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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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(Place added by: doerickson)
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Reviews by bennybrew:
Photo of bennybrew
4.95/5  rDev +11.5%

i like anam cara. sort of a big moan and dove with food. and no peanut shells on the floor.

crazy beer list. i mean a 4 page beer menu with the 4th page being the draft list of about 20 beers. i was disapointed when i found out storm king had kicked but then this bruttal bitter was on that was so fresh i thought i was in newport! cantillion iris was some bleepin tasty and whatever that baby poo stuff sakaroo says a good deal about the bottle list.

spile driver dave took great care of us with helpful, skilful yet laid back service and great food. the food wasn't cheap but was real good and portions were fair, at the least.

you gotta go.

update: moved a few scores up after the hophead throwdown. can't get over the effort anam cara puts into a complete beer drinking and dining experience. i like anam cara.

EDIT: 4/25/5 it has come to benny's attention, due to the ignorance of the general public that anam cara is not an irish bar (in the traditional sense), has done gone and changed their name to "the publick house." benny is generally opposed to this change, in spite of the rational sense that is seems to make.

that being said, i hope it serves them well.

EDIT 7/22/05 benny still prefer's the old name but the place hasn't changed. if anything the place is better. i have upped the selection score as i have seen the lengths dave, the former spiledriver come liefman (another name change i am opposed to be at least i understand why) goes to get the finest beers available. also, the service seemed more attentive even with the number of people they had. dig me some anam... publick house.

bennybrew, Dec 16, 2003
More User Reviews:
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
Photo of polloenfuego
4/5  rDev -9.9%

polloenfuego, Sep 15, 2014
Photo of cshafer7
5/5  rDev +12.6%

The best craft beer bar in Boston. Convienently in my neighborhood.

Might sound bias, but I'm glad I live in Brookline.

cshafer7, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of MMarkMelly
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

Good Date Spot Great Selection.

MMarkMelly, Sep 11, 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
Photo of mklisz
4/5  rDev -9.9%

mklisz, Sep 08, 2014
Photo of PaperBackWriter
2.5/5  rDev -43.7%

I visited this bar in Boston because I saw such high reviews on beer advocate. I was fairly excited when I walked up to the front door and saw the Heady Topper sign, but I was let down when I noticed it actually wasn't available on draft; no big deal.
I went to The Publick House with my roommate; we're both from New Hampshire. He recently got a new ID and it was a paper temporary ID. The bartender said they couldn't accept it. However, the manager, standing directly behind him, said it was acceptable. Instead of the bartender saying "Oh great, we can serve you gentlemen," he stood there and argued with his manager about the ID's acceptance. He said "Oh, I have never, ever, been able to accept these before. Why can I know?" It's like he was upset that he was able to serve us. Suffice it to say, his attitude really put us off.
On a separate note, the draft menu was basically 1/2 Allagash. Not that they are bad brewer but I was looking for a bit more variety.
After staying for maybe 30 minutes, we went to Sunset Grill and Tap and Allston. We made the right choice when we left.

PaperBackWriter, Aug 15, 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
Photo of ShanePB
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
Photo of pieface22
3.61/5  rDev -18.7%

Too expensive. Give me a break. $7.5 for a pint. So if it's rare brew or non-domestic stuff, sure I get the pricing. Domestic stuff like Oskar Blues and Dogfish at those prices is ridiculous. The food is nothing special either. $2 for a slice of cheese on your $12 burger???

pieface22, Aug 02, 2014
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5/5  rDev +12.6%

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

Jwhe, Jul 28, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

judkinst, Jul 26, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +7%

Mini4x, Jul 23, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +7%

braican, Jul 23, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

SuperHop18, Jul 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

myhopsdontlie, Jul 18, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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

harrington_ptj, Jul 11, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

Ant4711, Jul 08, 2014
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The Publick House in Brookline, MA
98 out of 100 based on 310 ratings.