Great Bars 2011: ChurchKey

Since opening in fall 2009, ChurchKey has become the hottest beer bar in DC. Make it through the crowds to the bar and you can sip from a carefully curated selection—about 50 drafts, more than 500 bottles, and five cask ales. The staff shares beer director Greg Engert’s deep knowledge and is a reliable guide. And with 17-foot ceilings, sparkling chandeliers, and love-seat style booths, the space is just as appealing as the beer menu. Despite the exclusive vibe, ChurchKey has populist touches in both food (fried mac and cheese, rich risotto balls) and prices (four-ounce glasses start at $1.50).

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