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The Publick House

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The Publick HouseThe Publick House
BA SCORE
98
world-class

255 Reviews
Reviews: 255
Visits: 335
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: 255 | Visits: 335
Reviews by slander:
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4.66/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

I don't know what all the hype is about. I thought this place just blew...


(... away everything else I've seen in Boston). Gotcha, didn't I? Man, you're an easy mark. A long exhausting day of an en route beer store in CT and brewpubs in RI and MA finally lands us at Anam Cara. We got off that strange train/trolley thing (I thought we were underground but then suddenly, not) and had to wander for a bit as our resident Brookliner, Phil, "had changed" (to a New Yorker) and had misplaced his bearings. Um,... probably that whole pack of people hanging out out front that place over there, yes??
Yes.
Looks like your run of the mill Irish pub from out front but inside it's a different deal. Dark wood, stained glass, small bar to the left and tables to the right. As you venture further in you'll find a large, large walk in closet of a room holding (maybe) 4 tables. Good for a small party as you could probably get about a dozen and change people in there. There's also a lower formal dining room with what looked like about a dozen tables or so. It's a nicely comfortable room with a fireplace. Nice brewerania throughout and some mad beer posters I wish I could get my mitts on. Sitting with my BA posse, I looked at Moon0 and then the wall just behind him, then Moon0 again, the wall again, Moon0 again, wall again and then declared surprisingly, "The resemblance is uncanny". Moon0 turns to look and finds the De Dolle Oerbier poster directly behind him (the one with that little yellow marshmallowish guy wearing the "Anno 1980" sash, holding a chalice in one hand and some sort of a stick in the other). I did it to Schoolteacher, also. it is an uncanny resemblance. I think they had the Bos Keun poster also. Good score.
The place was jammin', but I got my Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA with great ease. No, not the 60, no, not the (dirty) 120, but the 90, as it should be. Tap list on the wall along the door had 24 taps, mostly good eastern micros, and mostly good seasonals or choice selections from those breweries. Also a half dozen good imports, mostly Belgians, thrown in for good measure (Cantillion Kriek is a very good measure). A very healthy bottle menu, and you could see some others on display just to taunt you, like the shelf with the Magic Hat Nailbiter, Thumbsucker and Chaotic Chemistry bottles, and others littering the shelves behind the bar.
Here's where it gets good. I'm beating the hat out of the Magic Hat reps in the back room for not distributing the Ravell and Feast of Fools into New York, and literally 2 minutes later, Biruchan grabs me and pulls me back to our table where owner Dave, given instruction to go downtstairs to the cellar and bring back "something something" returns with what? Yes, Magic Hat's Feast of Fools. He goes downstairs again and comes up with a pair of Cantillion's, one from '03 and the other from '96. Fine, okay, okay!!! I'll do a Cantillion vertical tasting if it'll make you happy (made us happy). (2,975 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of bostonbeans
4.63/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

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

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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4.52/5  rDev +2.5%

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