The Publick House

BA SCORE
98
world-class

258 Reviews
The Publick HouseThe Publick House
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

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

(617) 277-2880 | map
thepublickhousebeerbar.com

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PLACE STATS
Score:
98
Reviews:
258
Ratings:
354
Avg:
4.43
pDev:
7.67%
 
 
Taps:
36
Bottles/Cans:
100
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews: 258 | Ratings: 354
Reviews by Boilermaker88:
Photo of Boilermaker88
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Site of the ABF pre-fest party. I arrived in Boston 90mins later than planned (damned airlines!), figured out the "T", dumped my bag at the place I was staying, and jumped back on the "T" for the train ride out to Brookline.
TPH is conveniently located a block away from the Washington Sq. "T" stop so it wasn't hard to find, even in the gathering darkness. Once there, I found myself in a rather cramped, smaller than expected, establishment that had a dinner area off to the right and a rather smallish bar on the left. Tons of beer signs, lights, memorabilia, and paraphenalia adorned the walls. The beers were listed on chalk boards and separated by on-tap and bottled.
A little bit of hooking and jabbing and I got up to the bar. TPH had 20+ taps with the likes of Bear Republic's Racer X, Racer 5, and Hop Rod Rye, Stone AB and Ruination, Smuttynose IPA, Hennepin, Allagash Summer and Wit, Brooklyn pilsener, Concorde Red God IPA, Harpoon Maibock, and Great Divide's Hercules DIPA. Holy shit, where do I start?? Having just flown cross-country and not eaten in over six hours, I started easy with the Brooklyn pils, a pint of which was $4.75, and an order of fries.
The fries were okay but I've had better, and for less. I glanced at the menu and thought things looked a bit expensive. The beers were fairly reasonable. Five bucks a pint was the norm unless you ventured into the 8+% ABV realm. Then you payed more and got a 10oz pour.
The bartenders and waitstaff were kept running all night by the influx of BA's firing off orders at them. They maintained their composure and, while not exactly friendly, were professional and timely in getting orders filled. They were very careful to ensure the correct glassware was used for the appropriate style ordered. As the night wore on and the crowd started thinning out a bit, the staff seemed to relax and got more congenial.
I would have happily stayed longer except I had to catch the last train heading back toward Copley Plaza. There were so many beers and so little time. It's easy to see how The Public House has garnered its reputation. Definitely a bar one must stop at when in Boston.

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Photo of Kmadnesss
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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

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Photo of ConorGolden
4.38/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Sammy
4.14/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

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

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Photo of Prost76
4.26/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of DMcGirr
4.48/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

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).

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Photo of socon67
4.86/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5

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.

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Photo of Abbbp
4.47/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

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!

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Photo of INWarner413
4.89/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of richj1970
4/5  rDev -9.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of kffoster40
5/5  rDev +12.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

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.

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Photo of Sound_Explorer
4.41/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

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.

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Photo of SimcoeKid
3.21/5  rDev -27.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3 | selection: 3

Photo of Hyptochrons
4.64/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Macsimus
4.59/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Great spot with amazing tap list and very good food.

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Photo of MilaMila
4.4/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of NelCet
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of wallacic
4.39/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of jheimbigner
4.7/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of Shellynix
3.11/5  rDev -29.8%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3 | food: 2.5

Photo of costanzo_mike
4.86/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of blisscent
4.4/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of scxcrunner
4.98/5  rDev +12.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of barleywin
5/5  rDev +12.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of bostonbeans
4.63/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

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4.43 out of 5 based on 354 ratings.
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