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ChurchKey

ChurchKey

Gastropub and Bar · Logan Circle - Shaw
1337 14th St NW (at Rhode Island Ave NW), Washington, D.C. 20005, United States
Hours:
Closed until 4:00 PM (Show more)
  • Mon–Thu
    • 4:00 PM–1:00 AM
  • Fri
    • 4:00 PM–2:00 AM
  • Sat
    • Noon–2:00 AM
  • Sun
    • Noon–1:00 AM
Price:
$$$$
Reservations:
No
Menus:
Brunch, Dinner, Happy Hour
Drinks:
Beer, Wine, Full Bar, Cocktails
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express & MasterCard)
Wi-Fi:
Yes
Outdoor Seating:
No

A Washington DC destination without peer for beer lovers, ChurchKey serves to define a new genre of dining + drinking with a collection of 555 hand-picked labels meticulously curated by Beer Director Greg Engert.

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  • beer
  • tater tots
  • lively
  • good for a late night
  • trendy
  • mac & cheese
  • cheese sticks
  • disco fries
  • breweries
  • happy hour
  • chicken wings
  • authentic
  • casual
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  • AFAR Media
    Negotiate through the 150-seat high-ceiling beer hall/lounge to its 60-foot bar and select from over 550 beers (50 drafts, 500 bottles) from 30 countries, and rare international and English-style ales Read more
    AFAR Media · August 4, 2014
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  • Jenna S.
    Food is upscale pub food, great beer list, knowledgeable barkeeps, good music and TVs to watch a game. Every seat is full and they say it's not even busy. The arancini are delish!
    Jenna Schofield · January 27, 2015
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  • Gerard S.
    Get the secret, off menu item, the fried chicken Luther which is a fried chicken thigh topped with bacon and pecans and in between a house made brioche doughnut bun.
    Gerard Screw-Yu · October 9, 2015
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  • ThePurplePassport.com
    Whether it’s a draught, a bottle, or a rare vintage ale, we always find a beer to love. And we never skip on the food menu either—with comfort food classics like mac 'n' cheese sticks and disco fries. Read more
    ThePurplePassport.com · July 1, 2013
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  • DoubleDeuce
    Serious connoisseurs ask for the beer booklet. It contains the secret beers! They also smartly have a good menu with more than just traditional pub fare including tasty flatbreads and more.
    DoubleDeuce · February 29
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  • Epicurious
    With so many beers on offer, Bailey couldn't possibly settle on just one wing dish, so he created three homemade sauces for his semolina-crusted, twice-fried wings. Read more
    Epicurious · August 3, 2014
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  • Paul Travis K.
    Everything here is the best. Always. But watch out for Friday and Saturday nights. It's standing room only and totally rough. Check out Drafting Table up the street if you're looking for more space.
    Paul Travis Klein · June 25, 2013
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  • Aymeric D.
    Jordan rules. Let him guide you through the drafts menu. Bottled beers: try the Weyerbacher Fourteen Ale (sweet, fruity, syrup-like) and Corne du Diable (a solid, reasonably priced American IPA).
    Aymeric Dumas-Eymard · August 10, 2010
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  • Louis M.
    Knowledgeable staff if you're not sure how to navigate the massive beer menu. Really crowded on the weekend, come during the week if you want to have a conversation over a delicious beer.
    Louis McCoy · August 19, 2014
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  • NPRinterns
    Intern Noah said, "ChurchKey is an expensive bar with an extensive selection of beers, binders full even.The mood is dark a scene that is perfect for conversation and throwing back a tall,bitter ale."
    NPRinterns · March 14, 2011
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  • Washington Post
    Mac and cheese sticks are: cooled overnight, cut info 3-1/4-inch-by-1-inch bricks, coated with garlic-infused panko bread crumbs, fired and served with a sweet tomato relish. Read more
    Washington Post · March 2, 2013
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  • frau
    Get there early to snag a table (seat yourself). Cheeseboards have tiny portions: opt for flatbread or mac 'n' cheese sticks. S'mores Brownie is insane, and Oliver's Bishop's Indulgence is money!
    frau · November 21, 2010
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  • Josh P.
    Yes. Just yes. Amazing beer selection, fantastic bar staff--friendly and always ready with a recommendation. (Although really, how could you go wrong with such a finely curated selection?)
    Josh Powell · February 19, 2013
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  • Trevor M.
    Great atmosphere and very large bar space. This place was crowded on a Tuesday which is a great sign. The Asian wings were tasty but had too much sauce. Awesome beer selection!
    Trevor M · May 20, 2015
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  • Chris F.
    Love sitting at the hightop tables near the windows in the afternoon when the sunshine is streaming in. The selection of draft beers and knowledge of the staff is incomparable.
    Chris Fredericks · August 14, 2014
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  • Arminda K.
    Really great beer selection divided into easy-to-skim categories. If you can't pick just one, go for the option to get 4oz beer flights. Plus the disco fries were delicious!
    Arminda Klier · August 21, 2013
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  • AskMen
    Its new Sunday Tailgate Menu with homemade soft pretzels, brisket chili on cornbread &, best of all, the Luther sandwich, which is perhaps the greatest culinary invention ever. See you Sunday 12-8PM. Read more
    AskMen · September 24, 2010
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  • Alex R.
    Massive number of excellent beers, some of them very rare--including, the day I was there, Rothaus Pils. Only the second place in US I have seen with that beer.
    Alex Ravenel · February 4
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  • Travel + Leisure
    An upstairs/downstairs, beer-focused restaurant and gastropub. At Birch & Barley, order the cavatelli and flounder tartare; at Church Key, Tater Tots and charcuterie.
    Travel + Leisure · January 4, 2013
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  • Nathan H.
    Definitely one of my favorite spots in DC. Great for a casual night. Despite how packed it gets, it's usually quite easy to grab a drink from the bar tenders
    Nathan Hartmann · June 18, 2015
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  • Amelia F.
    The bartenders know their shit. Tell them what your favorite beer is, and they'll get you something amazing. You can also order 4 oz drinks so you can taste them all.
    Amelia Friedman · September 1, 2015
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  • Spike
    With 555 unique beers that represent 30 different countries, any beer connoisseur can find what they're looking for here. --Jon Taffer, Bar Rescue (Sundays 10/9c)
    Spike · February 7, 2013
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  • Franco C.
    People rave about the beers here. I'm not sure I get why. In terms of quantity it's low and the quality is good but overrated. The ambiance is fine but I'm unlikely to return.
    Franco Caliz · December 21, 2015
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  • Robin B.
    That beer selection! Where to start? Fortunately all beers on tap can be ordered in 4oz tasters, so you can sample a wider variety of different beers.
    Robin Bertels · October 13, 2015
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  • Spike
    With 555 unique beers that represent 30 different countries any beer connoisseur can find what their looking for here. --Jon Taffer, Bar Rescue (Watch Sundays 10/9c.)
    Spike · February 7, 2013
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  • Bitches Who Brunch
    Bitches say B! While Churchkey is our fave spot for beers, bar food, and even dessert, we’d suggest you opt for Birch & Barley over its upstairs neighbor for brunch.
    Bitches Who Brunch · December 24, 2011
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  • Island Bruin
    They have a large tap list- 20+ the night we were there. But they were almost all from two breweries- one in Michigan and one in Florida. I was hoping for local
    Island Bruin · June 13, 2015
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  • Simon H.
    It kinda goes without saying... this is the best place to drink beer in DC. Take advantage of the staff's knowledge and try as many new brews as you can!
    Simon H · August 1, 2013
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  • Jared C.
    I would recommend a beer, but the list is always changing (reason to return frequently). No matter what you decide, an order of poutine will accompany it perfectly.
    Jared Cunha · March 17, 2010
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  • Kimberly A.
    The small plates are delicious: meatballs on a bed of lentils, all of the flatbreads, the tater tots taste like fried balls of mashed potatoes! HEAVEN!
    Kimberly A. · February 27, 2014
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  • natalie k.
    Excellent selection of beers. Mac and cheese sticks are great to share and the homemade smores are spot on!
    natalie kay · April 18
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  • Frank R.
    Awesome, I mean awesome tap beer (~50) selection, cool bar scene with good food to boot. Strongly recommend when in DC. (4 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
    Frank Rimalovski · January 21, 2012
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  • Bill C.
    The Chicken MikeNuggets are incredible pockets of confit chicken. I've never had anything like them and I don't think you'll be disappointed. Unless you're a vegetarian.
    Bill Couch · October 4, 2010
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  • Kim P.
    Brunch: The service was incredibly slow which felt intentional. After finally being approached it couldn't have felt more awkward! Atmosphere 👎, food eh, service 👎👎 total bummer I won't go back
    Kim P · August 11, 2013
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  • Mark S.
    Front window seating upstairs was great but a little drafty. Great beer selections and a nice and helpful staff. Food was decent and fairly priced.
    Mark Schroeder · January 22, 2014
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  • Aditya B.
    It can get packed, so be prepared. Great beer, huge selection of bottled beer. Check out their menus online to see in advance what you want.
    Aditya Banerjee · January 4, 2010
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  • Serious Eats
    Great food paired with a fantastic, extensive beer selection. Tide over your wait downstairs by going up to ChurchKey's beer bar.
    Serious Eats · August 9, 2013
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  • Bob B.
    OK, this place does live up to the hype when it comes to the selection they offer. Only complaint is their bottle menu is about impossible to read!
    Bob Begley · July 3, 2011
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  • Sean S.
    do yourself a favor n do not order a f' ing cocktail or aged grape juice, u will look like an a$$ beer is phenomenal here, get it on cask
    Sean S · June 5, 2012
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  • Andrew D.
    Local bar with a SUPERB beer selection. Great menu and fun cheese plate selection as well!
    Andrew Doll · August 18, 2014
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  • Rob P.
    The seating situation is a complete clusterfuck. If you're lucky enough to drink your beer sitting down, guard that seat with all your life.
    Rob Pitingolo · February 19, 2013
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  • Frank
    If you want to find very unusual beers, this is the place to go. They specialize in specialty beers. The food there is pretty good too! Read more
    Frank · December 13, 2009
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  • Laura G A.
    The best beer selection in all of DC -- even for girly beer drinkers like myself. It gets busy quickly, so try to get there early.
    Laura G Adams · September 25, 2011
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  • DC Dining Adventures
    Must try the Mac & Cheese Sticks made with garlic breadcrumbs and served with tomato relish.
    DC Dining Adventures · September 2, 2014
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  • Chris
    Try the secret Luther burger (breaded chicken and bacon between glazed donut buns) not listed on the menu. Available only Sundays for lunch!
    Chris · January 26, 2014
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  • Atlanta Food & Wine Festival
    Greg Engert hosts Culinary Inspired Beers at Atlanta Food & Wine Festival May 29 – June 1 where participants will explore beers whose preparation and flavor profiles were influenced by food. Read more
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  • Ben D.
    Insane beer selection including a bunch of gluten free beers. All three popular varieties of Green's and a lot of others.
    Ben Drucker · December 12, 2014
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  • Connie H.
    Best bartenders in the entire city! Super friendly and great people to talk to.
    Connie Haro · December 9, 2015
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  • Michael B.
    A super fave, especially weekends for lunch/brunch when it's so chill you feel like you're in your own personal beer vault. Read more
    Michael Beckner · August 1, 2011
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  • Trevor
    Wonderful selection of beers of all types, available in small and regular sizes. Gets extremely busy early in the evening.
    Trevor · December 4, 2015
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