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The Publick House

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The Publick HouseThe Publick House
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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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Reviews by ggroller:
Photo of ggroller
5/5  rDev +12.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

My wife and I had a little trouble finding Anam Cara. We tried our best to keep our eyes peeled as we fought traffic but realized we overshot it as we noticed the building numbers decrease. So, we turned around and parked in a spot we thought was close by. As we walked up the sidewalk looking at the building numbers in all the windows I looked up at just the right moment and there it was. A Chimay sign affixed to the side of the facade. I knew that had to be it.

As we entered the building, I noticed heavily worn wood floors, stone features, and an overall gothic church like feel. We sat at a table by the window and I immediately grabbed the beer menu. I had to ask the waiter to give me some time with a selection like that. He smiled and walked away. Upon his return, I ordered a Stone Old Guardian on tap. The beer was served very quickly in a clean, 10 oz. wine glass. As I enjoyed the beer I looked around at the surroundings and the people gathered and realized that I was surrounded by beer advocates. I have yet to get that feeling anywhere before, even at my local "beer" establishments in PA. What a wonderful feeling of unspoken cameraderie. I kept glancing at the young guy sitting in the bar area at a table with who appeared to be his Dad and could see that he was thoroughly enjoying every sip of his beer. Every other table was adorned with glasses of beer with thick heads and lacing down the sides. Heaven on earth as far as I'm concerned.

The food was outstanding. I had wings and a cheessteak while my wife had chile and battered shrimp. The wings tasted a bit more barbecue like than I am used to but very good indeed. The cheesteak was about as upscale as I think a cheesesteak could be. Real cheddar cheese, quality meat, and bell peppers on a toasted roll. My wife's chile was gourmet and the shrimp was the best she had ever eaten. That's saying a lot since my wife has certainly had her fair share of battered shrimp.

Upon departure, I asked the waiter if I could take the tap menu with me. He said, "Go ahead, it's only a piece of paper." What he doesn't realize, is that piece of paper will be framed and hung on the wall in my brew room to bring back great memories of a wonderful evening.

Anam Cara, you have a friend in PA. Keep spreading the gospel of great beer.

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.