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Southampton Publick House

Not Rated.
Southampton Publick HouseSouthampton Publick House
BA SCORE
95
world-class

76 Ratings
Ratings: 76
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.65%
Active Beers: 38
Beer Ratings: 6,263
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 1Sundown2C
2.5/5  rDev -41.2%

1Sundown2C, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of meatyard
3.48/5  rDev -18.1%

This was my second trip to SPH. The first had been a better than average experience but this one was less so, though still similar.
I mainly went, with friends on the N Fork where I was staying over the 4th of July weekend, because their website listed the Imperial Russian Stout as being on tap. When I tried to order it the server said that they hadn't had it in over a year. I said it was listed on the website and she just said the site was updated each week.
Then I asked for one of their year round beers, the Southampton IPA but they were out of that. I ordered the Bavarian Wheat, a very nice beer, and it came quickly enough, with a lemon wedge. I know it's not unusual to have a lemon wedge with a Hefeweizen but a place like this should ask if you want one or put it on the side. I also had the Bohemian Pilsner which was tasty as well.
The food was still good though a bit higher than what you would like to pay for what you get. The ambiance is nice in the restaurant area and the bar seems friendly. All of the SPH beer I've had have been very good but the restaurant could use some work. I won't be going back or recommending it until I hear of improvements. I still highly recommend their beer though.

meatyard, Jul 09, 2008
Photo of DannyWils
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

DannyWils, Mar 30, 2014
Photo of fredandboboflo
3.58/5  rDev -15.8%

Rated this awhile ago, but just deleted that text in favor of reporting my latest experience. The atmosphere and quality (in terms of freshness, presentation, etc.) were both very solid, everything in order, a nice place to sit down for a beer or some grub. Service and food were just a little above average: food is good, but sort of at an awkward level between really solid pub grub and slightly more interesting cuisine, sometimes resulting in not terribly stellar attempts at fish and pasta; service is amicable, approachable, but for a beer geek in particular, not terribly good at describing the beers available. Selection I can't really say was anything above average. The regular line-up of taps consists predominantly of beers that seem to be intended to wean folks off BMC, their seasonals (for the second time running) were nothing to write home about, leaving all the best beers in 750's that you can get cheaper at beer stores. In short, for a local brewpub, a nice place to frequent, but as a destination, just ok.

fredandboboflo, Jul 06, 2008
Photo of leftmindedrighty
3.65/5  rDev -14.1%

Made the trip to Southampton for their RIS release, and that was pretty much the high point.

Very nice looking bar area, quaint, subtle, quiet. The beer they had on tap wasn't very impressive, except of course for the RIS they had on. I was hoping to catch the Saison, Bierre De Garde, or Grand Cru on tap, but no dice. All of the beers I did have though, ESB, RIS, and the IPA were fresh and very good as to be expected. When we arrived, they had a Black Lager on, but it kicked as I walked up to the bar to order one.

Food was average at best. Prices were also a little high for run of the mill bar food, but I'll credit that to the area. Amongst four people, we shared the Brewer's Burger, Pulled Pork Sandwich, and the Irish Nachos. Again, good pub food, but not something I would want to eat everyday at my local watering hole.

Overall, I've wanted to see Southampton for years, so I enjoyed humming the scenery and drinking the RIS with friends. But overall, I don't see myself coming back unless there is another beer release, and its something rare and worth the 3 1/2 hour drive.

leftmindedrighty, Feb 18, 2008
Photo of JMD71
3.68/5  rDev -13.4%

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 drseamus
3.68/5  rDev -13.4%

I went pretty far out of the way to go to Southampton Publick House, so perhaps my expectations were a bit higher than expected. The food was up to expectation but the beer was way below expectations. It seemed like they had all their normal (boring) beers on tap and nothing special. They also seemed to all taste the same.

On the food side though, we were seated immediately and a waitress brought us menu's and bread immediately. The soup was really good and the burgers were ordered were excellent as well. It was a bit pricey, but that is somewhat to be expected for the hamptons. All in all, I would go there again if I was close, but I won't drive out there again.

drseamus, Mar 30, 2007
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.73/5  rDev -12.2%

Nice restaurant/brewpub. I've been there twice in the afternoon and both have been good times. The food is pretty good and service is excellent. They have 5 beers on tap year round and 2-3 seasonals ($5-$6 per pint). Plus they have their bombers and 750s available. The atmosphere is quite pleasant and they have several large TVs with sports on regularly. Realize that this brewpub is quite far east on LI and sometimes it's hit or miss with their seasonals. But if you are nearby, it's a fun place to go.

LilBeerDoctor, Jan 01, 2009
Photo of Duesler
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

Duesler, Sep 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

pjkelley82, Mar 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

TX-Badger, Oct 26, 2014
Photo of Umbra
3.83/5  rDev -9.9%

The atmosphere has been described pretty decently by those before me. It was a sunny, warm day, so we chose the raised outside porch to enjoy some goodies. It was open, got some breeze, and allowed you to look out on the manicured lawns of this strange surburban town.

Only a couple rarities available, with Fleurs being in big bottle. We kept away from the heavy hitters--it was still a couple hours from home either way. got a couple of pints, including the Belgian Wheat and casked conditioned summer brews. I assumed they'd be on teh site, so I didn't get more specifics. they were tasty, with the belgian being banana goodness and the summer being extra hoppy. Service, except for a grumpy bus girl, was friendly and knowledgable. They even helped with directions, which is important as these towns aren't in straight lines.

The food was the only disappointment, being just well done pub grub. Given the atmosphere of the location, the quality of the beer, and the vibe of Southhampton, one would have expected more.

Overall, excellent beers and a great location make for a perfect opportunity to pass the time away while others shop.

Umbra, Jul 22, 2008
Photo of ybnorml
3.98/5  rDev -6.4%

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 Nutleybeer
4/5  rDev -5.9%

We stopped by off season...things are much cheaper in the area then. This place is the last leg in the Long Island brewpub crawl, past Black Forest and BrickHouse.

Nice location. We went in the winter, but they do have plenty of outdoor seating for the summer (apparently an outdoor bar too). Decent selection of beers on tap, incl IPA, Montauk Lite, Double White (tasty with a nice blend of spiciness), Pumpkin and their flagship beer the Secret Ale (a darker color with an almost caramel-like flavor).

They had bottled beers, ranging from $7 to the reserved bottles at $12. I went with their Tripel. Not the best Belgian style I ever had, but enjoyable. Hints of honey, mingled in with the yeasty overtones.

The food was good. I had the full rack of ribs for $22. Not a giant menu. Sandwiches run from $10 to $18.

A nice atmoshpere in the dining area. Pub-ish, with a slightly classy, upscale feel to it.

A cool, relaxing bar area. Sort of broken into 2 areas. The bar section, with pub tables and the bar itself...then a rear area with couches. I believe they have DJs in on the weekends too.

They sell t-shirts, pint glasses and other assorted items.

Cool place. Check out the local wineries too...especially Wolffer (awesome place).

Nutleybeer, Dec 01, 2007
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

SwG237, Oct 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Msudukie, Oct 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

eluvah, Sep 24, 2014
Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev -5.9%

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 djrn2
4/5  rDev -5.9%

djrn2, Oct 29, 2013
Photo of Profchaos20
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%

Stopped by the Southampton Publick House while on vacation in Mid September. The atmosphere is nice, you get past the hedges and they have a nice little deck area for outdoor dining. You walk in and the bar is upfront with the dining room to the right. While you walk to the dining room they have a glass wall which provides a view of the MLT, HLT, and fermentation chamber. Which I thought was pretty cool, a little bit of a nicer set up then my mlt cooler and beer bucket at home.

The quality and service were very good and I enjoyed most of the beers I tried. The only slight issue I had was with the selection, which I found to be a little lacking with only 8 or so beers on tap.

I thought the food was very good with the Mussels being the highlight. I had the fish and chips which was delicious also, my friend ordered the crab cakes which were a little sub par, not bad at all just more filler than you would like. This place is very reasonably priced especially considering the area it's in.

Overall I would definitely recommend stopping by for both the beer and food.

Profchaos20, Sep 22, 2012
Photo of oldirtycaffrey
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%

I stopped in on an October sunday afternoon to try out Southampton Publick House. I was very impressed with the overall look of the place -- there's a patio outside and the landscaping is beautiful. Inside, dark wood, comfortable booths and tables, and a small-medium sized bar makes up one half of the place, while a restaurant area makes up the other. There are plenty of TVs around, and the vats are viewable behind the bar.

There were about 10 beers on taps, including the Belgian Amber, Octoberfest Lager, Secret Ale, Burton Ale, and Scottish Ale. Unfortuantely, there were no stouts on tap. They also had some of their special beers (10th Anniversary Ale) available in bottles.

I tried the Belgian Amber, Secret Ale, and Octoberfest and really enjoyed them all; the Belgian Amber is one of the best smelling beers I've ever had. The bartender was nice and seemed knowledgeable about the beers on tap. I was hoping to try one of their stouts, especially the Espresso Stout, and I was also expecting them to have Pumpkin Ale on tape (it's widely advertised right now on their website), but that too wasn't available.

However, this was a great stop and I hope to go back there soon!

oldirtycaffrey, Oct 09, 2006
Photo of apintofknowledge
4.08/5  rDev -4%

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 softcough
4.08/5  rDev -4%

After much anticipation, I finally made it out for dinner. The place was nice, a historic structure in a beautiful town. The beers, as already known, are quite good to excellent. I skipped all the regular stuff and had some of the specialty bottles. Abbot 12, Grand Cru, Old Herb. All excellent and worth the trip. The service was fine. The only complaint I have is that the food really was not good enough. This is a nice restaurant, not cheap, incredible beer with a huge reputation. The food really let me down. Maybe they were having an off night, but the place was almost empty and nobody at my table of five had much good to say about their eats. Oh well, still worth the trip for the beer and atmosphere.

softcough, Sep 26, 2007
Photo of jakester
4.08/5  rDev -4%

We were doing a tour of Long Island brewpubs and the brewery, and I couldn't wait to get here. We arrived @6:30on a Friday.

The place is relatively small, kinda drafty, rustic-like. Rough wooden floors. Tables kinda close together, but ok. Well lit. It isn't quite what I was expecting, but it was charming in a way.

I started with the Pale Ale. I'm a hop head, and this didn't quite fill the bill, but it was very well made. Next I tried the Secret Ale that I read so much about. Very well made, and a pounder, but...I don't know. Then I switched to the Belgians. WOW! Phil Markowski knows his shit. I don't know how many I tried, but they were all great. Finished off with the Baltic Imperial Porter. Wonderful!

Oh, and did I mention the prime rib was $19.95 on a Friday? And it was great, too! Had enough for lunch for two the next day. My only complaint is our waitress was kind of aloof. When she brought out my wife's meal, she sort of put down her plate and spilled food onto the table. I don't even think she noticed.

Took home the Abbey Single, Double White, and the Grand Cru. They were all fantastic.

I can't wait to get back here next year. I just won't eat as much.

jakester, Jun 22, 2005
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4.1/5  rDev -3.5%

AaronDio, Oct 22, 2014
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Southampton Publick House in Southampton, NY
95 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.