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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!
  • DC Dining Adventures
    DC Dining AdventuresJune 20
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
    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
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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?)
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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
    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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
    Excellent selection of beers. Mac and cheese sticks are great to share and the homemade smores are spot on!
  • 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.)
  • 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!
  • Lily J.
    Lily JungJuly 7
    Good beer selection. It changes daily. The food menu on the foursquare site isn't the same. IT is best to check the website.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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."
  • 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).
  • Connie H.
    Connie HaroDecember 9, 2015
    Best bartenders in the entire city! Super friendly and great people to talk to.
  • 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!
  • 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)
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Cesar C.
    Cesar CalderonApril 30, 2014
    Been here 50+ 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
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