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The Publick House

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

254 Reviews
Reviews: 254
Visits: 338
Avg: 4.44
pDev: n/a
Taps: 36
Bottles: 100
Cask: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

1648 Beacon St
Brookline, Massachusetts, 02445-2101
United States
phone: (617) 277-2880 | map
www.thepublickhousebeerbar.com

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Reviews: 254 | Visits: 338
Reviews by Boilermaker88:
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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Site of the ABF pre-fest party. I arrived in Boston 90mins later than planned (damned airlines!), figured out the "T", dumped my bag at the place I was staying, and jumped back on the "T" for the train ride out to Brookline.
TPH is conveniently located a block away from the Washington Sq. "T" stop so it wasn't hard to find, even in the gathering darkness. Once there, I found myself in a rather cramped, smaller than expected, establishment that had a dinner area off to the right and a rather smallish bar on the left. Tons of beer signs, lights, memorabilia, and paraphenalia adorned the walls. The beers were listed on chalk boards and separated by on-tap and bottled.
A little bit of hooking and jabbing and I got up to the bar. TPH had 20+ taps with the likes of Bear Republic's Racer X, Racer 5, and Hop Rod Rye, Stone AB and Ruination, Smuttynose IPA, Hennepin, Allagash Summer and Wit, Brooklyn pilsener, Concorde Red God IPA, Harpoon Maibock, and Great Divide's Hercules DIPA. Holy shit, where do I start?? Having just flown cross-country and not eaten in over six hours, I started easy with the Brooklyn pils, a pint of which was $4.75, and an order of fries.
The fries were okay but I've had better, and for less. I glanced at the menu and thought things looked a bit expensive. The beers were fairly reasonable. Five bucks a pint was the norm unless you ventured into the 8+% ABV realm. Then you payed more and got a 10oz pour.
The bartenders and waitstaff were kept running all night by the influx of BA's firing off orders at them. They maintained their composure and, while not exactly friendly, were professional and timely in getting orders filled. They were very careful to ensure the correct glassware was used for the appropriate style ordered. As the night wore on and the crowd started thinning out a bit, the staff seemed to relax and got more congenial.
I would have happily stayed longer except I had to catch the last train heading back toward Copley Plaza. There were so many beers and so little time. It's easy to see how The Public House has garnered its reputation. Definitely a bar one must stop at when in Boston.

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Photo of costanzo_mike
4.86/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of blisscent
4.4/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of scxcrunner
4.98/5  rDev +12.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of barleywin
5/5  rDev +12.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of bostonbeans
4.63/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of JayF562
4.88/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

Photo of ntmastromarino
4.78/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of PhillyStyle
4.48/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of Stagga_Lee
4.83/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of Buck89
4.95/5  rDev +11.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Visited while on business in Boston last month. The place was absolutely mobbed, but the atmosphere was really nice. A great mix of people from all backgrounds. The selection was phenomenal. They have amazing Belgian offerings, local offerings, and great American craft bruise from all over the country. Very friendly staff. I cannot think of a better beer bar anywhere.

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Photo of xICooRsYIx
4.84/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of Sweeneydawg
4.66/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.84/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Went here during the weekend of EBF for lunch. God, I love this place.

We went right at opening, so it was not crowded, and got placed in a window seat. There are 3 visible rooms here, you walk into a small bar area. To the left is a very small room with small tables. To the right, is a larger dining area that we were sat in. Very sunny and inviting place for sure.

There's about 35 well curated and interesting taps here. At our visit, they had tons of Port/Lost Abbey/Hop Concept leftovers from a previous attempt, so I got to indulge in a Track 10- Bat out of Hell and a Mongo. Poured well, and quite delicious. I can tell that even on a non-event day/week, the list is incredibly nice. There's a substantial bottle list as well.

The food is excellent. The frites were some of the best I've ever had, and the various dipping sauces you can get with them were all well made. My fiancee got a short rib grilled cheese sandwich that was delicious. Everything on the menu looked really tasty.

The prices were Boston-typical, and high for me. They weren't extraordinarily bad though, and no worse than any comparable place in Boston.

The service was excellent. The waiter was very helpful with questions, and being there when we needed him. Not sure how the service is at a busy time, but it was fine in the afternoon.

I was just so happy being here- it's one of the best beer bars in the country, for sure.

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Photo of bcmac983
4.89/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

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3.79/5  rDev -14.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.25

Photo of Soloveitchik
4.11/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of Nichols33
4.04/5  rDev -9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of slasich
4.19/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of duffman14
4.85/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

The only thing bad about this place is that everyone else loves it too

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4/5  rDev -9.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of benzalman
4.44/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of American_Hawk
4.76/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of Dicers
4.24/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of DavidSomers
4.84/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4

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The Publick House in Brookline, MA
98 out of 100 based on 254 ratings.