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The Publick House

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The Publick HouseThe Publick House
BA SCORE
98
world-class

306 Ratings
Ratings: 306
Reviews: 256
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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Photo of Jason
4.45/5  rDev +0.2%

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.

Jason, Jan 24, 2011
Photo of Todd
4.83/5  rDev +8.8%

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.

Todd, Jun 02, 2007
More User Reviews:
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, Yesterday at 08:01 PM
Photo of MMarkMelly
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

Good Date Spot Great Selection.

MMarkMelly, Thursday at 09:10 PM
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, Wednesday at 01:52 AM
Photo of mklisz
4/5  rDev -9.9%

mklisz, Monday at 12:12 PM
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
Photo of JoelClark
4/5  rDev -9.9%

JoelClark, Aug 03, 2014
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The Publick House in Brookline, MA
98 out of 100 based on 306 ratings.