The Publick House

BA SCORE
98
world-class

357 Ratings
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
Ratings:
357
Reviews:
261
Avg:
4.44
pDev:
7.66%
 
 
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Ratings: 357 |  Reviews: 261
Reviews by micmillon18:
Photo of micmillon18
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Ah the famed Publick House. I have been here on a number of occasions, usually after a large beer haul and I feel I need to celebrate my conquest. Lets get on with the details...

The place is usually relatively busy, both on week nights and ends. Its designed to look similar to the Belgian beer bars and it presents itself with a fun and homely atmosphere. There are essentially three different areas to the restaurant itself. To the far left is a room with its own bar with plenty of bar tables and stools. The center area houses the main bar along with various different areas to eat. Finally to the right is the main dining area, full of tables of all sizes.

Unfortunately they don't do reservations (even for large parties), as I usually go there for dinner. Therefore, you should expect a longer wait the later you decide to go. However, the hostess staff is quite good and receptive. I've been told I'd wait 45 minutes for a table but then am pleasantly surprised to be seated within 20 minutes. They do a pretty good job on coordinating the seating situation.

Now to the important stuff. The beer selection is incredible; easily the best menu I've ever seen. Belgian styles are abound (both imported and domestic). Organized by style, the menu is very easily read. There are a number of beers for each style possible. My friend became a huge fan of Flanders red ales, a style which he was totally unaware of, because of the Publick house. Another great thing about the Publick House is that each beer is served in its own glass, specific to the brewery. This place has a true respect for beer.

The food is quite good, especially the mac and cheese and the fish and chips. Definitely get the cheese platters; they give you four or five different cheeses and it can be really fun to pair them with your beer.

The beer prices were on par with most bars, though your getting better beer here so you have to expect to pay more than most places. Food was slighty pricey but the portions were large and filling.

The waiting staff is great and responsive. Many of them are very knowledgeable on the beers and happy to discuss them with you. Waiters are quick and always pleasant. I havent had a poor one yet.

Overall, a great place with an awesome beer selection and pretty damn good food. I'd recommend it to any aspiring beer consieur or full fledged beer snob!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of jtk21351
4.28/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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

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.

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Photo of EdwardAbbey
4.6/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

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.

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Photo of Kmadnesss
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
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 -1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Sammy
4.14/5  rDev -6.8%
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 -4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of DMcGirr
4.48/5  rDev +0.9%
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 +9.5%
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 +0.7%
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 +10.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of richj1970
4/5  rDev -9.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of kffoster40
5/5  rDev +12.6%
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 -0.7%
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 -27.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3 | selection: 3

Photo of Hyptochrons
4.64/5  rDev +4.5%
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 +3.4%
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 -0.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of NelCet
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of wallacic
4.39/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of jheimbigner
4.7/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of Shellynix
3.11/5  rDev -30%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3 | food: 2.5

Photo of costanzo_mike
4.86/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of blisscent
4.4/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

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