The Publick House
Taps: 36 / Bottles: 100
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
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Reviews by mikeys01:
4.08/5 rDev -8.3%
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. Its 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. Theres 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 didnt 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 thats 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, its 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 Ill get to in a minute. The fries were phenomenal, we couldnt 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 wouldnt stop by for 20 minutes or so at a time, and it wasnt 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 Im overly critical or we caught the server on a bad day, but Im a stickler for good service.
Overall, AC is a very cool place and enjoyable to visit, a definite gem of a beer bar. Ill definitely be back again, wish it was a bit closer to home, but definitely worth stopping by in youre in the Boston area.
12-21-2004 03:47:37 | More by mikeys01
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