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Southampton Publick House

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Southampton Publick HouseSouthampton Publick House
BEER AVG
3.97/5
Based on:
43 Beers
4,189 Reviews
Place Score: 95
Reviews: 54
Visits: 78
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: n/a
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

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Beers are brewed at / by another brewery.

Draft and limited release beers are brewed at the Publick House. Distributed bottles are brewed elsewhere.
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Photo of shaebs99
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
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 (2,026 characters)

Photo of Hautacam
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
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. (1,067 characters)

Photo of softcough
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
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. (711 characters)

Photo of madmanjf
4.13/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

My first trip to the hamptons .... so obviously, this was a required stop for me.

Nestled in the heart of town, Southampton Publik House was a welcomed stop to make, and worth the diversion of the LIE.

The selection of brews is somewhat overwhelming, and I really didn't know where to start. So, when in doubt, do a flight. I enjoyed several year-round brews as well as a few seasonals. I've had beers from here before, but never so many in one sitting.

After the flight, it was time to buckel down and make a choice.... so I order up a pint of IPA. A great choice (especially since I'm an IPA guy).

I really can't offer up any constructive criticisms, which for me, is unusual. The service was fine, the food was good (had a great burger), the atmposphere was really nice, and the beer ... well, you just can't go wrong here.

My only regret is that this place is so far out on the island.

Hmm, there's a constructive criticism ... open up second location a bit more inland :) (994 characters)

Photo of ChrisDotson
4.83/5  rDev +12.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Jason’s (Knightly Spirits) assertion of Southampton as the best brewery in the world raised my expectations quite a bit going into the publick house. Despite my preconceived notions, my expectations were exceeded by 20 times. The ambience & Food were great & most importantly every beer I had was a perfect 5. As far as Beer, I started with what seemed like a frustrating selection as they were out of the cuvee du fleur & Russian imperial stout which is what I really wanted to try the most. Brady recommended the maibock & the Bavarian Weiss, & ended up sharing his personal stash of grand cru with us. We talked brewing with Spence for a while who was a really cool guy & obviously an amazing brewer himself (Sidenote - also very humble as I was later told that the double white we were so impressed with was Spence’s design & not Phil’s but he never said so) & shared quite a few beers with us out of his personal cellar. The greatest of these was 2003 Trappist pale ale & the double white. Most special to us, we were able to share several of our own beers with him. If you love beer especially if you brew, & want to meet other beer geeks this is the place to be!! Spence showed us the entire brewery & we just had a good time. We ended up paying for almost nothing. Needless to say, we walked out of there with several cases of amazing beer & a magical night of unbelievable craft beer. (1,396 characters)

Photo of drseamus
3.68/5  rDev -14.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

I went pretty far out of the way to go to Southampton Publick House, so perhaps my expectations were a bit higher than expected. The food was up to expectation but the beer was way below expectations. It seemed like they had all their normal (boring) beers on tap and nothing special. They also seemed to all taste the same.

On the food side though, we were seated immediately and a waitress brought us menu's and bread immediately. The soup was really good and the burgers were ordered were excellent as well. It was a bit pricey, but that is somewhat to be expected for the hamptons. All in all, I would go there again if I was close, but I won't drive out there again. (674 characters)

Photo of lehows
4.78/5  rDev +11.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Ah...the gool ol' Publick House. Whats more to say? If you havn't been here yet, go now. My Dad remembers this place as Herb McCarthy's, and now it's home to Southampton Publick House. The pub room and bar are to your left, dining room to your right when you walk in. There's also a 2nd bar in back of the dining area that opens when its very busy or for private parties. Another small outdoor bar on the porch opens often in summer. As many of you already know, the beers here are spectacular. My favorites are the French Country Christmas Ale (AKA Biere De Garde), Espresso Stout, and the Saison. You'll find great variety here as seasonals change frequently (usually 2 to 4 per month). Also, the hoity-toity types you find at places like 75 Main rarely venture here. Of course, it is busier in summer but as far the clientele goes, the crowd is pretty much the same during summer and winter, which is great. Food is certainly way above your typical brewpub fare (Tuesday nights are 2 for 1 entrees), the ribs here are amazing and a local favorite. Worth a trip from anywhere. (1,078 characters)

Photo of KATE12
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Located in the upscale town of Southampton, I wasn't sure what to expect. Having visited in January the Publick House was very quiet, which was actually somewhat nice. The bar area was large with what appeared to be some regulars enjoying a Saturday afternoon. The bartender, Brady, was very friendly, knowledgeable and quick to offer you a taste or see if you needed a refill. I had the Southampton IPA and the Yorkshire Pub Ale, both of which I loved. I also tasted the Winter Warmer. While it wasn't my favorite I can see why it got such favorable reviews. Upon leaving we bought a growler of the IPA, a growler of the Secret Ale ,a Biere de Garde, a Grand Cru, three 750's each of the May Bock and the Double White to enjoy at home. I'm really looking forward to drinking them and to visiting Southampton Publick House again. I'm hoping to go when the weather gets warmer to experience the different brews and to see what the summer crowd is like. (951 characters)

Photo of oldirtycaffrey
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

I stopped in on an October sunday afternoon to try out Southampton Publick House. I was very impressed with the overall look of the place -- there's a patio outside and the landscaping is beautiful. Inside, dark wood, comfortable booths and tables, and a small-medium sized bar makes up one half of the place, while a restaurant area makes up the other. There are plenty of TVs around, and the vats are viewable behind the bar.

There were about 10 beers on taps, including the Belgian Amber, Octoberfest Lager, Secret Ale, Burton Ale, and Scottish Ale. Unfortuantely, there were no stouts on tap. They also had some of their special beers (10th Anniversary Ale) available in bottles.

I tried the Belgian Amber, Secret Ale, and Octoberfest and really enjoyed them all; the Belgian Amber is one of the best smelling beers I've ever had. The bartender was nice and seemed knowledgeable about the beers on tap. I was hoping to try one of their stouts, especially the Espresso Stout, and I was also expecting them to have Pumpkin Ale on tape (it's widely advertised right now on their website), but that too wasn't available.

However, this was a great stop and I hope to go back there soon! (1,196 characters)

Photo of JMD71
3.68/5  rDev -14.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Vacationing in the area, I was thrilled to be able to finally make it to this location. It lived up to all my expectations, aside from the service. Located in a quaint town in an old inn, the exterior is very inviting with a huge wrap-around porch & nice gardens surrounding.

Once inside, the bar area is spacious & inviting. Waiting at the host stand, my family & I waited a solid 5-10 minutes on a quiet afternoon before anyone showed up to seat us. We were seated at a table overlooking the fermenters below, which was a great additon to the interior decor. Once seated, the waitress did not show up for another 10 minutes to take drink orders. When she did, she was not familiar with the seasonals & confused the cellar offerings with the seasonals. I therefore chose from the standard lineup of beers offered year round.

The food & beer were wonderful. A sampler provided a good overview of their offerings & the food was delicious. Growler fills are available on site, & bottles are for sale although more expensive than local retailers.

Overall, this was a very enjoyable visit & would definitely return. (1,120 characters)

Photo of warriorsoul
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Grew up on Long Island and I am sad to report my first visit was just a month ago...things are going to change from here on out...
Conveniently located off of Rte. 27 and down the street from Peconic Beverage.
Convenient parking in front or across the street...walk in to view the bar area to your left and the dining room to the right.
The bar has a couple nice size flat screens plus at least 4 other smaller TV's to catch random sporting events. About a dozen or more tables, ranging from one large seating area to 10 or so tables to seat 2 or 3 persons...tall tables within the bar area and regular seaters around the perimeter.
The dining room is casual, but fitting...great views of the tanks with illustrations showing the stages of brewing.
Nice range of brews on tap...on this day, there was the Golden Lager, Light, IPA, Secret Ale, Steam beer, ESB, and the seasonal Bavarian Wheat...I enjoyed a couple samples of the ESB, Bavarian Wheat and a full pint of the IPA. All were super fresh and delicious.
Additonal cellar brews were the Old Herb, Imperial Porter and May Bock.
For our meal, we had a couple appetizers...the calimari and sweet potato fries...both were very tasty. For lunch, my wife enjoyed the Gorgonzola salad and I drooled over the scallop caesar salad...at bit drenched with dressing, but still delish.
Our server was friendly and heading to Bean for college...she was nice enough to throw in a taster and pint glass for free, as I expected them to be added to the bill.
Overall, a great time...can't wait to return. (1,552 characters)

Photo of Hibernator
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

UPDATE / EDIT [12-26-06]

My second visit, but this time during the cold winter season. Enjoyed several great beers including the Imperial Porter & Old Herb Barleywine (finally!). Also enjoyed an excellent dinner in the pub. Our waitress and bartender were GREAT. Service rating has increased.

[07-27-06]

After spending two days in Patchogue it was time to get in the car and head east. A quick 30 minute drive lead us to Southampton Publick House in the heart of Southampton. Upon entering I got that small town, upscale village feel.

We were greeted by the hostess and given the option to sit inside or outside on the patio. Since it was a beautiful July afternoon, we decided to chill outside on the patio.

The beer selection was presented nicely on the menu. There were four regular staples that included the Montauk Light, Southampton Pale Ale, Southampton Secret Ale and Golden Ale. The "seasonal" options were the IPA, Espresso Stout and Steem Beer. The Steem beer was described as "like the Anchor Steam beer, but lighter." There were also 4 oz sample options too.

I also noticed that there were "cellar" options available. This consisted of such beauties as the Double White Ale, May Bock and Imperial Porter. It was around 90 degrees outside and the Double White Ale sounded like a thirst quenching option.

I tried the Espresso Stout, IPA, Southampton Pale Ale and the Double White Ale. Wow! Every beer I tried was so incredibly fresh and well crafted. The Double White Ale was presented in a 22 oz brown bottle and served in a nice tulip shaped pilsner glass.

The menu offers options like salads, wraps, sandwiches and entrees. The party that I was with sampled a variety of food including the fried calamari, chicken wrap and salad.

I tried the mussels, which were described by someone I was with as "out of the world" and I fully agreed. Every bite of anything I ate was so friggin' good. Without question, the food here is above average from any brewpub that I've ever been to. I had the tuna burger with remoulade and it was awesome.

Service was solid. Our waitress was friendly, responsive and welcoming. The bar inside is borderline perfect. I would love to re-visit and clock in some quality time there. A big chalkboard outlines all of the info for draft and bottles selections available.

There is a mini fridge that has beer to go. The IPA & Secret Ale were there in six packs and then the impressive beers like the Grand Cru, Old Herb Barleywine, May Bock and Imperial Porter in either 22 oz or 750 ML bottles. You can also purchase shirts, hats, glassware, etc.

This place is phenomenal and strongly recommended if you are out east on Long Island. I was super impressed with the overall quality of beer and food at the Southampton Publick House. Check this place out. (2,806 characters)

Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Located just off Main Street in downtown Southampton. The brewpub is housed in an old restaurant, which from what I have been told used to be the place to be seen in Southampton. The structure appears to have originally been an 18th century colonial.

The bar boasts full line of Southampton taps - I would guess 10 in all. There is no other draft beer sold. There is ample seating at the bar as well as several tables. While I didn't eat in the restaurant, I did peek my head in. A very nice looking dining room which is tastefully decorated.

There is an outdoor patio as well, which runs 3 or 4 taps. Upon entering, you can purchase six packs and bottles of the seasonal brews as well as some nice Southampton swag. (722 characters)

Photo of PopeJonPaul
4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

It's not every day that I get out to Southampton, but I rarely miss a chance to hop in Slander's Jeep to make the 90 minute trip to this fine establishment.

I love almost everything Southampton brews, and there's nothing like it fresh from the tap. They've always got a great selection of regulars and seasonals on about 8 taps and a cask, not to mention the chance to pick up a growler (or two. or three) of all the stuff you just can't grab off the shelf at your local beer distributor. The food is some of the best hearty bar food you're going to find anywhere, the service is top-notch, and the place has a quiet, old-school "British polo club" charm that makes it the perfect place to kick back on a rainy afternoon. While the rest of Southampton (the town) may be an over-valued enclave of the uppitty upper-class (for Christ's sake, the town has a posted clothing ordinance), their namesake brewpub is the real deal. (926 characters)

Photo of Crosling
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Coming here basically took up my entire day, yet I am still glad I made the trip. Phil was not there unfortunately, but the bar staff was very attentive and I was able to meet another brewer, a great guy named Spence. I gave him a bottle of Batch 7000 and he proceeded to give me a bottle of 2002 Old Herb and a test batch bomber that he thought might be Abbey Single. Was a bit disappointed to find zero Belgian styles on draught, but what was on draught was very well-made and tasty. I enjoyed my cajun sandwich which came with a generous serving of guacomole. The inside decor was nice. If you are in Manhattan and are considered coming here, make sure you really love Southampton, because, mostly likely, Phil won’t be there and the selection won’t be everything you imagined. (782 characters)

Photo of Litterbean
4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Well I gotta say, this was a most pleasant excursion to one of the most highly regarded brewpubs in the country, if not the world. The atmosphere was great. Nice wooden interior, with some nice HDTVs advertising and informing patrons about their beers. A lot of tables and places to sit or stand. Brew kettles, mash tuns, and fermenters are everywhere, lingering in the background behind glass.

Service was exceptional. The young lady bartending was helpful and polite, akways ready to refill a pint or provide a sample. I had the opportunity to talk to Spencer, one of the brewers, and he was more than happy to talk with me and my dad about upcoming beers, the state of craft brewing, and beer education and respect. Awesome.

How bad can the beer selection be when they brew it all on-premises? They had the regulars (Secret Ale, Pale Ale, Montauk Light), plus a good amount of seasonals (Irish Ale, Baltic Porter, Bohemian Pilsner), and a selection of bottles. A good cross-section of beers was presented, and boy did I have a hard time choosing one to fill a growler with. I just lined up samples and made a hard, yet wonderful, decision (it was the Bohemian Pilsner).

The food seemed top notch. The wings were damn tasty, and the Jack Daniel's pork chop I had was juicy and tasty. Veggies were good, and the sweet potato fries were friggin' great. My dad enjoyed his burger as well.

Can't speak for the price, as my dad paid and I was taking a leak when he got the bill, so who knows. I assume the pints are in the $4 range, which is just fine. Free samples are abundant if you "can't decide."

There's nothing else to say except that however long it might take you to get there, please do so. It's a great experience, and everyone is so damn friendly. Oh yeah, and the beer is AMAZING. So go, and be merry. (1,828 characters)

Photo of edchef1850
4.13/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Ive been a customer at the public house since the day they opened and ive enjoyed watching them evolve into such a top notch beer destination.The beer alone is worth the trip east on the Long Island Distress way .they recently started selling from their Cellar, which should be really cool for some of the bigger beers that they have become so adept at making. The atmosphere is very wamr and inviting, i love hanging out on the porch in the summer and sippping on a pint of beer. The menu is well done, though i never thought that it attempted to marry to the beer very much. As for the beer, what can you say, top notch great interpretations very well done. If you ever venture east, youve got to check out the Publick House (726 characters)

Photo of blitheringidiot
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Thanks to Slander for "talking" me into making this trek. I was on the fence and he said "No excuses!" so I cajoled my coworkers and took the rental car for the entire night to drive out and find SPH. My advice if you don't know the streets is take Exit 70 from the 495 (LIE.) It's easier than Exit 68.

First, the parking lot is sorta connected to the street so ya just drive right up. Outside, the SPH looks like a, well, a big house. The interior is a clean almost Irish lookin' joint. Lots of clean wood and decorative touches with a set of super clean brew tanks behind the bar.

Note that I went on a slow Winter Wednesday night which is "Ladies Nite" and $2 pints for the gals. I must've got there before the locals that appreciate the place showed up. A few guys who work there were enjoying some brews after their shift. Lucky!

Taps were a little limited to Light, Lager, Pale Ale, Secret, X-mas Saison, Porter and 80 schilling scottish. I had to try a Secret at the source. Some guy named Vinnie next to me told me that it's the only beer his wife will drink. Bottles consisted of IPA, Secret, Saison, Christmas Saison, and Baltic Porter. I have had all before except Christmas so I took one home.

Dinner was a cajun grilled chicken and fries for $10. Pretty reasonable, especially for those Hamptons.

Could you take your Mother here? Yes. It's a decent restaurant with top notch food and beer from what I experienced. Too bad that it is so far from everything.

Last call: Long drive is tricky to find because the streets have NO Signs. Also, there is a take out counter for shirts and growlers. (1,624 characters)

Photo of daliandragon
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Travelled east on the LIE to reach the island's most acclaimed brewpub for the first time last Friday, Veteran's Day, so we both had off. It's a nice setting and the dining hall was rustic but pleasant and the service was friendly. We shared some tasty onion rings and I had the beef pot pie, which was excellent. We also tried the sampler, which featured the Montauk Lite, the Secret, the IPA, another Pale Ale, and the Pumpkin, which was really flavorful. The Secret Ive had in a sixer and liked but the rest were good but not great. I was kind of hoping they'd have one of the Belgians available in the dining room but no such luck. The lunch prices were reasonable but dinner looked pricy, although Monday night $3 pint and $5 burger platters isn't a bad deal considering the quality. It's kind of a schlep but I would try it again for lunch. (846 characters)

Photo of palma
4.43/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Updated review 9-07-2005...
Second review of this brewpub. I visited this place a few times already this summer and I just had to edit my original review to make the following problem known...

What the hell is with the Tom Collins glasses? This is what the Southampton Publick House sometimes uses to serve their higher alcohol beers. If it's not that stupid Tom Collins glass, then it's the same style glass my fiancé is drinking her ice water from. How can a brewer be so good at brewing yet, allow their staff to serve his excellent beers in the worst glassware possible? It just doesn't make sense. In response to this poor judgment, less .5 on both quality and service! Take that Muther Fker! - a score of 4.45!
Yeah, the SHP is still tops in my book even with their shitty glasses! that's how good this place is! Get some!



Original review 11-07-2004 04:20:00...
Southampton Publick House = da bomb... period.

Really nice looking place from the outside...as though you need a suit and tie to get in the place. But it only looks like there is a dress code (you can wear sandals and shorts actually).

Onto the beer... There are always the standard four beers on tap (montauk light, golden lager, pale ale, secret ale) and usually two-four seasonals. Then they have a nice selection of 750's and 22oz bottles in the cellar. All the beers are excellent. Drink as much as you can or take some to go because you'll regret not having some the next day.

As for the food... There is a nice quiet dining room and a separate bar room where they also serve food. Large screen flat panel tv's in the bar room where you can watch all the games while you eat and drink to your heart's content. The food is great. Steak, baby back ribs, fresh fish, clams, macaroni, everything. Dude, this place is awesome! Sometimes I come here just for the food. You always get a two-for-one with this place when you come here for dinner since it's also a top-notch brewery. I have relatives with a house out in the hamptons and whenever I go out there for the weekend, I find myself hitting this place up for sometimes lunch AND dinner. I see the same wait staff twice a day all weekend long. They must think I'm insane but what would you do if you were living right down the block from this place?
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Photo of Biggness
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

If you are familiar with going to Montauk or the Hamptons you should be familiar with the last 7-11, me and my friends refer to that were modern civilization ends on Montauk Hwy. If you make a right there and go south about 1/2 a mile you will see the Southampton Publick house on the east side of the road. The entrance is bushed off with a path to the Brewpub. I chose to eat at the bar and boy was that the right call. The bartender was extremely well versed on beer and was an incredible delite. The food was much better than normal, and the beers were incredible. I will definately have to revisit when it is my beer season (winter). Definately worth a stop when you are on your way out to the Hamptons or Montauk. I will be sure to try and go as much as humanly possible :) (779 characters)

Photo of jakester
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

We were doing a tour of Long Island brewpubs and the brewery, and I couldn't wait to get here. We arrived @6:30on a Friday.

The place is relatively small, kinda drafty, rustic-like. Rough wooden floors. Tables kinda close together, but ok. Well lit. It isn't quite what I was expecting, but it was charming in a way.

I started with the Pale Ale. I'm a hop head, and this didn't quite fill the bill, but it was very well made. Next I tried the Secret Ale that I read so much about. Very well made, and a pounder, but...I don't know. Then I switched to the Belgians. WOW! Phil Markowski knows his shit. I don't know how many I tried, but they were all great. Finished off with the Baltic Imperial Porter. Wonderful!

Oh, and did I mention the prime rib was $19.95 on a Friday? And it was great, too! Had enough for lunch for two the next day. My only complaint is our waitress was kind of aloof. When she brought out my wife's meal, she sort of put down her plate and spilled food onto the table. I don't even think she noticed.

Took home the Abbey Single, Double White, and the Grand Cru. They were all fantastic.

I can't wait to get back here next year. I just won't eat as much. (1,195 characters)

Photo of ybnorml
3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Located in a quiet little town on the south east end of Long Island, the building looks quite inviting. The inside is well lit thanks to many large windows. The wood work is a dark tavern style. The staff were all cheerful and helpful. The food was good. I was dissapointed in the cajun popcorn shrimp (either not cajun or way too plain to be called cajun) and no I didnot complain because I was here for the beer. "Ask for Cask selections" the sing said. None available the waitress said. If you try this place in the summer I suggest you try the Golden Lager. If you have some one to share with the Cellar selections are marvelous. I was a glutton and drank almost an entire bottle of the Grand Cru ( my wife felt it was too heavy ). I will definitely return in hopes of having some Cask. (790 characters)

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4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 2

Best time to go is in the Spring, before the ridiculous crowds of seasonal residents and visitors start arriving in the Hamptons. The establishment itself has a very friendly staff... knowledgeable, accommodating and just plain nice people. I ordered the sampler along with an extra sample for $1 to cover my bases of everything available right now. My only true disappointment was that they were out of their Secret Ale (which was probably due to this being off-season). Their IPA, Lager and Irish Stout were well-crafted examples of their respective styles... not worth driving a couple of hours for, but more than adequate if you're in the neighborhood. I'll reserve comment on the "Light Lager" since I don't see the point of such beverages in general. Their Grand Cru and a couple of seasonals (an Irish Red and Biere de Mars) were all winners, moving this establishment into the "well worth the long drive" category.

I also asked our waitress about the cask selection that was mentioned on the menu, but not on the beer list. She said unfortunately, cask ales just weren't big sellers... people didn't like "warm" beer in the high summer season. A real shame, if you ask me. If you're reading this review and are planning to visit, ask about their CASK ALES... if enough people ask, maybe they'll bring them back!

The food was hit or miss... meat is definitely the way to go, with very good ribs and pork chops (and while I didn't have one, the burgers looked quite good). The vegetables on the side were clearly an afterthought, bland and tasteless. And the cool-whip on the dessert rather than real whipped cream made me wonder why the care and craft of their beers didn't carry over to their craft in the kitchen.

All in all, a great place for a quick bite & a beer, with several quality brews and at least a couple of true standouts... fine for pub grub, but look elsewhere for quality dining. (1,912 characters)

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4.47/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Ah, the Southamtpon Publick House. I finally got a chance to go here last month for my birthday. Unfortunately Phil was not in the the house, but they took care of us pretty well, regardless. The atmosphere is nice. Southamtpon is a nice little town, and the LIRR station stop is only a short 10-15 minute walk from the SPH. Upon arriving at SPH we were greeted by a huge awning leading up to the main entrance of the bar. On the way to the front door you also pass a small outdoor tap station, and some patio seating for when it is a nice day out. Pretty cool, if you ask me. Also at the front door is several empty casks with free beer periodicals on top of them, another classy touch. Younger BA's may be put off by the sign that says "Over 23's Only!" and "Proper Dress Required", although we are talking about the hamptons, these signs are only there to deter under-age kids from trying to squeeze in unnoticed. The "proper dress required" sign is particularly funny, as we visited on the off-season and many of the patrons were dressed in shorts and flip flops ;-). SPH also welcomes kids in for brunch and lunch, although I saw no children in the evening, so perhaps they are only allowed into the pub during the day? Anyway the atmosphere is very nice here. In fact, this place screams "neighberhood pub and restaurant" but not in an Applebees way :-) There is a counter and a long bar to the left when you walk in, with some varioius tables by the bar and in a room behind the bar. There is also a seperate dining area that is visible to your right as you walk in through the front entrance. The ceilings are high, and everything is a light wood colour. On my last visit some choice football games were being shown on several TV's and no music was being played. It should also be noted that the TV's were at a very nice volume. The service here was exceptional, our bartender Brandon was very quick in taking our food orders, and he warmed up to us right away. Since we visited the SPH on a Sunday evening it was very empty in here, so i'm not sure what the service is like when it gets crowded. They do a ladies night here, and apparantly it gets absolutely mental, especially, during the on season. The quality of all of the brews sampled were all awesome. Although it was in this very pub that I learned that Phil Markowki, is indeed, human. The Pale Ale and Secret Ale are great brew pub staples, but the Montauk light and Golden Lager are not the best. The four seasonals on offer on our last visit were all pretty good, with the Porter, and Steam beer being highlights. The Octoberfest lager was good, but no better than my local BBW's version, and the Belgian White ale was downright disssapointing (see the reviews). Another negative about the quality was the fact that the tap beers are served way too icy cold here. C'mon guys Phil is brewing some of the best brews in the country, serve them above 20 degrees! The selection was very nice, as you can see. Four year round brews, and four seasonals as well as a few beer cellar brews in the bottle. We sampled a 2003(?) old herb barleywine, a 2004 saison, and a 2004 cuvee des fleurs, all were in excellent shape, but again too cold. Beer cellar beers should be at cellar temperature, should they not? The food ordered was very good. I had a chicken sandwitch that was quite tasty, and the (s)mashed potatoes were very nice as well. The food items were all reasonably priced (especially for the hamptons!) as well. I had e-mailed Phil and the Don Sullivan a few times before coming here to see if some special beers could be put aside for me, but due to a lack of communication the box of brews was misplaced. Hopefully I will be able to reclaim these beers on my next visist to the publick house.

Final thoughts: OK, so Phil is making some of the best beers in the world, but not all of the brews on tap here are masterpieces.

The quality and selection here is very good, but please serve the beers at a warmer temperature.

The service here is absolutely awesome, with Brandon (?) our bartender for the evening going above and beyond the call of duty (heck he even gave us a free 750 and some pint glasses on our way out!)

For the Hamptons the atmosphere here is not upscale at all. This place really feels like a friendly neighberhood pub with good food, and killer beer at nice prices!

Go Here! Sure it is out of the way, and it is not truly "Valhalla", but I will go back every few months to sample some more Markowski creations, and claim my box!

Note: The Southamtpon Publick House is easily reached by LIRR, the Southampton station is only 10 minutes from the brewpub and it takes about 2 and 1/2 hours to get there from NYC. However, be cautious when planning a trip up because the train schedule can be very sporadic, especially in the off-season of the Hamptons! (4,859 characters)

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Southampton Publick House in Southampton, NY
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