The Publick House

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The Publick HouseThe Publick House
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98
world-class

255 Reviews
Reviews: 255
Visits: 334
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: n/a
Taps: 36
Bottles: 100
Cask: 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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Reviews by mikeys01:
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4.08/5  rDev -7.5%
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. (2,692 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of JayF562
4.88/5  rDev +10.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

Photo of ntmastromarino
4.78/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of PhillyStyle
4.48/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of Stagga_Lee
4.83/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of Buck89
4.95/5  rDev +12.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Visited while on business in Boston last month. The place was absolutely mobbed, but the atmosphere was really nice. A great mix of people from all backgrounds. The selection was phenomenal. They have amazing Belgian offerings, local offerings, and great American craft bruise from all over the country. Very friendly staff. I cannot think of a better beer bar anywhere. (375 characters)

Photo of xICooRsYIx
4.84/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of Sweeneydawg
4.66/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.84/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Went here during the weekend of EBF for lunch. God, I love this place.

We went right at opening, so it was not crowded, and got placed in a window seat. There are 3 visible rooms here, you walk into a small bar area. To the left is a very small room with small tables. To the right, is a larger dining area that we were sat in. Very sunny and inviting place for sure.

There's about 35 well curated and interesting taps here. At our visit, they had tons of Port/Lost Abbey/Hop Concept leftovers from a previous attempt, so I got to indulge in a Track 10- Bat out of Hell and a Mongo. Poured well, and quite delicious. I can tell that even on a non-event day/week, the list is incredibly nice. There's a substantial bottle list as well.

The food is excellent. The frites were some of the best I've ever had, and the various dipping sauces you can get with them were all well made. My fiancee got a short rib grilled cheese sandwich that was delicious. Everything on the menu looked really tasty.

The prices were Boston-typical, and high for me. They weren't extraordinarily bad though, and no worse than any comparable place in Boston.

The service was excellent. The waiter was very helpful with questions, and being there when we needed him. Not sure how the service is at a busy time, but it was fine in the afternoon.

I was just so happy being here- it's one of the best beer bars in the country, for sure. (1,413 characters)

Photo of bcmac983
4.89/5  rDev +10.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of Beersilio
3.79/5  rDev -14.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.25

Photo of Soloveitchik
4.11/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of Nichols33
4.04/5  rDev -8.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of slasich
4.19/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of duffman14
4.85/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

The only thing bad about this place is that everyone else loves it too (70 characters)

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -9.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of benzalman
4.44/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of American_Hawk
4.76/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of Dicers
4.24/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of DavidSomers
4.84/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of amasow
4.68/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of Ken_P
4.41/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of Mikexw
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of WillMcCollV
4.52/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of alexdanehy
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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The Publick House in Brookline, MA
98 out of 100 based on 255 ratings.