Birch & Barley / ChurchKey
Taps: 55 / Bottles: 500
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 122 | Reviews: 97 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by jayhawk73:
4.95/5 rDev +9.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
This review is for Churchkey:
Churchkey is the upstairs bar from Birch and Barley. I had the pleasure of visiting for the first time tonight, and afterwards wondered why it took me so long to go. This place rocks! The atmosphere was fairly subdued. I was there on a Tuesday around 6pm, and got seating fairly easily. It got more packed by 7pm, but never crazy busy. Exceptional vibe in this place- pretty relaxed, and never too loud. The quality of brews here are exceptional. I was there for the Rumpkin Keg... but had 4 oz samples of 4 different beers. Nothing but the best here. The service was outstanding as well. Our waiter definitely knew his beer, asked me the proper questions about what I liked, and seemed to know every beer on the menu. Very cool. He was also very relaxed and never rushed us. He checked in w/ us quite a bit to make sure we were doing alright. The food was pretty amazing too. I had one of their flat bread creations, and it totally rocked my world. Prices are a little high, but it IS Washington DC, and the draft list was so great I didn't care. Plus, if you do some of the 4 oz. pours, you can try different beers a little cheaper. All in all, this is the best bar I've ever been to- and I'm already looking forward to going back! If you're in DC- you owe it to yourself to visit this place. You won't regret it.
10-19-2011 02:58:05 | More by jayhawk73
More User Reviews:
4.39/5 rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25 | $$
Went to ChurchKey for the first time this past Saturday. Was very impressed with the 29 page bottle list of over 500 bottles/cans. I got a DC Brau On the Wings of Armageddon and a Lagunitas CouchTrippin Fusion 19 which the waitress didn't even know they had because it hast even come out yet!
Food was good. I had the jerk wings and they were not dripping in sauce, which was appreciated. I would make this a weekly stop but I live in NY so that would really put a dent in my wallet. Anyway, loved this place.
02-24-2014 18:34:49 | More by WheelsPSU
4.64/5 rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5 | $$
My girlfriend and I were in DC for the weekend and decided to hit Churchkey up for an appetizer, beer and a glass of wine for her. Albeit it was very crowded, we lucked out and got a seat. I'd recommend getting there early. The beer selection is off-the-charts!!! I was able to land OTWOA there. The food was fantastic! Definitely get the grilled cheese and bread board if you go. The waiter, who's name escapes me, was very attentive for as busy it was. He was personable and even recommended other beer places/shops to go to while in the city. The wine was even great! I would love to go back and eat at Birch & Barley. Well worth visiting!
02-23-2014 00:22:19 | More by Cubatobaco
4.88/5 rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
Above the restaurant, up a steep stair, a shotgun barroom with windows at the front and bathrooms in the back. Long bar fills 2/3rds of the room with a great mix of booth, table, bar chairs. Mostly wood, seats aren't the most comfortable, the large crowd that gathered were middle upper class young and lively.
Quality Everything sampled was clean and excellent.
Service: Fantastic. Both servers we encountered were very knowledgeable and obviously loved beer. Friendly, took great care of us even after the place got very busy, we never sat without a beer or water. I really was impressed that the menu (which is impressive for several reasons) listed serving temperatures.
Selection. The night I visited they were just putting out at least 30 English kegs and casks adding to the 30 or more other taps present for an event. The bottle list is a phone directory. I recognized almost nothing. What I did, I recognized as high quality choices. This is graduate school for beer drinkers.
Food: What I had was good (the fried mac and cheese) but not great. The servings, like the beer sizes were small, which is fine as the price reflected that. Very good for bar food, but I wouldn't recommend going in hungry.
02-22-2014 15:42:50 | More by HardTarget
4.78/5 rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75 | $$$$
We visited Churchkey last summer with friends before heading downstairs for dinner at Birch & Barley. The beer selection was phenomenal. I can’t imagine a beer selection being any better than theirs. The beer service staff was very good and knowledgeable. I’d definitely head back any time I’m up in the DC area. I’d say it’s a bit overpriced, but I expected that so it wasn’t a surprise. The food at Birch & Barley was fantastic. The waitstaff was quick to offer a beer selection to pair with the food which was a huge plus. If you are looking for an upscale meal to go along with an excellent beer, you can’t go wrong with Churchkey / Birch & Barley.
02-14-2014 15:49:49 | More by adam42381
Birch & Barley / ChurchKey in Washington, DC
99 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.