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The Publick House

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The Publick HouseThe Publick House
BA SCORE
98
world-class

255 Reviews
Reviews: 255
Visits: 335
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: n/a
Taps: 36
Bottles: 100
Cask: 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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Reviews: 255 | Visits: 335
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Photo of Jason
4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I've been going to this establishment since it was called Anam Cara, seen the break of out the Monk's Cell and have seen them evolve into of the best beer bars / Belgian eateries in the US.

Staff is knowledgeable of nearly every beer that is on and if they don't know they'll find out. They are great on giving recommendations if you don't know what you are looking for. The food is amazing, mussels kick some major ass. Frites, can't go there without ordering them.

Heavy Belgian focus for the beer list, you can order any beer on the list no matter where you are. The rest of the selection keeps up with a smattering of seasonals, new releases and solid stand-bys. Proper glassware really makes this place shine with a proper pour to boot.

If you are in the Boston area it is a must visit, if you live in the area and never have been you have been missing out. (865 characters)

Photo of Todd
4.83/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

When you first walk in, the atmosphere is welcoming, low-key, but also exciting. I love the vibe. You know that people are here because they love the place, and beer. You can feel it. Its dark interior, light fixtures from an old church, well-placed brewerania and candle lighting at night, all makes for a great place to eat, drink, and socialize. The Monk’s Cell offers a completely different experience, reminding me of the warm coziness and attention to detail I found in beer cafés during my trips to Belgium—a true homage to their beer scene.

Beer-wise: David Ciccolo, co-owner, knows and loves his beer. His extremely passionate attitude translates well into his unique, handpicked selection. Focus leans towards artisan offerings from Belgium and American craft brewers, with something new always on-tap and tight bottle selection to complement. Though some find the prices to be premium, they’re not unlike others bars. The plus side here is that you actually get what you pay for. The quality and serving of the beers is above and beyond what you’ll find elsewhere, and, in my opinion, simply can’t be beat on the consistent basis that you’ll find at The Publick House. I’ve never had a bad beer, improper pour, or a beer served in an inappropriate glassware.

Food-wise: the kitchen crew is simply amazing and in harmony with the beer-side of the business. Chef Jim Sklaver has been able to dismantle typical pub food and create a unique cusine à la bière offering, which never disappoints. From the cheese plates to mussels, smaller bites to specials, everything has either been infused with beer or presented with a beer pairing in mind. They get a big plus for this, as it directly helps to spread the good word of beer and shows patrons a more respectable angle at which to approach beer.

Bar tenders and servers are friendly and attentive, and some of the most knowledgeable beer-focused bar staff in the region. They’re quick to recommend and explain a beer, and present them with passion. All of this helps sell the beer and educate patrons.

Bottom-line: If you’re looking for a place in the Boston area for great beer, food, service, and atmosphere—a tough combo—there’s only one place in town to go: The Publick House in Brookline. (2,270 characters)

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

Photo of JayF562
4.88/5  rDev +10.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

Photo of ntmastromarino
4.78/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of PhillyStyle
4.48/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of Stagga_Lee
4.83/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of Buck89
4.95/5  rDev +12.2%
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. (375 characters)

Photo of xICooRsYIx
4.84/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of Sweeneydawg
4.66/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.84/5  rDev +9.8%
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. (1,413 characters)

Photo of bcmac983
4.89/5  rDev +10.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of Beersilio
3.79/5  rDev -14.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.25

Photo of Soloveitchik
4.11/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of Nichols33
4.04/5  rDev -8.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

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

Photo of duffman14
4.85/5  rDev +10%
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 (70 characters)

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -9.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of benzalman
4.44/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of American_Hawk
4.76/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of Dicers
4.24/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of DavidSomers
4.84/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of amasow
4.68/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of Ken_P
4.41/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of Mikexw
4.5/5  rDev +2%

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The Publick House in Brookline, MA
98 out of 100 based on 255 ratings.