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Southampton Publick House

Not Rated.
Southampton Publick HouseSouthampton Publick House
BA SCORE
94
outstanding

71 Ratings
Ratings: 71
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.84%
Active Beers: 41
Beer Ratings: 6,027
Beer Avg: 3.93
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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Photo of PopeJonPaul
4.72/5  rDev +10.5%

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.

PopeJonPaul, May 12, 2006
Photo of Crosling
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%

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.

Crosling, Mar 27, 2006
Photo of Litterbean
4.58/5  rDev +7.3%

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.

Litterbean, Mar 12, 2006
Photo of edchef1850
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%

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

edchef1850, Jan 16, 2006
Photo of blitheringidiot
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

blitheringidiot, Dec 15, 2005
Photo of daliandragon
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%

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.

daliandragon, Nov 18, 2005
Photo of palma
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%

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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palma, Sep 07, 2005
Photo of Biggness
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%

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 :)

Biggness, Aug 07, 2005
Photo of jakester
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%

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.

jakester, Jun 22, 2005
Photo of ybnorml
3.98/5  rDev -6.8%

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.

ybnorml, Apr 26, 2005
Southampton Publick House in Southampton, NY
94 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.