Churchkey | Washington, Washington DC
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Churchkey
World Class based on 118 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 4:00 PM - 1:00 AM; Fri 4:00 PM - 2:00 AM; Sat 12:00 PM - 2:00 AM; Sun 12:00 PM - 1:00 AM


Mayor: Travlr (68) | Taps: 55 | Bottles: 500


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Beer Available At Churchkey (arranged by most recent)
Ridgeway Oxfordshire Blue 71, Fullsteam Lemuria , Off Color Dinoísmores 97, Off Color / Mikkeller Beer Geek Mus 72, Off Color Three Floyds Rats in the Ashes 65, Saucony Creek Hop Suplex Ale 91, BFM Procrastinator Ice Bock 86, Off Color Troublesome 89, Off Color Scurry 82, Off Color Apex Predator 67, Off Color Tooth and Claw , Laughing Dog Anubis Imperial Coffee Porter (w/ Ghost Pepper) , Laughing Dog Anubis Imperial Coffee Porter 96, Mikkeller 黑 / Black (Sauternes Edition) 93, Glazen Toren Canaster Winterscotch 94, Victory Prima Pils 95, Brewfist X-Ray 97, Mahrs Bršu Saphir Weiss 84, Ridgeway Bad King John 68, Ridgeway Querkus (4.5%) 74
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118 reviews for Churchkey
 Ambiance  85%
 Service  86%
 Selection  94%
 Food  78%
 Value  72%
 Overall  88%
 Rating  99%
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88
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 18/20
MikeF  (204) Cleveland, Ohio | April 23, 2011
Somewhat trendy atmosphere. Servers seemed fairly knowledgeable about the beers and prompt. Overall, this is one of the best beer bars in the country. They have a great selection of hard to find US and international beers. Prices are a little high, on the other hand, many of the beers on draft are very hard to find elsewhere. By far the best beer bar in the DC area and one of the best in the country.
100
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 20/20
Drink4Satan  (29) Washington, Washington DC | April 4, 2011
I defy you to find a more kick-ass, hardcore geeky, sexy beer bar. Just looking at the 5 beer engines and 50 taps gave me a boner. The staff are all incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about rare, tasty brews. Annddd, if you show an above average knowledge of beer, or youíre in the industry, they will most likely hook it up! They are helpful and non-condescending and are more than willing to hook it up with sample after sample. The amount of vintages and hard-to-find one-offs and are astounding. The bar stools are among the most comfortable Iíve come across. I could go here every weekend and never get bored of the selection, as there are so many beers Iíve never had and more than a few Iíve never heard of. The serving temps are always perfect and each beer is served in the proper glassware, every time! The food upstairs in the Churchkey section (informal) is mostly simple classics done right with local and fresh ingredients . The eggplant Parmesan pannini I ordered was flawless. There is an intimate lounge area with deep and low pin-cushion day beds great for pimpiní! There really is nothing negative to say about this place. Itís everything I could have hoped for. Going back next weekend fer sher!!!
78
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 16/20
miketd  (124) Cleveland, Ohio | April 4, 2011
Stopped in a couple times my last visit to DC. Pretty small place with first come, first sit policy. Works pretty well, surprisingly. Young professional crowd. Food was decent and pricey. The waiter I had knew his stuff and hooked me up with several free samples. Draft list wasnít great, bottle list was. Good place, even if itís a bit hipster/ yuppie for me.
80
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 17/20
jrallen34  (377) Chicago, Illinois | March 31, 2011
In DC for 2 hours so this was a must stop for us...The location is pretty good, found some metered parking. The place itself is modern looking, metal and wood, pretty cool looking if not a little too dark for being 3 in the afternoon. Sat by the floor to ceiling windows, provided with some good people watching...There is a draft list sorted by style, and palate (malty, hoppy, fruity). About 50 beers on taps in total, quite of few of those DC or US exclusives. The list is a little tough to navigate as Iíd never heard of most of these beers. Very nice that they have 4oz and full glass prices, allowing for some nice ticking...A big bottle list of probably 200 beers. Not very many were interesting, the ones that were, were priced so high not worth getting(35-50) is too much unless youíre getting something special. They did provide shots of tnp which was a nice addition...The server was nice but not very knowledgable so this was quite disappointing. Offered quite a few suggestions and most of them were not very good... A limited by high quality good menu, cool pizza combos and some sandwiches. Overal, a very cool and enjoyable place to hang. Need more beer savy servers and cut the prices and this really could be top notch.
86
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 18/20
WesKBob  (20) Bethany, Oklahoma | March 18, 2011
Great atmosphere. Not too crowded. Non-smoking. Food was good, but nothing out of this world and a little overpriced. Service was a little on the slow side, but was very helpful and knowledgeable. Nice, diverse tap list with 4 cask offerings and some stuff that was brand new to the States. All drafts can be purchased in 4 oz. tasters. Definitely worth a stop if youíre visiting DC.
88
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 17/20
SrSilligoose  (250) pouring bus, New Brunswick | February 3, 2011| Updated April 8, 2013
Maybe the most well rounded tap selection iíve ever seen. great beers from near every style, every country. Had no trouble finding many beers i wanted to drink. friendly, attentive staff. clean. everything available in 4 ounce pours for the tickers. downstairs is a restaurant. upstairs is bar. bar can get quite crowded, but this remains my go to place in DC.
96
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 19/20
craftycarl21  (71) Washington, Washington DC | February 1, 2011
Took the metro and walked a few blocks to get to Churchkey. Was there when it opened at 4 on Monday, and it just so happened they had gotten a keg of Hopslam to put on tap that day, I believe less than 48 hours after it was released. 50 taps, 550 bottles; beers like Oerbier Special Reserva, Tsjeeses Reserva, and awesome US stuff as well. Great ambiance and classy decor, and the food looked excellent, though I didnít try it. Definitely one of the best places in the US, and maybe THE place on the East Coast.
72
  AMBIANCE 2/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 4/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 12/20
mansquito  (68) Nueva York, New York | January 28, 2011
Been here just once and was not all that impressed. It is very dark and pretentious looking on the inside with the only decor being aging bottles of fine beer. I picked up two of the cheapest beers because at the time I was short on money (Russian River Crazy Ivan and Harpoon Single Hop ESB). The food was overpriced and pretty mediocre. The atmosphere was non-existent. The beer was very good, but a supermarket also has very good beer. I suppose that there are things that I really could only get there, but really this place donít float my boat.
94
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 19/20
nickd717  (81) San Francisco, California | December 27, 2010
Went here with my family, and all I can say is that itís one of the absolute best beer venues Iíve been to in my life. Up there with Kulminator, Ebenezerís, and whatnot, easily. The ambiance is nice, elegant, warm and comforting. Not too crowded or frou-frou. The service is friendly and attentive. The tap list is phenomenal. Highlights included Bells Batch 10000, Williamsburg Grand Illumination, Founders Breakfast Stout, and some random Belgian and American beers I hadnít yet ticked that ended up being amazing. The reserve bottle list is also excellent, with rare stuff like Barrel Aged Old Ruffian and great vintage stuff like several years of Thomas Hardyís. The food is insanely good. Iíve been to two Michelin star restaurants that arenít as good as this. From the breads you get at the start to the salads to the pork belly appetizer to the mac and cheese side to the lamb entree, hot damn, itís all really, really awesome. Prices are a little on the high side (most entrees in the $20s and tasting menu $55 without beer pairings I think), but not at all unreasonable for what you get. I love this place and will be back. Highest recommendation from the ticking champ.
88
  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.

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