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Birch and Barley
1337 14th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005
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4.7 of 5.0 from 122 reviews
price range:$26 to $50
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Birch and Barley Reviews
Try the secret Luther burger (breaded chicken and bacon between glazed donut buns) not listed on the menu. Available only Sundays for lunch!
by Chris L.
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.
by Mark S.
Awesome atmosphere! Will definitely be a regular here
by Jessica R.
Thai wings are amazing!
by Skye W.
Tater tots. Great beer selection; ask for samples before you commit.
by Molly D.
Good food, awful crowd.
Bar stools here are a premium!
by Ryan E.
Leckeres Bier für Amerika die mal nach Deutschland kommen sollten,die würden aus den Latschen kippen.Nette Umgebung und ein Deutsch sprechender Kellner
by Michael F.
Friendly staff that is very educated.
by Jay C.
Nice place, nice personnel
by Maxim S.
Get the chocco taco. You WON'T regret it. It's super satisfying!
by Jenipher B.
Strange. Hot plates are teeny tiny. They're not whole meals. Who orders two tablespoons of pasta for $8? Misleading
by Sara A.
Try the "Brat Burger" for a new take on an old classic!
by Brian B.
The corn arrancini are vegetarian!
by DC Vegetarian
Try the Grilled Cheese (via @Foodspotting)
by Tony C.
Try the Asian Wings (via @Foodspotting)
by Tony C.
Try the Shishito Peppers (via @Foodspotting)
by Tony C.
Try the Tater Tots (via @Foodspotting)
by Tony C.
Let your eyes adjust to the dark when you get upstairs, take a gander at the great beer list. Wings are great, too!
by Justin M.
Take advantage of their 4 oz tasters (comes in snifters) which are perfect to try multiple beers on an ever changing draft list
by Joseph H.
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!
by Arminda K.
Nothing goes better with all the delicious beers than a Fig & Prosciutto flatbread.
by Behrad B.
Holy poop! What a beer selection. Get there early to get a seat at the bar.
by Ray C.
Brunch: The service was incredibly slow which felt intentional. After finally being approached it couldn't have felt more awkward! Atmosphere 👎, food eh, service 👎👎 total bummer I won't go back
by Kim D.
Great food paired with a fantastic, extensive beer selection. Tide over your wait downstairs by going up to ChurchKey's beer bar.
by Serious Eats
Pumking beer is back! It's great and better than ever! Also check Dragon's Milk.
by Wesley C.
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!
by Simon H.
Try the The Luther - Fried chicken doughnut sandwich with bacon and buttered pecans. Insanity. (via @Foodspotting)
by Mike C.
Try the Chicken and Waffles - Belgian waffles and buttered pecans (via @Foodspotting)
by Mike C.
Superb collection of craft beers. Great take on modern bar food. Try the Chicken souvlaki flatbread. Beer selection is too intimidating, best to ask the bartender for recommendations as per your taste
by Nikhil R.
Whether it’s a draught, a bottle, or a rare vintage ale, we always find a beer to love. And we never skip on the food menu either—with comfort food classics like mac 'n' cheese sticks and disco fries.
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.
by Paul K.
Ask for Eddy. She'll take care of you and she's got opinions on beers that are honest and awesome.
by Joey M.
The beer selection is to die for.
by Ouzy M.
I thought the beer was great. Then I had their Disco Fries! OMG!!! I want to move to D.C.
by Zymurgy M.
Just ask for the best lager.
by Tim S.
This place has a 1337 beer selection, especially the rotating taps.
by Charlie S.
Incredible beer selection-Allagash White is a perfect summer beer.
by Ryan O.
LOVE Churchkey. Try to get a table back from the window during happy hour; it's hard to see your friends.
Get the rabbit pot pie!!!
by Sarah K.
Gouden Carolus Classic on draft!! Yessss
by Tory G.
Highly recommend the shishito peppers!
by Gary R.
Curly's gold resides behind the cellar door.
Dragons Milk, Chokolat, and Snack Attack are 3 of the better rotating Stouts
by Matt M.
50 taps 500 beers - do it
by Kyle K.
Try the Sneaky Pete Imperial IPA - Delicious, but it has a bite. #ipa (via @Foodspotting)
by Cheryl V L.
Sometimes people lose shoes in these bathrooms...
by Emily E.
If you like great, not just good beer, then you need to come here ASAP!
by Skip S.
Thank everyone that works here for making awesome beer happen
by Jason P.
Too crowded on the weekends. Great beer and charcuterie selections
by Brian S.
The Rauchbier on tap is outstanding.
by Jonathan H.
More good happy hour, although far from the metro (and therefore a little off the beaten path).
by Dara F.
A beer drinker's trip to DC isn't complete without a trip to ChurchKey!
Try the beers!
by Mario S.
One of my favorite brunches in the city. Reserve a table in advance and if space is tight call and ask to be placed at the Chef's bar overlooking the kitchen. The homemade donuts are a must.
Good luck with your dating and your networking.... I just wanted a burger. Peace.
by Josh P.
Best gluten free restaurant in DC. They will gladly alter any dish, have a separate GF bread plate (with delicious surprises), and pages of allergy-free beers. Servers very knowledgable, too!
by Tara C.
Carries oc's the bruery on draft.
by Rosanna C.
Be sure to check out the celiac-friendly gluten free menu!!!!
by Josh M.
Best chicken & waffles ever!
by David B.
Goat cheese cheesecake is heavenly. Screw the calories. No regrets.
Sit at the bar if possible. I you arrive early and get a seat you are in for a treat. Learn a thing or two and try something new. Now out of rhymes.
Pair a brat burger, topped with beer-braised sauerkraut and Emmentaler, with a pint of Kentucky Breakfast Stout:
by Tasting Table
The Brät Burger–a mix of veal, ground beef, and pork–lends this burger its signature bratwurst flavor. It's a meaty, porky meld that's topped with beer-braised sauerkraut and Emmentaler cheese.
by Men's Health Mag
Don't bother going there if you have a foreign ID. The stupid troll at the door does not know what they are
Get the Shishitos. Russian Roulette of peppers and so so good.
by Joey M.
Have the Belgian Strong Dark Ale! It's amazing!
by kenya b.
This is a place
by Marvin L.
If you're there for brunch, order the Boozy Lunch. It includes the donut holes (which are a simply delectable), an entree (highly recommend the waffles & fried chicken), & 2 drinks!
by Kerrie P.
Get Deschutes Abyss if you prefer strong beer akin to espresso
by Fred G.
do yourself a favor n do not order a f' ing cocktail or aged grape juice, u will look like an a$$ beer is phenomenal here, get it on cask
by Sean S.
Keep it classy by enjoying mac & cheese sticks with your beer
by Christopher W.
This place upstairs has a funky weird smell!! Dislike smell, ok otherwise
by Daniel B.
Also -- the service is phenomenal! Super friendly, knowledgable and quick.
by Alexis N.
Love, love, loved the Arrancini! Order two of 'em... It's totally worth it!
by Alexis N.
One of the few places that stock Arrogant Bastard Ale. Order one and know what great beer tastes like.
by Brad Z.
by J F.
Lots of beer, overly pretentious, Not the place for a real beer snob.
by Eva O.
Good beer! (3 of 4 petals via Fondu)
by Lindsay P.
Try oine of the cask ales - definitely a different beer experience!
by Jon M.
Boozy Brunch FTW
by Chris G.
Made our South's Best List! Beer director Greg Engert can match the ideal ale to a brat burger or a starter of grilled octopus with pickled eggplant.
by Southern Living
Order the cookie and confection plate. It will CHANGE YOUR LIFE.
by Rheanne W.
maybe the best homemade donuts in town -- there is a lot to love about this brunch but it can be tough getting a reservation. While mimosas are good, try the brunch punch to mix things up a bit!
by Brunch and the City
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)
by Frank R.
What to get: Pork loin with greens and eggplant; cavatelli with roasted chicken and chicken-skin cracklings; hake with beans and corn; grilled skirt steak with puréed potatoes and mustard greens.
by Washingtonian Magazine
I don't understand why they're putting tomatoes in their salads in January. More than a few things have gone downhill here since the place became overrun by tourists and suburbanites.
by John K.
Chicken & Waffles!
by Amaya R.
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.
by Bitches Who B.
This is THE place to be if you enjoy beer. Well over 500 beers to explore and enjoy
by John M.
From toffee-bacon donuts to Grand Marnier French toast, the brunch menu at Birch & Barley is innovative and interesting. We gave it an A+!
by Bitches Who B.
Get the charcuterie board! It's awesome. The autumn waldorf salad is great too.
by Lynn P.
Excellent brunch, the Fried Egg BLT might shave a few days off your life, but it may just be worth it-- fried egg on a pretzel roll with a pork belly and arugula.
by Phil B.
Snifter? Hardly know her.
by Ty B.
Greg and Kevin were so nice to talk to. The food was great but the beer was amazing.
by James C.
We had kevin as a bartender, he was fantastic! Knew his stuff and took AMAZING care of us! I would recommend him and come back just for him!
by Kari B.
Birch & Barley is best known for is its breakfast,. Our choices? The chicken and waffles or the house made toffee-bacon doughnuts. Yum.
by FiOS 50
Awesome. They have a gluten-free beer menu!
by Midy A.
The bar food is UPstairs. The swanky stuff is down.
by Chris D.
Great bartenders, strong drannks!
by Thien-Y H.
There's literally over 100 beers available here.
by Hugham C.
*** stars in Tom Sietsema's Fall Dining Guide 2011 ("One hundred bottles of beer on the wall? Try more than 500," writes Tom.) http://wapo.st/qrpFHA
by Washington Post
*** stars in Tom Sietsema's Fall Dining Guide 2011 ("One hundred bottles of beer on the wall? Try more than 500," writes Tom.)
by Washington Post M.
Beer you can't get anywhere else!
by Lynnsey L.
Amazing selection for surprisingly economical prices, wasn't too crowed either, and I went on a Friday after work
by Brian K.
The best beer selection in all of DC -- even for girly beer drinkers like myself. It gets busy quickly, so try to get there early.
by Laura M.
Best bacon in DC. (Especially when crumbled on top of donuts!)
by Drew M.
Unbelievable beer list. Cool, easygoing, an surprisingly good service!
by The Happy H.
O. M. G. Beer selection.
by Jay M.
Incredible tap and bottle selection of craft beer. The food is also inventive and delicious.
by Daniel F.
Stephen was phenominal, his pairing suggestions spot on. Awesome beer list... And the food! Definitely be back the next time I'm in DC.
by Nikki E.
Fabulous service, great food!!!
by Mia D.
Their doughnuts served for Sunday brunch may be among the best things you'll ever eat.
by David B.
Don't overlook the tasting menu. Constantly changing, always delivering. Treat yourself. Go alone, sit in the back overlooking the kitchen and indulge. The desserts are amazing too.
by M Squared Real Estate
Have the tasting menu!
Sitting just beneath its sister beer haven ChurchKey, Birch & Barley is the full package: a refined menu plus creative desserts and a beer list that is 555-strong. [Eater 38 Member]
Awesome food + biggest and best beer selection in the MD/DC/VA area.
by Christopher R.
Get the doughnuts. Seriously. Just do.
by Ed O.
4 oz. beers mean you can taste a LOT!
by John H.
Disappointed they've shrunk the caesar.
by Carl W.
by Steven P.
The Chicken & Waffles are Dyn-O-Mite! Order a Bloody Mary to go with it and thank me later
by Johnny S.
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