ChurchKey | Washington, Washington DC
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ChurchKey
World Class based on 139 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 (60) | Taps: 55 | Bottles: 500


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Beer Available At ChurchKey (arranged by most recent)
BFM XIV (La Quatorze) 89, LoverBeer Dama Bruna 90, Oxbow / Coppertail Grizacca 97, Stone Old Guardian - Extra Hoppy 98, Flying Dog Lucky SOB Irish Red 46, Oxbow Loretta 94, Oxbow Saison Noel 63, Avery IPA 96, Oxbow Blended Oxtoberfest 86, Foothills Jade IPA 97, Stone Bang Bang 81, Oxbow Freestyle No. 27 (Robust Porter) , Oxbow Super Deluxe , Beachwood / De La Senne Senne of a Beachwood , Oxbow Arboreal 95, The Duck-Rabbit Paulís Working Holiday , Spencer Trappist Ale 95, Edge Brewing Powerplant 91, Allagash Currant Affair , Saint Somewhere / Cigar City Deja Vu
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139 reviews for ChurchKey
 Ambiance  85%
 Service  86%
 Selection  94%
 Food  78%
 Value  72%
 Overall  89%
 Rating  99%
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96
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 20/20
kraddel  (203) some beerplace , Belgium | February 12, 2015
awesome place in DC , with a breathtaking interior , super-knowledgable staff , temperature controlled taps and bottles , HUGE selection ( both tap and bottle ) , very friendly , much events ,.... Whats not too like ? The pouring of the beer was near perfect , prices were honoust ( with some expensive ones in between ) . I donno , everything together , I feel like this is a place everyone should see .
94
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 19/20
Doofgoblin  (30) Chevy Chase, Washington DC | February 12, 2015
Really great selection; although, some of the bottles can be a bit pricey. The rotating taps are great, especially the casks. Food is good too and probably the best value. Service struggles a little on busy nights. Get there early if you want to sit down.
90
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 18/20
hombrepalo  (142) Chicago, Illinois | January 6, 2015
88
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 18/20
cratez  (256) Toronto, Ontario | January 4, 2015
When I visited: Late September 2014. What I had: Pint of Victory Prima Pils and a bottle of Oude Gueuze Tilquin ŗ líAncienne, two glasses of sauvignon blacn for my fiancť, some waters. What I liked: Large, dimly-lit bar has ample seating, expansive draft list, good crowd with a bustling, conversational atmosphere, amicable bartender made a great recommendation in the Tilquin and happily agreed to take a picture of us when asked, we enjoyed all of our drinks. What I disliked: While the tap lineup is huge and well-selected, there was nothing that really grabbed my attention on our visit (hence the Prima), like downstairs the prices are high. On the whole, though, this is a fantastic beer bar that we would frequent often if we lived in the area. Would I go back? For sure. Overall Rating: 88
78
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 16/20
rosenbergh  (500) Tampere, Finland | November 13, 2014
A huge selection of beers that I have to admit. But... it was really cold inside. Like sitting in a freezer. And the service was super slow. Yes we were not the only customers but still it was like slow motion. I have to say it was a disappointment. From a place with 99% rating in RB I was really expecting more. 55 taps is quite impressive though.
84
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 17/20
conway  (66) , | October 24, 2014
One of the best bottle selections youíll come across with an extensive tap list to boot. Big open industrial feel with friendly service. Prices are a bit of a mixed bag as a lot of the bottles are overpriced but the selection makes it worth it. Lives up to the hype in my opinion.
82
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
stevoj  (152) Boise, Idaho | October 21, 2014
A nice cozy upstairs bar, dim industrial feel, My one beef was the lighting, impossibly low lights and small type on the menu made it almost impossible to read. Decent food, I did not get a chance to see the bottle list buy heard it was pretty good.
96
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 18/20
JStax  (186) Devola/Marietta, Ohio | October 12, 2014
I stopped in here on two separate nights, a Wednesday night around 9 PM and a Thursday night around 5 PM. I walked here each night, but it appears there is only street parking available. So in short, donít drive here. The place is located in a fairly busy part of downtown DC with lots of bars and restaurants in the area with many catering to the craft beer and hipster crowds. Located above Birch and Barley. You can bypass Birch and Barley if you like and go straight upstairs. It looked like all the beer is upstairs, but I could be mistaken. I didnít get a very good look at Birch and Barley as I walked past. Once upstairs you can choose from tables and chairs, booths, or a bar seat. I opted for a bar seat each time. Wednesday night I was surprisingly able to get a seat at the bar immediately and Thursday was easy because I was there so early. The service was fantastic both nights. They keep more people behind the bar than any other place Iíve ever been and because of that they were able to keep up with everybody. I never got all the way to the bottom of my glass before I was being asked if I wanted to try anything else. They also kept my water glass filled without having to ask. I really liked that. Awesome service! The beer selection lives up to the hype. They probably had more than the 500 listed on here, but I have no idea how many they actually did have. It was impressive. The taps were my favorite part, though. They had a lot of great offerings, more than half of which I had never had. The cask offerings were great as well with traditional english cask styles and some american ones that suited the system well. The food available upstairs were mostly appetizer centric. I split the tater tots, shishisto peppers, and garlic cheese fritters with a few other guys. All were pretty solid and I particularly enjoyed the peppers. The food prices were fair, the tap and cask prices were fair, but the bottle prices, thatís where my heartburn with their pricing is located. The bottles we actually did buy were very overpriced. When I go back, I will most likely stick to the taps and leave the bottles alone. Overall, this place is awesome and I will be back anytime I am in town.
88
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 18/20
Dogbrick  (785) Columbus, Ohio | September 28, 2014
(Visited 07/2014): Churchkey is located on 14th Street in downtown DC. We took a cab from our hotel so I am unsure what the parking situation is. The restaurant is upstairs from Birch & Barley.

There is a small patio out front for the restaurant, and the bar is upstairs. The interior is dark with a long and narrow floor plan. The bar runs nearly the entire length along the right side, and there are raised tables opposite. Red walls, exposed HVAC and brick give the place a slightly industrial feel. Taps and coolers behind the bar give a sense of how many beers are available.

Churchkey shares a beer list with Birch & Barley. There are over 50 beers available on draught, including many breweries from the region like DC Brau and Devils Backbone, plus other domestic craft brewers like Terrapin and Perennial. Additionally there are some imports on tap from the likes of 3 Fonteinen and Get Radical. The bottle selection numbers in the hundreds, with many craft breweries around the world represented, including a lot of seasonals and rarities. We shared a bottle from Strangeways. Samples are available.

Service on a busy weekday evening was good. The server was knowledgeable about the beer menu and was attentive throughout our visit.

We did not have any food, as we had just eaten downstairs.

Overall this place is deservedly at the top of beer spots to visit in DC.
90
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
JCB  (233) Durham, North Carolina | September 26, 2014
Great hang upstairs here, with a more relaxed and laid-back environment in the long bar, but with a similarly exceptional beer selection. Great service, smart folks. Absolutely essential stop.

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