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ChurchKey

ChurchKey

Gastropub and Bar$$$$
Logan Circle - Shaw, Washington
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  • AFAR Media
    AFAR MediaAugust 4, 2014
    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
  • Jenna S.
    Jenna SchofieldJanuary 27, 2015
    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!
  • Gerard S.
    Gerard Screw-YuOctober 9, 2015
    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.
  • 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
    Upvoted May 7
  • DoubleDeuce
    DoubleDeuceFebruary 29
    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.
  • Epicurious
    EpicuriousAugust 3, 2014
    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
  • Paul Travis K.
    Paul Travis KleinJune 25, 2013
    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.
  • Aymeric D.
    Aymeric Dumas-EymardAugust 10, 2010
    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).
  • Louis M.
    Louis McCoyAugust 19, 2014
    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.
  • NPRinterns
    NPRinternsMarch 14, 2011
    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."
  • Washington Post
    Washington PostMarch 2, 2013
    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
  • frau
    frauNovember 21, 2010
    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!
  • Josh P.
    Josh PowellFebruary 19, 2013
    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?)
  • Trevor M.
    Trevor MMay 20, 2015
    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!
  • Chris F.
    Chris FredericksAugust 14, 2014
    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.
  • Arminda K.
    Arminda KlierAugust 21, 2013
    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!
  • AskMen
    AskMenSeptember 24, 2010
    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
  • Alex R.
    Alex RavenelFebruary 4
    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.
  • Travel + Leisure
    Travel + LeisureJanuary 4, 2013
    An upstairs/downstairs, beer-focused restaurant and gastropub. At Birch & Barley, order the cavatelli and flounder tartare; at Church Key, Tater Tots and charcuterie.
  • Nathan H.
    Nathan HartmannJune 18, 2015
    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
  • Amelia F.
    Amelia FriedmanSeptember 1, 2015
    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.
  • Island Bruin
    Island BruinJune 13, 2015
    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
  • Lily J.
    Lily Jung2 weeks ago
    Good beer selection. It changes daily. The food menu on the foursquare site isn't the same. IT is best to check the website.
  • Spike
    SpikeFebruary 7, 2013
    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)
  • Franco C.
    Franco CalizDecember 21, 2015
    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.
  • Robin B.
    Robin BertelsOctober 13, 2015
    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.
  • Spike
    SpikeFebruary 7, 2013
    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.)
  • Bitches Who Brunch
    Bitches Who BrunchDecember 24, 2011
    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.
  • Simon H.
    Simon HAugust 1, 2013
    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!
  • DC Dining Adventures
    Can't go wrong with the mouthwatering Brat Burger topped with beer-braised sauerkraut, and emmentaler with a side of fries.
    Upvoted Jun 21
  • Jared C.
    Jared CunhaMarch 17, 2010
    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.
  • natalie k.
    natalie kayApril 18
    Excellent selection of beers. Mac and cheese sticks are great to share and the homemade smores are spot on!
  • Kimberly A.
    Kimberly A.February 27, 2014
    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!
  • Frank R.
    Frank RimalovskiJanuary 21, 2012
    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
  • Bill C.
    Bill CouchOctober 4, 2010
    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.
  • Kim P.
    Kim PAugust 11, 2013
    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
  • Mark S.
    Mark SchroederJanuary 22, 2014
    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.
  • Aditya B.
    Aditya BanerjeeJanuary 4, 2010
    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.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsAugust 9, 2013
    Great food paired with a fantastic, extensive beer selection. Tide over your wait downstairs by going up to ChurchKey's beer bar.
  • Bob B.
    Bob BegleyJuly 3, 2011
    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!
  • Sean S.
    Sean SJune 5, 2012
    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
  • Andrew D.
    Andrew DollAugust 18, 2014
    Local bar with a SUPERB beer selection. Great menu and fun cheese plate selection as well!
  • Rob P.
    Rob PitingoloFebruary 19, 2013
    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.
  • Frank
    FrankDecember 13, 2009
    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
  • Laura G A.
    Laura G AdamsSeptember 25, 2011
    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.
  • DC Dining Adventures
    DC Dining AdventuresSeptember 2, 2014
    Must try the Mac & Cheese Sticks made with garlic breadcrumbs and served with tomato relish.
  • Chris
    ChrisJanuary 26, 2014
    Try the secret Luther burger (breaded chicken and bacon between glazed donut buns) not listed on the menu. Available only Sundays for lunch!
  • 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
  • Connie H.
    Connie HaroDecember 9, 2015
    Best bartenders in the entire city! Super friendly and great people to talk to.
  • Ben D.
    Ben DruckerDecember 12, 2014
    Insane beer selection including a bunch of gluten free beers. All three popular varieties of Green's and a lot of others.
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