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The Publick House

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The Publick HouseThe Publick House

254 Reviews
Reviews: 254
Visits: 334
Avg: 4.44
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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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.

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

I love the Publick House. I would like a home bar that resembles the Monk's Cell.

I lived and worke in the neighborhood of this place and find that since I moved to the left coast, I compare every beer bar to them. Though my education in beer goes back decades, I have gained so much beer minutia from the Publick House and its top-notch crew.

Not only do they have a comprehensive beer selection and knowledgeable staff, they have a spectacular food menu. My tip: try the frites, the mussels, mac & cheese. These are staples of the menu and they have been for years. I've still never had a better mac & cheese in the Boston area.

They have a menu that changes seasonally as well as specials. My most recent visit, I had the pork confit fried in panko breadcrumbs.
So. Damn. Good.

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

My wife and I had a little trouble finding Anam Cara. We tried our best to keep our eyes peeled as we fought traffic but realized we overshot it as we noticed the building numbers decrease. So, we turned around and parked in a spot we thought was close by. As we walked up the sidewalk looking at the building numbers in all the windows I looked up at just the right moment and there it was. A Chimay sign affixed to the side of the facade. I knew that had to be it.

As we entered the building, I noticed heavily worn wood floors, stone features, and an overall gothic church like feel. We sat at a table by the window and I immediately grabbed the beer menu. I had to ask the waiter to give me some time with a selection like that. He smiled and walked away. Upon his return, I ordered a Stone Old Guardian on tap. The beer was served very quickly in a clean, 10 oz. wine glass. As I enjoyed the beer I looked around at the surroundings and the people gathered and realized that I was surrounded by beer advocates. I have yet to get that feeling anywhere before, even at my local "beer" establishments in PA. What a wonderful feeling of unspoken cameraderie. I kept glancing at the young guy sitting in the bar area at a table with who appeared to be his Dad and could see that he was thoroughly enjoying every sip of his beer. Every other table was adorned with glasses of beer with thick heads and lacing down the sides. Heaven on earth as far as I'm concerned.

The food was outstanding. I had wings and a cheessteak while my wife had chile and battered shrimp. The wings tasted a bit more barbecue like than I am used to but very good indeed. The cheesteak was about as upscale as I think a cheesesteak could be. Real cheddar cheese, quality meat, and bell peppers on a toasted roll. My wife's chile was gourmet and the shrimp was the best she had ever eaten. That's saying a lot since my wife has certainly had her fair share of battered shrimp.

Upon departure, I asked the waiter if I could take the tap menu with me. He said, "Go ahead, it's only a piece of paper." What he doesn't realize, is that piece of paper will be framed and hung on the wall in my brew room to bring back great memories of a wonderful evening.

Anam Cara, you have a friend in PA. Keep spreading the gospel of great beer.

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

This place has it all. Great food, service and a wonderful selection of high quality brews. Love the T-shirt ... "Don't drink crap beer" ... which I now own. While at the bar getting the shirt I got to meet Dave the owner. He is a terrific guy with a vast knowledge of beers and a love for what he does.

I've been here four or five times (and will continue to go). Every visit was a great experience. When there at slower times, it's relaxed. When packed you gotta work to get what you want, but hey, popularity has it's price and it is totally manageable.

My #1 bar in Massachusetts and maybe the US ... would have to try Brick Store Pub a couple more times in Atlanta as they may be a close #2.

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


Still the perfect beer bar. Every time that I go I have a great time, have incredible beer, have incredible food, and leave happy and full.

While there are some other locations in Boston that are all-of-a-sudden becoming hip with BAs, I just do not think any of them touch this. Sure they might be a buck cheaper than TPH, but they do not have the quality you will find here. The bottom line for me is that when I try a new beer at this place, I know what it is supposed to taste like. When I try it at one of the other places in Boston, I am left wondering (didn't taste too fresh...tasted soapy...I taste the previous beer in the line...crappy glassware...etc.) This place gives beer the ultimate respect.

Review: 7.2004
This is the best place to eat and/or drink in the Boston area as far as I am concerned.

Atmosphere is great, nice wood interior is very relaxing, flowers line the exterior. Decent music played at just the right volume, live music sometimes. Red Sox on the beautiful projection screen every game. My only complaint is that the clientele is a little more pretentious than I like, but hey it is Brookline, so what do you expect?

The treatment of beer is perfect - right glass, always in tip-top shape. Beer memorbilia fills the walls and suggested beer pairings on the fancy menus gives beer the ultimate appreciation.

Service has always been great, very friendly and not overbearing.

Selection of beer is at about 24 taps and maybe 200 bottles. Changes just enough so that there are always a few I haven't tried.

The food is very nice (R.I.P. the pickle and the beans), and at a pretty reasonable price. The chef there invents some crazy plates that always are great. The food/beer at a beer dinner that I went to here ranks as my favorite meal ever.

I just cannot imagine a more perfect place.

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Photo of ybnorml
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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Photo of JSHenryChinaski
5/5  rDev +12.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Anyone who has been to The Publick House knows that it can be crazy busy, loud and hard to get a table or a seat at the bar for that matter. However, with about 40 more seats and a host, a night at The Publick House or Monk's Cell should be more than enjoyable.

The Monk's Cell what can I say...I feel like I'm actually in Belgium. This addition to The Publick House is gorgeous, not pretentious or stuffy; even though it's all new it has a feel of a rustic Belgian Cafe.

The Monk's Cell has dimly lit sconces, which makes the candle lined bar and chair rail (in small Chimay glasses) around the tables stand out, making everything feel intimate. The vibe is a bit more mellow than that of The Publick House. The Cell's walls are donning Trappist hand painted art works and signs only. The seating around the one large table (seats maybe 6 to eight people) is a wooden booth with Gouden Carolus end crates inlaid into the bench (very cool idea).

The bar area is amazing, the bar itself is made of antique brick with what I believe is a mahogany top. The brick is lit by a light from under the bar that allows you to see the brick's rustic surface along its whole length.

In the bars middle are the towers. Six individual, Italian handmade, green marble, works of art! The towers have European faucets that allows for perfect pouring of Belgian brews. One tower is a dedicated CO2 line and one tower that can alternate as needed. Making some impossible to pour beers (on most draft systems), pour-able. The beers on tap rotate but they are always Belgian.

Above the bar is a hanging wooden box; on the front are chalkboards with current and up and coming offerings with abv. and pricing. Under said box is hanging glassware that spans the length of the bar. For those of you familiar with The Publick House... that's right, more/new proper glassware.

The bar back is filled with bottles and yes even more glassware, and two coolers that are filled with Belgian offering only. But don't fret those of you who would wish to have a beer not being from Belgium, you can have anything that is offered at The Publick House in the Monk's Cell, and vies-a-versa.

The one draw back The Monk's Cell has is that they are closed on Mondays.

The Monk's Cell is a must for all BA's. The dedication to beer and its proper enjoyment has been personified in this addition to The Publick House. Cheers to all that made it happen.

The Publick House atmosphere; tin takers, rare framed posters, and lighted signs fill the walls. Music is the proper volume. Beer selections are posted on chalkboards, here (domestic) there (import) along with abv., pricing, upcoming beers and events.

The knowledgeable staff makes choosing from twenty-seven (thirty-three with The Monk's Cell) draft selections (check out the Allagash tower for the occasional rare offerings), and a hundred plus bottles easier. Even with draft beer changes on a regular basis, staff is kept well informed on the new beers.

Food menu (about 70% is prepared with beer) has a variety of options from cheese boards, to burgers, seafood (try the mussels) and traditional Belgian offerings. Simply put, the food here is top notch. The servers will have no problem helping you to pair a beer with whatever you order, if you ask.

So if you can't find a beer you like, great food, an amazing atmosphere? Check out The Publick House / Monk's Cell I'm sure you'll find all the above.

This place rocks!

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

Visited on four or five occasions over the past three years.

Large sign beckons from outside, once you step across a rather standard, old-school, stripmall-type, threshold you'll be transported. The atmosphere that's been created inside is way beyond expectations. I would bring anyone here (Mom, Dad, boss, etc.). Monk's cell is a great addition. More bar/table space and an extra restroom is good. The connection between the two was well thought out as well. Eliminating the corner where the crowd tended to eddy was a good idea.

Beer selection is one of the best I've seen. Belgian styles obviously predominate. On each visit (except for HHTD) I've had to ask for advice on beer selection (there were so many choices I was not familiar with). All suggestions and descriptions provided by the staff were on point. No fruit behind the bar = no slicing = more pouring and a little more time for discussion.

Food is absolutely top notch. Chef Jim's menu complements the beer and vice versa. For HHTD, he certainly brings the heat, but in creative, unexpected packages. For less hop-laden occasions, the choices are versatile and incredibly fresh. Obviously, at least as much attention is paid to menu design and procurement of the associated ingredients as is paid to the beer selection. Best Frites I've had in a long time, very cool presentation.

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Photo of Buck89
4.95/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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Photo of bennybrew
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.

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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!

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Photo of Stoneman78
4.9/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

This is a bit delayed from my visit in March, but WOW!

The Publick House was an amazing beer and food experience, definitely the highlight of my Boston trip. The atmosphere was a hipster, popular beerpub that was a fair cab ride from Downtown. The quality of the beer and food was unbelievable. Our party of four sampled numerous belgian and special release beers, and passed around our delicious appetizers and entrees (mac & cheese was a huge hit). Our waiter was unbelievable with suggestions and hospitality throughout the night. They had one of the best beer selections I have seen, with almost every genre well represented. I absolutely cannot wait until a return visit, well worth the time and money!!!

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Photo of rjp217
4.89/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Absolutely my favorite bar/eatery in the Boston area. You get an absolutely amazing selection at this place, rare beers you won't typically find in this area. I went the other night and on draft they have several offerings from The Bruery, Three Floyd's Angel Dust, and Founders Doom. You're just not going to find this stuff anywhere else in New England. Their bottle selection is amazing as well. These guys do it right at the Publick House.

It can get jammed on a Friday or Saturday night so you'll have to get their early to land a table but it's a fairly large place. The food is awesome. I had the Steak Frites and for $21 you won't find a better steak in the area.

Although the overall draft, bottle, and food menu is a tad pricey, you get what you pay for and that's great quality. If i were to recommend any BA person to a spot in the Boston area, this would be it, well done!

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

I lived in Cleveland Circle and made the half mile walk many many times. If you like beer, amazing beer - you have found your haven. Wide selection of Belgians. Servers are very knowledgable. I always appreciate matching beers with exact glasses. They are money. Food is excellent and fair priced- as far as Boston standards I would even say it is underpriced. Beer may be a bit expensive - but if you think you're gonna find standard beers here, no need to stop in...the quality is WELL worth every penny. One of the top places to go in all of Boston. FACT.

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

I absolutely adore this place. The vibe is chill and sofisticated. It is usually very busy, but when it is not, it is very laid back. And, of course, the beer is phenomenal. I recently had a Triticus there, months after Harpoon ceased making it. They usually have St. Bernardus ABT 12 on tap, which is my favorite beer. There is always a wide selection of styles and breweries, and always something I have not tried. The food is also a good notch above typical. The andoille sandwich is quite tasty as are the french fries. They always use the proper glasswhere, I have never had a quality issue. Great place overall. Cheers.

Editted to reflect recent visits:
The consistent quality of the menu continues to amaze me. Unfortunately the service is just all too often subpar. Often the amount of time that it takes to get the server's attention is too much. My rating would be lower, but the consitent use of proper glassware is something that, I suppose, falls under the category of service.

Editted again...it is my local favorite:
The food is superb. The items are consistently of the quality of a gourmet restaurant. The sandwiches are fabulous. While some food items are a bit pricey, the sandwiches are priced comparably priced to other bars, and are better than those at any bar I have ever been to. Also, the service has gotten better as of late. Many of the waitresses are great, and I think the bartenders' knowledge of the beers more than makes up for the occasional lapse. I understand why the bros named this the best beer bar in America.

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

This place is simply incredible. About 30 beers on tap at any given time. There is definitely a focus on Belgian style beers, but there is always plenty else to choose from. They also have a ridiculous amount of bottled beer, but I've always been satisfied with what's on tap.

The service is fantastic. The staff is very knowledgeable about the beer and food. The only negative about this place is the wait time at night on the weekends. Letting people seat themselves can get confusing when there are a lot of people waiting.

For a place known for its beer, the quality of the food is remarkable. I would still go to the Publick House even if they didn't serve beer. The dishes are all very creative and full of flavor. Many of them incorporate beer into the recipe.

This place isn't cheap, but you get what you pay for and then some.

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

This is an Irish-themed pub, very tastefully done. Good selection among the 24 taps, and a very interesting array of bottled beers. The bartenders pour the best pint of Guinness to be found around Boston. I've had several of the appetizers, all of which were outstanding, particularly the scallops and the ribs. The Sunday Irish brunch is supposed to be great as well. There's live music some evenings (although I'm not sure which ones). And a nice bonus is that Anam Cara is located in smoke-free Brookline, so your beer doesn't taste like you're drinking from an ashtray. Just a great place to park yourself for a few beers. Definitely check this place out.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of okra
4.85/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I got there soon after opening on a disgustingly hot afternoon. Affligem Blond went down way too easily! DeKonick too...
Amazing, amazing beers... in top condition all served in appropriate glassware. Huge selection... my frites were somewhat cool/soft/mushy though - I had the mussel pot #1, thinking that the simplest preparation would be the best - I'll try them again, but one of the remaining four preparations.

Boon Gueuze with the Chimay cheese board can't be beat - the beer just picks up the cheese and carries it to another level!

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.84/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of Freshie
4.83/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

The best beer bar I have been to thus far.

The atmosphere is a beer drinkers heaven, but also welcoming for anybody who wants to enjoy good food, good drinks, and good company. Gothic decor, brewerania, and furniture from churches. There were even a few pews for seating, and a large wooden throne in the corner.

The Monk's cell is a bit more low key of a bar area, with the focus in that room, on Belgian Beer.

The selection is top notch. Some of the rarest tap finds in the city. Though if you hear they got something nice, get there before it's gone. Kegs are tapped and drained nightly. Wait staff is very knowledgeable and attentive, but be patient if it's busy.

The quality was amazing. Good glassware, fresh beer, good food. It was rather pricey but worth every penny. I look forward to my return. I wish it was closer to Brockton

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4.83/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Ahhhh...the Publick House. Along with Sunset Grill & Tap, this place ranks as my favorite "go-to-beer-drinking" destination in Boston. The only negative thing I could possibly say about this place, is that it is not close enough to my Arlington neighborhood (but then again, what beer establishment is?). That is probably a good thing though, as I would be in some serious debt, if I was able to walk to the Publick House!

Their selection of Belgian beers is quite impressive, and they always have a rotating tap line. As a huge fan of Belgian Quads and strong ales, I never am disappointed with my options at the Publick House. I can always opt for my stand-by's too: St Bernardus, Rochefort, Malheur, or d’Achouffe. The staff pays attention to every aspect of detail, including serving in the proper glassware, etc. Yes, the place can get quite crowded at times. But some things are well worth the wait.

Aside from the beer, I must also mention that the Publick House offers rather good pub fare. Honestly though, I always get the same thing. For first timers, I recommend trying the hand-cut fries. The fries are served in a huge paper cone that sits in the center of the table, and you can choose from a variety of home-made dipping sauces. they are awesome! I am also a huge fan of the mac-n-cheese. Comfort food I know, but the andouille sausage/caramelized onion mac-n-cheese always hits the spot for me. The Publick House also offers other traditional New England pub fare (steak tips, fish n' chips, etc), and serves up cheese plates too. I don't think one could go wrong from ordering anything on the menu.

Finally, next door to the bar is the "Monk's Cell". A beer store selling a variety of Belgian styled beers. Honestly, I have never been inside the Monk's Cell, because I can pick up Belgian beers a lot closer to where I live, rather than attempting to transport a bunch of bottles on the T. Especially after eating and drinking in the Publick House.

Whenever coming to Boston, it is certainly a "must do", for any beer fan. you must experience this awesome Belgian Beer bar!

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4.83/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

This heavenly place has become my Sunday afternoon weekly haunt. There are so many great things to say here. It is such a relaxing, inviting place to sit down and imbibe some of the best Belgian and domestic brews on the planet. It usually takes me quite awhile to make my first selection, mainly because there are so many great beers to choose from. I want to make sure I choose the limited beers first and then move to my old favorites until it is time to go. Unfortunately it is always time to go before I run out of beers that I want to taste. Oh well, there is always next Sunday. Yesterday I actually had the following brews: Urthel Samaranth (once to start the day and the another to finish), La Rulles Triple, Triple Karmeliet, and a Rogue Brutal Bitter. They were all great beers. The bottle selection seems to be great as well although I always lean towards drafts when at any bar. The food is damn good too. I had the Chicken Sandwich marinated in Smuttynose IPA. I've also eaten the Burgers there too and they are cooked to perfection. The fries are damn good too. My only slight complaint might be that it is all fairly expensive but for such great quality I don't mind spending more. Easily the best beer bar I have ever been to.

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The Publick House in Brookline, MA
98 out of 100 based on 254 ratings.