The Publick House
Taps: 36 / Bottles: 100
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 275 | Reviews: 251 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by cracker:
3.19/5 rDev -28.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 1 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Came out from out of town and wanted to check the place out after seeing the high marks and respect it gets from this site. Selection is definitely impressive...about 20 or so taps (most recently St. Bernardus Prior 8, De Koninck Pale, Liefmans, Racer 5 IPA, Brooklyn Pilsner and several others which are up to date on their website). Bartenders seemed a little hurried, but knowledgeable and friendly. Didn't see the bottle selection but I hear it's pretty good. Prices seem average and reasonable for the most part.
Didn't try the food really except for the fries, which were good.
The one thing which I was disappointed with though was the loud music, packed somewhat rowdy crowd, and the massive TV in the place. To be honest, it seemed a strange combination for a bar with such a diverse and impressive selection of beers. I was picturing a bar more like Monk's in Philadelphia (no TV, beatiful wooden fixtures, tasteful Belgian decor etc.).
All in all it's a definitely a good place and worth coming to. Maybe not though on a late weekend night. But I'll still be back.
Note: update 12/11/05. I am obliged to edit my review and seriously knock down some points for service. I have been to the TPH at least a dozen times since my first review and for the most part each and every time service has been absolutely abhorable (no matter what day of the week). The most recent experience which I found absolutely unacceptable is a visit on a Friday night. I managed to get a table with a friend from out of town after waiting 10 minutes and sat down at 10:25. Our waiter came and promptly gave us some menus because we wanted to grab a bit to eat. He asked us what we wanted before we even opened the menu (my friend had never been before and needed a few minutes at the least). So about 5 minutes later at 10:30 he takes the menus out of our hands and says "the kitchen is closed"!!! Closed at 10:30 when supposedly it's open until 11:00!!! What the %*&$ is that about? So we decided to stay and drink some beer. We sat for about 15 minutes trying to get his attention and finally got someone else's attention. "Oh you have to order at the bar". Oh really, well why didn't you tell us that when you grabbed the menus from our hands?
Yes the place has an incredible beer selection but the service is the worst I've ever experienced at any craft beer oriented bar. Best bar in America....please.
04-04-2005 02:14:37 | More by cracker
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2.64/5 rDev -40.7%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 2.5 | $$
So my friends and I stopped here after a bar-jumping experience last weekend in Boston. Let's set the stage... All three of us are experienced beercationers who travel and pursue beer to the extreme. 2 from Baltimore and me from Mpls, so you know we know good beer and service.
This place did not have good service. I noticed the Heady Topper sign out front, bolted into the wall. So, you can imagine my surprise when I was met with denial when I asked for one. When mentioned the sign, the waitress told me they have a Guinness sign too, but didn't carry that beer. The problem was, she was so condiscending and rude that it put me off. We ordered 2 beers from the beer menu, and the waitress looked at the chalkboard and said they didn't have it. But when I pointed out that it was on the actual menu, she backtracked and attempted to spin it that either the menu or the chalkboard was wrong.
Problem is, I am the customer and how am I to know which one was correct. I have experienced rudeness at Chicago's Map Room, to the point I will never, ever go back to this pretentious and elitiest bar and The Publick House is absolutely no difference.
Boston has enough great beer bars, this one, along with it's shitty service, can easily be forgotten.
03-27-2014 02:59:16 | More by stbroome
The Publick House in Brookline, MA
98 out of 100 based on 275 ratings.