Southampton Publick House
Active Beers: 39
Beer Ratings: 5,951
Beer Avg: 3.93
Taps: 8 / Bottles: 6
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 66 | Reviews: 53 | Display Reviews Only:
4.18/5 rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Travelled east on the LIE to reach the island's most acclaimed brewpub for the first time last Friday, Veteran's Day, so we both had off. It's a nice setting and the dining hall was rustic but pleasant and the service was friendly. We shared some tasty onion rings and I had the beef pot pie, which was excellent. We also tried the sampler, which featured the Montauk Lite, the Secret, the IPA, another Pale Ale, and the Pumpkin, which was really flavorful. The Secret Ive had in a sixer and liked but the rest were good but not great. I was kind of hoping they'd have one of the Belgians available in the dining room but no such luck. The lunch prices were reasonable but dinner looked pricy, although Monday night $3 pint and $5 burger platters isn't a bad deal considering the quality. It's kind of a schlep but I would try it again for lunch.
11-18-2005 07:02:08 | More by daliandragon
4.43/5 rDev +3.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
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?
09-07-2005 05:22:34 | More by palma
4.55/5 rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
If you are familiar with going to Montauk or the Hamptons you should be familiar with the last 7-11, me and my friends refer to that were modern civilization ends on Montauk Hwy. If you make a right there and go south about 1/2 a mile you will see the Southampton Publick house on the east side of the road. The entrance is bushed off with a path to the Brewpub. I chose to eat at the bar and boy was that the right call. The bartender was extremely well versed on beer and was an incredible delite. The food was much better than normal, and the beers were incredible. I will definately have to revisit when it is my beer season (winter). Definately worth a stop when you are on your way out to the Hamptons or Montauk. I will be sure to try and go as much as humanly possible :)
08-07-2005 12:07:05 | More by Biggness
4.08/5 rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
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.
06-22-2005 16:02:27 | More by jakester
3.98/5 rDev -7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
Located in a quiet little town on the south east end of Long Island, the building looks quite inviting. The inside is well lit thanks to many large windows. The wood work is a dark tavern style. The staff were all cheerful and helpful. The food was good. I was dissapointed in the cajun popcorn shrimp (either not cajun or way too plain to be called cajun) and no I didnot complain because I was here for the beer. "Ask for Cask selections" the sing said. None available the waitress said. If you try this place in the summer I suggest you try the Golden Lager. If you have some one to share with the Cellar selections are marvelous. I was a glutton and drank almost an entire bottle of the Grand Cru ( my wife felt it was too heavy ). I will definitely return in hopes of having some Cask.
04-26-2005 21:49:47 | More by ybnorml
4.08/5 rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 2 | $$$
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.
03-30-2005 14:30:44 | More by apintofknowledge
4.47/5 rDev +4.2%
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!
11-01-2004 17:53:38 | More by francisweizen
4.43/5 rDev +3.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 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.
10-16-2004 02:41:27 | More by Billolick
4.55/5 rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4
It was with some excitement that I headed out here on the Sunday of the recent Labor Day weekend with 3 other NY BAs.
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 (SPHs 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 couldnt 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 wasnt just me, an oldish Dude was complaining about the lack of waitress service to the bartender, only to be told that there wasnt 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 Rapododas 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.
09-19-2004 20:38:05 | More by TheLongBeachBum
4.44/5 rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5
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.
09-01-2004 19:58:33 | More by RedDiamond
Southampton Publick House in Southampton, NY
95 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.