Churchkey | Washington, Washington DC
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World Class based on 125 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 (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 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 92, 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%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
beeroverwithme  (112) 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  (448) 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.
KUEric  (119) Washington, Washington DC | January 18, 2010
Been hearing great, great things about it ever since it opened. And for whatever reason I just never seemed to make it down there (I think its because while I would love to live in Logan/Thomas Circle itís not exactly a going out destination and I work in Friendship Heights). now that Iíve been its going to be my default suggestion place to grab a drink, I loved it. Sure it was ridiculously packed (it was a Fri night), but I hear its ridiculously packed on a random Tuesday as well. This place doesnít seem to have slowed down from its opening buzz and with good reason. A very nice (albeit small) interior, love the "organ" concept. good selection of taps and bottles. As much as I absolutely loved the place, I will quote jcos "One of three things needs to happen - either the hype dies down and the place is more comfortable to be in, they owners expand or find a new location(yes already), or other bars step it up in DC to match this one. Iíd really like to enjoy this place, but I canít yet." Iím hoping for the last but it is crazy packed.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 18/20
Pivoyager  (83) Gaithersburg, Maryland | January 2, 2010| Updated May 8, 2010
These comments are related to Churchkey, which is the upstairs portion of this establishment. And it is your basic world class beer bar. There are 50 taps, five of which being devoted to casks; the bottle list is presented in a monstrous binder that could just as well contain the schematics for the space shuttle. Superb service with extremely knowlegable staffers; beer served at the correct temperature in the appropriate glassware; the food, somewhat upscale and dellicious. The perfect beer bar - bar none (Sorry).
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 18/20
branspra  (17) Arlington, Virginia | December 20, 2009
Visited on December 1, 2009. Finally a place in DC that rivals many great beer bars of San Francisco and New York City! The beer list itself is amazing and the waitress that we had was very quick and offered great suggestions based on beers we mentioned. Very good food menu at Churchkey and Birch & Barley looks extremely good although we didnít get a chance to visit. I have read about long lines and such but we hit this place around 9 PM and had no problems quickly getting a booth. It was crowded but not shoulder-to-shoulder. A must if you are visiting DC and I will be making this a weekly visit!
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 5/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
kassner  (79) Wexford, Pennsylvania | December 5, 2009| Updated September 23, 2010
Want to stand in line for more than 30 minutes so you can stand in line 4 deep at the bar unable to see a menu, get food or move much.? Want to wait 1.5 hours to have dinner? Definetly the place to be in DC and the menus on line look good and I would probably rate it much higher if I ever get to actually enjoy it. Well not that the crowds have thinned I actually got in. The bar staff know their beers and are helpful and courtious. The selection is great but the prices are steep foe a small glass. I had a salad and with it came some fat greasy chicken. Yes, I would go back for the beers.

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