The Publick House

BA SCORE
98
world-class

358 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

Notes:
No notes at this time.

Added by doerickson

PLACE STATS
Score:
98
Ratings:
358
Reviews:
261
Avg:
4.44
pDev:
7.66%
 
 
View: Place Reviews | Events
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 358 |  Reviews: 261
Reviews by mikeys01:
Photo of mikeys01
4.08/5  rDev -8.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

We finally visited the fabled Anam Cara yesterday, a much awaited visit and long overdue after many planned attempts. We stopped in for lunch and a couple beers. It’s very easy to get to Anam Cara, being right up the street from the Washington Sqaure stop on the C Line. Starting off, the atmosphere of the place is very comfortable, and fairly spacious, plenty of wood lends a nice warmth and the hardwood floors are a nice touch as well. Lots of breweriana covering the walls, with Trappist beer memorabilia featuring prominently. Nice long bar with plenty of stools, and coat hangers under the bar ledge are very convenient. There’s even a big screen TV in the side room, which happened to be showing bowling at the time of our visit, amusing. Good eclectic music was playing at all times as well.
The line of taps is prominent, though I didn’t see any board with a list of current draft beers, that would be a very useful touch in my opinion, but then again maybe I just missed it from where I was sitting. I rarely trust a printed list, but maybe that’s just me, I just fear I might be missing out on something freshly tapped. There was a board with new bottles and bottled specials, however. The beer menu is very extensive and impressive, and covers a very broad range of styles and regions, it’s really cool to see a menu devoted to just beer once in a while. The food list is comparably short but all of the food items looked fairly appetizing.
Of the beer we sampled, all was fresh and we enjoyed some excellent local offerings from the likes of the Tap and BBC. The food was quite good as well, though it was detracted a bit by the service, which I’ll get to in a minute. The fries were phenomenal, we couldn’t stop eating them, and both the chicken sandwich and burger my fiancé and I shared were both tasty and cooked to order.
Service in my opinion was the only lackluster think about Anam Cara. We were sitting at a table at a non-busy time and it took a good while for a server to come around and even take a beer order. Beers were delivered promptly after ordering but then the server wouldn’t stop by for 20 minutes or so at a time, and it wasn’t because he was busy. Also, when taking the food order the server seemed rather apathetic and unhelpful. It took quite a while for food to come out and when it did not all of it was hot. Maybe I’m overly critical or we caught the server on a bad day, but I’m a stickler for good service.
Overall, AC is a very cool place and enjoyable to visit, a definite gem of a beer bar. I’ll definitely be back again, wish it was a bit closer to home, but definitely worth stopping by in you’re in the Boston area.

 2,692 characters

More User Reviews:
Photo of ScottP
4.89/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

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.

 1,090 characters

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.

 237 characters

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!

95 characters

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.

136 characters

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).

 255 characters

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.

 218 characters

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!

 215 characters

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.

 434 characters

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.

 389 characters

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.

 202 characters

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.

52 characters

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

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
The Publick House in Brookline, MA
4.44 out of 5 based on 358 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.