With 55 draft lines and 500-plus bottles that all manage to deliver on quality, ChurchKey is a chic Logan Circle destination for DC's die-hard beer fans. In addition to the meticulously curated lineup of domestic brews and collabs one would expect from a top-flight beer bar, this stylish spot above sister restaurant Birch & Barley has its finger on the pulse of what’s happening craft-wise overseas, too, allowing you to one-up your friends by saying things like, “I’ve really been impressed by what’s happening in Estonia’s beer scene lately” with complete seriousness. The food menu is loaded with plenty of hearty bites like tater tots, burgers, and flatbreads to soak up all those suds.
A cornerstone of Washington’s craft beer culture, ChurchKey reopened this past spring after a lengthy pandemic hiatus and hasn’t missed a step. The more than 50 temperature-controlled draft lines continue to feature local and global picks, from rare finds to crowd-pleasing flagships—and that’s not even including the massive bottle and can selection. A seat along the long bar is the place to talk shop with the bartenders, who are happy to offer samples and recommendations.