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Beer lovers all over the District are relishing over ChurchKey, the newest addition to the trendy 14th Street lounge scene. As the more casual, chic counterpart to its equally anticipated other half, Birch & Barley, ChurchKey boasts an out-of-this-world beer list, packed with a variety of unique brews. The always packed, “it” beer bar boasts over 50 drafts, 500 bottles and 5 English-style cask ales – Washington’s largest selection by far. For those looking to take advantage of the bold assortment, grab a seat at one of the comfy, oversized banquettes and try ordering a variety of 4-ounce servings.
Don’t sample on an empty stomach though – ChurchKey’s witty menu is almost as impressive at the booze list. Executive Chef Kyle Bailey has concocted some quirky small plates that pair perfectly with Beer Director Greg Engert’s brews. Bring your foodie friends with a sense of humor, and share an order of the Disco Fries with Cheddar and Sausage Gravy or the whimsical Green Eggs & Ham – deviled duck eggs served with duck pancetta and sage.
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Insider Tip: ChurchKey will offer unique beer flights soon! For those who can’t handle the hops but still want to savor the new menu, all ChurchKey flatbreads can be prepared gluten-free.
Hipsters and serious dance aficionados beware – there’s a new party in town. Hidden along trendy 14th Street in the heart of the U Street Corridor, lies Café Saint-Ex, a European aviation-inspired restaurant/bar with a few secrets to share. Named for the French aviator and author of A Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupery, Café Saint-Ex is more than just an eclectic neighborhood eatery. Travel below to the depths of the establishment to Gate 54 for a music-infused mecca – packed to the brim Thursday through Saturday and pulsing with DJ-generated beats sure to get those hips moving.
Visit the best basement party since college, but opt for a more sophisticated vibe this time. Travel below to the depths of the establishment to Gate 54, the restaurant’s eclectic basement lounge, for a music-infused mecca – packed to the brim Thursday through Saturday and pulsing with DJ-generated beats sure to get those hips moving. Café Saint-Ex boasts noteworthy Brazilian Nights every third Thursday of the month. Sponsored by Peroni and complete with authentic Caipirinha specials, Saint-Ex will transport you to Rio within the walls of the restaurant’s eclectic basement lounge, Gate 54. So grab a few drinks and see where the night leads after some Euro-infused revelry.
They say that good things come in small packages and at 14 Street’s newest neighborhood haunt, Masa 14, petite equals perfection. Located just north of popular Logan Circle, the Latin-Asian eatery has received a warm welcome from locals, political hotshots and foodies alike. Take one bite of the miso-glazed black cod, and as it melts in your mouth, you’ll understand all the buzz.
A concept co-founded by celebrated DC executive chefs Chef Richard Sandoval (of Zengo fame) and Chef “Kaz” Okochi (Kaz Sushi Bistro), Masa 14 packs huge flavor into a variety of tantalizing Latin and Asian-inspired small plates – delectable little morsels that will definitely leave you wanting “just one more bite.” That’s good news – with reasonable prices and ideal tasting portions, you can have plenty of bites from a mouth-watering menu selection that’s perfect for sharing.
While you wait for a table at the industrial, yet organically chic establishment, grab a seat at the longest bar in DC. Masa 14 boasts a 65-foot bar with extensive tequila, sake and cocktail selections. For a refreshing start to the evening, order some spicy edamame and have one of the trendy, European bartenders concoct you a “Strawberry Lemonade” to cool off – a perfectly tart blend of vodka, fresh strawberry puree and fresh lemon juice for an extra kick.
Insider Tip: Stick around for some after-hours fun, because Masa 14 features a DJ on most weekend nights. Pair that with a couple of cocktails and a seat at the central communal table, and you’ll be sure to leave with more friends than you came in with.
For everything but the kitchen sink, travel to trendy 14th Street’s Home Rule, the quirky kitchen and home goods store packed with great essentials accented with a fun twist or two. Peruse this tiny shop with big personality for endless gadgets and items for the bed, bath and way beyond – this little gem has everything to stock the perfect bar, outfit your kitchen in style, and even accessorize your home office.
Give your next cocktail party some punch with witty ice trays and funky swizzlesticks. For the more practical shopper with a sense of humor, grab some Pac-Man Hot Head oven mitts or a cute, mouse cheese grater. The shop also has a variety of personal care products from lines like Jack Black grooming, Pre De Provence and Herbal Essentials. Whether you’re searching for your next traditional pot or pan or a fun gift for a friend, Home Rule has it all.