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Southampton Publick House

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Southampton Publick HouseSouthampton Publick House
BEER AVG
3.93/5
Based on:
38 Beers
6,288 Ratings
Place Score: 94
Ratings: 76
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.43%
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 PatrickTurano
5/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of SkunkWorks
5/5  rDev +17.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I took my girlfriend here when we went on a little weekend trip out east together.

First, with the atmosphere. We sat outside for our meal and it was really nice. It was a really nice day and we had a nice view. It was also very quiet. After our meal we sat in the taproom and had a few beers there and again, very nice atmosphere. Neither was particularly crowded.

The food was really good. I had the NY steak, which was covered in amazing onion rings and served with sweet potato fries and some salad. My girlfriend had a turkey and goat cheese wrap. We were both really happy with our choices. The beer is also quite good. We ordered the sampler, which was good and gave us a shot at everything they had on tap. We both chose for the rest the North Fork Fresh Hop and were both satisfied with it.

The waitress we had was very nice and was one of the nicest waitresses I've had in recent memory.

The selection is also good but remember its just their stuff. They had a good selection of beers on tap and also had bottles available.

I also filled out the satisfaction card at the end of our meal and so they just sent me a 15% off all of our entrees coupon, which is groovy. I'll definitely be going back and am really looking forward to the return trip.

Photo of Loki
4.95/5  rDev +16.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

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!

Photo of ChrisDotson
4.83/5  rDev +13.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Jason’s (Knightly Spirits) assertion of Southampton as the best brewery in the world raised my expectations quite a bit going into the publick house. Despite my preconceived notions, my expectations were exceeded by 20 times. The ambience & Food were great & most importantly every beer I had was a perfect 5. As far as Beer, I started with what seemed like a frustrating selection as they were out of the cuvee du fleur & Russian imperial stout which is what I really wanted to try the most. Brady recommended the maibock & the Bavarian Weiss, & ended up sharing his personal stash of grand cru with us. We talked brewing with Spence for a while who was a really cool guy & obviously an amazing brewer himself (Sidenote - also very humble as I was later told that the double white we were so impressed with was Spence’s design & not Phil’s but he never said so) & shared quite a few beers with us out of his personal cellar. The greatest of these was 2003 Trappist pale ale & the double white. Most special to us, we were able to share several of our own beers with him. If you love beer especially if you brew, & want to meet other beer geeks this is the place to be!! Spence showed us the entire brewery & we just had a good time. We ended up paying for almost nothing. Needless to say, we walked out of there with several cases of amazing beer & a magical night of unbelievable craft beer.

Photo of Bierman9
4.78/5  rDev +12.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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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Photo of lehows
4.78/5  rDev +12.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Ah...the gool ol' Publick House. Whats more to say? If you havn't been here yet, go now. My Dad remembers this place as Herb McCarthy's, and now it's home to Southampton Publick House. The pub room and bar are to your left, dining room to your right when you walk in. There's also a 2nd bar in back of the dining area that opens when its very busy or for private parties. Another small outdoor bar on the porch opens often in summer. As many of you already know, the beers here are spectacular. My favorites are the French Country Christmas Ale (AKA Biere De Garde), Espresso Stout, and the Saison. You'll find great variety here as seasonals change frequently (usually 2 to 4 per month). Also, the hoity-toity types you find at places like 75 Main rarely venture here. Of course, it is busier in summer but as far the clientele goes, the crowd is pretty much the same during summer and winter, which is great. Food is certainly way above your typical brewpub fare (Tuesday nights are 2 for 1 entrees), the ribs here are amazing and a local favorite. Worth a trip from anywhere.

Photo of bsm80x
4.75/5  rDev +12%

Photo of PopeJonPaul
4.72/5  rDev +11.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

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.

Photo of joefuzz
4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Ah the Southampton publick house, what a great place. The tap room has a huge bar area plus a load of tables to accommodate the masses of people who flock here. with good reason though this place serves some of the best beer brewed on long island, the staff knows their beers inside and out and can always help you make the best selection for your tastes. they also offer a sample plate of a few smaller servings of beer to help you decide. The food here is also top notch everything from pub favorites to stakes and brunch. They do live music on the weekends and have plenty of specials during the week. Also the events are some of the nicest well organized partys i have ever had the pleasure of going too in the beer world, At this past years IRS release everyone who walked in the door got a free oversized southampton snifter and brewery stickers. It just shows how these people go out of their way to please the people who care about the beer they make. and finally the thing that really makes this place for me are the growlers and bottles to go, i love how they just release one offs and let you buy the bottles there, no big event no lines no buzz if you want something and they have it you can buy it no hassle. Overall one of my favorite places to stop into on long island, if you have never been i highly suggest making the drive out there.

Photo of sulldaddy
4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

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.

Photo of slander
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

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.

Photo of Litterbean
4.58/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
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 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.

Photo of Biggness
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
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 :)

Photo of rowingbrewer
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

This place has a nice upscale, old feel to it. The interior of the place is nice, and the beer is brewed there so its always fresh. the service was excellent and everybody was very friendly. they have a pretty good selection on tap, i was there for the russian imperial stout release, so there was the added benefit of having old herb, their stout, and several of the saisons available on tap. didn't really eat anything while i was there, just went for the beer and it was all good. I will definitely be going down for future releases, and would love to check this place out in the summer. I highly recommend this place to anyone who has not been

Photo of Hibernator
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

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.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of shaebs99
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Finally made it out to Southampton Publick House on a Sunday night (8pm). Place was not crowded and quiet. Sat in the restaurant for dinner.

Nice looking room decorated with old brewery trays (like Old Knickerbocker) and golf signs. We sat in sight of brewing apparatus and most importantly the sign of available beers. Unfortunately only two non-year round selections available and one was the Pumpkin (which I do enjoy, but was not in the mood for).

I started out with the Golden Lager, which I enjoyed. I only wish I took notes on it so I could raise its rating. My friends got an IPA, Secret, and Double White. The waitress was helpful when my girlfriend was split on what food to get. We started out with "Irish Nachos" and Potato and Pale Ale soup (quite good) Collectively we got a burger, a blackened chicken sandwich, a pulled-pork sandwich and rigatoni a la vodka. My rigatoni was surprisingly good.

After dinner I went to the bar to load up on some growlers and other goodies. The bartender was very helpful and knowledgeable as I asked questions and he filled my growlers of IPA and foreign extra stout.
Besides the beers on tap (I think 7 different total) they also offered beers from their 750ml series. I picked up some 10th anniversary (sold out around me) and some Old Herb 06' (not available around me).

I thought the prices were reasonable for a restaurant. And since the food was better than regular pub food it seemed reasonable to expect higher prices than a pub since it is a nice restaurant.

I originally intended to give them a 4 for selection, but I was probably just bitter that they didn't have their winter on yet or some other exciting beer. They had several great beers to choose from as well as 2 beers that I couldn't get else where. Plus the only selection I needed was the Gold Lager and IPA.

As I said we went late on a Sunday so traffic was non-existent. Even so the trip took an hour. I will try and go here once a month or maybe once every 6 weeks or so.
Great beer and great food

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

This place is located a short distance off the main Route 27 drag in eastern Long Island. Easy to find with the big sign and hedge row outside the building. A small amount of parking spots are located along the road.

We stopped in around lunch time just to grab a pint or two, and we were not eating lunch. There is a nice outdoor seating area that must be nice during warmer weather seasons. Inside the bar area is small, as there are only about 8 stools there. Some high tops and dining tables are in the area too. Loads of TVS locked into local sports. There is some merchandise at the front door at the reception stand if you wish to buy anything, and a small refridgerator has some beers for take out.

A nice big blackboard lists all the beers available. This trip there were the standard 5 beers Secret Ale, IPA, Light, Double Wit, and Lager. There were 4 special beers, a Uber Bock, NYDP Finest, Oatmeal Stout, and Sullivans Irish Ale. The beers were fresh and very tasty.

Service was prompt and the girl behind the bar knew her beer offerings.

I wish I had more time to hang here, but if you are in this part of Long Island, this is a must stop.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

I'm lucky that Publick House is located so close to my family home because these are the beers that helped get me into the craft beer scene.

I've been drinking their beers for the better part of a decade now and I swear that I've never had a beer from them that I disliked. Even after they got a new brewmaster I still enjoy all their beers.

They have a very nice location in between the train station and the town proper. They decor of the brewpub is very nice with ample space at the bar and extra indoor and outdoor seating as well. I often enjoy sitting in the dining area because I enjoy looking at the brewing equipment.

There service is decent, the servers usually don't know a lot about beer but they are always keen to tell me when I'm ordering one of their 750ml bottles.

My only real beef with the place is the food itself. Their burgers and fries are lousy in my opinion, Ive had wings served to me there that were clearly left in the frier for too long and my favorite dish, the Po' boys, is often drowned in their sauce.

But on the bright side everything at Publick House is reasonably priced.

Even with the food being what it is I love this place.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

My visit to the Southampton Public House on July 4th weekend was impressive, to say the least. Set just a stone's throw away from the idyllic Southampton town center, the brewpub echoes all the quaintness and charm that is to be found in the Hamptons.

Taking on the look of the many austere mansions that line the town's main street, the brewpub was constructed from what seems to be a historic home, complete with weathered wooden shingles and eight foot tall hedges surrounding the premises. There is even a serene garden area in the front yard with chairs for six or so people to sit and enjoy a beer.

The inside of the brewpub, including the bar, is canvased in dark mahogany and has a traditional "yankee" look and feel to it. Off the bar room is a lounge area, furnished with leather chairs and ottomans, as well as another dining area in the rear.

My friend and I decided to sit on the raised front porch and enjoy some beer and food. We started off with a bottle of Cuvee Des Fleurs, which was outstanding and paired nicely with my crab claw appetizer. For our main courses, my friend ordered a burger and I had the tuna steak. Both were quite good. With this course, we shared a bottle of their Biere De Mars, which was also excellent.

Even more impressive than the food and drinks however was the outstanding service and warm hospitality we received from everyone at the Southampton Public House. Our waitress was incredibly friendly, attentive and helpful. We were also lucky enough to meet up with a gentleman named Spencer, who is in charge of sales. Both Spencer and our waitress did everything they could to make sure that out visit to their brewpub (and our stay in the Hamptons) was an experience to remember. Thanks again. You guys hooked us up big time and we really appreciate it!

Although the food ($8 for the burger and $22 for the tuna) and the beers ($15 for each of the bottles) were not cheap, they were appropriately priced. Expect to pay the same prices (and get the same quality food) at a mid-tier restaurant. Besides, lest we forget, this is the Hamptons.

If you are visiting the Hamptons anytime soon, I would definitely plan a trip to the Southampton Public House. My recommendation would be to sit on the porch and watch the sunset with friends. Great atmosphere, great people and great beer - what more can you expect from a brewpub?

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4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

I grew up in nearby Sag Harbor and the Publick House was my first experience with craft beer. It's essentially the only place in the area with a focus on craft beer which keeps them busy with tourist traffic in the peak season, but the consistently excellent service and reasonable prices keep us locals coming back all year long.

The Publick House is split into two halves, the tap room and the dining room. The dining room is a quiet space with the feel of an upscale restaurant. They take reservations and can be quite busy during the summer. The tap room is the bar area, with about 15 stools at the bar and quite a few tables. The atmosphere can vary. There's a laid-back crowd in the afternoons and early evenings, but at night they often have a DJ or other live music and it can get loud and rowdy.

Quality is high at the Publick House. All of the year-round offerings are solid and they do some excellent seasonals and one-offs. The beers that are part of their 750 series are top notch. It was on hiatus this year, but the one-offs they usually release at their annual RIS release are some of the best beers I've had anywhere.

Service is hard to beat. Don Sullivan, the owner, is very friendly and you can often find him around the restaurant. He's very good to his regulars and always comes by to say hello when I'm in with my father. The bartenders are very friendly - say hi to Brady in the afternoons - and I've always gotten good service in the dining room.

Selection can be hit or miss. They always have their five year-round beers on (an altbier, double white, an English IPA, a pils and a light lager) which are all solid and then 2-4 taps for rotating seasonals. The seasonal selection had gotten a bit stagnant lately with the same beers showing up every year, but I'm hoping with new head brewer Evan Addario taking over this past year we'll see him bring some of his own recipes into the lineup.

The food is great. I've tried most of the menu at this point and it's all well-crafted. It's essentially an upscale pub menu for a nice dinner, but also with some good traditional bar bites if you're looking to have a few apps and a few beers in the tap room.

Value is very good - for the area. If you're coming to visit the Hamptons from somewhere other than NYC, it might seem expensive (as does everything here) when compared to your neighborhood brewpub. If you live in the Hamptons and know that you can't get dinner for 2 with drinks at most places for less than $100, this is a bargain. If you really want a good deal, check out the happy hour on weekdays - cheap beers and they often pass out some free apps.

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Southampton Publick House in Southampton, NY
94 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.