Birch & Barley / ChurchKey
Taps: 55 / Bottles: 500
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 156 | Reviews: 104 | Display Reviews Only:
4.56/5 rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4 | $$
Yes, this should be your first stop in DC (I'm local). The beers are the point here but reviewed separately. Regarding the place itself, the bar at CK makes it easy to spend long hours sampling their enormous selection of drafts and bottle reserves; substantial/expansive bar, well spaced and padded bar stools w/ armrests, attentive/knowledgeable bar staff, B&B chef make great bar food and pairings. I appreciate the seclusion and the throwback lounge vibe (although some may not); i.e. bar is up a long stairwell with a rather dark interior, no outside views from bar-some window seating is available.
About half of CK has excellent TV viewing (from bar, booths/tables) and staff is good about tuning in your game but don't expect sound, you're here to drink, so are the people behind and around you.
Draft and bottle menus well organized (profile, style, product and servicing details), easy to review and select. Although I have not made it through the 555 lineup, the published selection of drafts and bottles appears to be accurate and up to date only because I have been coming here for about 4 years I have not encountered any instance where something was out or unavailable (and I have tried).
The 55 daily drafts can be sampled (4 oz.) but if you want to dent the 500 bottle lineup bring a friend (or make one).
A phenomenal place..
07-22-2014 19:45:40 | More by WicksCherrycoke
1/5 rDev -77.8%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 1 | food: 1 | $$$$
I have no idea how this place is rated a 99. Let me explain why I will never return to this place again and why each category is rated as a one. Visited on Sunday, 22 June, 2014. I wish I could rate it a zero, but one is the lowest. After looking for a parking place for close to a half hour--- seriously, there is no place to park around this area and the restaurant has no parking--we paid $17 to park in the Washington Plaza Hotel. All parking garages close to the restaurant were closed or full. So, after you screw around looking for parking, get ready for the most expensive, overpriced beer menu on the planet! What a rip off! Prices are DC and then some...just plain price gouging going on here! The food menu is really mediocre...and calling it mediocre is a gift to this place....better said, the menu is shit. Massively overpriced small portions. Crappy choice of appetizers, lame entrees and a joke of a flatbread layout for a place that supposedly prides itself on its beer list. Nothing good at all to complement your overpriced beers. Service is inattentive. You would think our server had a dozen tables of her own, when there was only us in her section and she was nowhere to be seen when we needed something. Glasses sat empty and we had to flag her down for overpriced refills. Our entree plates sat, empty, on the table for 15 minutes before we asked a busboy to remove them. Overall terrible experience and will never be going back. Waste of time and money....zero.
06-23-2014 09:43:35 | More by 4thelvofbeer
Birch & Barley / ChurchKey in Washington, DC
99 out of 100 based on 156 ratings.