EATER — Locals Are Thankful Church Beer Hall Has Come to Town

The cavernous 7,000-square-foot beer bar Church Hall gave Georgetowners a new drinking option on March 30.

The slightly hidden subterranean restaurant and bar (1070 Wisconsin Avenue NW), situated between retailer Frye and chain bakery Paul, comes from the hospitality gurus at Tin Shop (Penn SocialBig ChiefFranklin Hall).

Three bars serve up local brews from 28 draft beer lines, along with two draft cocktails, two boozy slushies, and wine. Chef Justin Clements’ opening menu includes a jumbo pretzel with cheese dip ($8), sweet potato tots ($6), crispy chicken wings ($10), and a spicy black bean veggie burger ($11).

Read on to hear what customers are saying, about two weeks into service:

The One to Watch News: Yelper Michael O. predicts Church is going to draw customers from other local bars. “Finally I don’t have to go all the way to 14th Street,” he writes, adding. “Definitely, this is going to take business away from the Sovereign.” [Yelp]

The Well Thought Out News: BYT writes, “Church Hall is meant for drinking ... it’s a well organized space that wants to make getting a beer in your hand as quick and painless as possible.” The Washington Post notes “what could have been a cave-like room is broken into multiple zones, including areas with couches and fireplaces and a mezzanine bar stocked with board games.” [WaPo, BYT]

The We Really Needed This News: Yelper Bob B. says, “the newest addition to the severely lacking bar scenes in Georgetown is here. Great location, great design.” And Yelper Juliya G. callsChurch a “great new spot. Tasty local and craft beers in a fun setting. They have four-across, giant playing cards, uno, and cards against humanity for your amusement :)” [Yelp]

The Let’s Eat News: Facebook user CJ Machado writes, “The chef and cooks are amazing, the ambience is just lively, and the food is truly exceptional!” And fellow Facebooker Brian Tinney calls Church a “great place to kick back and enjoy some sports with a good drink. Food was rather good too.” [Facebook]

The Welcome Study Break News: Instagrammer @booksbeersbarbells kicked back with a book and a brew at Church. “Study sesh at @churchhalldc featuring Augustine’s #CivDeiand a delicious cream ale from @geneseebrewery.” [Instagram]

    Tin Shop