Churchkey | Washington, Washington DC
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Churchkey
World Class based on 125 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 (56) | Taps: 55 | Bottles: 500


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Beer Available At Churchkey (arranged by most recent)
Pipeworks Mint Truffle Abduction 87, Goose Island Endless IPA 62, Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast 100, Struise Ypres 94, Victory CBC Terroir Pils (Tettnang Hallertauer) , 3 Fonteinen Zwet.be 96, Birra del Borgo Caos 68, Toccalmatto Salty Angel 70, Founders BA Spite Blend , 3 Stars Queen of the Damned , Cantillon Gueuze (Classic/Organic/Bio) 99, Cantillon Cuvťe des Champions 100, Coniston Bluebird Bitter (Cask) 83, The Monarchy MŁnchhausen 48, The Monarchy / Kissmeyer Viking Gose 62, Mikkeller 黑 / Black 98, Trois Dames la Tentation 93, HaandBryggeriet Haandbakk 98, De Molen Hemel & Aarde (Bourbon BA) 99, Jolly Pumpkin / Anchorage Calabaza Boreal 97
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125 reviews for Churchkey
 Ambiance  85%
 Service  86%
 Selection  94%
 Food  78%
 Value  71%
 Overall  89%
 Rating  99%
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100
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 20/20
argo0  (209) Washington DC | January 3, 2013
ChurchKey is my go-to place. Lots of great taps, a constant cycling of great new beers to try, an attentive and knowledgeable wait staff, and good (if expensive) food available.
100
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 20/20
Drink4Satan  (29) Washington, Washington DC | April 4, 2011
I defy you to find a more kick-ass, hardcore geeky, sexy beer bar. Just looking at the 5 beer engines and 50 taps gave me a boner. The staff are all incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about rare, tasty brews. Annddd, if you show an above average knowledge of beer, or youíre in the industry, they will most likely hook it up! They are helpful and non-condescending and are more than willing to hook it up with sample after sample. The amount of vintages and hard-to-find one-offs and are astounding. The bar stools are among the most comfortable Iíve come across. I could go here every weekend and never get bored of the selection, as there are so many beers Iíve never had and more than a few Iíve never heard of. The serving temps are always perfect and each beer is served in the proper glassware, every time! The food upstairs in the Churchkey section (informal) is mostly simple classics done right with local and fresh ingredients . The eggplant Parmesan pannini I ordered was flawless. There is an intimate lounge area with deep and low pin-cushion day beds great for pimpiní! There really is nothing negative to say about this place. Itís everything I could have hoped for. Going back next weekend fer sher!!!
100
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 20/20
rejtable  (109) Ontario | June 10, 2013
Best pub Iíve ever been. Incredible selection, great service. Option for 4 oz pours. Great vibe inside. Would die to have this as my local.
100
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 20/20
ContemplateBeer  (107) Louisville, Kentucky | June 11, 2013| Updated June 14, 2013
Churchkey is in a low-lit (but not obnoxiously so) room stretching back quite a way. On the left are tables, many with "church key" light fixtures. The details here are well thought out, without a doubt. Service for my visit was Max, who was friendly, knowledgeable and prompt, even putting up with my many eccentricities with much patience. Selection of fifty drafts, not a one seemed phoned in, but thoughtful; thereís authentic cask ale here as well. The binder of over 500 bottled beers is outstanding. Food was all very good; well executed gastropub fare, much of it produced in-house (my fig and prosciutto flatbread was very tasty, and my wifeís fettuccine was easily the best weíd experienced). Everything was priced fairly; the 4 oz. pours really give a nice value to those who want to keep their bill (and alcohol intake) low. I wouldnít change a thing, thanks Travlr for joining me and my family here for a meal! NOTES: Took the Metro there (stop: Red Line, Farragut North), but still had a sizable walk up to Rhode Island Ave. and onto 14th. In the rain. May I recommend a cab for this spot? My family of three rode back to Woodley Park for less than the price of MetroRail. Still, if I were a single man, Iíd probably just hoof it, too.
100
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 20/20
devman171  (117) Annapolis , Maryland | May 1, 2014
So lucky to work a short drive from here! Limited street parking and opening at 4 on weekdays are my only gripes! Amazing bar with world class beers, Events, and staff!
98
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 20/20
RoyceH  (32) Hesperange, Luxembourg | September 19, 2010
This place is simply outstanding. After a few days of traipsing around DC looking for somewhere decent to drink, that knows craft brewing isnít a token tap of Sam Adams, I was put on to this place by chriso. We ventured out to this place about 8pm in a Saturday night, which was a bit of a mistake, because it was rammed. Birch and Barley downstairs, Church Key upstairs. Went upstairs first, and it was standing room only, and even that was a push. A friend wanted to eat, and upstairs, although it does food, wasnít really the right atmosphere to eat. The atmosphere generally is good, trendy feel, which is a breath of fresh air to the scene, but I canít emphasize how busy it was. We booked a table downstairs (25 min wait) and took a few beers from the upstairs bar. Excellent selection, 30 kegs and casks, some really excellent rates, obscure stuff, rare finds, everything you could ask for. Bottle selection now runs to over 550. Samplers available of everything on tap for $1-5 roughly. Staff all very knowledgeable. Went downstairs for food, excellent menu, not unreasonable for a trendy DC place. Service top-notch, staff very knowledgeable, beer director came round and had a good long chat, very personalized service. All taps available downstairs too, along with bottles on request. Food is refined, and was fantastic. Best to visit earlier in the evening, but if youíre close to DC, this is an absolute must. Blown away.
98
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 19/20
hannont  (7) Portland, Oregon | May 27, 2010
This was the last place I hit on a recent trip to DC. I unquestionably saved the best for last. The draft list and bottle list were beyond exceptional, in fact , I think this may be the best beer bar in the US. As a point of reference, Iíve been to Monks, Eulogy, Brouwers, Uber, Brickskellar, Gingerman, Toronado etc. Our bartender, Jason (I think) provided perfect and I mean perfect service. He was always there with water and was always right there when we were ready to order our next beer. I liked how the beer lists were organized by flavor characteristics. Donít miss this place if you are in DC.
98
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 20/20
dhartogs  (4) Virginia | May 9, 2011
Best spot for beer in DC hands down. Excellent rotating draft and bottle selection with bar tenders who know what they are talking about.
98
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 19/20
Beerona97  (114) Washington | June 20, 2011| Updated February 1, 2012
This place is fucking awesome. I came here by myself because no one else wanted to go and I didnít really give a rats ass since I knew it would be great anyway. The workers know their stuff, the 4oz pour is gold since it allowed me to try 16 different beers. When I was here, they didnít have some stuff I wanted that I had seen on the menu the few days before, but they did have all 19 (or whatever it is) Mikkeller Single Hop Series beers. All the customers I talked to were as beer geeky as I am, one was a BA member another was the son of one of the Shelton Bros. It was like an impromptu tasting because the other customers and I were frequently splitting beers. Really nice place and atmosphere. I would move to DC for this bar if I could. I donít give perfect scored to beers, but this place is perfect and I have no problem giving it a 100. Some others were complaining about service, I had exceptional service, I also got there about 30 minutes after they opened so maybe that helped. The guys working there were knowledgeable and when I had a question they didnít know the answer to, they went and printed out a fact sheet and gave it to me. The bottle list was insane. This is the kind of place you could go to, then go to again 3 days later and 80% of the tap list is different.
96
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 19/20
NachlamSie  (572) 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.

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