Churchkey | Washington, Washington DC
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World Class based on 129 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 (58) | Taps: 55 | Bottles: 500


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Beer Available At Churchkey (arranged by most recent)
Toccalmatto Salty Angel 72, Cantillon Cuvťe Florian 100, Siren Broken Dream (Jim Beam Barrel Aged) 98, WeiŖenoher Eucharius Mšrzen 58, Bayer Theinheim Ungespundetes Landbier 85, TrŲegs Hop Knife 97, Dead Manís Hand (wine barrel aged) 94, Evil Twin / Intangible Ales Sour Bikini 98, Grimm Bees with a Buzz , Grimm Orgone Accumulator , Dieu du Ciel LíHerbe ŗ Dťtourne 99, Mahrs Bršu Mastodon 83, Terrapin Midnight Monk , New Belgium Hop Kitchen #7 - Hop The Pond 95, Goose Island The Muddy Imperial Stout 83, Ballast Point Fathom India Pale Lager 97, KoekeDam 90, Sarasola Sidra Natural 77, Ballast Point Dead Ringer Oktoberfest 72, Mad Fox Defender American Pale Ale 69
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129 reviews for Churchkey
 Ambiance  85%
 Service  86%
 Selection  94%
 Food  78%
 Value  71%
 Overall  89%
 Rating  99%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
Nate  (283) 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.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
beeroverwithme  (147) TÝnsberg, Norway | May 12, 2010
I was utterly impressed by the number of tap handles - at least 50 - and the quality of craft beer they had on draught the night I was there (March 2010). And the bottle menu looked more like a book, simply amazing. It certainly didnít ruin my image of Churchkey, as a great beer pub, that they were doing a Mikkeller Single Hop IPA tasting the same night, with 10 - ten - different Mikkeller IPAs on tap and Mikkel BjergsÝ himself present! All in all, I found Churchkey to be the most impressive beer pub in Washington DC.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 19/20
dnstone  (37) Las Vegas, Nevada | April 17, 2010
My favorite bar in DC. Great selection and atmosphere, tho a bit crowded. Always a few beers on hand pump.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 16/20
lithy  (156) Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania | April 5, 2010
Review just for ChurchKey. Walked upstairs to find a neatly laid out but small space with a long bar and lots of coolers. Tons of stuff I would have liked to try but I was just there for one beer. After asking the bartender he quickly confirmed on the beer menu and returned. The menu looked interesting but I didnít eat. A bit pricy by my standards at least but not ridiculous. Looks like the world class beer bar it is.
Lubiere  (450) Ottawa, Ontario | March 15, 2010
Visited this place on Feb. 26 2010, with ArgoO, and let me tell you, this place is fantastic. It was a Friday night and the place was brimming and packed. After a certain time, and we managed to get a seat at the bar, which is a must....easy access to the barman. This is beergeek heaven, with everytap available in 4 on. samplers...rare stuff on tap! Food was on the expensive, and did not partake. A must.....a minus for the crowd! Its crazy packed.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 17/20
AtlAggie  (20) Atlanta, Georgia | March 1, 2010
Got the chance to visit a chilly Wed night in February. The place was packed--Iíve honestly never seen a busier bar (although Iím sure in part to the fact that itís a relatively small space). Arrived a little after 7pm and it was easily 3 or 4 deep at the bar (along the whole bar), and every seat and booth was taken. Finally managed to snag a seat after about 30 mins and settled in to enjoy the awesome beer list. 50 taps, with I think 5 cask lines, and a huge bottle list. Service was friendly and relatively attentive considering the crowd--it canít be easy to serve in a zoo. Had two appetizers, which were fine (actually the tater tots are really good--much better than fine). Beer list is ridiculous, you could be happy here for years if you can manage to find a space to enjoy. Bonus points for offering small 4oz samples of any draft for a reduced price, although prices generally seemed a little high (could just be the area--not familiar with DC prices). The crowd (which trended to young professionals, if dress was any indication) made the place loud and lively. Definitely worth checking out, just be sure to brace yourself for the crowds.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 18/20
CaptainCougar  (142) Columbia, Maryland | February 9, 2010
I have never seen so many hard to find and rare tap and cask beers with a selection that changes daily. This is by far the best beer spot in the DC metro area. They even do sampler pours if you want to try a variety of things. The prices are fairly reasonable, at least for the DC area. There are drawbacks, however, in that it is so popular, the only times I bother to go there are when they open on weekends and itíll be standing room only by the time I leave. The service as a result could be better, but the servers are generally pretty knowledgable. The food menu is a little esoteric and it would be nice to see a few more pub food items beside french fries. That said, itís still the place I recommend the most to visitors.

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