The Publick House

Log in or Sign up to start rating.
BA SCORE
98
world-class

257 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

Notes:
No notes at this time.

Added by doerickson

PLACE STATS
Score:
98
Reviews:
257
Ratings:
353
Avg:
4.43
pDev:
7.9%
 
 
Taps:
36
Bottles/Cans:
100
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
N
View: Place Reviews | Events
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 257 | Ratings: 353
Reviews by the Alström Bros:
Photo of Jason
4.45/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I've been going to this establishment since it was called Anam Cara, seen the break of out the Monk's Cell and have seen them evolve into of the best beer bars / Belgian eateries in the US.

Staff is knowledgeable of nearly every beer that is on and if they don't know they'll find out. They are great on giving recommendations if you don't know what you are looking for. The food is amazing, mussels kick some major ass. Frites, can't go there without ordering them.

Heavy Belgian focus for the beer list, you can order any beer on the list no matter where you are. The rest of the selection keeps up with a smattering of seasonals, new releases and solid stand-bys. Proper glassware really makes this place shine with a proper pour to boot.

If you are in the Boston area it is a must visit, if you live in the area and never have been you have been missing out.

 865 characters

Photo of Todd
4.83/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

When you first walk in, the atmosphere is welcoming, low-key, but also exciting. I love the vibe. You know that people are here because they love the place, and beer. You can feel it. Its dark interior, light fixtures from an old church, well-placed brewerania and candle lighting at night, all makes for a great place to eat, drink, and socialize. The Monk’s Cell offers a completely different experience, reminding me of the warm coziness and attention to detail I found in beer cafés during my trips to Belgium—a true homage to their beer scene.

Beer-wise: David Ciccolo, co-owner, knows and loves his beer. His extremely passionate attitude translates well into his unique, handpicked selection. Focus leans towards artisan offerings from Belgium and American craft brewers, with something new always on-tap and tight bottle selection to complement. Though some find the prices to be premium, they’re not unlike others bars. The plus side here is that you actually get what you pay for. The quality and serving of the beers is above and beyond what you’ll find elsewhere, and, in my opinion, simply can’t be beat on the consistent basis that you’ll find at The Publick House. I’ve never had a bad beer, improper pour, or a beer served in an inappropriate glassware.

Food-wise: the kitchen crew is simply amazing and in harmony with the beer-side of the business. Chef Jim Sklaver has been able to dismantle typical pub food and create a unique cusine à la bière offering, which never disappoints. From the cheese plates to mussels, smaller bites to specials, everything has either been infused with beer or presented with a beer pairing in mind. They get a big plus for this, as it directly helps to spread the good word of beer and shows patrons a more respectable angle at which to approach beer.

Bar tenders and servers are friendly and attentive, and some of the most knowledgeable beer-focused bar staff in the region. They’re quick to recommend and explain a beer, and present them with passion. All of this helps sell the beer and educate patrons.

Bottom-line: If you’re looking for a place in the Boston area for great beer, food, service, and atmosphere—a tough combo—there’s only one place in town to go: The Publick House in Brookline.

 2,270 characters

More User Reviews:
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.

136 characters

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

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.

 218 characters

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!

 215 characters

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.

 434 characters

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.

 389 characters

Photo of Bwagner1122
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.

 202 characters

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.

52 characters

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

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
The Publick House in Brookline, MA
4.43 out of 5 based on 353 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • Extreme Beer Fest® Cometh

    February 3-4, 2017. Boston, Mass. Limited tickets available. Prepare for epicness.

    Learn More
  • Free Trial Subscription

    Reside in the US? Interested in a free 1-month trial subscription to the print edition of BeerAdvocate magazine?

    Yes! Sign Me Up!