Birch & Barley / ChurchKey

Not Rated.
Birch & Barley / ChurchKeyBirch & Barley / ChurchKey
BA SCORE
98
world-class

109 Reviews
Reviews: 109
Visits: 229
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: n/a
Taps: 55
Bottles: 500
Cask: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

1337 14th St NW
Washington, District of Columbia, 20005-3610
United States
phone: (202) 567-2576

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @churchkeydc

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Reviews by atigerlife:
Photo of atigerlife
4.58/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

One of the great beer bars that I have visited. Take the metal stairs on the left side of Birch & Barley and head upstairs. I was there on a Sunday afternoon, so it was rather mild. I'm sure it must get packed during more normal hours.

Rather dark interior. Nothing fancy to look at. About 20 seats at the bar with a number of booths against the wall. Not a huge place. 3 TV's behind the bar. Music was quite nice.

The star of the place is the beer selection. Behind the bar are the fridges with perhaps 500 choices of bottled beer. Perhaps 50 beers on tap. Most impressive, there were 5 cask ales. Not too many bars have that, which shows a real dedication to beer.

Menu was quite limited. I had a flatbread, which was quite tasty.

Bar tenders seemed very knowledgeable. I was quite impressed when a German couple sat down next to me and one of the bartenders spoke to them in German! Overall, the bartenders were not particularly attentive or friendly to me, especially considering that it was a rather slow period. But, they did their job.

I liked that you could get the tap/cask beers in 4 oz testers as well 7 ounces. Nice to have choices.

Overall, amazing place. Can't beat the beer selection. If I'm ever back in DC, I'll definitely be heading back over. (1,269 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of DerekCarruth
4.79/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4

As far as beer places go, this is going to be hard to beat. Man, the selection is spectacular. 45-50 beers on draft and about 300-400 bottle options, maybe more. If you can't find an outstanding beer in your style you are never going to. As far as beer bars go this is top of the class. Well done. (302 characters)

Photo of mkholmes25
4.43/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Photo of needMIbeerinMD
4.59/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of Flying-ABV
4.9/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Fantastic!! 700 beers in the book and about 3-dozen on tap. Serving temps of 42/48/54F. No nitro taps but great atmosphere beer and food. Bar upstairs and restaurant down. I'd keep coming back for sure!! (207 characters)

Photo of mjstern70
5/5  rDev +12.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

This place is beyond words. You must go there if you're in the area at all. (76 characters)

Photo of cshafer7
4.29/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of chinchill
2.91/5  rDev -34.5%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3

Visited the upstairs Churchkey pub only as the downstairs area was closed.
Loud and crowded bar, which I can put up with to some extent.
Not acceptable is the fact that the beer I ordered seemed to be infected. The brewery may be to blame, in part, but the pub is certainly ultimately responsible. To add insult to injury, they billed me for 50% more than the price listed on their menu. Somewhat minimal service staff never checked to see if the beer as satisfactory.
Even without this, the beer list, high pricing, and mediocre facility are far from world class; the high rating is beyond comprehension. (611 characters)

Photo of ChrisinRI
4.75/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of N17shelfside
4.43/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

Photo of stevoj
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.75

A nice cozy upstairs bar, dim industrial feel, My one beef was the lighting, impossibly low lights and small type on the menu made it almost impossible to read. Decent food, I did not get a chance to see the bottle list buy heard it was pretty good. (249 characters)

Photo of Highbury09
4.4/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of whitenads
4.85/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

Photo of vonnegut21
4.41/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of Siggy125
4.65/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of Devman171
4.65/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of djhowell
4.38/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of woodchip
4.6/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of Jbrett13
4.93/5  rDev +11%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of DrBier
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of ArkyVaughan
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of lorenwhite7
4.93/5  rDev +11%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of McMatt7
4.26/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of 31Sam13
4.75/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of qchic
4.21/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Been a couple of times, both when it was quiet and also when packed. Great selection--menu is separated by style and a sample size is offered for half the price of a full pour. Fair pricing, especially for the area. They seem to get some limited beers and feature events and releases. Service has been decent, efficient, but don't expect warm and fuzzy. I'm sure I won't be the only one to mention the parking, as in there is none. It may be a while before I return as there are just too many other beer bars to explore, but it's inevitable that I'll be back. (560 characters)

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Birch & Barley / ChurchKey in Washington, DC
98 out of 100 based on 109 ratings.