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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

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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
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Reviews: 257 | Ratings: 353
Reviews by eberkman:
Photo of eberkman
3.25/5  rDev -26.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 1 | selection: 5 | food: 3

Well, I reviewed TPH a year ago. Gave it an 'A' (except for its then-mediocre service). Now it's time to re-review after having dinner there last night with my dad, my uncle and my brother in law.

I have to say the service has advanced from mediocre to appalling. Not borderline rude, like it's been in the past, but indifferent to the point of insulting.

Basically, it took an hour to get our food after we ordered. Not once during that time did the waitress come over on her own to check to see if we needed anything or to update us or to show any concern for the situation. We did flag her down after 45 minutes and she said, "Sorry, it takes 20 minutes usually to prepare these dishes." This is after we've already been sitting there for 45 minutes. At that point, we were also seated in view of the kitchen and could see what had to be our our meals sitting waiting to be delivered for about 15 minutes. Finally we got another server's attention asked him to check on our food, and he came right out with it. Except my dad's meal was cold. The waitress acted put upon when we found her, pointed that out and ask what could be done(took about 10 minutes to even get her attention -- no timely check back).

At the end of the meal, my dad had to deliver his credit card to her because she left us the check and disappeared for about 10 more minutes and then blew by us on her way to the register to chat with a co-worker. He delivered the signed slip and quietly and politely told her he found the service to be very indifferent. She got defensive and said, "Well, I did check back." Yeah, right. A half-hour after our food was finally there, when it would have been too late to do anything anyway.

As for the food itself, it was certainly tasty and well prepared as always, but sorry value. The beef stew looked huge at first, but at a closer glance, there were 4 or 5 skimpy bits of beef and a couple of potato bits and carrots floating in an enormous bowl of gravy with a big hunk of bread. Pretty deceptive. And a total ripoff for 17 bucks. My bro-in-law's fried oysters -- 15 bucks -- showed up with about 6 tiny oysters on the plate along with some wilted salad. Appetizer portion at an entree price. My father had the only meal that looked like good value -- the 1/2 roast chicken -- but it would have been better if his broccoli hadn't gotten ice cold from sitting around for 15-20 minutes before it was served.

As far as the beer -- as we all know, the selection is outstanding. It's tough to go wrong in that department. And I thoroughly enjoyed my Gouden Carolus Tripel on tap, as well as my McChouffe. At the same time, however, Publick House seems to have stopped paying attention to small details. A lot of the beers that should be served closer to cellar temperature are being served ice-cold like a Bud Light draft at Bennigan's. That's something that would have never happened 2 years ago. And the pours aren't quite as artful as they were a year or two ago -- a lot of ales that are supposed to show some head show none.

But management couldn't give a shit. The place is always jammed past capacity, there's always a wait for a table and they're making money hand over fist. As long as the hipsters and and 20something post-frat Fidelity workers keep coming to be seen, the owners could care less if their loyal but more discerning customers give up on them. Pains me to say it, but I'm reaching that point. I'm close to saying screw 'em.

Oh yeah -- they have a chalkboard sign overlooking the dining room imploring us to "remember our servers." That takes a lot of nerve when our servers couldn't give a shit about us. Nonetheless, my father was generous enough to leave a 15 percent tip (he insisted on footing the bill), which I would have never done, despite the fact that while I was in college I worked as a waiter in a high-stress establishment, remember how tough it is, and as a result almost never tip less than 20 percent.

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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.

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

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

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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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4.88/5  rDev +10.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

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