The Publick House
Taps: 36 / Bottles: 100
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
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Reviews by Boilermaker88:
4.5/5 rDev +1.1%
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.
06-29-2005 17:05:56 | More by Boilermaker88
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