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Beer Bar and Gastropub$$$$
Logan Circle - Shaw, Washington
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    Ebrahim B.
    "Excellent selection of beer!! Also has Monocacy brewery on tap!"(66 Tips)
    Simon B.
    "Cask ales choice is excellent!"(8 Tips)
    Behrad Eats
    "delicious Disco Fries with cheddar cheese and sausage gravy."(4 Tips)
    Tony C.
    "Try the Poutine Tots - poutine tots (via @Foodspotting)"(17 Tips)
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  • tater tots
  • trendy
  • mac & cheese
  • casual
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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!
  • Sofia P.heart icon on user image
    Sofia PapastamelosFebruary 18, 2019
    This place has a lot of really great brews on tap in a variety of styles. Get a full pint or a tasting glass if you want to try a couple types.
  • Behrad Eatsheart icon on user image
    Behrad EatsJune 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.
  • Behrad Eatsheart icon on user image
    Behrad EatsJanuary 13, 2017
    Been here 10+ times
    Can't beat the delicious Disco Fries with cheddar cheese and sausage gravy.
  • Brian S.heart icon on user image
    Brian SmithMarch 16, 2020
    Been here 10+ times
    Churchkey is the benchmark of brewpub in DC. Sitting above the restaurant Birch and Barley, Churchkey host as many of 55 new and unique beer per week. The number of barkeeps shows this is important.
  • ketzirah l.heart icon on user image
    ketzirah lesserMarch 5, 2017
    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
  • Y.Arman B.heart icon on user image
    Y.Arman BarlasMarch 15, 2017
    They always have a great list of rotating beers on tap covering all tastes. Such an extensive beer list, bottles, can, craft and draft.
  • Thaís S.
    Thaís SoaresAugust 15, 2019
    Kind and knowledgeable staff that can help you navigate the beer menu. Tater tots were delicious. The place has a winter-ish vibe - too dark and with few available tables if you want to sit outside.
  • DoubleDeuceheart icon on user image
    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.
  • Louis M.heart icon on user image
    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.
  • 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
  • Trevor M.heart icon on user image
    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!
  • Cole T.heart icon on user image
    Cole TJune 14, 2017
    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.
  • Dan M.heart icon on user image
    Dan MoneyOctober 18, 2019
    Fantastic in every way. Tartare, pate and pastas were all excellent. Beer menu is incredible (and even bigger upstairs). Awesome bartenders and staff. Love it
  • Paul Travis K.heart icon on user image
    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.
  • Chris F.heart icon on user image
    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.
  • 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
  • Alex R.heart icon on user image
    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.
  • Robin B.heart icon on user image
    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.
  • Sam L.
    Sam LeeSeptember 12, 2017
    Impressive number of taps, but you have to go with the cask ales. This place is an experience for beer lovers.
  • 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.
  • Nathan H.heart icon on user image
    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
  • natalie k.heart icon on user image
    natalie kayApril 18, 2016
    Excellent selection of beers. Mac and cheese sticks are great to share and the homemade smores are spot on!
  • Josh P.heart icon on user image
    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?)
  • 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!
  • Lily J.heart icon on user image
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Y.Arman B.heart icon on user image
    Y.Arman BarlasMarch 15, 2017
    They always have a great list of rotating beers on tap covering all tastes.
  • Behrad Eatsheart icon on user image
    Behrad EatsSeptember 2, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Must try the Mac & Cheese Sticks made with garlic breadcrumbs and served with tomato relish.
  • Andrew D.heart icon on user image
    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 Bruinheart icon on user image
    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
  • Connie H.heart icon on user image
    Connie HaroDecember 9, 2015
    Best bartenders in the entire city! Super friendly and great people to talk to.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Greg B.heart icon on user image
    Greg BrownJune 30, 2017
    Beer, of course! Enough to suit all styles and preferences....try one of the flatbreads for a nice pairing.
  • Rachel L.
    Rachel LJune 12, 2018
    Awesome beer selection. Get the poutine tater tots
  • Sophia H.heart icon on user image
    Sophia HJuly 22, 2017
    Fantastic stouts! Mala Vida Bourbon (brewed by Montseny) is amazing, very chocolatey and silky-smooth.
  • 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
  • Trevorheart icon on user image
    TrevorDecember 4, 2015
    Wonderful selection of beers of all types, available in small and regular sizes. Gets extremely busy early in the evening.
  • 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.
  • Rachel K.heart icon on user image
    Rachel KMay 18, 2015
    So many good draft beers and a super huge collection of bottled beer.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Aaron A.
    Aaron AmmermanJuly 1, 2018
    Been here 10+ times
    With rare exceptions, the best beer list in the city. Also a great place for tots.
  • 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.
  • 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!
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