Southampton Publick House
Ratings: 69 | Reviews: 54 | Display Reviews Only:
4.43/5 rDev +3.5%
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 +6.3%
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 +3.7%
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
4.95/5 rDev +15.7%
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!
06-29-2004 15:47:37 | More by Loki
4.78/5 rDev +11.7%
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.
atmosphere: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
06-06-2004 16:15:16 | More by Bierman9
4.68/5 rDev +9.3%
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.
04-04-2004 19:37:53 | More by sulldaddy
4.45/5 rDev +4%
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.
02-12-2004 20:15:10 | More by ark57
4.2/5 rDev -1.9%
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.
01-15-2004 14:13:31 | More by beernbbq
4.65/5 rDev +8.6%
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.
08-08-2003 01:32:51 | More by slander
Southampton Publick House in Southampton, NY
95 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.