Birch & Barley

Bar / Gastropub / Restaurant
Birch & Barley A delectable menu of seasonal bites and a giant assortment of handcrafted ales lie behind the tall wood doors of Birch & Barley, a haven for sophisticated patrons on the hunt for good food and a lot of brew. Washington, DC United States 38.9082039597687 -77.0316642522812
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Birch & Barley - Bar | Gastropub | Restaurant in Washington, DC.
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Party Earth Review A delectable menu of seasonal bites and a giant assortment of handcrafted ales lie behind the tall wood doors of Birch & Barley, a haven for sophisticated patrons on the hunt for good food and a lot of brew. With more... ... read full review

  • Metro:

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

  • Phone:

    202–567–2576

  • Links:

  • Hours:

    Tu–Th 5:30–10pm, F–Sa 5:30–11pm, Su 11am–8pm

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth Birch & Barley Review

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A delectable menu of seasonal bites and a giant assortment of handcrafted ales lie behind the tall wood doors of Birch & Barley, a haven for sophisticated patrons on the hunt for good food and a lot of brew.

A delectable menu of seasonal bites and a giant assortment of handcrafted ales lie behind the tall wood doors of Birch & Barley, a haven for sophisticated patrons on the hunt for good food and a lot of brew.

With more than five hundred bottled beers, fifty drafts, and five casks at the ready, the venue is a veritable Shangri-La for the hops-loving crowd, and local young professionals quickly line the handcrafted wooden bar for a few after-work pints.

Later in the evening – especially on busy Friday and Saturday nights – the narrow space fills with a mix of classy couples and adventurous foodies looking to sample rare stouts in four-ounce snifters or snack on goat cheese tartlets and grilled octopus before diving into larger entrées.

First-timers are easily spotted as they ogle the massive “Beer Organ” in back, where impressive copper tubes draw fifty different beers down from casks stored at Churchkey, the upstairs bar under the same ownership.

Dining couples snuggle into the booths along the exposed brick walls, or enjoy the six-course tasting menu at the chef’s counter overlooking the open kitchen, while Sunday brunch ensures a steady stream of mimosas and sangria to go with the fresh fried donut holes.

Patrons in the mood for a comfy atmosphere, unique menu, and lifetime supply of beer will find it at Birch & Barley, a terrific local hotspot for date nights and after-work cool-downs alike.

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Tip from Emma:

Grab the girls and do the Boozy Brunch on Sundays – fresh fried donut holes and brunch cocktails never get this good. Just keep in mind that reservations are a must! If you decide to chance a walk-in, it’s doubtful you’ll be able to sample the incredible concoction of tropical tea and Limoncello.

  • Crowd

    Beer lovers, sophisticated foodies, adventurous groups, trendy couples, dedicated regulars, mellow friends, and after-work professionals, late 20s to 50s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Ambient indie music. Two muted TVs normally tuned to sports. Monthly beer tastings and bi-monthly food tastings. Frequent appearances by guest brewing companies.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Small seasonal menu featuring a popular prix fixe chef’s tasting paired with beer, as well as seafood and meat dishes, pasta, and flatbreads. Small patio open in warmer months. Reservations encouraged.

  • Prices

    Brunch menu $13–$30, appetizers $12–$18, cheese plates $6–$24, pasta and flatbreads $13–$19, entrées $16–$32, prix fixe tasting menu $60/person or $85/person with beer pairing.

    Beer $2–$100, wine $8–$15/glass or $36–$95/bottle, cocktails $7–$15.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual to dressy: khakis, polos, button-downs, jeans, sundresses, skirts, blouses, suits, cocktail dresses.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Friday and Saturday nights for the busiest scene of diners and drinkers, though reservations are recommended.

    Also after work for a unique and mellow beer experience, and anytime there’s a beer tasting event.

  • Close By

    Just upstairs is Churchkey (1337 14th Street NW), where the crowd often migrates after dinner to continue the social scene.

Birch & Barley User Reviews

Average rating:
One of the best brunches in town
Rachel W. May 2, 2013
Birch & Barley is great anytime of the day (if you're there for dinner, be sure to order the bread basket with the most amazing pretzel roll you will ever eat)--but it makes the list for one of the best brunch spots in the DC. It may not have a $35 all-you-can drink special like some of the nearby restaurants, but you can get 2 cocktails + donut holes + an entree + tea/coffee all for $30--and this is food worth eating! From the bacon donut to the chicken and waffles (which may be one of the best things you'll ever eat), you won't be disappointed. Birch & Barley fills up quickly, so be sure to snag reservations at least a week or two out.
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