The Publick House

The Publick HouseThe Publick House
The Publick HouseThe Publick House
Bar, Eatery

1648 Beacon St
Brookline, Massachusetts, 02445-2101
United States

(617) 277-2880 | map

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4.14 by Phoodcritic from Michigan on Jul 03, 2021
4.75 by egrandfield from Massachusetts on Mar 06, 2019
4.59 by thfreedumb from Illinois on Apr 30, 2018
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4.69/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75
by Sheppard from Massachusetts

This place is becoming the venerable beer bar in town, but it's still the best, in my humble opinion. I don't know if it's because it's not located in trendy Boston or hipster Cambridge or Somerville, but the place is unassuming. It hardly ever feels overrun by neckbeards, besides rare occasions like the now defunct Hophead Throwdown. The place has a chill neighborhood vibe. The beer list is well curated and has a good mix of Belgian and American options. It's not going to have every style, but there's something for everyone on there. The food is excellent as well, try the specials.

Feb 21, 2018
4.54 by DougieAmphetaBeans from Massachusetts on Jan 01, 2018
4.7 by MICAMD from Maryland on Dec 31, 2017
4.31 by Taybeh from Minnesota on Nov 29, 2017
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4.41/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5
by fitzy84 from Massachusetts

Went here for my birthday lunch. This restaurant is very conveniently located with plenty of street parking, walkable for downtown patrons, and right off a T-line. The restaurant is mostly wood decor with plenty of Belgium brewery and cultural symbols across the space. Our party was not completely there yet, but they still seated us, which was incredibly nice.

Beer selection was incredible. Lots of US and Belgium breweries. Also, there is the treat of Trillium being served at this restaurant. The staff who served us were nice, attentive, and extremely knowledgeable about beer. The food, which was served pretty quickly to us, was decadently good. I had the short rib hash which was so heavy and good.

Overall, this place is a gem in Brookline.

Nov 05, 2017
4.89 by ScottP from New Hampshire on Jul 28, 2017
4.28 by jtk21351 from California on Jul 05, 2017
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5/5  rDev +12.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5
by SebastianMandeville from New Jersey

This place has everything you could possibly want:
VIBE - Amazing. On any given night you can walk in and hear The Roots station on Pandora. Very chill.
QUALITY - Very clean for a bar/pub. Some of the seats look like miniature thrones. Very clean bathrooms. Hostess will quickly wipe down a recently vacated table for you to sit, even if you're not eating.
SERVICE - Ask for a beer menu and it's in your hands in seconds. Very friendly employees.
SELECTION - Best I've seen in the Boston area. Multiple choices by Trillium (including one that they brewed specifically for Publick House if you're fortunate enough to go when it's on tap) and Night Shift. Lots of Belgian choices as well. Bottles, cans...can't go wrong here.
FOOD - Didn't get a chance to test out the food, but by all accounts it's very good.

Outstanding place to grab a couple beers. The only mark against it would be that the crowd can be a little young. However, that is certainly not the establishment's fault and it's a big enough place that you can shift over to one of their other rooms if things get rambunctious.

May 30, 2017
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4.6/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75
by EdwardAbbey from Washington

One of the places I always visit when I go home to Boston. The well-curated mix of first-rate local, domestic, and international beer, and the pleasant vibe and knowledgeable service, make this a must-visit for any beer geek in Beantown.

Apr 03, 2017
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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5
by Kmadnesss from Massachusetts

One of the best beer bars in the Boston area for a nice selection of Belgiums and Belgium food!

Jan 25, 2017
4.38 by ConorGolden from New York on Sep 05, 2016
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4.14/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4
by Sammy from Canada (ON)

major league bar. 40 taps. mostly as good as available in the city. brian is a major league bartender. fresh andgreat variant of styles.

Aug 23, 2016
4.26 by Prost76 from New Hampshire on Aug 21, 2016
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4.48/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5
by DMcGirr from Massachusetts

Great selection of beers, especially of the Belgian and Belgian-esque variety. Food is significantly better than normal bar food, with highlights including the frites, short rib grilled cheese (lunch menu) and the Belgian meatball appetizer (dinner menu).

Aug 20, 2016
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4.86/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5
by socon67 from New York

Great place off the Green Line C. Two bars with one dedicated to Belgians, and the other an emphasis on local craft. Trillium, Treehouse, and others here. Great atmosphere to grab a beer. Would certainly come back.

Aug 15, 2016
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4.47/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5
by Abbbp from Texas

I wish we had time to eat here, but we had time to drink and that's really all that mattered. Enjoyed the selection, got to try something different based on the bartenders suggestion, and of course they got bourbon!

Aug 09, 2016
4.89 by INWarner413 from Texas on Jun 18, 2016
4 by richj1970 from Alabama on Jun 15, 2016
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5/5  rDev +12.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5
by kffoster40 from Massachusetts

My go to spot in the Boston area. The beer selection is always solid with a good mix of American and Belgians... They rotate the tap list pretty regularly so there is always some variety. Typically they have Trillium on tap now since they scaled up production. In addition the food is amazing! It can get lively and crowded on weekends but still have never waited more than 30 min for a table which I think is reasonable and worth it.

Jun 12, 2016
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4.41/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75
by Sound_Explorer from Washington

A great Belgian themed beer bar in the suburb area of Boston. They have more than just Belgian beers or Belgian style beers available and on tap. Have a fun, unique bottle list of US stuff and some European options too. Food is more the Belgian themed but some pub grub too. Maybe a touch expensive but, if you like Belgians or just good eats and beers, definitely give this place a visit.

Jun 07, 2016
3.21 by SimcoeKid from California on May 24, 2016
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4.64/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5
by Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

great selection. probably the best bar in boston... as a result it can be pretty crowded but the beer is worth it. food is pretty good too but lets be honest you go to this place for the beer selection.

May 12, 2016
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4.59/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25
by Macsimus from California

Great spot with amazing tap list and very good food.

May 12, 2016
4.4 by MilaMila from Massachusetts on May 11, 2016
4.25 by NelCet from Massachusetts on May 10, 2016
4.39 by wallacic from Massachusetts on Apr 04, 2016
4.7 by jheimbigner from Washington on Mar 26, 2016
3.11 by Shellynix from Massachusetts on Mar 06, 2016
4.86 by costanzo_mike from Massachusetts on Nov 09, 2015
4.98 by scxcrunner from Massachusetts on Oct 19, 2015
5 by barleywin from Missouri on Oct 10, 2015
4.63 by bostonbeans from Massachusetts on Aug 15, 2015
4.88 by JayF562 from Massachusetts on Jul 11, 2015
4.78 by ntmastromarino from Massachusetts on Jun 29, 2015
4.48 by PhillyStyle from Georgia on Jun 22, 2015
4.83 by Stagga_Lee from Massachusetts on May 15, 2015
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4.95/5  rDev +11.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75
by Buck89 from Tennessee

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.

May 08, 2015
The Publick House in Brookline, MA
Place rating: 4.45 out of 5 with 365 ratings