The Publick House
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4.2/5 rDev -5.4%
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.
02-07-2004 12:44:29 | More by AllThingsNinja
4.4/5 rDev -0.9%
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.
02-04-2004 05:15:54 | More by PopeJonPaul
4.15/5 rDev -6.5%
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.
02-01-2004 04:01:05 | More by smcolw
4.65/5 rDev +4.7%
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...
01-25-2004 22:08:01 | More by brewandbbq
4.8/5 rDev +8.1%
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...
01-23-2004 01:25:52 | More by sponberg
4.7/5 rDev +5.9%
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.
01-21-2004 21:32:31 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
4.64/5 rDev +4.5%
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.
01-20-2004 12:31:16 | More by beerinator
4.72/5 rDev +6.3%
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.
01-19-2004 23:10:25 | More by Running4beer
4.64/5 rDev +4.5%
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.
01-19-2004 15:49:01 | More by ADR
4.45/5 rDev +0.2%
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.
01-05-2004 20:03:39 | More by belhav0322
The Publick House in Brookline, MA
98 out of 100 based on 302 ratings.