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The Publick House

Not Rated.
The Publick HouseThe Publick House
BA SCORE
98
world-class

307 Ratings
Ratings: 307
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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Reviews by eberkman:
Photo of eberkman
3.25/5  rDev -26.8%

Well, I reviewed TPH a year ago. Gave it an 'A' (except for its then-mediocre service). Now it's time to re-review after having dinner there last night with my dad, my uncle and my brother in law.

I have to say the service has advanced from mediocre to appalling. Not borderline rude, like it's been in the past, but indifferent to the point of insulting.

Basically, it took an hour to get our food after we ordered. Not once during that time did the waitress come over on her own to check to see if we needed anything or to update us or to show any concern for the situation. We did flag her down after 45 minutes and she said, "Sorry, it takes 20 minutes usually to prepare these dishes." This is after we've already been sitting there for 45 minutes. At that point, we were also seated in view of the kitchen and could see what had to be our our meals sitting waiting to be delivered for about 15 minutes. Finally we got another server's attention asked him to check on our food, and he came right out with it. Except my dad's meal was cold. The waitress acted put upon when we found her, pointed that out and ask what could be done(took about 10 minutes to even get her attention -- no timely check back).

At the end of the meal, my dad had to deliver his credit card to her because she left us the check and disappeared for about 10 more minutes and then blew by us on her way to the register to chat with a co-worker. He delivered the signed slip and quietly and politely told her he found the service to be very indifferent. She got defensive and said, "Well, I did check back." Yeah, right. A half-hour after our food was finally there, when it would have been too late to do anything anyway.

As for the food itself, it was certainly tasty and well prepared as always, but sorry value. The beef stew looked huge at first, but at a closer glance, there were 4 or 5 skimpy bits of beef and a couple of potato bits and carrots floating in an enormous bowl of gravy with a big hunk of bread. Pretty deceptive. And a total ripoff for 17 bucks. My bro-in-law's fried oysters -- 15 bucks -- showed up with about 6 tiny oysters on the plate along with some wilted salad. Appetizer portion at an entree price. My father had the only meal that looked like good value -- the 1/2 roast chicken -- but it would have been better if his broccoli hadn't gotten ice cold from sitting around for 15-20 minutes before it was served.

As far as the beer -- as we all know, the selection is outstanding. It's tough to go wrong in that department. And I thoroughly enjoyed my Gouden Carolus Tripel on tap, as well as my McChouffe. At the same time, however, Publick House seems to have stopped paying attention to small details. A lot of the beers that should be served closer to cellar temperature are being served ice-cold like a Bud Light draft at Bennigan's. That's something that would have never happened 2 years ago. And the pours aren't quite as artful as they were a year or two ago -- a lot of ales that are supposed to show some head show none.

But management couldn't give a shit. The place is always jammed past capacity, there's always a wait for a table and they're making money hand over fist. As long as the hipsters and and 20something post-frat Fidelity workers keep coming to be seen, the owners could care less if their loyal but more discerning customers give up on them. Pains me to say it, but I'm reaching that point. I'm close to saying screw 'em.

Oh yeah -- they have a chalkboard sign overlooking the dining room imploring us to "remember our servers." That takes a lot of nerve when our servers couldn't give a shit about us. Nonetheless, my father was generous enough to leave a 15 percent tip (he insisted on footing the bill), which I would have never done, despite the fact that while I was in college I worked as a waiter in a high-stress establishment, remember how tough it is, and as a result almost never tip less than 20 percent.

eberkman, Apr 18, 2008
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, Saturday 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, Sep 10, 2014
Photo of mklisz
4/5  rDev -9.9%

mklisz, Sep 08, 2014
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 307 ratings.