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Southampton Publick House

Southampton Publick HouseSouthampton Publick House

Beer Stats:
Active Beers: 36
Beer Ratings: 5,770
Beer Avg: 3.94

Taps: 8 / Bottles: 6
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
BA SCORE
95
world-class

63 Ratings
Ratings: 63
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 8.41%
$$$ - a bit pricey


[ 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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meatyard

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -18.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$$

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.

07-09-2008 14:23:40 | More by meatyard
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fredandboboflo

New York

3.58/5  rDev -16.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$$

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.

07-06-2008 21:58:39 | More by fredandboboflo
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leftmindedrighty

New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev -14.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$$

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.

02-18-2008 17:10:29 | More by leftmindedrighty
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JMD71

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev -14%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$

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.

08-03-2006 15:52:14 | More by JMD71
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drseamus

New York

3.68/5  rDev -14%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$

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.

03-30-2007 22:00:29 | More by drseamus
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.73/5  rDev -12.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$$

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.

01-01-2009 18:13:33 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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Umbra

Maryland

3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$$

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.

07-22-2008 16:27:23 | More by Umbra
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ybnorml

Rhode Island

3.98/5  rDev -7%
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
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plaid75

New York

4/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$

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.

06-29-2006 19:11:20 | More by plaid75
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Nutleybeer

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$

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).

12-01-2007 14:19:16 | More by Nutleybeer
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Southampton Publick House in Southampton, NY
95 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.