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The Publick House
Taps: 36 / Bottles: 100
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Bar, Eatery ]
1648 Beacon St
phone: (617) 277-2880
(Place added by: doerickson)
Ratings & Reviews
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vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5
Well I was in Boston and of course I had to hit up Anam Cara. I was going for dinner and drinks during the Masters Swimming Championships at Harvard. gotta carbo load ;)
So we get to the pub and I am immediately impressed with the decor and setup. A standard sized and laid out bar to the left and a dining area to the right with several small tables and a few booths. Great breweriana everywhere and nice lighting and background music. Plus the UCONN game was on the big screen.
Then I saw the beer list. WOW! what a selection!! Was a little disappointed that the Allagash 4 was gone but still had plenty to choose from. Had a Haverhill Hefe-weizen and a roggenbier from Burgerbrau. Both were tasty and served by our knowledgeable server. Onto the food, not typical pub fare but a good selection of items just a little more unique, like the duck quesadillas I had, very tasty. Was a little bummed that I didnt see more pasta choices (only mac and cheese) hence my 4.5. My companions were very pleased with their fare as well. This establishment has recreated what is a "5" beer bar. I was really diggin the establishment from the time I walked in to even now. I will be sure to visit every time I am in Boston. Definitely the best cna't miss beer location for visitors!
03-29-2004 02:10:18 |
More by sulldaddy
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Am I ever pleased to be writing this review, to sing the praises of the Publick House. My late afternoon visit was guided with extraordinary service, of course a flawless serving of American craft and Belgium beers, and, what I found to be a delicious and well-prepared meal. For this vegan a meal of this goodness is not an easy find in the Boston area.
The atmosphere is warm with rich wood tones and woodwork, dim-glowing antique gothic lighting, faux fire places, and large front windows hosting some tucked away booths. This alone is of much comfort and familiarity, the neighborhood place with that home feel. For sports there are 3 TVs including one very large screen. Today BC locked in a late 4th quarter win. The staff is knowledgeable, friendly and excels in their role. I sat at my favorite place - the bar - ahhh; all those pretty tap handles, the candles, and the flow of great beer. Theres always something new to be had and nothing is on long enough to be anything but fresh. In fact, Ive never been disappointed by a beer at the Publick House and thats a grand testimony. A choice of over 150 bottles and 27 draughts yield a superlative offering and the finest draught pour is it the lines and dedication to beer it tastes so good. The commitment to presentation is further appreciated in the pairing of appropriate chalice.
Meals are most often prepared with beer as selections are marinated, basted and sautéed with libation. Sauces, dressings and mustards are also created with specialty beer. Recommended beer pairings are made for each entree. The daily specials are an eagerly anticipated page to the already creative menu. The visual presentations of all the plates going by were as pleasing as the one set before me. Today those wonderful hand-cut, perfectly cooked fries will have to wait. The salad plates such as the walnut stuffed, roasted maple glazed acorn squash will be for another day. The chef has a zeal for the autumn harvest. Marinated tofu sautéed with beautifully cut veggies - red pepper, leeks, hearts of palm (yum), corn and a pleasing balance of Thai red spice cooked to perfection was plated with aromatic rice. I enjoyed this dish so much I made sure to bring half home to enjoy the next day. Breakfast it became who could wait : )
May your Publick House experience be as enjoyable and satisfying. I have found the quality, service and delicious offerings to be consistent. I do however avoid the busy Friday/Saturday evening rush. The staff and kitchen are eager to accommodate if you find something not to your liking. This place is a true gem, a beer lovers nirvana. My appreciation goes out to the owners and staff.
10-22-2005 15:27:14 |
More by yoko
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
Visited on four or five occasions over the past three years.
Large sign beckons from outside, once you step across a rather standard, old-school, stripmall-type, threshold you'll be transported. The atmosphere that's been created inside is way beyond expectations. I would bring anyone here (Mom, Dad, boss, etc.). Monk's cell is a great addition. More bar/table space and an extra restroom is good. The connection between the two was well thought out as well. Eliminating the corner where the crowd tended to eddy was a good idea.
Beer selection is one of the best I've seen. Belgian styles obviously predominate. On each visit (except for HHTD) I've had to ask for advice on beer selection (there were so many choices I was not familiar with). All suggestions and descriptions provided by the staff were on point. No fruit behind the bar = no slicing = more pouring and a little more time for discussion.
Food is absolutely top notch. Chef Jim's menu complements the beer and vice versa. For HHTD, he certainly brings the heat, but in creative, unexpected packages. For less hop-laden occasions, the choices are versatile and incredibly fresh. Obviously, at least as much attention is paid to menu design and procurement of the associated ingredients as is paid to the beer selection. Best Frites I've had in a long time, very cool presentation.
08-04-2007 17:05:09 |
More by MarineHokie
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
I've been to The Publick House three times now. The long trip out is what keeps me from going more often.
Atmosphere: Granted, I haven't been on the weekends. It's typically pretty relaxed. It's a little crowded sometimes, but not overly so.
Quality: All of the beer is served in proper glassware, and in top condition. They really pay a lot of attention to quality and it shows.
Selection: The selection is a double-edged sword. There's a nice rotating draft selection, and a huge list of bottles. I could spend an hour just decidng on which beer to get. I also like the focus on Belgian beer.
Food: The food is great. There are several cheese boards to choose from as well as a nice variety of beer based entress.
06-28-2006 05:44:49 |
More by EPICAC
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$$
This is a bit delayed from my visit in March, but WOW!
The Publick House was an amazing beer and food experience, definitely the highlight of my Boston trip. The atmosphere was a hipster, popular beerpub that was a fair cab ride from Downtown. The quality of the beer and food was unbelievable. Our party of four sampled numerous belgian and special release beers, and passed around our delicious appetizers and entrees (mac & cheese was a huge hit). Our waiter was unbelievable with suggestions and hospitality throughout the night. They had one of the best beer selections I have seen, with almost every genre well represented. I absolutely cannot wait until a return visit, well worth the time and money!!!
07-30-2007 01:58:34 |
More by Stoneman78
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
The wife and I went to Boston last weekend for our anniversary. We found this on the net and since we are both huge belgium beer fans wanted to check it out. What a find, this is my second favorite beer bar in the U.S.! We rode the train and wasn't sure where to get off so the wife called them. They were very friendly and gave us good directions. We went on a sunday around 6:00P.M., so it wasn't to busy. We walked right in and got seats at the bar.
I started off with a Tripel Karmeliet (my wifes favorite)and moved on to Maredsous 10 on draught then a Goulden Carolus tripel followed by a La Chouffe all served in the proper stemware that was rinsed before hand. The wife had the Tripel Karmeliet then a Chimay Triple (yellow) followed by a Troubadour Obscura. The beer selection made me drool and I saw many beers I wanted to try including quite a few vintage bottles!
We had some pumpkin friters that were freaking good as hell followed by the cheese and meat tray that was also very good! The rest of the menu looked good as well.
The bartender was awesome! He was very knowledgable and talked about beer for awhile with us. He found out it was our anniversary and hooked us up with the last round on the house! He also told us about thier bottle shop down the street the Publick House Provisions. We went the next day and blew our whole pay check on beer! LOL!
If you are in Boston you have to check this place out, absolutely one of the best beer bars in the U.S.! Cheers!
11-30-2008 05:46:19 |
More by Dirty1
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$$
Absolutely my favorite bar/eatery in the Boston area. You get an absolutely amazing selection at this place, rare beers you won't typically find in this area. I went the other night and on draft they have several offerings from The Bruery, Three Floyd's Angel Dust, and Founders Doom. You're just not going to find this stuff anywhere else in New England. Their bottle selection is amazing as well. These guys do it right at the Publick House.
It can get jammed on a Friday or Saturday night so you'll have to get their early to land a table but it's a fairly large place. The food is awesome. I had the Steak Frites and for $21 you won't find a better steak in the area.
Although the overall draft, bottle, and food menu is a tad pricey, you get what you pay for and that's great quality. If i were to recommend any BA person to a spot in the Boston area, this would be it, well done!
05-09-2013 12:50:17 |
More by rjp217
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5
This is an Irish-themed pub, very tastefully done. Good selection among the 24 taps, and a very interesting array of bottled beers. The bartenders pour the best pint of Guinness to be found around Boston. I've had several of the appetizers, all of which were outstanding, particularly the scallops and the ribs. The Sunday Irish brunch is supposed to be great as well. There's live music some evenings (although I'm not sure which ones). And a nice bonus is that Anam Cara is located in smoke-free Brookline, so your beer doesn't taste like you're drinking from an ashtray. Just a great place to park yourself for a few beers. Definitely check this place out.
08-27-2002 06:27:50 |
More by doerickson
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
Since my first visit in the summer of 2003 Ive sort of made Anam Cara my new watering hole. So I thought I should re-review it.
The atmosphere is amazing. Dont be fooled into thinking this is an Irish Pub. Very homey Old World sort of feel. A small room on two levels with a small L shaped bar on the top with a smaller seating area on the floor below. Old worn wooden tables with wobbly chairs and sometimes stools, sit amongst the fireplaces and gargoyles behind the bar. Brewerania adorns every inch of the walls and at night when they light candles it really perfects the atmosphere. Dont miss the chill room to the side of the bar with the shrine to the Mighty Mighty Bosstones. During the summertime they also have seating outside along the street.
The beer selection is simply outstanding. Two dozen taps and around 100 bottled beers. The selection leans more towards Belgian and American Crafts, but includes all the other flavors of the beer spectrum from simple lawnmower beers to German, English and beyond. All the beers are served correctly, in the correct glassware by extremely knowledgeable staff.
What really sets Anam Cara apart though, is how the selection is constantly evolving. They always have beers from local brewpubs like, The Tap, Cambridge brewing company and others on tap, as well as one offs and experimental brews from local brewers like Samuel Adams and Harpoon. They also always seem to have hard to find and rare Belgian beers. Its as if they have their finger on the pulse of the beer community.
The food selection is also just as top notch. This is not youre simple pub grub sort of place. Pumpkin Empanadas, Sea Scallops, Mushrooms with Goat cheese, oven baked mac and cheese, homemade meatloaf with red bliss mashed potatoes, etc, etc .. I hate calling it eclectic or even artsy, because its not, but its something you might expect at a 5 star restaurant not at the local pub. The menu constantly changes with the seasons, and youll always find something to please any appetite. Id eat here even if they didnt have beer.
Also dont miss the bi-weekly beer and cheese pairings with fromagio kitchen, as well as the special brew dinners they have with brewers from time to time.
Basically Anam Cara is the best place to have a beer in the Boston Area. I always seem to find a beer Ive never had before and it keeps me coming back for more. You also always seem to run into a fellow BA or two when youre there. Also, dont forget to introduce yourself to Dave the owner. He loves having BAs in his place and is the man responsible for keeping Anam Cara at such an outstanding level. Not to mention he told my fiancée that he got turned on by the fact she can down a double bastard.
Simply put, Anam Cara rules. Youre missing out if you havent been here, end of story.
04-02-2004 10:24:59 |
More by taez555
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
I absolutely adore this place. The vibe is chill and sofisticated. It is usually very busy, but when it is not, it is very laid back. And, of course, the beer is phenomenal. I recently had a Triticus there, months after Harpoon ceased making it. They usually have St. Bernardus ABT 12 on tap, which is my favorite beer. There is always a wide selection of styles and breweries, and always something I have not tried. The food is also a good notch above typical. The andoille sandwich is quite tasty as are the french fries. They always use the proper glasswhere, I have never had a quality issue. Great place overall. Cheers.
Editted to reflect recent visits:
The consistent quality of the menu continues to amaze me. Unfortunately the service is just all too often subpar. Often the amount of time that it takes to get the server's attention is too much. My rating would be lower, but the consitent use of proper glassware is something that, I suppose, falls under the category of service.
Editted again...it is my local favorite:
The food is superb. The items are consistently of the quality of a gourmet restaurant. The sandwiches are fabulous. While some food items are a bit pricey, the sandwiches are priced comparably priced to other bars, and are better than those at any bar I have ever been to. Also, the service has gotten better as of late. Many of the waitresses are great, and I think the bartenders' knowledge of the beers more than makes up for the occasional lapse. I understand why the bros named this the best beer bar in America.
10-26-2005 18:29:56 |
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The Publick House in Brookline, MA
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