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ChurchKey

ChurchKey

Beer Bar, 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!
  • DC Dining Adventures
    DC Dining AdventuresJune 20, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Can't go wrong with the mouthwatering Brat Burger topped with beer-braised sauerkraut, and emmentaler with a side of fries.
  • DC Dining Adventures
    DC Dining AdventuresJanuary 13
    Been here 10+ times
    Can't beat the delicious Disco Fries with cheddar cheese and sausage gravy.
  • 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.
  • ketzirah l.
    ketzirah lesserMarch 5
    Been here 50+ times
    If you aren't sure what kind of beer to get, just ask the bartenders. They are great at helping to find something you'll like, and will usually give you a splash before you commit to full pour
  • Serafettin B.
    They always have a great list of rotating beers on tap covering all tastes. Such an extensive beer list, bottles, can, craft and draft.
  • 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
  • Paul Travis K.
    Paul Travis KleinJune 25, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • DoubleDeuce
    DoubleDeuceFebruary 29, 2016
    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
  • Louis M.
    Louis McCoyAugust 19, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    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.
  • 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!
  • Josh P.
    Josh PowellFebruary 19, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    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?)
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Alex R.
    Alex RavenelFebruary 4, 2016
    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.
  • Cole T.
    Cole TJune 14
    Beer selection is INSANE! Dimly lit and relaxing vibe inside (upstairs from Birch and Barley). Food is good too. My favorite beer bar, period. Always a stop when in DC.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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!
  • natalie k.
    natalie kayApril 18, 2016
    Excellent selection of beers. Mac and cheese sticks are great to share and the homemade smores are spot on!
  • Lily J.
    Lily JungJuly 7, 2016
    Good beer selection. It changes daily. The food menu on the foursquare site isn't the same. IT is best to check the website.
  • 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
  • Andrew D.
    Andrew DollAugust 18, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Local bar with a SUPERB beer selection. Great menu and fun cheese plate selection as well!
  • DC Dining Adventures
    DC Dining AdventuresSeptember 2, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Must try the Mac & Cheese Sticks made with garlic breadcrumbs and served with tomato relish.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Simon H.
    Simon HAugust 1, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    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!
  • 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
  • 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.)
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Serafettin B.
    They always have a great list of rotating beers on tap covering all tastes.
  • 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."
  • Connie H.
    Connie HaroDecember 9, 2015
    Best bartenders in the entire city! Super friendly and great people to talk to.
  • Aymeric D.
    Aymeric Dumas-EymardAugust 10, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    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).
  • frau
    frauNovember 21, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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)
  • Cesar C.
    Cesar CalderonApril 30, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    Simply the best (craft beer) pub in the DC area. Magic number: 555
  • Trevor
    TrevorDecember 4, 2015
    Wonderful selection of beers of all types, available in small and regular sizes. Gets extremely busy early in the evening.
  • Rachel K.
    Rachel KMay 18, 2015
    So many good draft beers and a super huge collection of bottled beer.
  • 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.
  • Greg B.
    Greg BrownJune 30
    Beer, of course! Enough to suit all styles and preferences....try one of the flatbreads for a nice pairing.
  • Sam L.
    Sam LeeSeptember 12
    Impressive number of taps, but you have to go with the cask ales. This place is an experience for beer lovers.
  • Justin M.
    Justin MascioAugust 29, 2013
    Let your eyes adjust to the dark when you get upstairs, take a gander at the great beer list. Wings are great, too!
  • 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
  • Sophia H.
    Sophia HJuly 22
    Fantastic stouts! Mala Vida Bourbon (brewed by Montseny) is amazing, very chocolatey and silky-smooth.
  • Emily M.
    Emily M.August 13, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Great vibe, pretty terrific beer selection. Choose a few to taste! Awesome neighborhood go-to.
  • Sabrina M.
    Sabrina MajeedMarch 22, 2015
    Get the smoked meat flatbread. The cream cheese on it is a nice touch.
  • Michael B.
    Michael BecknerAugust 1, 2011
    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
  • Adam R.
    Adam RenzJanuary 10, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Amazing beer selection and a menu that always manages to shine. Ask the bar staff and wait staff for recs.
  • Ricky S.
    Ricky SherrillSeptember 27, 2014
    A great after work place to grab drinks along with a very good bar menu.
  • Kathleen C.
    Kathleen CorlessOctober 31, 2015
    The wedding beer is great, awesome tater tots and cauliflower arancini. Cute atmosphere.
  • Sean S.
    Sean SJune 5, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    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
  • Joey M.
    Joey MarburgerJune 23, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Ask for Eddy. She'll take care of you and she's got opinions on beers that are honest and awesome.
  • Mike C.
    Mike ChauJuly 7, 2013
    Try the The Luther - Fried chicken doughnut sandwich with bacon and buttered pecans. Insanity.
  • Jeremy T.
    Jeremy ThomasAugust 30, 2014
    Great beer list and late night food. I remember the grilled cheese being extremely satisfying
  • Karl B.
    Karl BrennemanJanuary 19, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Great wings and of course the beer selection is second to none in town.
  • Patrick F.
    Patrick FrankJanuary 21, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Chris is the best server. Ask him for a recommendation or what Greg E and the team are up to.
  • Rachel
    RachelApril 24, 2013
    LOVE Churchkey. Try to get a table back from the window during happy hour; it's hard to see your friends.
  • David P.
    David PittsSeptember 27, 2016
    So much beer! Dozens of craft options. Be ready to stand if you're there at night, it's packed.
  • Brian K.
    Brian KnottsOctober 2, 2011
    Amazing selection for surprisingly economical prices, wasn't too crowed either, and I went on a Friday after work
  • Brad Z.
    Brad ZickafooseApril 14, 2012
    One of the few places that stock Arrogant Bastard Ale. Order one and know what great beer tastes like.
  • Lindsay L.
    Lindsay LongobardiMay 12, 2015
    Great beer selection and events. I will definitely go to more tap take overs!
  • Joshua H.
    Joshua HigginsJuly 11, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    I'm not a huge beer fan, but ever beer I've tried here has been really good.
  • Kyle R.
    Kyle R.August 13, 2014
    The expertise of these guys is amazing. Come in for original brews. A bit pricey, though.
  • John M.
    John MelloDecember 21, 2011
    This is THE place to be if you enjoy beer. Well over 500 beers to explore and enjoy
  • Jack E.
    Jack EtheringtonSeptember 24
    Great draft selection, tater tot poutine, large but pricey bottle selection
  • Dara F.
    Dara FisherDecember 26, 2012
    More good happy hour, although far from the metro (and therefore a little off the beaten path).
  • Rick K.
    Rick KempenAugust 20, 2011
    Woah, the choice in beer is unlimited here. Seek out Dutch craft beer in the bottle section!
  • Bill C.
    Bill CouchOctober 4, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    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.
  • Max
    MaxDecember 4, 2015
    List of 500 carefully selected beers. 50(!) on tap, 5 cask. - All said.
  • Jared C.
    Jared CunhaMarch 17, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    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.
  • Alexis N.
    Alexis NascimentoApril 26, 2012
    Also -- the service is phenomenal! Super friendly, knowledgable and quick.
  • Michael B.
    Michael BurkeSeptember 7, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Incredible beer selection. The bottle list is 32 pages long!
  • Liz M.
    Liz MargolisJanuary 6, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Stew is great. First time I've been there where a bartender wasn't too swamped to make conversation.
  • Alex P.
    Alex PopovaAugust 31, 2015
    Interesting beer and great atmosphere. Can be very hard to find a spot.
  • Alexis N.
    Alexis NascimentoApril 26, 2012
    Love, love, loved the Arrancini! Order two of 'em... It's totally worth it!
  • Glo T.
    Glo TOctober 18, 2015
    I love the option of a 4oz pour or glass. It's so much easier to try the different beers!
  • James C.
    James C.November 27, 2011
    Greg and Kevin were so nice to talk to. The food was great but the beer was amazing.
  • Skip S.
    Skip SolisMarch 27, 2013
    If you like great, not just good beer, then you need to come here ASAP!
  • Derek F.
    Excellent draft beers. Get anything from Maine Beer Co. or Singlecut. 👌🏾
  • Cheryl V L.
    Cheryl V LangApril 5, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Sneaky Pete Imperial IPA - Delicious, but it has a bite. #ipa
  • Liz M.
    Liz MargolisJanuary 6, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Stew is great. First time I've been there were a bartender wasn't too swamped to make conversation.
  • Alex B.
    Alex BookerMarch 17
    Their beer selection is really diverse and different from your average DC 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!
  • Charlie S.
    Charlie SharbelJune 2, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    This place has a 1337 beer selection, especially the rotating taps.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Alex P.
    Alex PriestNovember 17, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Brendan is the man. Ask him about his brewery that he's opening in 9 months!
  • Cheeky M.
    Cheeky McBumfaceNovember 17, 2014
    Amazing beer selection! Go early to get a table
  • Tony C.
    Tony ChangAugust 20
    Try the Poutine Tots - poutine tots (via @Foodspotting)
  • Molly D.
    Molly DayDecember 11, 2013
    Tater tots. Great beer selection; ask for samples before you commit.
  • Aaron H.
    Aaron HoodApril 22, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    So many great beer choices! The charcuterie plate is tasty.
  • Michael F.
    Michael FiolkerNovember 12, 2013
    Leckeres Bier für Amerika die mal nach Deutschland kommen sollten,die würden aus den Latschen kippen.Nette Umgebung und ein Deutsch sprechender Kellner
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