Southampton Publick House
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4.58/5 rDev +7%
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.
03-12-2006 03:32:06 | More by Litterbean
4.13/5 rDev -3.5%
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
01-16-2006 22:40:20 | More by edchef1850
4.25/5 rDev -0.7%
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.
12-15-2005 04:42:49 | More by blitheringidiot
4.18/5 rDev -2.3%
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.
11-18-2005 07:02:08 | More by daliandragon
4.43/5 rDev +3.5%
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?
09-07-2005 05:22:34 | More by palma
4.55/5 rDev +6.3%
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 :)
08-07-2005 12:07:05 | More by Biggness
4.08/5 rDev -4.7%
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.
06-22-2005 16:02:27 | More by jakester
3.98/5 rDev -7%
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.
04-26-2005 21:49:47 | More by ybnorml
4.08/5 rDev -4.7%
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.
03-30-2005 14:30:44 | More by apintofknowledge
4.47/5 rDev +4.4%
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!
11-01-2004 17:53:38 | More by francisweizen
Southampton Publick House in Southampton, NY
95 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.