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Southampton Publick House

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Southampton Publick HouseSouthampton Publick House
BEER AVG
3.93/5
Based on:
38 Beers
6,287 Ratings
Place Score: 94
Ratings: 76
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.43%
Taps: 8
Bottles: 6
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ 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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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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Photo of MThiele360
4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of Profchaos20
4.03/5  rDev -5%
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.

Photo of ixodus
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
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!

Photo of joefuzz
4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Photo of Gavage
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of rowingbrewer
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
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

Photo of vfgccp
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Photo of SkunkWorks
5/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

Photo of socon67
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of mgbickel
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
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!

Photo of smithflipper
4.24/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.73/5  rDev -12%
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.

Photo of hopdog
4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
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!

Photo of Umbra
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Photo of Damian
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
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?

Photo of meatyard
3.48/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

Photo of fredandboboflo
3.58/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

Photo of leftmindedrighty
3.65/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

Photo of Nutleybeer
4/5  rDev -5.7%
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).

Photo of shaebs99
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
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

Photo of Hautacam
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Visited on Sat. of Columbus Day weekend. Got there just after it opened , so very few people were there. We sat at the bar and had lunch. The bartender was very friendly ( Brady ?) and when he saw that we were having a hard time deciding on a beer , started pouring us samples of everything he heard us discussing. Burton Ale, Oktoberfest, Secret Ale, Pumpkin...I decided on the Burton and my girlfriend had an Ocktober fest...both very good. Had the Bratwurst sandwich and she had the crabcake sandwich ..both good..not the best brat I've had , but OK. My girlfriend noticed a woman getting sweet potato fries and said that if she knew that they were on the menu she would have ordered them instead of the regular fries. About five minutes later , Brady handed us a big bowl of sweet potato fries w/o charge.
I had an Espresso stout next, which was very good too.
A good experience ...too bad it's located so far away. The traffic that day was absolutely awful....not a lot of options for alternate routes to avoid it. The Publick House was the highlight of the day.

Photo of softcough
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

After much anticipation, I finally made it out for dinner. The place was nice, a historic structure in a beautiful town. The beers, as already known, are quite good to excellent. I skipped all the regular stuff and had some of the specialty bottles. Abbot 12, Grand Cru, Old Herb. All excellent and worth the trip. The service was fine. The only complaint I have is that the food really was not good enough. This is a nice restaurant, not cheap, incredible beer with a huge reputation. The food really let me down. Maybe they were having an off night, but the place was almost empty and nobody at my table of five had much good to say about their eats. Oh well, still worth the trip for the beer and atmosphere.

Southampton Publick House in Southampton, NY
94 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.