ChurchKey | Washington, Washington DC
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World Class based on 139 ratings
Type: Bar

1337 14th St NW
Washington, Washington DC United States 20005 [ print map ]
202 567 2576 | facebook | twitter | food menu | beer menu

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, Birrificio del Ducato My Blueberry Nightmare 43, Brooklyn Wild Horse Porter , Spencer Trappist Ale 95, New Belgium Lips of Faith - Cocoa Mole 97, Brew By Numbers 03/03 Porter - Traditional 96, Stillwater Contemporary Works - Surround 87, Brew By Numbers 01/06 Saison - Motueka & Lime 87, Brew By Numbers 01/11 Saison - Quince 88, Brew By Numbers 07/03 Witbier - Elderflower & Lime 82, Brew By Numbers 15/01 Black IPA - Yakima Valley 91, Stillwater Contemporary Works - Stereo , Brew By Numbers 11/02 Session IPA - Motueka & Centennial 90, WeiŖenoher green MONKey Polaris 48, WeiŖenoher green MONKey Hersbrucker 72, Stillwater Contemporary Works - Mono , LoverBeer Dama Bruna 90, Oxbow / Coppertail Grizacca 97, Stone Old Guardian - Extra Hoppy 98, Flying Dog Lucky SOB Irish Red 46
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139 reviews for ChurchKey
 Ambiance  85%
 Service  86%
 Selection  94%
 Food  78%
 Value  72%
 Overall  89%
 Rating  99%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 18/20
Nena  (20) Seattle, Washington | December 13, 2010
I only had one night on my trip to D.C. available to really focus on beer, and I chose Churchkey as my destination. Churchkey is dark and a bit cramped and noisy, shortly after getting there it became standing room only despite being Monday night. The place is trendy and modern. Itís a little too uptight and formal for my tastes, but I think thatís an issue I have with D.C. in general and not just Churchkey. The service was remarkably quick, friendly, and knowledgable. The food is good but a little pricey for the portions, so itís easy to overspend.

The beer selection is great. There were about 50 beers on tap along with several casks. The tap list included a few older vintage beers, and of course a huge amount of beer I canít get on the West coast. The bottle list is immense, but I didnít order from it myself. I appreciated that you could order anything on draft in four ounce pours, since that allowed me to try a lot more than I otherwise would have. This was a great choice for a place to try a wide variety of unusual brews.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 18/20
evr1dr  (5) Virginia | October 31, 2010
I have yet to find a better combination of selection, ambiance, and staff. They get the rare brews, have a huge bottle selection, 5 casks usually on tap, and a friendly, knowledgeable staff. Top notch!
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
BeerandBlues2  (759) 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.
JoeMcPhee  (511) 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.
  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.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 18/20
mixmasterob  (11) Atlanta, Georgia | September 14, 2010
Stopped in this past weekend while in DC. This place lives up to the hype by being the best beer bar in DC. Very cool building, super retro looking. Nice long bar, lots of rare/hard to find stuff find on tap as well as an enormous bottle list. Food was good too. Glad I stopped in.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 18/20
JoeinDahlem  (284) Berlin, Germany | September 6, 2010
Closest thing in DC to heaven for a beer geek. Draft list is full of interesting options, very well-chosen. Bottle list is fun to read, but I never got past the drafts during several visits. Food tries not to be high-falutiní, but it is, and thatís OK. Itís generally very good. In the restaurant go for the five-course tasting menu for a memorable experience.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 19/20
sebletitje  (307) Enghien, Belgium | August 29, 2010
This is íthe spotí to visit in DC if you are into beers. 50 taps, all lines have their own temp regulator, meaning you get a stout poured at the right temp. Amazing bottles selection as well as the more íselectí rare selection that at times are on the high price, but worth it if you want to try some rare retired beers. They get the craziest beer one could think of. Prices for samples are more than reasonable considering the rarity of some of the beers, ranging from $2-5$ for 4oz sample. Atmosphere is modern, low lighting, giving some kind of intimate feel, friendly and knowledgeable staff. Food menu is refined, prepared right there on the side, and well worth it for the price. This place is beer geekís heaven, and I could have easily spent hours and hours at the bar sipping on the amazing selections they have.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 18/20
NobleSquirrel  (209) Chicago, Illinois | August 28, 2010
The one must stop place on my list for my last DC trip and definitely worth it. The place had some of the oddest stuff Iíve ever seen on tap between the de Molen and Haandbryggeriet and obscure Canadian micros. The crowd is really strange, but the selection is pretty ridiculous and the food is pretty fantastic. Definitely a great place for a beer. Also can get 4oz samples of anything on tap.
3fourths  (1380) 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.

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