Southampton Publick House
Active Beers: 36
Beer Ratings: 5,710
Beer Avg: 3.94
Taps: 8 / Bottles: 6
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 61 | Reviews: 53 | Show All Ratings:
4.49/5 rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5 | $$
I grew up in nearby Sag Harbor and the Publick House was my first experience with craft beer. It's essentially the only place in the area with a focus on craft beer which keeps them busy with tourist traffic in the peak season, but the consistently excellent service and reasonable prices keep us locals coming back all year long.
The Publick House is split into two halves, the tap room and the dining room. The dining room is a quiet space with the feel of an upscale restaurant. They take reservations and can be quite busy during the summer. The tap room is the bar area, with about 15 stools at the bar and quite a few tables. The atmosphere can vary. There's a laid-back crowd in the afternoons and early evenings, but at night they often have a DJ or other live music and it can get loud and rowdy.
Quality is high at the Publick House. All of the year-round offerings are solid and they do some excellent seasonals and one-offs. The beers that are part of their 750 series are top notch. It was on hiatus this year, but the one-offs they usually release at their annual RIS release are some of the best beers I've had anywhere.
Service is hard to beat. Don Sullivan, the owner, is very friendly and you can often find him around the restaurant. He's very good to his regulars and always comes by to say hello when I'm in with my father. The bartenders are very friendly - say hi to Brady in the afternoons - and I've always gotten good service in the dining room.
Selection can be hit or miss. They always have their five year-round beers on (an altbier, double white, an English IPA, a pils and a light lager) which are all solid and then 2-4 taps for rotating seasonals. The seasonal selection had gotten a bit stagnant lately with the same beers showing up every year, but I'm hoping with new head brewer Evan Addario taking over this past year we'll see him bring some of his own recipes into the lineup.
The food is great. I've tried most of the menu at this point and it's all well-crafted. It's essentially an upscale pub menu for a nice dinner, but also with some good traditional bar bites if you're looking to have a few apps and a few beers in the tap room.
Value is very good - for the area. If you're coming to visit the Hamptons from somewhere other than NYC, it might seem expensive (as does everything here) when compared to your neighborhood brewpub. If you live in the Hamptons and know that you can't get dinner for 2 with drinks at most places for less than $100, this is a bargain. If you really want a good deal, check out the happy hour on weekdays - cheap beers and they often pass out some free apps.
05-13-2013 16:28:10 | More by MThiele360
4.03/5 rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped by the Southampton Publick House while on vacation in Mid September. The atmosphere is nice, you get past the hedges and they have a nice little deck area for outdoor dining. You walk in and the bar is upfront with the dining room to the right. While you walk to the dining room they have a glass wall which provides a view of the MLT, HLT, and fermentation chamber. Which I thought was pretty cool, a little bit of a nicer set up then my mlt cooler and beer bucket at home.
The quality and service were very good and I enjoyed most of the beers I tried. The only slight issue I had was with the selection, which I found to be a little lacking with only 8 or so beers on tap.
I thought the food was very good with the Mussels being the highlight. I had the fish and chips which was delicious also, my friend ordered the crab cakes which were a little sub par, not bad at all just more filler than you would like. This place is very reasonably priced especially considering the area it's in.
Overall I would definitely recommend stopping by for both the beer and food.
09-22-2012 17:35:16 | More by Profchaos20
4.33/5 rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
First place review!
Attended the 2012 SH RIS release on January 28th. To start this place has a ton of available parking out front and across the street big+. We parked down the street and were greeted to a decent sized line outside of a nicely sized building with a great looking outside area with a big deck and garden with benches. Inside to the left is a nicely sized bar that could probably sit about 20 people and a dining room to the right with several tables. Even with all the people finding a seat was no problem.
As soon as the release started they had everyone organize the line by ticket number and let everyone in single file. As soon as you walked in the door they handed you a free beautiful 22oz South Hampton RIS snifter and had everyone pay near the bar or in the back and sent you to collect your beer in a separate room. Afterward they poured at least 16 oz of every beer released and more. Getting a beer was a little tough but I never waited more then a few minutes. I also sat in the dining room for lunch. Waiter was polite, enthusiastic, and attentive.
Food was excellent. I had the Cajun chicken sandwich covered in guacamole with waffle fries which was delicious.
Beers were decently priced with generous pours. Food was a also decently priced and portioned.
Overall this place is awesome can't wait to come back next year!
02-03-2012 00:27:49 | More by ixodus
4.68/5 rDev +8.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
Ah the Southampton publick house, what a great place. The tap room has a huge bar area plus a load of tables to accommodate the masses of people who flock here. with good reason though this place serves some of the best beer brewed on long island, the staff knows their beers inside and out and can always help you make the best selection for your tastes. they also offer a sample plate of a few smaller servings of beer to help you decide. The food here is also top notch everything from pub favorites to stakes and brunch. They do live music on the weekends and have plenty of specials during the week. Also the events are some of the nicest well organized partys i have ever had the pleasure of going too in the beer world, At this past years IRS release everyone who walked in the door got a free oversized southampton snifter and brewery stickers. It just shows how these people go out of their way to please the people who care about the beer they make. and finally the thing that really makes this place for me are the growlers and bottles to go, i love how they just release one offs and let you buy the bottles there, no big event no lines no buzz if you want something and they have it you can buy it no hassle. Overall one of my favorite places to stop into on long island, if you have never been i highly suggest making the drive out there.
06-25-2011 21:38:17 | More by joefuzz
4.5/5 rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
This place is located a short distance off the main Route 27 drag in eastern Long Island. Easy to find with the big sign and hedge row outside the building. A small amount of parking spots are located along the road.
We stopped in around lunch time just to grab a pint or two, and we were not eating lunch. There is a nice outdoor seating area that must be nice during warmer weather seasons. Inside the bar area is small, as there are only about 8 stools there. Some high tops and dining tables are in the area too. Loads of TVS locked into local sports. There is some merchandise at the front door at the reception stand if you wish to buy anything, and a small refridgerator has some beers for take out.
A nice big blackboard lists all the beers available. This trip there were the standard 5 beers Secret Ale, IPA, Light, Double Wit, and Lager. There were 4 special beers, a Uber Bock, NYDP Finest, Oatmeal Stout, and Sullivans Irish Ale. The beers were fresh and very tasty.
Service was prompt and the girl behind the bar knew her beer offerings.
I wish I had more time to hang here, but if you are in this part of Long Island, this is a must stop.
04-22-2011 20:02:05 | More by Gavage
4.5/5 rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This place has a nice upscale, old feel to it. The interior of the place is nice, and the beer is brewed there so its always fresh. the service was excellent and everybody was very friendly. they have a pretty good selection on tap, i was there for the russian imperial stout release, so there was the added benefit of having old herb, their stout, and several of the saisons available on tap. didn't really eat anything while i was there, just went for the beer and it was all good. I will definitely be going down for future releases, and would love to check this place out in the summer. I highly recommend this place to anyone who has not been
03-03-2011 20:24:22 | More by rowingbrewer
4.1/5 rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Nice atmosphere, well lit, clean, family friendly.
I saw three separate bars in the restaurant, one of which services a nice outdoor deck area. The area where we ate had a great view of some polished pilot-scale brewing equipment. Not sure if it was functional, but it added some nice ambiance.
Nice variety of food. Our table ordered cajun chicken salad, french-dip steak sandwich, crab-stuffed talapia, and a broccoli-cheddar soup / salad combo. All very good.
Best feature is their beer tasting flight, 9 bucks for eight 4oz beers! Great value.
Few drinks, a tasting flight, and 5 meals came to $90 bucks - an absolute steal given the area, an a good deal given the quality.
11-26-2010 22:51:56 | More by vfgccp
5/5 rDev +16.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$$
I took my girlfriend here when we went on a little weekend trip out east together.
First, with the atmosphere. We sat outside for our meal and it was really nice. It was a really nice day and we had a nice view. It was also very quiet. After our meal we sat in the taproom and had a few beers there and again, very nice atmosphere. Neither was particularly crowded.
The food was really good. I had the NY steak, which was covered in amazing onion rings and served with sweet potato fries and some salad. My girlfriend had a turkey and goat cheese wrap. We were both really happy with our choices. The beer is also quite good. We ordered the sampler, which was good and gave us a shot at everything they had on tap. We both chose for the rest the North Fork Fresh Hop and were both satisfied with it.
The waitress we had was very nice and was one of the nicest waitresses I've had in recent memory.
The selection is also good but remember its just their stuff. They had a good selection of beers on tap and also had bottles available.
I also filled out the satisfaction card at the end of our meal and so they just sent me a 15% off all of our entrees coupon, which is groovy. I'll definitely be going back and am really looking forward to the return trip.
09-07-2010 20:27:58 | More by SkunkWorks
4.15/5 rDev -3.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Made it out here on a trip to the Hamptons.
Place looks kind of like a beer garden. The fornt area looks unassuming with a long bar area. A regular crowd of people flowing in but not rowdy; at least on the Saturday afternoon I went.
Good service as the waiter knew all about their beers. You come here for the Southampton beers specifically. I had the 10th Anniversary from the 750 series, plus a new belgian variety. Good thing I had my wife to drive home.
Food is a plus as well. You will get a nice meal here. And they can recommend something to pair with your beer choice.
Overall it was a little pricey but worth it. If you want to get a good feel for Southampton beers you really need to come here to try them. Obviously they are better here than in bottles at the store.
08-15-2010 21:22:25 | More by socon67
4.3/5 rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Decided to take the drive out to the Hamptons on a recent trip to Long Island. My first impression of this place was...huh, is this a funeral home? Once you get inside the hedge wall, you understand that you are entering a quaint brewpub.
You enter past the outdoor patio seating and find yourself inside the main bar area. A short bar lines the back wall and some high top tables sit in the middle of the room. The main dining area is off to the right where some large kettles and nautical items are part of the décor.
The beer selection was very good for a brew pub. They offered all of their regular selections as well as some seasonal beers. The food was very, very good also. I had the lobster ravioli...highly recommended!
The service was awesome! Our waitress, Crystal, was cheerful, super helpful and very knowledgeable...she made the experience that much better!
If you find yourself in the Hamptons, this is a must stop. Worth the drive, especially when you combine it with some <insanely large house> sightseeing!
08-06-2010 13:43:38 | More by mgbickel
Southampton Publick House in Southampton, NY
95 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.