stuff. Humor may be subjective but any kind of negativity against types of people is the last thing I want to have on my mind when deciding on places where I eat and drink. It’s really depressing because I want to like Sticky Rice.

    Fojol Bros. may have had a bad first response to their criticism, but I think they quietly phased out the turbans. I can’t remember the last time that I saw one. Pretty smart move, since that wasn’t a hill to die on.

    • justinbc

      Please don’t let the crowds dissuade you. There is a reason some bars are busy / crowded, and that’s because they always deliver a solid product.

    • In the case of Sticky Rice, you’re really not missing much. It’s the most gimmicky, inauthentic sushi you’re bound to ever find. Check out Sushi Taro or Sushi-Ko for the real deal.

  • I wholeheartedly agree with the concept and sentiment of the owner’s post. All places should be open and welcoming of everybody, regardless of demographics. And I think it’s okay to kick people out of a bar for being loud or obnoxious or derogatory towards patrons or staff.

    But am I the only one who finds the owner’s attitude a little off-putting? “Fuck off”? Is that really necessary? A closing like “then you are not welcome here” would have been better, in my opinion. “Fuck off” sounds like an owner on a bit of a power trip who’s acting just as aggressive and rude as the very people he just said he would kick out of his bar. Unless maybe he was going for irony there and I just missed it.

  • I’ve never been to the Passenger , but it seems like it would be impossible to kick out every guy at a bar that makes a derogatory comment about women.

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