Birch & Barley / ChurchKey
Taps: 55 / Bottles: 500
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 153 | Reviews: 103 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Thorpe429:
4.83/5 rDev +7.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Atmosphere is really nice and sleek. Definitely quite modern. There is a pretty good amount of seating and a very large bar. All the taps located behind the bar look quite nice, not to mention the ginormous shelving unit opposite the bar housing all the goodies that Greg is aging.
Quality is about the best I could ever expect from a bar. Everything they do--glassware, menu printing, Twitter notifications, etc.--is first class.
Service is normally quite good, especially when you sit at the bar during an off period. All the bartenders and servers who I have had are quite friendly and typically very knowledgeable. My only knock here is that it can get quite crowded at times and service is then understandably quite a bit slower.
The selection is by far the best in the DC area. Fifty taps, five casks, and 500 bottles in stock. This place is constantly bringing in beer that you won't be able to find anywhere else in the region. Additionally, while it's great right now, I expect it to get even better given Greg's dedication and the fact that DC law is pretty lenient in a lot of a relevant areas.
The food is excellent at both Birch & Barley and Churchkey, with the former being a bit more upscale and pricey. B&B's brunch is absolutely fantastic.
Overall, the price points aren't too bad, especially considering all the options. Also, while some of the single beers are a bit pricey, definite points for offering a 4oz. pour of any of the drafts.
10-05-2010 18:02:00 | More by Thorpe429
More User Reviews:
1/5 rDev -77.8%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 1 | food: 1 | $$$$
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 153 ratings.