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Birch & Barley / ChurchKey

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Birch & Barley / ChurchKeyBirch & Barley / ChurchKey
BA SCORE
100
world-class

212 Ratings
Ratings: 212
Reviews: 114
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: n/a
Taps: 55
Bottles: 500
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ 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 +1.3%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of qchic
4.21/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Photo of SFQuixote
4.4/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Photo of shadyside
4.8/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Photo of tclipse
4.83/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Deggar
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of amstokesdb9
4.82/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Photo of JMay419
4.66/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Great beer list and taps. Can get crowded, but worth it.

Photo of misternebbie
3.75/5  rDev -17%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 2 | food: 4.75

Photo of crc1935
4.51/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Great place, but the crowd...

Photo of noproduction
4.58/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of drinkern
4.88/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Photo of JackRWatkins
4.6/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

exquisite selection knowledgable staff, great bar

Photo of DavidSomers
4.71/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Needs vegan options For food. But beer selection and service is world class

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4.36/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of nightfly
4.94/5  rDev +9.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 5

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5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4/5  rDev -11.5%

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Birch & Barley / ChurchKey in Washington, DC
100 out of 100 based on 212 ratings.