ChurchKey

Bar / Gastropub / Restaurant
ChurchKey Whether they're in the mood for delectable chocolate porters or a smoked bacon lager, patrons pining for the perfect hops will fare well at ChurchKey. Washington, DC United States 38.908485 -77.0316975
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ChurchKey - Bar | Gastropub | Restaurant in Washington, DC.
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Party Earth Review Whether they’re in the mood for delectable chocolate porters or a smoked bacon lager, patrons pining for the perfect hops will fare well at ChurchKey. With more than five hundred bottles, fifty drafts, twenty reserved... ... read full review

  • Metro:

    Red Line: Dupont Circle; Green, Yellow Lines: Mt. Vernon Sq 7th St-Convention Center

  • Phone:

    202–567–2576

  • Links:

  • Hours:

    M–Th 4pm–1am, F 4pm–2am, Sa noon–2am, Su noon–1am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth ChurchKey Review

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Whether they're in the mood for delectable chocolate porters or a smoked bacon lager, patrons pining for the perfect hops will fare well at ChurchKey.

Whether they’re in the mood for delectable chocolate porters or a smoked bacon lager, patrons pining for the perfect hops will fare well at ChurchKey.

With more than five hundred bottles, fifty drafts, twenty reserved labels, and five casks at the ready, this cozy bar – located above sister restaurant Birch & Barley – packs in unpretentious young professionals who unwind on antique fabric sofas set beneath dimly-lit chandeliers and mounted wooden kegs.

Paisley velvet walls form the backdrop for straight-off-the-hill lobbyist groups who claim the couches and stools in the back lounge, while beer connoisseurs sample four-ounce flights at the rust-orange bar or grab a seat in the mustard yellow booths to nosh on tater tots and mac and cheese sticks.

Tucked away by the front windows, a small table with a view of bustling 14th street gives couples a place to snuggle in for an evening of pale ales and people-watching.

An elegant and intimate bar with one of the most impressive beer selections in the city, ChurchKey is a neighborhood joint where everyone has fun taking beer seriously.

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Tip from Emma:

On weekdays, try to arrive by 5pm to beat the crowd. Even though there are no Happy Hour specials, ChurchKey is often at its busiest from 5–8pm.

  • Crowd

    Upscale but unpretentious young professionals, beer connoisseurs, groups of trendy girlfriends, political types, and a hip older crowd, mid-20s to late 40s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Ambient indie and alternative rock.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Small bites menu including cheese plates, fried nibbles, salads, and flatbreads, all of which can be expertly paired with any of the five hundred-plus beer options.

  • Prices

    Appetizers $4.50–$8.50, cheese plates $16–$24, sandwiches and flatbreads $7–$15. Beer $2–$100, wine $9–$15, cocktails $7–$12.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Business attire to trendy: suits, blazers, blouses, designer jeans, sweater vests.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    After 5pm during the week for the relaxed but busy post-work scene, and weekends for a long day of great beer and conversation.

  • Close By

    Just downstairs is Birch & Barley (1337 14th Street NW), a restaurant featuring the same selection of beer and a menu of food pairings.

ChurchKey User Reviews

Average rating:
Great bar/crowd
Aliza R. Dec 4, 2012
Definitely more pork-centric than other Neighborhood Restaurant Group hangouts, but also the best bar scene. Great beers, and a really knowledgeable staff that's happy to recommend something to get you of your Miller Lite routine. Flatbreads are really yummy, as is the rest of the bar food. Always meet cool people when I'm here.
Fantastic beer selection
Nick T. Aug 29, 2012
The bar consists of a long, high-ceilinged room split up between booths on one side, the bar in the middle, and smaller tables near the huge window that overlooks the street. The crowd is definitely an older, more sophisticated crowd - which makes sense with the beer selection offered. If you are someone who is really into different types of beer, ChurchKey is a must. The selection is not only huge, but the variety of types is also notable. Ordering a non-craft beer here is almost unacceptable. On another note - the appetizers and bar food here as well is really good. So if you're looking for a quick bite and to try a new kind of beer or two - Churchkey is your spot.
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