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Southampton Publick House

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

75 Ratings
Ratings: 75
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.62%
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 JMD71
3.68/5  rDev -13.6%

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.

JMD71, Aug 03, 2006
Photo of warriorsoul
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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.

warriorsoul, Jul 28, 2006
Photo of Hibernator
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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.

Hibernator, Jul 28, 2006
Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev -6.1%

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.

plaid75, Jun 29, 2006
Photo of PopeJonPaul
4.72/5  rDev +10.8%

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 +2.1%

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 +7.5%

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 -3.1%

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 -0.2%

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 -1.9%

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 +4%

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 +6.8%

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 -4.2%

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 -6.6%

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
Photo of apintofknowledge
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%

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.

apintofknowledge, Mar 30, 2005
Photo of francisweizen
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%

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!

francisweizen, Nov 01, 2004
Photo of Billolick
4.43/5  rDev +4%

This is what a brew pub should look like. Nicely landscaped outside, Great looking classy room(s) inside, nice out door deck, friendly athmosphere and staff, great looking bar, tastefully placed flat screen tvs. Award winning brews, available in bottles, on draft or growler pours. All the fermentors, brew kettles etc are on view in the various rooms. I havent been able to speand much time either in S'hampton or in this fine establishment over the years. Those who live close to this place truly are lucky. Very well worth the effort and long drive "out east" to experience this high quality beer destination.

Billolick, Oct 16, 2004
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%

It was with some excitement that I headed out here on the Sunday of the recent Labor Day weekend with 3 other NY BA’s.

From the outside it has a rather low key appearance. A simple awning nestles between well trimmed hedges & over the entrance path which has the words ‘Southampton Publick House’. As you walk up the path, grassed areas immediately create a very countrified feel, or as my US brethren stated, “villagey”.

A small outside deck area with lots of white washed walls creates a cool looking relaxed area for some fare ‘al fresco’, at least if you want that option. Once inside lots of darkish woods contribute to a feeling of being in a place that is probably younger that its image portrays. Awards and Brewing Medals adorn the wooden walls & hint at what is in store for those not in the know. A small counter sits to your right which displays many of the SPH promotional wares. To the left is a decent sized bar that has a good run of white handled taps, all sporting SPH products. In front of the bar there is a mixture of tall round tables with high stools, tables & chairs, plus the odd booth. Larger dining tables are towards the well lit area as you approach the large expansive window at the front of that part of the building.

After much deliberation & a several emergency piss-stops (hey, it was a long ride out here!) a mandate from the masses meant that we elected to populate the front of the bar for a few beers before trying any food. We sat right in front of the bank of SPH Taps as it happened, which made for a fun time when the beers “ran off”; dj & Rokotgirl had some free beer samplers sprayed on them on two occasions if memory serves me right, which made for some mirth and entertainment for myself and Rapopoda who wisely sat to the left of the Taps.

Beer Range – the most important part, was by far the best. The Selection does alter, which is a good thing in my book, but sadly they had no Cask Ale, which was a real bummer. What they did have was a superb selection and range of brews. From the Montauk Light (SPH’s own Bud Lite for the heathens that will insist on asking for one) to the big boys in the Bottles, there is something for everyone. I tried the Pale Ale, Golden Lager, Secret Ale, Left Coast IPA & the lovely Oyster Stout. I also tried some of Rokotgirls fruity Raspberry brew (? Forget what that was called). Several Bottles were also available, including the Cuvee des Fleurs, Double White, Saison & Imperial Baltic Porter, all of which were excellent. Yes, eulogize indeed, the beers here are all top notch, well maybe except for the Montauk Light ;-)).

Service – well I have to be honest here and say that my first impressions were not good, but they did change. I felt a little uncomfortable at first, there was no-one to say where or where we couldn’t sit, and it all seemed a little informal, which it is, but nevertheless, as a first timer it was a tad confusing – but I was only here for some beer at first so the safe option of sitting at the Bar meant that I avoided any embarrassment. However, it wasn’t just me, an oldish Dude was complaining about the lack of waitress service to the bartender, only to be told that there wasn’t any until later. So some confusion at first. However, our BA party of 4 easily struck up a rapport with the bartender, a nice chap who was kept extremely busy explaining the lack of waitress service and food hours to visitors, as well as serving and generally tending the whole front room on his own. Despite the fact that he was kept busy, he ensured that we were topped up when our glasses emptied, and even offered us all a free ‘top-up’ before we left the bar area to sit down for some food in the more formal front dining area.

We decided to sit at a large table in the well lit area in the front window for our meal. The food menu was decent enough, nothing too outstanding, but the food was pretty decent and the portions well-sized, and I am not sure if any of us finished our meals here, the fish and chips were great. I ordered a Chocolate Mud Pie thingyumijig of sorts that we all shared and it did the rounds slowly, it was great but we were all full, although it went extremely well with the Imperial Baltic Porter, yum!

The waitress that picked us up for the meal portion of our visit looked bored, but as soon as Rapopoda exuded his charm on the poor young thing she was putty in his hands. I think the beer was taking effect because the waitress seemed to enjoy returning to the “Mad Hatters Tea Party at Table 9”, or was it to chat to Rapopoda? Overall the Service was great, & I think we managed to at least entertain one young lady that afternoon with some of Rapododa’s hilarious red neck impressions & to a lesser extent some English mirth.

Thanks to djgonzalez & Rokotgirl for the transport, & Rapopoda for entertaining the waitress with his myriad of impressions & constant requests for a Holiday Ham.

SPH deserves the hype, the beers are excellent!

Last Visit: Sunday 5th September, 2004.

TheLongBeachBum, Sep 19, 2004
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4.44/5  rDev +4.2%

I didn't especially spend much time at the Southampton Publick House. Just dropped in for a pint with my bro then got lots of beer to go. But I did manage to form a few impressions while I was there.

First off, the place is a lot more casual than I would have anticipated. The Hamptons are a notoriously ritzy community. On the day I arrived, John Kerry was in town for a private $1000 per head fund raiser among many celebrities and fancy folk. (Jimmy Buffet had his yacht moored in nearby Sag Harbor. Nice little skiff he's got.)

But the Publick House was very low key and friendly, really just a village drinking establishment. House beers are listed on a chalkboard featuring about five house taps plus seasonals. A nice selection of cellared, bottled beers was also on the menu and the bartender was helpful in making suggestions. He even offered me a discount and (apparently) their last hidden bottle of Biere de Mars, 2004. I sampled one beer of modest quality, two that were pretty good, one quite good, and three that were truly exceptional.

The Southampton Publick House has a full bar and restaurant and offers growlers to go. Their bottled beer is a bit expensive. Corked magnums are about $10-12. But their Imperial Baltic Porter, Grand Cru, and Biere de Mars are worth the money if you've got it. Anyone in the area should certainly stop in for a visit.

RedDiamond, Sep 01, 2004
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4.95/5  rDev +16.2%

There is a reason this place is #1, it deserves to be.

Atmosphere: Wonderful. From the hedge and ivy covered entryway and archway, to the landscaping, to the patio, to the pub section, to the dinning area, to the view of the stainless steel tanks, to the TVs this place radiates a laid back, beer atmosphere. Everyone there had a smile on their face and was more than happy to talk to you about anything. TV's all over the pub from 27" to nice big, flat screen plasmas or LCDs. Lots of locals. Friendly bartenders and staff. It was almost enough to get me to move to Southampton, but then I would have to drive across Long Island to get anywhere.

Quality: Top notch. Their beers are excellent. And if you can't find something you like on draft (well then you don't like beer), they have cellared bottles for purchase to go, or for their. I had three of their beers and took home five cellared bottles. Every beer was better than average or great.

Service: Friendly, fast, and willing to talk, when they're not busy. The pub business began to pickup as the night progressed, but seemed like a quiet Monday night. Brady was the bartender that night and took care of me after I had dinner, three pints, then asked what bottles they had in the cellar. I left with five bottles; Bier De Mars, two Saisons, Grand Cru, and Imperial Baltik Porter for more than a fair price. Oh and he through in a pint glass, which will be my new standard.

Selection: Varies, as does any good brewpub. They have 5? year round brews, including the exceptional and unique Secret Ale plus the seasonals and the current cellar bottles. The seasonals where the Bavarian Wheat, Burton Ale, and Publick House Porter. The Burton ale seemed like a combo of traditional English Cask Ale and Nitro beer and the Porter was simply wonderful.

Food: All I can speak to was the burger and fries, which were both great. And the fact that they cook the burger to order was even better. See in NC you have two choices burnted and charred, due to health reasons. However, the guy next to me said the wings were great, and they looked it. Everyone there seemed to enjoy the food.

Overall: One of the best places I've been to for beer, and the best brewpub I've ever been too. I did get some bad news. Nothing on cask, and likely nothing on cask again. Seems it doesn't move fast enough, then they either serve stale beer or have to throw alot out, and well that's just not right.

If you are close and are wonder, like I was, "Is it worth the trip?" I would say, that if you were in say 3000 miles give or take a 1000, it's worth it. I waited until 7:00PM to leave Westbury (about 1/3 - 1/2 across Long Island) and I had no problems with traffic, or finding the place at all. But I took the South State Parkway not 495!

Loki, Jun 29, 2004
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4.78/5  rDev +12.2%

Joined some fellow BAs here yesterday for an afternoon of Bier and banter....
Place is a fashionable building set amongst some big, shady trees and nice landscaping way out on Long Island. There's an outdoor patio right at the front entrance for dining/quaffing when the weather permits. Inside to the left is a long bar with a dozen seats, as well as some tables in the lounge area. More to the left near the front is a large glassed-in area with added dining space. Additional seating is to the right and rear as you enter, and this is where you can see to a lower level housing the brewing equipment. Yet another dining room is to the far rear right (with another bar, I think). A large blackboard to the left of the main bar highlights the year-round biers (Helles Lager, Alt, Pale Ale....plus...), as well as current seasonals (Scottish, Porter....), casks (Porter), and "cellar" biers. These are bottled versions of Phil Markowskis bier available to purchase and consume on-site. Nice stuff...like Grand Cru!! Our bartender (who we deemed "Cliff") as well as our waittresses and the owner himself were all outstanding, going above and beyond the call to serve the small BA posse gathered here. My Pulled Pork Sammich was top-shelf, and the rest of the gang expressed good words on their meals. Biers we enjoyed we're A-1!! Helles, Scottish Ale, Saison and Grand Cru, among others, were supremely tasty and well-made. A bit of a trek for some, but well worth it! And, we bumped into golfer Phil Mickelson, dining near our group.

Zum Wohl!!

overall: 4.78
atmosphere: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$

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Bierman9, Jun 06, 2004
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4.68/5  rDev +9.9%

Well i finally made the trek to this great pub! The drive from CT was actually not too bad and I am pretty sure I will visit again. The directions on the pub website are easy enough to follow and it is mostly a highway drive on the way there.
The publick house is a quiet unassuming looking building and appears to be a typical restaurant from the outside. Upon entering you can go straight to the pub room where there is an average sized bar and several tables and stools around the room. There were 8 beers on tap and also 3 in bottles only, no guest brews that I could see. To the right is the dining area, with multiple booths and tables. The feel here is a little family restaurant except for the fermenting vessels behind one set of windows. We had some tasty lunches, I enjoyed a pulled pork sandwich with sweet potato fries that was excellent. Also had a pint of the secret ale.
After lunch we moved to the bar where we met Don Sullivan who I think is one of the founders, he was very friendly and chatted with us about the beer and establishment for a while. ALso gave us some free pint glasses and such. So now we started to drink some brews. Imperial Baltic porter on cask, a dortmunder export lager and also Sully's red ale. Filled a growler with Doppelbock and then bought a ton of bottles to bring back. Great variety of brews, and Brenden the bartender was very friendly and helpful. This place is kinda far away but I had a great experience and will return.

sulldaddy, Apr 04, 2004
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4.45/5  rDev +4.5%

It was an awful day when I reached the end of my long trek. Thankfully the Publick house is well worth it. Though I doubt I will ever make the trip again, I was glad that I did it once. The first beer I had was their Peconic County Reserve, which is a wheat beer brewed with Chardonnay grapes. It only came bottled in a 750mL bottle, so I had to drink the whole thing. The middle is kind of hazy, but I remember eating some good grub. I finished up with the Secret, an alt style ale that is very nutty and smooth. Their beers are great, but they are too far away for me.

ark57, Feb 12, 2004
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4.2/5  rDev -1.4%

Just stopped in for a quick lunch today, but was able to get a glimpse of the man himself as he stopped out to taste one of his brews. As always, a wonderful selection of beers on tap, although I was disappointed to miss out on the Porter. Had a soup and salad, fresh and tasty, the waitstaff is always pleasant. I've had dinner here before and it is always excellent. But lets face it. Beer is why we are here. I tasted the New year Old Ale and the Wee Willie Winterwarmer. Fresh delicious, true to style but always with an interesting twist. Got a growler of the Old Ale to go and am looking forward to trying it this weekend.

beernbbq, Jan 15, 2004
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4.65/5  rDev +9.2%

Recently, I have come to realize that each of the 3 districts my company has on (dirty) Long Island are within 15 minutes travel of one of the 3 Long Island brewpubs. Coincidence? Nah, I don't think so, divine design perhaps. We have a site in Quogue that I seldom get out to but I finally did, and that means an excursion to Southampton. Sure, the Sunrise Highway shrinks to a mere 1 lane in each direction goat trail and it's jammed with "en route to Montaukers" but I had to head out East to Southampton, had to go, just had to...

Rolled in mid afternoon, main dining room to the right and bar to the left. Seating for upwards of a dozen along the "J" shaped bar, with a brass rail and tile floor trim, a row of fermenters visible through glass in a room behind the bar. Tiered booze runs the length of the bar back, a rack in the center with some glassware, scotchs & Southampton bottles above, blackboards to both sides of center, one with the tap selections and the other with tap room specials, and a glassware rack hanging from the ceiling. 4 raised bar tables in the middle of the floor in front of the fireplace and a large blackboard listing the standards and the seasonals with brief descriptions. There's an attached room with a dozen tables, many sharing a common red pattern bench, pale green walls with wood trim, big slate floors, slat shaded windows, beer trays, and framed prints, various GABF & World Beer Cup awards, and enlarged label displays. TV's in all the corners of both rooms.

In the dining room, a dozen and a half tables, mostly 2 and 4 seaters but some larger round ones in the corners. Exterior brick walls, lime green interiors, posts and beams, shaded windows with wood shutters and the room done with a GABF framed print, vintage Miller & PBR framed ads and old beer trays. A mash tun, grist mill and fermenters in a paneled glass wall corner room with access to below, and to the rear, McSully's Tavern; a back party room with it's own small bar and a nice brewerania collection.

Meanwhile, back at the bar, a single tower with a dozen taps, some of them dupes, some unused. They were pouring 4 of their year round beers, 4 seasonals and a cask. I did the beer sampler of course. The Publick House Porter was outstanding, all caramel and chocolatey and the Bavarian Wheat, unfiltered and fruity was marvelous as well. The Southampton Pale Ale was also very nicely hopped and the Secret Ale, a German brown Alt was smooth and malty. All the beers there were pretty damn great.

They also had a few of their beer in bottles. The Southampton Double White Ale is undoubtably my favorite. It's a Belgian white that packs a whallop. Is beautiful, yes. They've also got the Old Herb Barleywine and the Saison. The beer, it's all good here.

Food? Yeah, they've got food. The good seafood choices you'd expect to find out on the east end and more. I had wings and a burger, but mostly for lunch I'm likely to do the chili and french dip (edit: some evil man who's name I shan't mention here removed the french dip from the menu, so you have to get the grilled sirloin sandwich instead. Comparable, but no dippy stuff), or dinnerwise, the ribs are wonderful, as are the pasta dishes. This last time around we did the Mesquite chicken quesidella rolls and Wasabi seared tuna apps, both were excellent. Actually, I've never had a bad meal here. Always ask for the sweet potato fries. Sat at the bar and chewed the fat with the bartenders, generally you get Alex or Brady. Pretty damn (way out) East but well worth the trip. Good folks, great food and drink.

slander, Aug 08, 2003
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Southampton Publick House in Southampton, NY
94 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.