Churchkey | Washington, Washington DC
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Churchkey
World Class based on 128 ratings
Type: Bar

1337 14th St NW
Washington, Washington DC United States 20005 [ print map ]
202 567 2576

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Hours: Mon-Thu 4PM-1AM; Fri 4PM-2AM; Sat 12PM-2AM; Sun 12PM-1AM


Mayor: Travlr (54) | Taps: 55 | Bottles: 500


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Evolution Craft Menagerie #8 87, White Birch Oak Senex Torva Saison 42, Allagash Fluxus 2014 87, 3 Stars Phoenix Rye Saison 69, Monocacy Humulus Lupulus Rex (Lime Zest) , Against the Grain The Brown Note 89, Westbrook / Stillwater Big Tastyís Back Door 85, Funky Buddha Floridian Hefeweizen 92, Funky Buddha Blueberry Cobbler 88, Funky Buddha Baklava Braggot , Funky Buddha Floridian Gone Wild , Funky Buddha Tripel Lindy 80, Jolly Pumpkin Baudelaire Beer Ale Absurd Rye Tripple 97, Funky Buddha Snowed In 97, Funky Buddha Muy Bonita (Lairdís Apple Brandy Barrel) , Funky Buddha Crusher Single Hop Session IPA 88, Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA 99, Stillwater Gose Gone Wild 99, Wicked Weed Royal Cache - Indulgence 78, Trillium Fort Point Pale Ale 99
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128 reviews for Churchkey
 Ambiance  85%
 Service  86%
 Selection  94%
 Food  78%
 Value  71%
 Overall  89%
 Rating  99%
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94
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
Travlr  (1505) Washington, Washington DC | November 4, 2009| Updated November 8, 2012
We started out early and beat the crowds at the upstairs bar. Started with 4 ounce sample of all 5 cask ales - Ola Dubh, Bellís Two-Hearted, Heavy Seas Winter Storm, Wollaverís Brown Ale and Peak Organic Espresso Amber Ale. All priced at $2 except the Ola Dubh which was $6. Then we progressed through a nice selection of draughts, all well-kept and reasonably priced. Finished with some incredible bottles: Alvinneís Oak Barrel Podge, De Rankeís Noir de Dottignies, and Les Deux Brasseurs collaboration of De Proef and Allagash. Staff was very attentive, friendly and mostly familiar with what was on offer, especially considering the place was absolutely packed and their selection is enormous. Greg Engert, the beer manager, took time to chat and pour each of our bottles, despite being in constant frenetic motion. The charcuterie was average, nothing too exciting, but the flatbread was amazing (we tried two varieties). This place has already vaulted to the top of DC beer bars, and I hope they keep up the good work.
84
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
t0rin0  (1330) Do Not Resuscitate, California | September 12, 2013
Visited July 2011.

Stopped in right around happy hour time so the place was filling up fast, which made things miserable. This was during a heat wave and it had been a while since Iíd been in DC (or anywhere on the east coast) and forgot about the 99% humidity thing. Couple that with 200 people crammed into this place and things get uncomfortable real fast. Despite all that the selection here is really good. Tons of new things that I had never tried as well as lots of good beer, both in bottles and on tap. My major regret was ordering from the cask. Holy crap. I think people confuse room temperature with cellar temperature. It was 100 degrees in the bar as well as in the cask. It burned my mouth to drink that glass. That was compounded by the fact that it was a Pratt Street beer... Anyway, the service was friendly and the prices were a bit high. I need to stop back in when itís not the middle of July and during the after work rush.
80
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 16/20
3fourths  (1270) Boulder, Colorado | August 22, 2010| Updated December 10, 2013
best draft and bottle selection in dc. one of the better beer bars in the united states (probably top 3). fun crowd. good service. underwhelming food but focus should be beer. half-pours are standard. taps rotate frequently and many are small batches and esoteric. this is where beer needs to head in the US to be taken more seriously. we need to evolve out of the horse brass pub mentality.
76
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 15/20
DiarmaidBHK  (732) Pennsylvania | July 5, 2011
We hung out in the bar portion upstairs. I didnít care that much for the ambience. It was very angular and post-modern and the crowd was 90% 30 and under who apparently enjoy shouting over loud music. The food was flavorful but a bit overcooked. They also had a bit too much fried stuff in my opinion. We visited on a Sunday before the holiday and they had way few staff for the number of people there so the service was a bit dodgy. The beer experience was fantastic. They had over 50 beers on tap, including 5 on cask, and over 500 bottled beers. The best part was that you could have 4oz. pours of anything on draft so you could sample a lot of different things at a reasonable cost. They had a bunch of craft European stuff that would be hard to find elsewhere. I do echo those that wish they had more local craft stuff but what they have is amazing. Will definitely go back, just not at night.
86
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
Rastacouere  (664) Montreal, Quebec | July 18, 2013
This bar of the highest repute did not seem all that big when we first stepped in, but upon further study, lots of people can fit in here. At the front and rear, sofas offer a different seating alternatives and so does the very long bar from which you can see the very knowledgeable staff at work. Our barman was very friendly and knowledgeable though he recognized his limits when asked a particularly rare bottle offering that he ended up not finding. Still, the extremely large bottle list is almost futile considering the extraordinary tap list. I donít know whether my visit was representative, but this felt like a visit at Gingerman NYC and one on an especially good night as more than half of the menu I would not have minded seeing in my glass. Truly very impressive selection, possibly among the best of the world. I was not particularly fond of the atmosphere though, it felt very loud and not a particularly pretty venue, yet loaded with young professionals on a Friday evening.
90
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
BeerandBlues2  (650) Hanover, Maryland | October 10, 2010
I stopped by on a Sunday and sat at the downstairs bar. The place was packed and rather noisy, though not unbearable. The draft selection was nice, complete with some rare Stone beers. I did not have a look at the bottle list, but you can bet I will on my next visit. The food is superb and the service is very attentive.
94
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 18/20
GT2  (586) San Diego County , California | April 8, 2013
CK is the hot place in town. Just always stupid crowded even early Monday evenings. What!? Come here on Friday or Saturday night and you can forget about it. It is insanely packed. OMG. But if you know a few people and are polite, you can get your drinks very quickly no matter the crowd. Selection is so big itís a little terrifying. But if you really dig deep into the bottle list- its extensive but most of the beers are expensive and mediocre. This is a place that could really throw itís weight around to get better beers like Port/LA, FFF, Surly, New Glarus, RR, Struise, De Molen. Sadly, almost all the exclusive beers are exclusive for a reason: they suck. There is a huge emphasis on Italian craft beers, which are mad expensive and usually suck. Food is insanely good, but you pay for it.

**UPDATE** Iíve warmed to this place over the past year for a number of reasons. One, though they donít have happy hour like Paradiso, you can always get tasters of whatís on tap for a pretty good deal. Usually around $3. Two, they have kept the same staff for a long time. Iíve made friends with a lot of them and itís nice to know someone behind the bar when it gets mad crowded, which is almost always the case. Three, they do clean their tap lines meticulously and staff labors all day doing this detailed necessity. Four, they have been throwing their new found fame around to get lots of exclusive beers. Now Struise and De Molen is quite common and even Cantillon is doing an event here. Iím very proud to have CK as a sort of local bar and think the staff is top notch. Without a doubt, the premier beer bar in DC if lacking the homey, relaxed atmosphere of Paradiso.
96
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 19/20
NachlamSie  (582) Denver, Colorado | June 4, 2011
Churchkey is a serious beer destination. I was blown away, not since discovering the Porter Bar have I seen a bar with this much attention to beer. The tap selection is very extensive with plenty of rarities and a smart, wide array of styles. Everything is available in a 4 oz snifter or in itís approprtiate glassware. Prices are in line with every other bar I went to in DC, that is to say, a little high. But thatís how the city is. Churchkey was absolutely packed but I still got great service. They know how to staff the place. I ate a flatbread with figs, prosciutto, port and I believe manchego. Fantastic dinner. I enjoyed everything about my visits here. This is a must stop in DC. Absolutely mandatory.
94
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 19/20
theisti  (514) Leawood, Kansas | May 16, 2013
Visited right after dinner on a Tuesday with Travlr. Brand spanking new look, located upstairs from Birch and Barley. Room length bar to the right, bar tables to the left, small area of couches and chill out spots in the back. For whatever reason, I had always imagined this place as a small basement bar, it is neither of those things. Both the tap list and bottle selection here are world class. I appreciated that sample (4 oz) sizes were available for all tap beers. The service was great, super friendly and knowledgeable. It helped that Travlr seemed to be a bit of a none quantity here. I had a really great time here, and it will certainly be a must hit when I am back in DC. Thanks for meeting me out, Gene.
84
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 16/20
JoeMcPhee  (508) Toronto, ON, Ontario | October 2, 2010
This is a great spot - long staircase leads you past the dining area up into the pub. Long bar surrounded by dark tables and banquettes. There are smaller tables up near the front of the area. Great tap list - lots of unusual stuff from both local brewers and imports. Massive bottled beer list with the stuff stored in fridges that actually separate the beers by temperature so you can have the beer at the appropriate temperature. Staff know their stuff and there are a few casks on as well. Not a whole lot to complain about here. The place was mobbed on a Saturday night, but I went back a little after midday and it was great.

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