Birch & Barley / ChurchKey

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Birch & Barley / ChurchKeyBirch & 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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PLACE STATS
Reviews:
125
Ratings:
292
pDev:
9.78%
 
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Ratings: 292 |  Reviews: 125
Photo of Matt23
3.5/5  rDev -22.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 1 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Photo of eawolff99
4.5/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of GregSemenza
4.66/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of JamFuel
4.84/5  rDev +7.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Churchkey is probablr one of the most renowned beer bars in America, if not the world, and for good reason.

Located up a staircase, the lareg room is plush and dimly lit. Long bar, basically the length of the room, with the most comfortable bar seats I've ever sat in. Plenty of tables and booths as well.

The beer selection is staggering. The tap list runs about 50 beers, of all conceivable styles, from light and refreshing to huge and decadent. Choosing what to get is a real challenge here. And that's not even touching the bottle list which is one of the longest and most comprehensive I've seen. Every style is represented, and from most world class breweries you can think of. This list can make you very poor, very quickly.

All this beer of course needs curating and explaining and the bar staff here is up to the challenge. Great knowledge and understanding and it seems like they all really like beer. Just the fact that I ordered a blonde ale from Bluejacket that came out looking, smelling and tasting more like a NE pale ale that was served in a stange. The bartender looked at it and right away checked that it was the correct beer (it was) and if I wanted a more suitable glass. THAT is service of the highest level.

Food was really nice, I had a burger on thr first night, my friend had poutine fries, both were delicious. On the second night I had the flatbread, which was amazing.

Overall, world class in every department. The fact that I came here both nights I was in town says a lot for me.

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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

For Churchkey, I had high expectations coming here because of the reputation that preceded this bar, and this place met them all. Located on the second floor of the building it shares with Birch & Barley, long beautiful bar that accommodates quite a few people. Lots of fantastic drafts, lots of local MD/DC/NoVA beers on draft. The bottle list is also phenomenal, and there is a ton to choose from. If you want to drop serious coin, they have lambics such as Drie Fonteinen available in bottles. Food is solid, fairly standard DC pub fare that will fill you up nicely. But for my dollar, I would go to Shake Shack that's across the corner beforehand, but that is not to say that the food isn't excellent. Service was good and I really enjoyed my time here. If you are wanting to try all these Aslin/Veil/et al beers and can only come to one bar in DC, this is it. If you only want Belgian ales and lambic, I would head over to Sovereign- but if that is not an option, there's plenty of that here as well.

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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

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Birch & Barley / ChurchKey in Washington, DC
Place rating: 4.5 out of 5 with 292 ratings