The Publick House
Taps: 36 / Bottles: 100
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
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Reviews by the Alström Bros:
4.45/5 rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
I've been going to this establishment since it was called Anam Cara, seen the break of out the Monk's Cell and have seen them evolve into of the best beer bars / Belgian eateries in the US.
Staff is knowledgeable of nearly every beer that is on and if they don't know they'll find out. They are great on giving recommendations if you don't know what you are looking for. The food is amazing, mussels kick some major ass. Frites, can't go there without ordering them.
Heavy Belgian focus for the beer list, you can order any beer on the list no matter where you are. The rest of the selection keeps up with a smattering of seasonals, new releases and solid stand-bys. Proper glassware really makes this place shine with a proper pour to boot.
If you are in the Boston area it is a must visit, if you live in the area and never have been you have been missing out.
01-24-2011 22:00:30 | More by Jason
4.83/5 rDev +8.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
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 Monks 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 Belgiuma 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, theyre 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 youll find elsewhere, and, in my opinion, simply cant be beat on the consistent basis that youll find at The Publick House. Ive 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. Theyre 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 youre looking for a place in the Boston area for great beer, food, service, and atmospherea tough combotheres only one place in town to go: The Publick House in Brookline.
06-02-2007 21:27:44 | More by Todd
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The Publick House in Brookline, MA
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