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The Publick House

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The Publick HouseThe Publick House
BA SCORE
98
world-class

318 Ratings
Ratings: 318
Reviews: 256
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: n/a
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

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3.19/5  rDev -28.2%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of American_Hawk
4.76/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

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

Photo of DavidSomers
4.84/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of amasow
4.68/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of Ken_P
4.41/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of Mikexw
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of WillMcCollV
4.52/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of alexdanehy
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of meb3476
4.75/5  rDev +7%

Photo of Davepoolesque
4.75/5  rDev +7%

Photo of ZDSmith87
4.75/5  rDev +7%

Photo of StrayteEDGE
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Amazing selection of Belgians and the food is great too

Photo of polloenfuego
4/5  rDev -9.9%

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.

Photo of MMarkMelly
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

Good Date Spot Great Selection.

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.

Photo of mklisz
4/5  rDev -9.9%

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.

Photo of johnnnniee
4.35/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

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.

Photo of ShanePB
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of JoelClark
4/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of kjlcm
4.11/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 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.

Photo of pieface22
3.61/5  rDev -18.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.25 | food: 2.75

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???

Photo of etmur007
5/5  rDev +12.6%

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The Publick House in Brookline, MA
98 out of 100 based on 318 ratings.