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Southampton Publick House

Southampton Publick HouseSouthampton Publick House

Beer Stats:
Active Beers: 36
Beer Ratings: 5,787
Beer Avg: 3.94

Taps: 8 / Bottles: 6
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
BA SCORE
95
world-class

63 Ratings
Ratings: 63
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 8.41%
$$$ - a bit pricey


[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

40 Bowden Square
Southampton, New York, 11968
United States
phone: (631) 283-2800

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @sph40

Notes:
Draft and limited release beers are brewed at the Publick House. Distributed bottles are brewed elsewhere.

Beers are brewed at / by another brewery.

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smithflipper

Australia

4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$$

visited on the rattle n hum brewery tour.

nice brewhouse/ restaurant in a very nice part of town.

our grroup a got a great little tour of the place from the brewer. tried all the tap selection - well made tasty beers, but the real treat came when the brewer went down to the cellar. brought out the biere de mars, and a tripel. bothe excellent.

great atmosphere, feels like a brewhouse by the sea should. nice dark wood, with golf and nautical trinkets on the wall. friendly service.

well worth the visit if you are down that way. good beers, nice place with friendly people.

06-26-2009 05:29:24 | More by smithflipper
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.73/5  rDev -12.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$$

Nice restaurant/brewpub. I've been there twice in the afternoon and both have been good times. The food is pretty good and service is excellent. They have 5 beers on tap year round and 2-3 seasonals ($5-$6 per pint). Plus they have their bombers and 750s available. The atmosphere is quite pleasant and they have several large TVs with sports on regularly. Realize that this brewpub is quite far east on LI and sometimes it's hit or miss with their seasonals. But if you are nearby, it's a fun place to go.

01-01-2009 18:13:33 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$

I made the long haul out here for the Russian Imperial Stout release (February 2008) - 3 hours each way (headed out from the Philly area)! My first thought was, nice place. I didn't plan on coming out for food, so I sat at the bar and drank while the wife had the kids at a table. The kids enjoyed their pasta and I enjoyed the beer and my 3 bottles of RIS (win-win, well almost, as it was a draw for my wife!). I would definitely stop in again if I'm ever in the area and spend some more time driking the beers and trying out the food. I had a great time since there were a lot of beer geeks from BA and RB around on this day!

11-18-2008 01:54:26 | More by hopdog
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Umbra

Maryland

3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$$

The atmosphere has been described pretty decently by those before me. It was a sunny, warm day, so we chose the raised outside porch to enjoy some goodies. It was open, got some breeze, and allowed you to look out on the manicured lawns of this strange surburban town.

Only a couple rarities available, with Fleurs being in big bottle. We kept away from the heavy hitters--it was still a couple hours from home either way. got a couple of pints, including the Belgian Wheat and casked conditioned summer brews. I assumed they'd be on teh site, so I didn't get more specifics. they were tasty, with the belgian being banana goodness and the summer being extra hoppy. Service, except for a grumpy bus girl, was friendly and knowledgable. They even helped with directions, which is important as these towns aren't in straight lines.

The food was the only disappointment, being just well done pub grub. Given the atmosphere of the location, the quality of the beer, and the vibe of Southhampton, one would have expected more.

Overall, excellent beers and a great location make for a perfect opportunity to pass the time away while others shop.

07-22-2008 16:27:23 | More by Umbra
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Damian

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$

My visit to the Southampton Public House on July 4th weekend was impressive, to say the least. Set just a stone's throw away from the idyllic Southampton town center, the brewpub echoes all the quaintness and charm that is to be found in the Hamptons.

Taking on the look of the many austere mansions that line the town's main street, the brewpub was constructed from what seems to be a historic home, complete with weathered wooden shingles and eight foot tall hedges surrounding the premises. There is even a serene garden area in the front yard with chairs for six or so people to sit and enjoy a beer.

The inside of the brewpub, including the bar, is canvased in dark mahogany and has a traditional "yankee" look and feel to it. Off the bar room is a lounge area, furnished with leather chairs and ottomans, as well as another dining area in the rear.

My friend and I decided to sit on the raised front porch and enjoy some beer and food. We started off with a bottle of Cuvee Des Fleurs, which was outstanding and paired nicely with my crab claw appetizer. For our main courses, my friend ordered a burger and I had the tuna steak. Both were quite good. With this course, we shared a bottle of their Biere De Mars, which was also excellent.

Even more impressive than the food and drinks however was the outstanding service and warm hospitality we received from everyone at the Southampton Public House. Our waitress was incredibly friendly, attentive and helpful. We were also lucky enough to meet up with a gentleman named Spencer, who is in charge of sales. Both Spencer and our waitress did everything they could to make sure that out visit to their brewpub (and our stay in the Hamptons) was an experience to remember. Thanks again. You guys hooked us up big time and we really appreciate it!

Although the food ($8 for the burger and $22 for the tuna) and the beers ($15 for each of the bottles) were not cheap, they were appropriately priced. Expect to pay the same prices (and get the same quality food) at a mid-tier restaurant. Besides, lest we forget, this is the Hamptons.

If you are visiting the Hamptons anytime soon, I would definitely plan a trip to the Southampton Public House. My recommendation would be to sit on the porch and watch the sunset with friends. Great atmosphere, great people and great beer - what more can you expect from a brewpub?

07-10-2008 04:11:37 | More by Damian
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meatyard

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -18.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$$

This was my second trip to SPH. The first had been a better than average experience but this one was less so, though still similar.
I mainly went, with friends on the N Fork where I was staying over the 4th of July weekend, because their website listed the Imperial Russian Stout as being on tap. When I tried to order it the server said that they hadn't had it in over a year. I said it was listed on the website and she just said the site was updated each week.
Then I asked for one of their year round beers, the Southampton IPA but they were out of that. I ordered the Bavarian Wheat, a very nice beer, and it came quickly enough, with a lemon wedge. I know it's not unusual to have a lemon wedge with a Hefeweizen but a place like this should ask if you want one or put it on the side. I also had the Bohemian Pilsner which was tasty as well.
The food was still good though a bit higher than what you would like to pay for what you get. The ambiance is nice in the restaurant area and the bar seems friendly. All of the SPH beer I've had have been very good but the restaurant could use some work. I won't be going back or recommending it until I hear of improvements. I still highly recommend their beer though.

07-09-2008 14:23:40 | More by meatyard
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fredandboboflo

New York

3.58/5  rDev -16.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$$

Rated this awhile ago, but just deleted that text in favor of reporting my latest experience. The atmosphere and quality (in terms of freshness, presentation, etc.) were both very solid, everything in order, a nice place to sit down for a beer or some grub. Service and food were just a little above average: food is good, but sort of at an awkward level between really solid pub grub and slightly more interesting cuisine, sometimes resulting in not terribly stellar attempts at fish and pasta; service is amicable, approachable, but for a beer geek in particular, not terribly good at describing the beers available. Selection I can't really say was anything above average. The regular line-up of taps consists predominantly of beers that seem to be intended to wean folks off BMC, their seasonals (for the second time running) were nothing to write home about, leaving all the best beers in 750's that you can get cheaper at beer stores. In short, for a local brewpub, a nice place to frequent, but as a destination, just ok.

07-06-2008 21:58:39 | More by fredandboboflo
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leftmindedrighty

New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev -14.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$$

Made the trip to Southampton for their RIS release, and that was pretty much the high point.

Very nice looking bar area, quaint, subtle, quiet. The beer they had on tap wasn't very impressive, except of course for the RIS they had on. I was hoping to catch the Saison, Bierre De Garde, or Grand Cru on tap, but no dice. All of the beers I did have though, ESB, RIS, and the IPA were fresh and very good as to be expected. When we arrived, they had a Black Lager on, but it kicked as I walked up to the bar to order one.

Food was average at best. Prices were also a little high for run of the mill bar food, but I'll credit that to the area. Amongst four people, we shared the Brewer's Burger, Pulled Pork Sandwich, and the Irish Nachos. Again, good pub food, but not something I would want to eat everyday at my local watering hole.

Overall, I've wanted to see Southampton for years, so I enjoyed humming the scenery and drinking the RIS with friends. But overall, I don't see myself coming back unless there is another beer release, and its something rare and worth the 3 1/2 hour drive.

02-18-2008 17:10:29 | More by leftmindedrighty
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Nutleybeer

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$

We stopped by off season...things are much cheaper in the area then. This place is the last leg in the Long Island brewpub crawl, past Black Forest and BrickHouse.

Nice location. We went in the winter, but they do have plenty of outdoor seating for the summer (apparently an outdoor bar too). Decent selection of beers on tap, incl IPA, Montauk Lite, Double White (tasty with a nice blend of spiciness), Pumpkin and their flagship beer the Secret Ale (a darker color with an almost caramel-like flavor).

They had bottled beers, ranging from $7 to the reserved bottles at $12. I went with their Tripel. Not the best Belgian style I ever had, but enjoyable. Hints of honey, mingled in with the yeasty overtones.

The food was good. I had the full rack of ribs for $22. Not a giant menu. Sandwiches run from $10 to $18.

A nice atmoshpere in the dining area. Pub-ish, with a slightly classy, upscale feel to it.

A cool, relaxing bar area. Sort of broken into 2 areas. The bar section, with pub tables and the bar itself...then a rear area with couches. I believe they have DJs in on the weekends too.

They sell t-shirts, pint glasses and other assorted items.

Cool place. Check out the local wineries too...especially Wolffer (awesome place).

12-01-2007 14:19:16 | More by Nutleybeer
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shaebs99

New York

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$

Finally made it out to Southampton Publick House on a Sunday night (8pm). Place was not crowded and quiet. Sat in the restaurant for dinner.

Nice looking room decorated with old brewery trays (like Old Knickerbocker) and golf signs. We sat in sight of brewing apparatus and most importantly the sign of available beers. Unfortunately only two non-year round selections available and one was the Pumpkin (which I do enjoy, but was not in the mood for).

I started out with the Golden Lager, which I enjoyed. I only wish I took notes on it so I could raise its rating. My friends got an IPA, Secret, and Double White. The waitress was helpful when my girlfriend was split on what food to get. We started out with "Irish Nachos" and Potato and Pale Ale soup (quite good) Collectively we got a burger, a blackened chicken sandwich, a pulled-pork sandwich and rigatoni a la vodka. My rigatoni was surprisingly good.

After dinner I went to the bar to load up on some growlers and other goodies. The bartender was very helpful and knowledgeable as I asked questions and he filled my growlers of IPA and foreign extra stout.
Besides the beers on tap (I think 7 different total) they also offered beers from their 750ml series. I picked up some 10th anniversary (sold out around me) and some Old Herb 06' (not available around me).

I thought the prices were reasonable for a restaurant. And since the food was better than regular pub food it seemed reasonable to expect higher prices than a pub since it is a nice restaurant.

I originally intended to give them a 4 for selection, but I was probably just bitter that they didn't have their winter on yet or some other exciting beer. They had several great beers to choose from as well as 2 beers that I couldn't get else where. Plus the only selection I needed was the Gold Lager and IPA.

As I said we went late on a Sunday so traffic was non-existent. Even so the trip took an hour. I will try and go here once a month or maybe once every 6 weeks or so.
Great beer and great food

11-13-2007 01:37:40 | More by shaebs99
Southampton Publick House in Southampton, NY
95 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.