The Publick House

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The Publick HouseThe Publick House
BA SCORE
98
world-class

316 Ratings
Ratings: 316
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

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @thepublickhouse

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Reviews by mzwolinski:
Photo of mzwolinski
4.86/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

This was my one beer stop on a day trip to Boston, and it did not disappoint. Some friends and I showed up at around 10:00 on a Tuesday evening. Cool tunes on the jukebox -- Radiohead, followed by some Modest Mouse and Postal Service -- along with a smart-looking crowd, and intriguing, (partially)candlelit decor. My hopes were high!

The kitchen was closed, alas, so I had to skip that aspect of the experience.

Nevertheless, the beer menu offered quite enough choices to satisfy. Lots of Belgian and Belgian-style ales in bottles, and a fair sampling of microbrews -- though, oddly enough, there seemed to be more West-Coast brews than New England regionals. I ordered a Cantillion Gueze, but was disappointed to find they were fresh out. Likwise with the second beer I ordered. Normally, this would be pretty annoying, but Anam Cara's menu was large enough to keep my interest piqued. I ended up finding another gueze, followed by a strong Belgian dark ale.

Prices were about $7-8 a bottle for the obscure stuff, less for some of the domestics. The bartender was awesome. He apologized profusely for not having the beers I wanted, and was quite knowledgeable regarding the selection. Every beer was served at its proper temperature, and in the proper glassware. Couldn't help feeling sorry for the few representatives of the hoi polloi sipping Coors Light from the bottle. Such famine in the midst of bounty! Ah well, more for me and my mates, I suppose!

This is definitely a spot not-to-be-missed.

More User Reviews:
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%

Photo of Jwhe
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of judkinst
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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The Publick House in Brookline, MA
98 out of 100 based on 316 ratings.