Southampton Publick House
Ratings: 68 | Reviews: 54 | Display Reviews Only:
4.65/5 rDev +8.1%
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
4.43/5 rDev +3%
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 +5.8%
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
4.5/5 rDev +4.7%
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.
04-22-2011 20:02:05 | More by Gavage
4.47/5 rDev +4%
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
4.78/5 rDev +11.2%
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
4.5/5 rDev +4.7%
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.
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.
07-27-2006 23:54:13 | More by Hibernator
4.25/5 rDev -1.2%
Thanks to Slander for "talking" me into making this trek. I was on the fence and he said "No excuses!" so I cajoled my coworkers and took the rental car for the entire night to drive out and find SPH. My advice if you don't know the streets is take Exit 70 from the 495 (LIE.) It's easier than Exit 68.
First, the parking lot is sorta connected to the street so ya just drive right up. Outside, the SPH looks like a, well, a big house. The interior is a clean almost Irish lookin' joint. Lots of clean wood and decorative touches with a set of super clean brew tanks behind the bar.
Note that I went on a slow Winter Wednesday night which is "Ladies Nite" and $2 pints for the gals. I must've got there before the locals that appreciate the place showed up. A few guys who work there were enjoying some brews after their shift. Lucky!
Taps were a little limited to Light, Lager, Pale Ale, Secret, X-mas Saison, Porter and 80 schilling scottish. I had to try a Secret at the source. Some guy named Vinnie next to me told me that it's the only beer his wife will drink. Bottles consisted of IPA, Secret, Saison, Christmas Saison, and Baltic Porter. I have had all before except Christmas so I took one home.
Dinner was a cajun grilled chicken and fries for $10. Pretty reasonable, especially for those Hamptons.
Could you take your Mother here? Yes. It's a decent restaurant with top notch food and beer from what I experienced. Too bad that it is so far from everything.
Last call: Long drive is tricky to find because the streets have NO Signs. Also, there is a take out counter for shirts and growlers.
12-15-2005 04:42:49 | More by blitheringidiot
4.44/5 rDev +3.3%
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 +15.1%
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
Southampton Publick House in Southampton, NY
95 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.