The upstairs bar above sister restaurant Birch & Barley has one thing on its mind: beer. More than 500 varieties, to be precise. But this isn’t your average brewhouse—the shiny wood floors, sculptural light fixtures and bustling crowd should tell you that. ChurchKey opened in late 2009 and has barely had time to breathe since, drawing crowds nightly for its gourmet lagers and ales (housed in state-of-the-art, temperature-controlled vaults), upscale comfort food (tater tots and grilled cheese), and energetic scene. Wednesday through Saturday, expect long waits and don’t bank on a table.
1337 14th Street, NW
|Cross street:||at Rhode Island Avenue|
|Opening hours:||4pm–1am Mon–Fri; noon–2am Sat; noon–1am Sun|
|Transport:||U Street/African-American Civil War Memorial/Cardozo Metro or McPherson Square Metro|
Beer fans from all over the US head to Church Key, which has the city's best beer selection. It gets crowded on weekends, but during the week, head there with a group and explore the ever-changing offerings.
This place has 50 drafts and 500 bottles...it's insane. Drinking any old beer in this place should be illegal. Come to try something NEW. There's a really long bar and a fair amount of seating by the front windows. The lights are always kept low and there's a lot of people, so it's definitely got a nightlife vibe.