Churchkey | Washington, Washington DC
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World Class based on 135 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 (48) | Taps: 55 | Bottles: 500


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Beer Available At Churchkey (arranged by most recent)
HaandBryggeriet Sur Megge 94, Avery The Beast Grand Cru Ale 98, Avery Rumpkin 99, Avery Barrel-Aged Series 21 - Black Eye 96, Avery Samaelís Oak-Aged Ale 97, Avery Hog Heaven 99, Toccalmatto / Prairie Artisan Ales Okie Matilde 97, Smuttynose Smistletoe , Avery duganA 99, Avery Barrel-Aged Series 15 - Momi Hiwa 97, Avery Barrel-Aged Series 16 - ROSSíSíSí Melange 90, Avery Old Jubilation Ale 96, Avery Anniversary Fifteen 74, Avery Barrel-Aged Series 17 - Thensaurum 95, Avery Tweak (Meph Addict) 100, Avery Mephistopheles Stout 100, Avery Anniversary Twenty One 97, ∆gir Skumring Dubbel 88, Hardywood Gingerbread Stout 99, To ōl Jule Mślk 96
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135 reviews for Churchkey
 Ambiance  85%
 Service  86%
 Selection  94%
 Food  78%
 Value  71%
 Overall  88%
 Rating  99%
Rating Distribution

  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  (279) 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  (306) 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  (1352) 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.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
Nate  (289) Indiana, Pennsylvania | August 15, 2010| Updated March 13, 2014
Got here on a Thursday around 4:15. Took a seat at the bar and stayed until about 7pm. Had several 4 oz samples of some great stuff on tap, and got the charcuterie platter and a side of fries. Great service, good food, and a very nice beer selection. Hip after-work crowd, noisy but not unreasonable. The lighting is too low, as others have stated. Great place, and I look forward to a return visit.
jnkor  (14) Tampa, Florida | July 15, 2010
I would have rated higher, but I was not a fan of the ambiance. Even in the middle of the day the lights were way down, giving the place a trendy bar feel, which I personally do not like. I understand the desired effect, but it feels out of place when compared to the many other well stocked beer-centric bars. Luckily it was not packed, or I would have rated lower... Otherwise, absolutely no complaints.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 15/20
jde123  (81) Washington, Washington DC | June 10, 2010
This place is amazing - if you can get there when it isnít absolutely packed. The wait staff and bartenders are very professional and courteous, knowledgable of the beer selections as well. I really like the way the bar is set up, gleaming taps, with the most comfortable bar stools Iíve ever tried. The food is pretty good, though nothing to really mention. I love that they have two sizes of glass for the taps, plus all the cask ales as well! Great place - just wish it wasnít so trendy right now.
  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.

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