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The Publick House

Not Rated.
The Publick HouseThe Publick House
BA SCORE
98
world-class

310 Ratings
Ratings: 310
Reviews: 257
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: 9.01%
Taps: 36
Bottles: 100
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

1648 Beacon St
Brookline, Massachusetts, 02445-2101
United States
phone: (617) 277-2880

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @thepublickhouse

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.53/5  rDev +2%

This place was very conveniently located, right next to the Washington Square stop of the green line C train. The atmosphere was inviting, dark corners and most of the light provided by candles in Chimay glasses. There were 2 bars with seating for about 15, a couple dozen tables indoors and 3-4 tables outdoors on the sidewalk. Lots of unique beer posters (most looked homemade but cool) on the walls.

The beer selection was very good, especially the Belgian beers. I won't describe in too much detail as you can see it on their website. But I will state that ABT 12 on tap is not near as good as it is poured from the bottle, I guess refermentation is important for the flavor and body.

I think this place lives up to the hype, and completely recommend a stop here if you're in Boston.

TurdFurgison, Oct 01, 2007
Photo of slander
4.66/5  rDev +5%

I don't know what all the hype is about. I thought this place just blew...


(... away everything else I've seen in Boston). Gotcha, didn't I? Man, you're an easy mark. A long exhausting day of an en route beer store in CT and brewpubs in RI and MA finally lands us at Anam Cara. We got off that strange train/trolley thing (I thought we were underground but then suddenly, not) and had to wander for a bit as our resident Brookliner, Phil, "had changed" (to a New Yorker) and had misplaced his bearings. Um,... probably that whole pack of people hanging out out front that place over there, yes??
Yes.
Looks like your run of the mill Irish pub from out front but inside it's a different deal. Dark wood, stained glass, small bar to the left and tables to the right. As you venture further in you'll find a large, large walk in closet of a room holding (maybe) 4 tables. Good for a small party as you could probably get about a dozen and change people in there. There's also a lower formal dining room with what looked like about a dozen tables or so. It's a nicely comfortable room with a fireplace. Nice brewerania throughout and some mad beer posters I wish I could get my mitts on. Sitting with my BA posse, I looked at Moon0 and then the wall just behind him, then Moon0 again, the wall again, Moon0 again, wall again and then declared surprisingly, "The resemblance is uncanny". Moon0 turns to look and finds the De Dolle Oerbier poster directly behind him (the one with that little yellow marshmallowish guy wearing the "Anno 1980" sash, holding a chalice in one hand and some sort of a stick in the other). I did it to Schoolteacher, also. it is an uncanny resemblance. I think they had the Bos Keun poster also. Good score.
The place was jammin', but I got my Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA with great ease. No, not the 60, no, not the (dirty) 120, but the 90, as it should be. Tap list on the wall along the door had 24 taps, mostly good eastern micros, and mostly good seasonals or choice selections from those breweries. Also a half dozen good imports, mostly Belgians, thrown in for good measure (Cantillion Kriek is a very good measure). A very healthy bottle menu, and you could see some others on display just to taunt you, like the shelf with the Magic Hat Nailbiter, Thumbsucker and Chaotic Chemistry bottles, and others littering the shelves behind the bar.
Here's where it gets good. I'm beating the hat out of the Magic Hat reps in the back room for not distributing the Ravell and Feast of Fools into New York, and literally 2 minutes later, Biruchan grabs me and pulls me back to our table where owner Dave, given instruction to go downtstairs to the cellar and bring back "something something" returns with what? Yes, Magic Hat's Feast of Fools. He goes downstairs again and comes up with a pair of Cantillion's, one from '03 and the other from '96. Fine, okay, okay!!! I'll do a Cantillion vertical tasting if it'll make you happy (made us happy).

slander, Feb 21, 2004
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.78/5  rDev +7.7%

Well, it’s quite something to visit a great BeerBar for the first time & revel in its splendor. It is a pleasure to do it with a traveling beer drinking friend, my good buddy ‘xlperro’. BUT! - It is really quite the treat, when it’s done as part of the pre-Stammtisch AoBF2 Bash, in the presence of so many legendary BeerAdvocate buddies, with whom I had so longed to meet. I was NOT disappointed by the Bar, or the BA’s, in fact, it was quite overwhelming.

The Bar itself is towards the end of the Green ‘C’ Line, Washington Square if I remember rightly. I just knew the Anam Cara would be great as soon as I walked in. For me it felt like it had all the attributes of a great Belgium Bar; slightly dark, brownbar walls, some stain-glass Church-like windows, Breweriana, Domestic & Foreign Beer Posters, Adverts, about 25 Taps, a range of varied Glassware & Bottled Beers. It immediately gives the place a “quality beer establishment feel”. The bar is to your left as you enter, with a wooden floor & a few Tables in front - where the BA Clan were all sat. Beer range is, as everyone else has said, extremely good. I really enjoyed the Rapscallion - Mmm. The lower level to the right, is nearly all Tables & a bit Dining orientated.

Talking of which, the Fish n’ Chips were outstanding (Thanks JohnnyP!), the Fish was especially well cooked, white, chunky, fleshy & fresh - the Chips were proper as well, none of that French or Frozen crap - they're home made. They even gave me some Malt Vinegar to accompany the Salt - without me even asking.

The thing that *really* impressed me was the Service; it was quite simply, First Class. It was crowded & busy on our visit, & later on with JohnnyP & xlperro’s gymnastics, a little rowdy, but in a very friendly reunion kind of way. Nevertheless, service at the crowded bar, sometimes two or three deep, was always cool, courteous & you were never served out of order – something that is very customer friendly because it always makes you relaxed & less pushy, knowing that if you wait your turn, you will be duly served. That’s rare these days, but welcomed. Very professional, & even at demanding times, accommodating Staff. They more than earned their Tips on our visit.

I entered with One Great Friend – & Left with an Army of them.
A night I will long remember...
...& this was even before the Stammtisch!!

Sheer Bloody Brilliance, I am DEFINITELY coming back here.
Just try and keep me away.

Last (? Latest!!) Visit: 12th September 2003

TheLongBeachBum, Sep 19, 2003
Photo of ZDSmith87
4.75/5  rDev +7%

ZDSmith87, Oct 15, 2014
Photo of StrayteEDGE
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Amazing selection of Belgians and the food is great too

StrayteEDGE, Sep 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev -9.9%

polloenfuego, Sep 15, 2014
Photo of kellyej
5/5  rDev +12.6%

This is by far the best bar I've ever had the pleasure of frequenting. They always have an awesome selection and the waiters/bartenders are very knowledgeable. On my last visit (July 2014), I had Jolly Pumpkin Weizen Bam Biere, Cantillon Classic Gueuze, and Lost Abbey Red Poppy. The staff comped our appetizer and a beer because they wanted to help us try some of their rarer (and more expensive) offerings. This place is a must for any beer lover's Boston trip. Nearby bars also worth checking out are The Abbey and The Washington Square Tavern.

kellyej, Sep 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev -9.9%

mklisz, Sep 08, 2014
Photo of johnnnniee
4.35/5  rDev -2%

I stopped in here for the first time this past Saturday, my wife treated me for our anniversary, she rocks! Stoneish facade outside wooden tables with church pews at many locations inside. Bar prominently to the front left as you walk in with a vast open seating area at two levels. Quite busy considering how early we were eating but we were promptly seated and watered. Draft list somewhere around 40 deep with a nice bottle list albeit a bit pricy. 58 dollars for a bottle of Cascade Kriek for example. I settled into a late afternoon of trillium beers and was not disappointed. We had frites to start and they were quite good as were the dipping sauces, although oddly most of the fries were cut really short, were talking 1 to 2 inches long at most. I had mac and cheese and my wife had a chicken sandwich and we were both very pleased with our meals. Service was quite good I never felt thirsty or neglected. Pricing seemed about what I expect in the Boston area which means a bit more than at home. Great experience, If I were in the area there is no doubt I would would stop in here again.

johnnnniee, Aug 11, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

ShanePB, Aug 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev -9.9%

JoelClark, Aug 03, 2014
Photo of kjlcm
4.11/5  rDev -7.4%

We went over after visiting Trillium and realized Trillium was brewing an IPA for them. Went on a mid summer Saturday night and it was pretty mellow. We were expecting a wait but it was half full (a good thing for us!). The beer list was very good with a strong Belgium and Belgium type (I.e. Allagash) contingency going. The waitress we had was very knowledgeable and did not exhibit any of the attitude others commented on. All in all we really liked it and will return the next time we are able.

kjlcm, Aug 03, 2014
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5/5  rDev +12.6%

etmur007, Jul 31, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

brandoman63, Jul 15, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +7%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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The Publick House in Brookline, MA
98 out of 100 based on 310 ratings.