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The Publick House

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BA SCORE
98
world-class

255 Reviews
The Publick HouseThe Publick House
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

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

(617) 277-2880 | map
www.thepublickhousebeerbar.com

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PLACE STATS
Place Score:
98
Reviews:
255
Ratings:
347
Avg:
4.41
pDev:
9.07%
 
 
Taps:
36
Bottles/Cans:
100
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews: 255 | Ratings: 347
Reviews by mikeys01:
Photo of mikeys01
4.08/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of INWarner413
4.89/5  rDev +10.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of richj1970
4/5  rDev -9.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of kffoster40
5/5  rDev +13.4%
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%
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 Bwagner1122
3.21/5  rDev -27.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3 | selection: 3

Photo of Hyptochrons
4.64/5  rDev +5.2%
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 +4.1%
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 -0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of NelCet
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of wallacic
4.39/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of jheimbigner
4.7/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of Shellynix
3.11/5  rDev -29.5%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3 | food: 2.5

Photo of costanzo_mike
4.86/5  rDev +10.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of blisscent
4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of scxcrunner
4.98/5  rDev +12.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of barleywin
5/5  rDev +13.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

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

Photo of JayF562
4.88/5  rDev +10.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

Photo of ntmastromarino
4.78/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of PhillyStyle
4.48/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of Stagga_Lee
4.83/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of Buck89
4.95/5  rDev +12.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Visited while on business in Boston last month. The place was absolutely mobbed, but the atmosphere was really nice. A great mix of people from all backgrounds. The selection was phenomenal. They have amazing Belgian offerings, local offerings, and great American craft bruise from all over the country. Very friendly staff. I cannot think of a better beer bar anywhere.

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Photo of xICooRsYIx
4.84/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of Sweeneydawg
4.66/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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