The Publick House
Taps: 36 / Bottles: 100
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 291 | Reviews: 249 | Display Reviews Only:
4.7/5 rDev +5.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5
Oh my, this place is great. The atmosphere is crazy, the old medevil style tables and gothic architectural style make this place so cool. The quality of brews served and food make it the perfect time to hang with fellow BA's. I want to steel the tables for my own dining room. I am at a lose of words to explain this place, it is a must see for any beer lover. The food was great as well, a rather large selection for good pairings with beer. The selection of draft and bottles make this one the best places for a pint, all beer is served in proper glassware.
12-17-2003 17:16:37 | More by kunzbrew
4.95/5 rDev +11.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
i like anam cara. sort of a big moan and dove with food. and no peanut shells on the floor.
crazy beer list. i mean a 4 page beer menu with the 4th page being the draft list of about 20 beers. i was disapointed when i found out storm king had kicked but then this bruttal bitter was on that was so fresh i thought i was in newport! cantillion iris was some bleepin tasty and whatever that baby poo stuff sakaroo says a good deal about the bottle list.
spile driver dave took great care of us with helpful, skilful yet laid back service and great food. the food wasn't cheap but was real good and portions were fair, at the least.
you gotta go.
update: moved a few scores up after the hophead throwdown. can't get over the effort anam cara puts into a complete beer drinking and dining experience. i like anam cara.
EDIT: 4/25/5 it has come to benny's attention, due to the ignorance of the general public that anam cara is not an irish bar (in the traditional sense), has done gone and changed their name to "the publick house." benny is generally opposed to this change, in spite of the rational sense that is seems to make.
that being said, i hope it serves them well.
EDIT 7/22/05 benny still prefer's the old name but the place hasn't changed. if anything the place is better. i have upped the selection score as i have seen the lengths dave, the former spiledriver come liefman (another name change i am opposed to be at least i understand why) goes to get the finest beers available. also, the service seemed more attentive even with the number of people they had. dig me some anam... publick house.
12-16-2003 00:24:07 | More by bennybrew
4.78/5 rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5
I live about 2 miles from anam cara and have visited about 8 times in the past several months (whenever i can find an excuse). I've waited to review until trying the food and did that tonight.
My girlfriend and I arrived about 40 minutes before the kitchen opened (it's closed between 3 and 5 on weekends) so we sat in the "mighty mighty bosstones" room and had a drink until they were ready to feed us. Unfortunately we couldn't sit near the "fireplace" since there was a private party coming in for the dining room area, and with a Boston blizzard rapidly approaching we wanted to be far away from the chilly door.
I ordered a cantillon kriek on draught (after dave's enthusiastic pitch) and the girlfriend a stoli & soda. (she does not drink beer. at all.) Well, she tried a sip of mine and was astounded! "This is not beer!" She ordered one for herself (the vodka drink sat mostly unattended). Quite a victory for this BA. Now, if the food is good i'll be a VERY happy man.
While waiting for the kitchen to open I dropped a couple dollars into the new jukebox to hear some jeff buckley, buzzcocks, coldplay, cure, buffalo tom, and bowie (wait a minute, have they raided only the beginning of their cd collection to stock the jukebox?) Anyway, a decent selection on the new addition.
We were starving when 5:00 finally came and unfortunately our server was a little "green". After a while the bartender came in and took our order. Our waiter was pretty on top of things after that, so we were happy.
We had a very difficult time deciding on our dinner (again, if the food is good this bodes well for me...) and settled on splitting three things: the onion, ham & gruyere soup, the knife & fork chicken plate, and a bowl of the baked mac & cheese. (I went with a draught allagash grand cru at this point). As it turns out, all great choices-- we'll be coming back!
The brothy soup had a nice bit of spice (in the ham?) and a tasty crouton floating in the center. The chicken plate featured moist boneless chicken with a light and crispy coating, TONS of skin-on mashed potatoes (not sickingly rich like restaurants sometime make them), warm cornbread, and collard greens. The mac & cheese stayed hot forever and the shell pasta topped with four cheeses hit the spot on this cold night.
For dessert (though we were stuffed) we went with a special of sweet potato pie. (I paired this course with a st. bernardus prior 8). The filling was a bit chunky for my tastes, but still damn good.
Looks like we'll be making anam cara our new regular spot! I couldn't be happier! I've know for several months that this was the best place in boston to drink great beers, but now i'm sold on their food, too. Can't wait to go back...
12-15-2003 04:06:30 | More by dannyvee
4.33/5 rDev -2.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5
Again, this is the best place on Boston to get great beer and good food. With so many shining reviews, it is easy to recommend this joint, however, I feel obliged to note that it is down-right frustrating trying to sit down at a table. The ownership must know this, and, in probably the most painless fashion, choose to ignore it by not employing some form of host/hostess at the door. I envy the ownership for packing the place every night. As great as this place is, they should move into a football stadium. I digress, if you really want a hassle-free experience, try this establishment at less-than-peak hours of operation.
11-23-2003 05:20:28 | More by tenorvoice0739
District of Columbia
4.28/5 rDev -3.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5
I really liked the gothic decor, everything was tasteful and well suited to the beer centered presentation. Every menu item has a beer suggestion well suited to it. I particularly enjoyed the meatloaf but would suggest trying a different beer with it. With around twenty beers on tap (all of which are beers I would recommend) and more than a hundred more in bottles, the selection is more than I had hoped. The music and atmosphere combined with the beer selection make it clear why this place has the highest rating of any establishment in Boston. The praise you've read is not exaggerated.
11-21-2003 03:58:25 | More by maestrotmbg
4.56/5 rDev +2.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5
On a weekend trip to New England, I visited on Saturday, November 15 based on reviews here. I knew going in that this was probably the best beer bar in Boston, and left quite convinced of that fact.
An incredible selection of beers is available, and the ambiance is delightful. My wife and I enjoyed two Harpoon draft offerings (winter warmer and abbey ale) as well as a Cantillon Gueuze from a bottle and a draft Arrogant Bastard from Stone Brewing. (Which isn't available in Chicago yet, unfortunately.)
While the kitchen had closed by our arrival at 11pm (we would have enjoyed a snack, the mussels sounded good), nothing else negative can be said about Anam Cara. This is one of the top beer bars in the country and I'm looking forward to my return to Boston so I can go to Anam Cara again!
And a real treat for this Chicago-based beer enthusiast is that bars in Brookline and Boston are non-smoking. Combined with the beer and the setting, last night was an absolute delight. Well done, Anam Cara, and keep up the good work.
11-17-2003 05:04:32 | More by danburgess67
4.6/5 rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5
Took the T here and found it very easy to get to. (When you get off at Washington Square heading outbound, it is up the street on the right) My fiance and I spent a Saturday afternoon here just hanging out and drinking.
Very Gothic and dark inside but in a cool way. We sat at the corner of the bar, which is the first thing you see when you walk in. The tap and bottle list is amazing. US micros, local micros, English, Belgian and German brews to fit my likings. One of the best parts is they try and serve each beer in it's appropriate glass. Nice touch!
I will be going here as much as I can.
11-06-2003 15:51:58 | More by CharlesRiver
4.5/5 rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5
Dark gothic type atmosphere with assorted brewerania filling the walls. Separate menus for draught and bottled beers -- what a great selection! Each brew was poured, served and presented well. Service was OK -- despite it not being to busy the staff was a little unattentive to a few customers around me. Looking forward to trying the food on my next visit.
11-05-2003 05:17:45 | More by dweideman
4.63/5 rDev +4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Visited for a BA pubcrawl a while back, and another time alone since then. The beer selection here is astounding, 25 taps and tons of bottles. I can't even begin to list all that was there, but I have enjoyed DFH 90 minute and Punkin, Bitburger Pils, some Bear Republic stuff, Hanssens Oude Gueuze, Edel Weisse, Rapscallions...I could go on forever. The quality doesn't end there, as the food is also outstanding. This place pretty much makes me want to move to Brookline so I can visit all the time (although I'd probably go broke).
10-18-2003 21:54:54 | More by goz
4.53/5 rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5
a great beer bar. excellent selection of brews. and the best service i've ever had a genuine beer bar. no snooty, pretentious waitresses or bartenders. i had a number of great beers served in their proper glassware.
it's right next the T line, also, so it's easy to get to.
the only gripe was that there weren't any cheap foods on the menu. i had a good cuban pork sandwich, but i though the menu was a tiny bit overpriced. (although the beer prices were right in line).
i highly recommend this place. cool vibe.
09-25-2003 23:15:05 | More by vitesse
The Publick House in Brookline, MA
98 out of 100 based on 291 ratings.