Birch & Barley / ChurchKey

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Birch & Barley / ChurchKeyBirch & Barley / ChurchKey
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

1337 14th St NW
Washington, District of Columbia, 20005-3610
United States

(202) 567-2576 | map
churchkeydc.com

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Added by drabmuh on 10-27-2009

PLACE STATS
Reviews:
123
Ratings:
289
pDev:
9.78%
 
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Photo of darktronica
4.65/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

My new go-to place for beer in Washington, DC--I'll be back whenever I'm back, so to speak. Great draft selection of mostly regional winners across a range of styles, but with some outstanding rarities thrown in unexpectedly. Multiple cask offerings. After getting a few of their more high-end draft offerings, my server also brought two four-ounce pours of their own beers, on the house. The bottle list is also exceptional, with fairly reasonable prices on a lot of stunners and aged beers that I have not seen elsewhere.

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Photo of ElGallo
4.63/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of SDRedDevil
4.58/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Photo of vfgccp
4.36/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Stevedore
4.45/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of gordavidson
4.48/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Photo of DoubleDaisyCutter
4.05/5  rDev -10%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of bl00
4.3/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Visited the upstairs bar Churchkey during late afternoon on a weekend. Lighting in the stair well entrance and some parts of the bar was too dim coming from a late November afternoon outside. We were able to sit by the window though. Service was slow. We ordered an appetizer which the first server forgot, though the second server was kind enough to remove from the bill. Selection of beers is excellent, including a large bottle list. Half pours are offered, got to sample many excellent IPAs from VA.

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Photo of Nichols33
4.51/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of srw
4.56/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of VABA
4.5/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

What is there to say about one of DC's best bars! They have a very good selection of tap beers including some of the rare local ones such as Aslin & Ocelot.

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Photo of socon67
4.56/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Great spot where craft beer is represented. About 30 taps and some casks plus an incredible bottle selection. Service is solid even on a Saturday night when we arrived. Tons of rare offerings made the trips worth it. Absolutely a must visit if in the area.

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Photo of edthehead
4.65/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of blisscent
4.47/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of b-mc-g
3.68/5  rDev -18.2%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 1.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.75

ChurchKey undoubtedly takes the DC crown for both beer selection and handling. The number of drafts, breath of style, and handling of their beer products is unparalleled in this city. Despite their excellence in the beer department they're deficient in on glaring but simple area-service. Their servers, while generally knowledgeable about the product, are frequently curt, disinterested, condescending, and pretentious towards their patrons. I have experienced this on multiple occasions across varying levels of them being busy. If you're looking for great beer but are not concerned with the service aspect of the industry then you'll be just fine.

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Photo of jak
4.51/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of Zonian1
4.95/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of PrestigeWorldwide
4.59/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Howlader
5/5  rDev +11.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of dcisco44
4.89/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of deakin
4.74/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Jay_P22
4.56/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Visited ChurchKey on Tuesday, January 24th, 2017.

Vibe is really nice. Perfect size crowd, every table and spot was pretty much filled.

Quality is almost as good as it gets...from the beer to the food. Draft list was amazing, food is solid. The place looks nice, hip and modern. Really up to date.

Service was good. Server was knowledgeable about the beers which was good to see.

Beer selection there makes this place a must. Started with fresh Hopslam on draft, had Hardywood Christmas Morning, Dino Smores, Mexican Cake collab with Evil Twin, and a RAR juicy IPA. I took a friend there who was visiting from LA and he was impressed. The bottle list is even better.

Food is nice. Ordered wings (solid) and tots (really good version). We only really came for drinks, but the menu made me want to come back.

Overall, you must go if in DC. I have been to most of the places, and this is near the top. Parking is tough, but a parking garage is walking distance if you can't score street parking.

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Photo of d_stack
4.55/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of HipCzech
4.69/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

From notes: visited Birch & Barely on 30-May-2013 for dinner. Enjoyed the tasting menu while visiting D.C. Outstanding mix of stylish dining room, friendly and knowledgeable staff, delicious modern plates, and terrific beer list to match - a winner on all levels.

Crudo of Spanish Mackerel - Gin Yogurt, Celery, Dill, Pickled Mustard Seed
Marsilia / Birra Amiata / Italy

Seared Striped Bass - English Peas, Sunchoke Purée, Watercress
Perle ai Porci / Birra Del Borgo / Italy

Handmade Potato Gnocchi - Rabbit Sausage, Fennel Pollen, Ramps, Ricotta Salata
Instigator / Bluejacket & Mad Fox Brewing Company / DC & Virginia

Spring House Farm Goat Loin - Toasted Bulgur, Savoy Spinach, Pine Nuts, Cherry Belle Radishes
Rippa / Green Jack Brewing Company / England

Vanilla Bean Cheesecake - Citrus Segments, Blood Orange Sorbet, Pound Cake, Basil
Aphrodite / Brasserie Dieu du Ciel / Quebec

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Photo of StoutLover14
4/5  rDev -11.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.75

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Birch & Barley / ChurchKey in Washington, DC
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