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The Publick House

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The Publick HouseThe Publick House
BA SCORE
99
world-class

314 Ratings
Ratings: 314
Reviews: 256
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: 8.78%
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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Photo of gentlebubbles
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

How long has this place been here? The beat-up furniture makes it look like forever. It's also nice and comfy, inviting you to grab a table and hang out for a while. Maybe you can even score an armchair on the lower level.

A lot of unusual and fine local beers on the taps. If you like belgians and weisses this is your place. Everything's served at the right temperature in the right glass. I can't wait for the hand pump to show up!

Don't bother with pub food. Fish and chips or burgers are okay, but the fries are overdone. Go for the ambitious stuff, like the brie en croute, served with a cranberry pecan relish that's to die for. Or the penne with scallops. Or the duck confit. mmmm.

Photo of Billolick
4.36/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

This place is a true Beer hunter's destination. Heard a lot about it, read a few reviews, finally got to make a visit, Friday night. Nice mid sized room, couple of different levels and a nice Gothic leaning small side room. Huge TV projection screen in main room, a few tables out in front on the street. Food looked awesome, but no chance to try it. Place was full, but not crowded. Nice warm, casual athmosphere. Arrogant Bastard and a bunch of other quality choices on tap and in bottle. Appropriate glassware being utilized. Life is good, thank the good lord above for quality, fun spots like this one!

Photo of taez555
4.88/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Since my first visit in the summer of 2003 I’ve sort of made Anam Cara my new watering hole. So I thought I should re-review it.

The atmosphere is amazing. Don’t be fooled into thinking this is an Irish Pub. Very homey Old World sort of feel. A small room on two levels with a small L shaped bar on the top with a smaller seating area on the floor below. Old worn wooden tables with wobbly chairs and sometimes stools, sit amongst the fireplaces and gargoyles behind the bar. Brewerania adorns every inch of the walls and at night when they light candles it really perfects the atmosphere. Don’t miss the chill room to the side of the bar with the shrine to the Mighty Mighty Bosstones. During the summertime they also have seating outside along the street.

The beer selection is simply outstanding. Two dozen taps and around 100 bottled beers. The selection leans more towards Belgian and American Crafts, but includes all the other flavors of the beer spectrum from simple “lawnmower” beers to German, English and beyond. All the beers are served correctly, in the correct glassware by extremely knowledgeable staff.

What really sets Anam Cara apart though, is how the selection is constantly evolving. They always have beers from local brewpubs like, The Tap, Cambridge brewing company and others on tap, as well as one offs and experimental brews from local brewers like Samuel Adams and Harpoon. They also always seem to have hard to find and rare Belgian beers. It’s as if they have their finger on the pulse of the beer community.

The food selection is also just as top notch. This is not you’re simple pub grub sort of place. Pumpkin Empanadas, Sea Scallops, Mushrooms with Goat cheese, oven baked mac and cheese, homemade meatloaf with red bliss mashed potatoes, etc, etc….. I hate calling it eclectic or even artsy, because it’s not, but it’s something you might expect at a 5 star restaurant not at the local pub. The menu constantly changes with the seasons, and you’ll always find something to please any appetite. I’d eat here even if they didn’t’ have beer.

Also don’t miss the bi-weekly beer and cheese pairings with fromagio kitchen, as well as the special brew dinners they have with brewers from time to time.

Basically Anam Cara is the best place to have a beer in the Boston Area. I always seem to find a beer I’ve never had before and it keeps me coming back for more. You also always seem to run into a fellow BA or two when you’re there. Also, don’t forget to introduce yourself to Dave the owner. He loves having BA’s in his place and is the man responsible for keeping Anam Cara at such an outstanding level. Not to mention he told my fiancée that he got turned on by the fact she can down a double bastard.

Simply put, Anam Cara rules. You’re missing out if you haven’t been here, end of story.

Photo of fdrich29
4.86/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

So I didn't even know Anam Cara existed before BA, I think I had been to the Kokepelli Chili, I think that's what was in that space before the greatest bar in Boston moved in.

I met some fellow BA's there last night for my maiden voyage. Felt warm and comfortable as soon as I walked through the doors. Literally felt like I was in another dimension, maybe another time. I distinctly remember thinking to myself "Oh, so this is what a bar is supposed to look like". Suddenly the thread "If you could create a bar anyway you would like..." had a whole new meaning.

I sat at the bar and ordered an Allagash White, followed by a Hops Infusion and Mad Bitch before we moved over to a table. Over the next few hours we shared bottles of Deus, Kriek De Ranke, Affligen Dubbel and Hanssens Oude Gueuze.

This place is BA heaven if you have not been there. The bartenders were curtious and knowledgable, and even smiled a time or two. Nice comfortable couches and chairs and an overall laid back atmosphere here.

Oddly enough the only mention I saw there about BA (if the atmosphere and quality/selection of beer didn's scream BA) was in the men's room above the urinal. Someone wrote "beeradvocate.com" in pen. Somehow it was fitting.

Definitely a stopping point for all BA's when visiting Boston, although a special trip here to visit AC would be well worth your time.

Photo of sulldaddy
4.95/5  rDev +11.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Well I was in Boston and of course I had to hit up Anam Cara. I was going for dinner and drinks during the Masters Swimming Championships at Harvard. gotta carbo load ;)
So we get to the pub and I am immediately impressed with the decor and setup. A standard sized and laid out bar to the left and a dining area to the right with several small tables and a few booths. Great breweriana everywhere and nice lighting and background music. Plus the UCONN game was on the big screen.
Then I saw the beer list. WOW! what a selection!! Was a little disappointed that the Allagash 4 was gone but still had plenty to choose from. Had a Haverhill Hefe-weizen and a roggenbier from Burgerbrau. Both were tasty and served by our knowledgeable server. Onto the food, not typical pub fare but a good selection of items just a little more unique, like the duck quesadillas I had, very tasty. Was a little bummed that I didnt see more pasta choices (only mac and cheese) hence my 4.5. My companions were very pleased with their fare as well. This establishment has recreated what is a "5" beer bar. I was really diggin the establishment from the time I walked in to even now. I will be sure to visit every time I am in Boston. Definitely the best cna't miss beer location for visitors!

Photo of mschofield
4.78/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

The only knock is you have to take the Green line to get there.
A sort of old world/Medieval tavern/church atmosphere. Pews for benches, so if you're the religious type go on a Sunday and welcome to the church of beer. Yellow plaster-like walls, lots of dark wood, heavy red drapes separating tables along the window wall. It feels like a sturdy place that has been around for a long time, and a place you'd like to spend a lot of time in.
Around 2 dozen taps and of course more in the bottle. Proper glassware for some, and no problems with quality. It's not the hugest selection, but there is no crap, and the beer is treated and served well. Rogue I2PA, DFH ApriHop, Stone IPA, and Arrogant Bastard made up my night.
The food is great, I think the best way to put it is - the ladies at the table beside us were drinking bottled ciderjack. Obviously they didn't come in for the great beer. I recommend the Creole Meatloaf.
Servers are a bit overworked, and beer service at the tables can get slow, but they know their stuff.

Photo of Truh
4.28/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I have been an ardent supporter of Anam Cara since its opening, and that stance has not changed with many return visits. And although I would not go so far as to say that this is the best beer bar in New England, or even Massachusetts for that matter, I do not disagree that it ranks right up there.

Without question, beer is the reason I jump on the C Line to get to Washington Square, with Anam Cara as its epicenter. The beer list, both draught and bottle, is exceptional. I had a Corsendonk Brown on draught, while my compatriot Kumar had a Cambridge Trippel Threat. Jim, who would usually accompany us on these sojourns, was not answering his phone. Among some of the other offerings on draught were Arrogant Bastard, Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA, Bigfoot Barleywine, and just far too many more to list. The bottle list, though not as extensive as that you will find at the Sunset Bar and Grill, is quite broad, and in a way, more high-brow than that found at the aforementioned bar. Lots of Belgians and hard-to-find action like the Morimoto Pilsner, of recent Extreme Beer Fest acclaim (connoisseur session). As an aside, there have been whispered rumors of the sensei's liquid gold making secretive appearances at other local (Boston area) establishments. I stuck to the draught lines as many of the bottles I would have gladly consumed were out of my price range. Kumar laid down some bullion for an Aventis Eisbock. Another plus, and one that will always have me come back, is that each beer is served in proper glassware, something that you now see at other places like Bukowski's, but not in enough places.

The food is above reproach as well. I got the pressed green apple and brie sandwich with a side of fries while Kumar devoured a grilled duck quesadilla. The food was excellent, and arrived shortly after we had ordered. I've never gone wrong with the chicken sandwich either. But for me, the food is always secondary to the beer. In the Brookline area, I would choose Anam Cara for its beer, Matt Murphy's for its food. My dollar usually goes to the liquid bread option.

The atmosphere is understated and quiet, at least on a Wednesday evening. The L-shaped bar, with king's chair in the middle, beckons drinkers, while the tables offer groups plenty of space to spread out. I appreciated the fact that they had a stack of the latest Yankee Brew News on hand. There's a television above and to the right of the bar, and a projected screen comes down in the lower dining level for Sox games, not sure of the timing for other events. The service we got this evening was sub-par, maybe average. It took a while for the barkeep to notice we were ready to order food, and then poured floaters from the Eisbock that Kumar quaffed. These are minor gripes, but when stacked up against the rest of the Anam Cara Experience, it was a bit of a let-down.

We recommend, without reservation, the Anam Cara Experience. Have you ever been experienced?

Photo of GuinnessSmurf
4.4/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

THANK YOU Anam Cara Publick House. I had the best experience here. As an out of towner, I jumped off the Green Line 2 blocks too early. I trudged over in February weather and stumbled in the doors - and I immediately knew I was home. First thoughts: cozy, friendly, couches, tables, booths, fireplace. There was an obvious beer agenda going on.

Most importantly is the beer selection - which was outstanding. The beer menu was very well organized and thumbs up to whoever named the domestics "lawnmower beers". More impressive than their bottle list was the tap list. My mouth was agape when I discovered Lindemans, Dogfishhead 90-minute IPA, de Ranks xtra bitter...all on tap. I think I counted 12 beers on tap that I had never had! Of course, I couldn't remedy all that in one night.

My burger was pretty solid as far as burgers go. It was really really large! Fries too were good.

A side note, at least when I was there, this place played entire CDs from start to finish - which is to me the best thing you can do. I was so pleased by this. I sat down to the entire Coldplay 'Parachuttes' album, and then ate through Radiohead 'The Bends'. It helps that these are active play items at my house. But the idea of whole albums was great. If music is worth putting on, play everything that the band/group/artist has to say.

This place made my trip!!!!

Photo of Bierman9
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Ate lunch here yesterday (06MAR04) for the first time, with Alewife. Onion and ham soup was top-shelf, and we both quite enjoyed our citrus-basted chicken Sammiches. Service was quite good, as well. Very enjoyable lunch for the both of us. Prosit!!

First time visit (10AUG03), for an AOBF meeting with the Bros and other distinguished BAs.... Really cool looking place, though a bit on the dark side, with a great bar to the left as you enter with plenty of bottles lining the shelves and what looks like gargoyles standing guard over things from on high (a Stone touch, no?). A big, long wooden table is to the right, along with smaller tables further on to the right in a sub-level. Has a fireplace along with some gothic-like arches and plenty of bier and Irish music-related posters. Seemed to be about 25 or so biers on tap, and all were top-shelf. Prices were in the $4-5 range, and you're talking stuff like 60-Min IPA, Prescription Pils, and Arrogant Bastard. An array of 60+ bottles supplemented your choices, and prices were better than most any local place for the quality received. Mr. Dane Bass himself, from (or, formerly from) B. United, was serving up the suds to us. Great place. A gem on Beacon Street! Zum Wohl!!

overall: 4.5
atmosphere: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$

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Photo of Indybeer
4.47/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

What can I say that hasn't been said about this place! I've been here twice for BA pre festival parties. Each one packed this place to the rafters. Yet it never seem over crowded. Easy to get to on the T green line, with only a short walk. Doesn't look like much outside but once you get in there, this place just screams pub. 20+ beers on tap, and many more in botles. I tried hard to sample as many as I could. If only I lived closer to this wonderful place. The food here is plentiful and very good. This place has become a must stop place on each and every trip I make to Boston.

Photo of slander
4.66/5  rDev +5%
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).

Photo of pmowen
4.72/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Ok. l've been here a number of times in the last 6 months and this review will be an average of those times. First, the place is located in Washington Sq. in the same strip as restaurants, dry cleaners, running stores etc. It's not as charming a local as, say, beacon hill would be but upon entering things change. The place is beautifully thought out and put together, lots of wood and warmth throughout. The beer is definately the complete focus of the place. Tap lines and the impressive collection of glass wear is kept pristene and the beer is never off. For example, I was there the other night they had Dogfish Head 90min IPA on tap. They had to change the keg and all of a sudden it wasn't on tap anymore. The bar tender had one taste, said it was off and that was that. Service is exceptional. The waitstaff is well trained from what I can tell (usually I sit at the bar) and the bar tenders are very knowledgeable. Somehow, when this place gets very busy (weekend nights) the bartenders keep up with absolutely no trouble. It's unbelievable, I've never had to wait for a beer here and the bar staff is veryknowledgeable as well as willing to chat about beer all night. Selection is also good. It's not an overwhelmingly huge selection but still substantial with about 24 beers on tap and a nice selection of belgians and american micros on the menu. No crap to be found at all exept in a small section of the menu called "lawnmower beer" but still the selection is quite good. Food is also good. Mac and chesse with sausage and Duck Quesidillas are my favorites. Burger is also good.

Overall, this place is a Boston treasure and everyone who can should go. I'm quickly becomming a regular.

Photo of AllThingsNinja
4.2/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Last night's trip to Anam Cara was one of the more positive pub experiences I have had. It was nice to see a menu with beer pairings someplace other than at a brew pub. I just wish that they paired their food to some of their more regular tap selections. I haven't gotten to the point where I can justify paying bar prices for a bottle that I can pick up at the store a couple blocks away. For those that can, Anam Cara certainly has plenty to offer - especially under the flag of Belgium.

I enjoyed trying a few beers off of their tap list (20+). The list included micros from both near and fair as well as imports Irish, British, and Belgian imports. There was no crap on tap. Each was served in an appropriate glass by a pleasant wait staff with decent drink memory.

Photo of PopeJonPaul
4.4/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Definitely one of the top pubs I have been to in a good long while. Was there with all the BAs before Extreme Beer Fest, it was so busy I went back Saturday for a second opinion (surprise, still busy, still a good number of BAs there.) I love the atmosphere (two fireplaces) and the service was good considering the overcrowded circumstances - I would recommend a wait list for tables though, "first grab, first serve" was crazy. Beer selection was fantasic, they ran out of Triple Karmeleit (on tap) and Quelque Chose on Saturday but hey, I got my share and was quite happy at the end of both nights. While the tap list is great, don't make up your mind until you check out the bottle menu (not "list" - "menu.")
The meatloaf w\ creamed spinach was amazing, and the plate was bigger than my head (and I have a huge head.) I was too late for dinner on Saturday but I will easily make the short trek on the T next time I'm in Boston. Skip this place and you'll be sorry.

Photo of smcolw
4.15/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I went with my wife for a night without the children. The food is better than average, but not exceptional. Service wise, there seemed to be too many tables for each server. While ours was very pleasant, she didn't seem to be very available. The food was very good, but not exceptional. My ribs were served blackened, with some sweet BBQ laced on top.

I loved the beer selection. Many of the beers are not regularly available in the liquor stores of Boston. I believe that that makes this place special. I love Anam's exceptional selection on the Belgian side with a lot of lambics and trappist ales. I will definitely return, perhaps trying it on night other than Saturday.

Photo of brewandbbq
4.65/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Went to AC's for the first time yesterday.
Having heard so many great things here,I was expecting someplace great,but still skeptical.
Well,I am skeptical no more!
It was an early Saturday afternoon and the place was quiet,clean,smokefree and oozing great beer atmosphere.
Lots of great brewerania all around and it reminded me of the beer cafes of Belgium.
We sat at the bar,I believe thats where you get a true idea of what a place is about.Close to the beer=close to good people.
It was working for sure,I introduced myself as a fellow BA and Spiledriver inroduced me to another BA at the end of the bar,LiamStLiam.Both great guys and within minutes I felt right at home.
It is crystle clear that the owners/managers care a great deal about great beer and great food.Much respect is evident in the selection,freshness,and serving of world class brews.
Then came the food,it was very good.
We got the citrus chicken sandwich with hot crispy fries,oh yea...
Also got the 1/2 rack of ribs in some of the tastiest bbq sause I've ever had,(besides mine),and the Avocado ceasar salad.-Very fresh,dressed just right and lots of avo and parmesan.
Oh yea,the slaw is awesome that came with the ribs,light,spicey and not swimming in that white swill.
Beers sampled were in perfect condition and in great clean glassware,this is the area in which AC's really shines.
I had a Dogfish Snowblower,90 min IPA(probably the freshest I've ever had it),and an Allagash White.Deb had a Lindemans Framboise,in proper glass.
I could go on and on about this place,but the fact is,if your serious about great beer,this is really the place.
Great beer,food,atmosphere and people.
We were left wondering though,is it possible to snag those seats by the fireplace?That would have been a pretty awesome way to wind down with a Harpoon Barleywine,ohhh yeaaaa...

Photo of sponberg
4.8/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Yet another EBF weekend attendee. This place is a must-hit if you're in Boston. Easy to get to via the T (green line), as it stops a block and a half away. Parking on street and up & down Beacon Street, but no overnights (thanks Brookline...).

Great atmosphere - very warm & comfortable, with a back room for get togethers and plenty of tables for hanging out. Outstanding draught selection, and I've yet to have anything other than a fresh pint or goblet. The bar staff are attentive, efficient, and accomodating - can't ask for more than that. Even when it's packed (and it was on Friday night!) there's still room to converse and have a beer. Possibly the best jukebox selection I've seen in years - everything from the Smiths to Social D to Beth Orton, at a proper volume level. The beers... everything from Cantillon to Cisco to Bear Republic to Stone, at very fair prices for the quality & selection. I did not try the food, but at the rate people were scarfing it down and smiling it's a safe bet that it's pretty damned good. The owner (BA SpileDriver) is a cool guy and has a great bar here - worth the trip in from Albany.

Now if my BIL would just move back to his old apartment a block and a half away...

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.7/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

I was finally able to visit Anam Cara during the Extreme Beer Festival weekend in January. Sadly, I was battling a cold of epic proportions and only sampled one beer and no food. However, I was still amazingly impressed by this place. The only places I've been to that I can use as a comparison are Richmond's Capital Ale House and Cleveland's Great Lakes Brewery. When I thought about how these two places ranked with Anam Cara, I was most impressed by the service provided by the AC crew. Despite being pretty busy with all of us alcohol-hungry BA's, service was extremely quick. Beers available are served in the appropriate glass and are fresh. Atmosphere is excellent. The perfect place to share a pint of beer with friends or just sit in front of the fireplace and savor a heavy beer on a cold winter's night. Not a big establishment, but I didn't feel cramped by the other people. Great selection of beers available, all clearly marked on the chalkboard by the bar. A neat feature is the "Here" and "There", differentiating the beers as North American and European. A very large variety of beers from all over, and the bottle selection is impressive as well. Add to the fact that this establishment is NON-SMOKING (at least I didn't see any ciggies when I was there) and I'm ready to slap an Anam Cara bumper sticker on my car. Anam Cara is what I hope Capital Ale House can become. Do yourself a favor and make sure you visit this place if you are in Boston. Insanely easy access from the T means you have no excuse to pass up a chance to visit this mecca of a beer bar.

Photo of beerinator
4.64/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Anam Cara is one of those bars that makes you feel like you're somewhere else. It has a dark and warming quality that feels like you should be inhaling a ton of smoke in a Dublin pub (they're a non-smoking establishment).

I loved the selection. They had good, diverse options including excellent imports and regional craft beers, as well as a few micros from our western shores. All of the beers I had were excellent. They also had bottles that appeared to be conditioned well, some of the ones ordered were no longer available in most liquor/beer stores.

The service was as good as could have been expected when you cram at least a hundred crazed BA's into a joint. The bartenders appeared to be very knowledgeable, and at least one of them turned out to be a BA.

I didn't get a chance to try the food. But it's on my list of things to do when I travel back to this area.

Go here. Drink beer.

Photo of Running4beer
4.72/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

First off this was a great place to kick off a kick ass weekend that included Extreme Beer Fest. Secondly I'd like to thank Dave(SpileDriver) who even though he said finding his place from the Mass Pike is not the easiest route he gave me some excellent detailed directions and I eventually got there. I had the Anam Cara Publick House Burger and all I have to say is this is the way a burger should be made, defrickinlicious. Now on to the beer selection, the service and the place in general. What a cool pub, I enjoyed coming here and I will most definetly be going back. Service was very good the servers were very attentive and always asking if we needed anything whether it was more beer, food or even a glass of water very polite. Also the bartenders were good at getting to you as soon as you step up to the bar I did not have to wait long at all any of the times I went up to the bar. Beer selection I open up a menu thinking it is the food menu and its four full pages of beer (holy shit that's a lot of beer is what went thru my mind) even though they had this huge menu I wanted an OSA possibly the only beer not on the menu or on tap. So I was slightly disappointed but later on that night Dave came over and handed me a glass and a bottle of OSA that they had not put out yet, very awesome of him to do that. This is a must go place when in the Boston area, just don't go there via the Mass Pike.

Photo of ADR
4.64/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

A fine bar tucked into a store front on Beacon, follow the red Chimay shield in. Length is close to width with sturdy wooden tables in abundance. Separate bar and eating areas. Great selection of 20 or more outstanding taps plus bottles. And these aren't just good micro taps, practically all are "big" beers in one way or another. Here's a place to drink at, lovers of good beer in every way. No real faults to this legend, the bathrooms could be bigger -- but who's going to focus on bathrooms? Quality beer, establishment, staff -- the Extreme Fest Kick-off was a blast at this place.

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4.45/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I have to admit, I was very skeptikal after reading all of these great reveiws, but my fiancee and I (both avid beer lovers) finally gave it a try and it is well worth. After just one visit it is probaley my favorite bar in Boston (in terms of relaxing and enjoying quality beer).

We went on a Saturday at 8:00 and only waited about 15 minutes for a table to open up. Once seated we received prompt and friendly service from a waitress who was VERY pregnant, and despite her condition did a great job.

The beer selection is outstanding. I stuck mostly to the draft list, and of the three drafts I had, they were all fresh and poured properly. BTW: Stone IPA is among the best out there. They even had Unibroue Maudite on tap!! I never seen any Unibroue's on tap anywhere!! Kudos.

The rest of the selections were great as well. They offer a good variety of styles, and the beer menu is presented and broken down in a way thats makes it easy to find what you are looking for. The correct glass was used on every occasion. I like how they list crap beer such as bud, Coors, etc. as "Lawnmower Beer" and stick it at the bottom of the menu where it belongs. You should not be allowed in a place like this if you want to order bad beer or even crappy mixed drinks, but I suppose they need to do what it takes to stay in business.

The food was great as well. The duck Quesadilla was tasty (a tad soggy) and made a great meal to go along with my soup (tasso ham)!!

In all it was a great experience and I will be back. Often.

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5/5  rDev +12.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Today was my first (hopfully not even close to my last) visit here. I have mucho praise of this establishment. All which it justly deserves. I was one of a large group on a pub crawl that started here. The bartender made sure that every one was served their beer in the proper glass and any beer poured from a bottle was done so with great care and respect for the beer. I did not hear a single grumble from anyone that ordered food. From soup to burgers etc all I heard was sounds of pleasure. I had a onion&ham soup that was fantastic. I am glad that this is not close to my home as I would soon be in divorce court for spending all my free time here.
My wife is a non drinker and does not fully understand my new hobby.
was in the area stopped in for a meal. Monks Meatloaf wow. Had some Pomme Frites with Gogonzola mayo and Chipotle mayo .. A superior place all the way around!
edited 4-3-08

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4.7/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Prost

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4.95/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

The Publick House in Brookline, MA
99 out of 100 based on 314 ratings.