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The Publick House

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The Publick HouseThe Publick House
BA SCORE
99
world-class

314 Ratings
Ratings: 314
Reviews: 256
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: 8.78%
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 mikeys01:
Photo of mikeys01
4.08/5  rDev -8.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

We finally visited the fabled Anam Cara yesterday, a much awaited visit and long overdue after many planned attempts. We stopped in for lunch and a couple beers. It’s very easy to get to Anam Cara, being right up the street from the Washington Sqaure stop on the C Line. Starting off, the atmosphere of the place is very comfortable, and fairly spacious, plenty of wood lends a nice warmth and the hardwood floors are a nice touch as well. Lots of breweriana covering the walls, with Trappist beer memorabilia featuring prominently. Nice long bar with plenty of stools, and coat hangers under the bar ledge are very convenient. There’s even a big screen TV in the side room, which happened to be showing bowling at the time of our visit, amusing. Good eclectic music was playing at all times as well.
The line of taps is prominent, though I didn’t see any board with a list of current draft beers, that would be a very useful touch in my opinion, but then again maybe I just missed it from where I was sitting. I rarely trust a printed list, but maybe that’s just me, I just fear I might be missing out on something freshly tapped. There was a board with new bottles and bottled specials, however. The beer menu is very extensive and impressive, and covers a very broad range of styles and regions, it’s really cool to see a menu devoted to just beer once in a while. The food list is comparably short but all of the food items looked fairly appetizing.
Of the beer we sampled, all was fresh and we enjoyed some excellent local offerings from the likes of the Tap and BBC. The food was quite good as well, though it was detracted a bit by the service, which I’ll get to in a minute. The fries were phenomenal, we couldn’t stop eating them, and both the chicken sandwich and burger my fiancé and I shared were both tasty and cooked to order.
Service in my opinion was the only lackluster think about Anam Cara. We were sitting at a table at a non-busy time and it took a good while for a server to come around and even take a beer order. Beers were delivered promptly after ordering but then the server wouldn’t stop by for 20 minutes or so at a time, and it wasn’t because he was busy. Also, when taking the food order the server seemed rather apathetic and unhelpful. It took quite a while for food to come out and when it did not all of it was hot. Maybe I’m overly critical or we caught the server on a bad day, but I’m a stickler for good service.
Overall, AC is a very cool place and enjoyable to visit, a definite gem of a beer bar. I’ll definitely be back again, wish it was a bit closer to home, but definitely worth stopping by in you’re in the Boston area.

More User Reviews:
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%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +7%

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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.

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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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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???

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5/5  rDev +12.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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The Publick House in Brookline, MA
99 out of 100 based on 314 ratings.