ChurchKey | Washington, Washington DC
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ChurchKey
World Class based on 146 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 (75) | Taps: 55 | Bottles: 500


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Beer Available At ChurchKey (arranged by most recent)
Union Craft Double Duckpin 97, Stillwater Readymade - Vacuum 88, Against the Grain 70K 100, Off Color Bare Bear 83, Saint Somewhere Eíteí Sans Fin 59, Birrificio del Ducato Koji Il Riso , DC Brau The Corruption 94, Hardywood Bourbon Cru 94, Heavy Seas CrossBones 65, Firestone Walker Easy Jack 97, Allagash Session Brett Ale 98, Boulevard Smokestack Series - The Calling IPA 99, Siren / Evil Twin Bourbon Barrel Even More Jesus VIII Coffee 100, Smuttynose Barleywine Style Ale 97, Heavy Seas Desert Island Series Strong Scottish , Allagash White 93, Mahrs Bršu Mastodon 86, DC Brau / Oskar Blues Smells Like Freedom 97, Bells Two Hearted Ale 100, Heavy Seas Cutlass Amber Lager 45
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146 reviews for ChurchKey
 Ambiance  85%
 Service  86%
 Selection  94%
 Food  78%
 Value  72%
 Overall  89%
 Rating  100%
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94
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 18/20
GT2  (644) San Diego County , California | April 8, 2013
CK is the hot place in town. Just always stupid crowded even early Monday evenings. What!? Come here on Friday or Saturday night and you can forget about it. It is insanely packed. OMG. But if you know a few people and are polite, you can get your drinks very quickly no matter the crowd. Selection is so big itís a little terrifying. But if you really dig deep into the bottle list- its extensive but most of the beers are expensive and mediocre. This is a place that could really throw itís weight around to get better beers like Port/LA, FFF, Surly, New Glarus, RR, Struise, De Molen. Sadly, almost all the exclusive beers are exclusive for a reason: they suck. There is a huge emphasis on Italian craft beers, which are mad expensive and usually suck. Food is insanely good, but you pay for it.

**UPDATE** Iíve warmed to this place over the past year for a number of reasons. One, though they donít have happy hour like Paradiso, you can always get tasters of whatís on tap for a pretty good deal. Usually around $3. Two, they have kept the same staff for a long time. Iíve made friends with a lot of them and itís nice to know someone behind the bar when it gets mad crowded, which is almost always the case. Three, they do clean their tap lines meticulously and staff labors all day doing this detailed necessity. Four, they have been throwing their new found fame around to get lots of exclusive beers. Now Struise and De Molen is quite common and even Cantillon is doing an event here. Iím very proud to have CK as a sort of local bar and think the staff is top notch. Without a doubt, the premier beer bar in DC if lacking the homey, relaxed atmosphere of Paradiso.
100
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 20/20
Markzilla  (10) , Russia | May 24, 2015
88
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
Pyobon  (48) Sydney, Australia | May 10, 2015
Huge range of beers. Good friendly service. Very much a bar focused on beer. Long thin dark room. Reasonable choice of food and what I had was excellent.
100
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 20/20
bartzluke  (12) Oklahoma | May 4, 2015
May 4th, 2015. Monday at about 5 pm. Hands down the best beer bar I have ever been to. Hours after leaving, I am still in awe. The draft list was two pages, organized not only by style, but also by flavors notes and other characteristics. Their bottle list was at least nineteen pages. Both the bottle and draft lists had a bunch of rare and hard-to-find beers. Cheap 4-oz pours of anything on tap, starting from $2. The staff was friendly and even gave me one 4-oz pour on the house. The place seemed to have plenty of business, but wasnít too crowded. The server was also present when I wanted to order more beers. One of my favorite parts of the bar was a series of six or seven shelves with a few hundred incredible beers aging. This place is simply amazing.
92
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 18/20
Art  (107) Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania | April 6, 2015
Had to try this place out when I was in DC FT a night. Nice tap list with a few casks and a HUGE bottle list with vintage bottles and bottles from all over the world. Very overwhelming list. The food was good and the service was very friendly and knowledgable. A must stop beer bar.
88
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 18/20
nate2g  (951) Boomtown!, Australia | April 2, 2015
I have visited ChurchKey a few times now during my DC stay. Thereís always interesting beers on tap to try with a great selection across all styles. They also seem to do regular brewery tap takeovers and launches of new beers. The food is delicious too with their own spin on some classic snacks. Staff have been welcoming and friendly each time Iíve been in. I advise trying to arrive here at opening time during weekdays as it fills up very quickly come 5pm. No doubt a great beer bar!
80
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs  (333) Toronto, Ontario | March 14, 2015
2015-03-04. We walked upstairs to ChurchKey for a drink after a great dinner at Birch and Barley. As was the case downstairs the tap list is extensive with offerings in a range of styles and over a dozen things that were new to us, including several I hadnít even heard of before. At 10:00 or so on a Thursday night ChurchKey was twice as loud and twice as busy as downstairs. The long skinny layout has tables near the front, seats at the bar and booths along the one side. (I barely squeezed my fat ass into the surprisingly small booth! Time for a diet?) Service was just okay (the friendly table server missed us coming in but brought us waters unasked which was nice, the bartenders seemed kind of uninterested and tired with the busy crowd) but not quite up to the high standard downstairs, but then I wouldnít necessarily expect them to be since they are different kinds of places. Prices are not cheap, which seems to be the norm in DC, but the option to do half pours is nice. Seems like a good mix of people in the crowd. Ultimately you are here for the beer, not the space. I suspect I will like it better if I was more in the mood for a "bar" but the quieter atmosphere of B&B was more my speed tonight. I will definitely return if Iím back in DC but would probably aim to arrive earlier in the evening. (Right after I tell the kids to get off my lawn. :) ) We were just here for one drink after a long night downstairs so itís not an entirely fair assessment. The problem with heading to a great beer bar after having just spent an awesome evening at itís sister restaurant downstairs with superlatively good service is that it canít really hope to compare after that.
80
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 16/20
JPoor007  (5) , | March 4, 2015
I would say this is a must visit, but try to come when it isnít so crowded. I would argue they try too hard with the gourmet food. Youíre going to ChurchKey for the beer selection. The food isnít bad, but itís a little too gourmet when Iím more interested in that hard-to-find Double IPA or stout, etc.
96
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 20/20
kraddel  (205) some beerplace , Belgium | February 12, 2015
awesome place in DC , with a breathtaking interior , super-knowledgable staff , temperature controlled taps and bottles , HUGE selection ( both tap and bottle ) , very friendly , much events ,.... Whats not too like ? The pouring of the beer was near perfect , prices were honoust ( with some expensive ones in between ) . I donno , everything together , I feel like this is a place everyone should see .
94
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 19/20
Doofgoblin  (30) Chevy Chase, Washington DC | February 12, 2015
Really great selection; although, some of the bottles can be a bit pricey. The rotating taps are great, especially the casks. Food is good too and probably the best value. Service struggles a little on busy nights. Get there early if you want to sit down.
90
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 18/20
hombrepalo  (145) Chicago, Illinois | January 6, 2015

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