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“Holy Crap!!”
Review of Churchkey

Churchkey
Ranked #163 of 3,213 Restaurants in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, Bar, Pub
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene, Large groups
Dining options: Drinks, Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Full Bar, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television, Waitstaff
Neighborhood: Logan Circle/ Shaw
Upstate, NY
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34 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Holy Crap!!”
Reviewed June 16, 2012

the food was good but the beers were amazing. you can order 4 oz glasses which allows you to try many different beers that you may never find if you are from out of town. well worth the trip if you love craft beer

  • Visited June 2012
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Maybe not as good as it thinks it is”
Reviewed June 11, 2012

More a bar with food than a restaurant, Churchkey has a huge selection of beer and OK food. The food is reasonably priced, but some of the portions are smail. The beer seems average price for a big city bar and I have to say the two I sampled were excellent. I would recommend Moylan's Imperial stout to anyone who likes a strong, dark beer. I did complain the measure seemed a little short (and at $9 for a 12 oz glass I expect to be full) and the barman gave me some extra in another glass.
On the down side my food order went astray and it does seem to be a little too full of big tv screens with incomprehensible American sport reportage (ok I accept I am a 50 something Brit and it wasn't designed for me). But I did feel it was all a bit smug about its beer range and how good a bar it is when there are far better places in other cities.
Get a decent map to find it. It's about 15 minutes from the nearest Metro. The area is modern and very dull.

  • Visited May 2012
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Washington DC
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31 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Best beer bar in town!”
Reviewed June 8, 2012

Amazing beer list (draft, cask & bottles), great food and knowledgeable servers in a nice pub-like atmosphere. Great place to hangout with friends or try new beers. Churchkey also frequently hosts special tastings and events. If you are a tourist or business traveler who enjoys good beer this is a must - try the flat bread pizzas too!

  • Visited June 2012
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Thank we_bHiKe
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Paris, France
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“A mecca for beer-lovers--but overpriced”
Reviewed June 3, 2012

Beer-lovers will think they have died and gone to heaven when the reach the top the [very poorly lilt] staircase to the Churchkey lounge and bar. [On the ground floor of the same building is a restaurant known as Birch and Barley., under the same management.]

No fewer than 555 craft brews, including around 50 on tap [including Ch'ti from France!] and a dozen or so cask-conditioned ales are on the list at Churchkey.

From a very small menu I selected "Sausage, Egg & Cheese on a warm creme fraiche biscuit with a simple salad" priced at $14.00 It's like a McDonalds Sausage Biscuit with Egg on steroids...with a price to match, but I have to admit it was delciious.

The bartender was knowledgeable and helpful. Upon his advice, I chose one of the cask-conditioned ales, an Icebreaker Imperial IPA from the Lost Rhino Brewing Company in nearby Ashburn, VA. A glass set me back $9.00. It's intensely hoppy, rated 93 IBU, with a very complex taste. As with most cask-conditioned ales, this is is helped by the fact that it is served at a temperature conisdered "warm" by the afficionados of Bud or Millers, who prefer their beer to be as close to freezing temperature as possible.

A disadvantage is that Churchkey is located near Logan Circle, a long walk from the nearest Metro station. In hot weather you'll get thirsty, but your thirst will be properly quenched once you arrive at Churchkey.

  • Visited May 2012
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“Good place for cocktails and to meet friends”
Reviewed May 31, 2012

A good place for cocktails and to meet friends. Decent bar food. A rather young crowd. Worth a visit if you are looking for a new watering hole in DC.

Visited June 2011
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