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The Publick House
Taps: 36 / Bottles: 100
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Bar, Eatery ]
1648 Beacon St
phone: (617) 277-2880
(Place added by: doerickson)
Ratings & Reviews
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vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | $$
simply put, phenomenal beer bar - easily among the region's royalty when it comes to beer locales - especially if you're into belgians as the selection is heavy into belgian / belgian-styled beers, trappistes through belgian blondes and saisons. and while the belgian angle is up my alley they also have a wide range of american craft - imperial stouts; IPAs/DIPAs; porters; brown, scottish and pale ales, etc., etc.; both on the well-appointed bottle list and from their rotating tap offerings. there are a few from the local scene and a couple obligatory (actually called on their menu) lawnmower beers. a relaxed, chill vibe makes for a nice atmosphere.
last night had a malheur 12, uthel samaranth, and rochefort 10 (bottles), all served in appropriate glassware. a bit pricey, but you get what you pay for; this is, after all, top shelf beer we're talking about. our bartender was friendly, knowledgeable, and attentive. (disclaimer: can't speak much for the food as i've only ever only noshed on fries, which do have a really tastey dipping sauce.) bottom line: publick house is a definite must-try for any craft beer fan; for out-of-towners/tourists, it's worth the short trip from downtown boston (i'd recommend jumping on the green line/C line - washington sq T stop).
original review on: 07-19-2010
05-16-2012 16:46:10 |
More by BostonHops
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$
Yes- this is one of the best places to drink craft beer in Boston. It has an extensive beer list with great selection: Belgians, tripels, quads, et al.
The staff is very informative- they know beer, and it's interesting to compare notes about what they think of different beers on the menu.
I only ate an appetizer, which was cut fries with excellent side sauces.
The vibe was good- but the Publick house doesn't have the funk factor of bars in Somerville and Cambridge.
The beer selection rules: this is one of best places in the Boston area for craft beer drinkers.
04-18-2012 12:55:45 |
More by brureview
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$$
Ahhhh...the Publick House. Along with Sunset Grill & Tap, this place ranks as my favorite "go-to-beer-drinking" destination in Boston. The only negative thing I could possibly say about this place, is that it is not close enough to my Arlington neighborhood (but then again, what beer establishment is?). That is probably a good thing though, as I would be in some serious debt, if I was able to walk to the Publick House!
Their selection of Belgian beers is quite impressive, and they always have a rotating tap line. As a huge fan of Belgian Quads and strong ales, I never am disappointed with my options at the Publick House. I can always opt for my stand-by's too: St Bernardus, Rochefort, Malheur, or d’Achouffe. The staff pays attention to every aspect of detail, including serving in the proper glassware, etc. Yes, the place can get quite crowded at times. But some things are well worth the wait.
Aside from the beer, I must also mention that the Publick House offers rather good pub fare. Honestly though, I always get the same thing. For first timers, I recommend trying the hand-cut fries. The fries are served in a huge paper cone that sits in the center of the table, and you can choose from a variety of home-made dipping sauces. they are awesome! I am also a huge fan of the mac-n-cheese. Comfort food I know, but the andouille sausage/caramelized onion mac-n-cheese always hits the spot for me. The Publick House also offers other traditional New England pub fare (steak tips, fish n' chips, etc), and serves up cheese plates too. I don't think one could go wrong from ordering anything on the menu.
Finally, next door to the bar is the "Monk's Cell". A beer store selling a variety of Belgian styled beers. Honestly, I have never been inside the Monk's Cell, because I can pick up Belgian beers a lot closer to where I live, rather than attempting to transport a bunch of bottles on the T. Especially after eating and drinking in the Publick House.
Whenever coming to Boston, it is certainly a "must do", for any beer fan. you must experience this awesome Belgian Beer bar!
03-05-2012 20:15:35 |
More by Bonzopookie
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3 | $$
Seriously excellent beer selection, one of the best in the Boston area. They are always rotating their selection. Many of the beers I've had on draft have under 4 or 5 reviews (via tap) on this site. In other words, they have things on tap that a lot of places don't.
Food is a bit pricey and pretty average.
I wish there was a bit more seating in the bar area as it can get pretty crowded starting on Thursday.
Bartender we had we actually quite helpful with other customers when describing the beer. A lot of times you'll hear bartenders say very generic things in response to questions about a beer, but he clearly knew his stuff.
Overall, this is a must drink establishment!
01-27-2012 18:24:50 |
More by bostonbluenose
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
The Publick House is the place to go in Boston if you want beer that you're generally unable to find in liquor stores. They have a mouth-watering selection of imported beers as well as domestic micro-brews. Last time I went I had Catherine the Great along with a burger and some pomme frites (the beer mustard is AMAZING). It is pretty expensive especially if you're planning on making a night of it. However, if you have the money it's a great place to go and try new and exciting beers, many of which are on tap.
01-08-2012 03:47:08 |
More by Hopdaemon39
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
I love the Publick House. I would like a home bar that resembles the Monk's Cell.
I lived and worke in the neighborhood of this place and find that since I moved to the left coast, I compare every beer bar to them. Though my education in beer goes back decades, I have gained so much beer minutia from the Publick House and its top-notch crew.
Not only do they have a comprehensive beer selection and knowledgeable staff, they have a spectacular food menu. My tip: try the frites, the mussels, mac & cheese. These are staples of the menu and they have been for years. I've still never had a better mac & cheese in the Boston area.
They have a menu that changes seasonally as well as specials. My most recent visit, I had the pork confit fried in panko breadcrumbs.
So. Damn. Good.
12-03-2011 08:05:57 |
More by stevecooks
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I have been to The Publick House and American Craft at least a dozen times since moving to Brookline and I absolutely love it (and not only because I love beer and I can walk to it).
The beer list is top notch and includes the best Belgium has to offer, as well as a number of rare and special American craft brews. The restaurant has great decor - it's like the common room in a small European watering hole. Before I even ate anything, I could see why this place is so popular. It's a really relaxed and cool place to hang out, and we hang out for quite each time we go.
The menu is not huge (certainly not as large as the beer menu), but there is a good amount of variety. Lots of traditional pub foods have a slight spin to them, upping their quality. I can't wait to go back and try some more!
11-21-2011 17:39:24 |
More by seanwhite
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
A very good friend took me here this past weekend...I was shocked to discover that it had such an amazing atmosphere that was almost on par with the bars in Europe themselves! The lights wee pleasantly dim with candles on the tables, decor similar to that of a castle with stone, wrought iron and stained glass, and plenty of Belgian breweraina. The service was ok, and the music and crowd were cool. Now the beer selection was not huge or competitively priced, but I did have a Founders Breakfast stout on tap and a Rochefort 10 in the proper glass. On the subject of price, with many places like this I consider the atmosphere worth the price hike. I wish I could afford this quality experience every weekend!
11-15-2011 04:26:43 |
More by Neorebel
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
Popped in here for a couple beers. It is relatively close to my friend's apartment and an easy trip on the T.
Being a Friday night, the place was (not surprisingly) packed. All the seats were taken, and even most of the standing room, but we found a few spots to stand.
The tap list is extensive and features a nice mix of Belgian beers and American beers, though the Belgian ones are pretty damn expensive. The American ones aren't cheap either, but they're better.
The service wasn't bad, but it was a bit difficult to order at times, even though the bartender saw we were looking to order.
Not a terrible place, but plenty of others are better and less of a headache.
10-04-2011 22:24:48 |
More by womencantsail
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$
I came here on a recommendation from a friend while visiting my brother.
First off, the beer selection here is tremendous. It's principle focus is on belgian beer, though they do have a few other styles for those that aren't looking towards belgian styles. The selection was deep and the draft selection was great as well. They even had some hard to find beers on tap as well.
The service was extremely good. Our waitress new her stuff and I was relying on her for some recs as I just didn't know what to drink. So much looked good that I just had her grab something that she'd think was good.
The food was very good as well. The frites were fried in duck fat and they had a variety of mayos to choose from and you can choose from two of them. I also got a pot of mussels and just couldn't finish them no matter how hard I tried (and I tried hard).
If I was in the area, this would be a frequent haunt. The quality of beer on draft is tremendous. It is slightly on the expensive side, but you get what you pay for. The beers aren't cheap, but this isn't for someone that wants bud light or some other beer. You go here because you want some great stuff along with some quality food
09-26-2011 01:16:44 |
More by KDawg
The Publick House in Brookline, MA
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