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The Publick House
Posted by Minette, Belgian expat on 03/08/2013
Everything was overpriced, from the beer to the food, which arrived cold. The waitress knew nothing about beer and appeared to care even less. This place was recommended by a fellow Belgian, but surely he has not been there lately. We currently live in Tulsa, which is not exactly a shrine of fine cuisine, but we have better in Tulsa. Surely the local yuppies in Boston can find better than this sorry excuse for nightlife!!
Posted by richard b on 02/21/2013
My wife and i were in town for just a few days, and decided to eat here on a recommendation from someone we met. I had the lobster mac and cheese, and my wife had a soup dish with mussels, scallops, shrimp, and potatoes. We also had some fr uses as an appetizer. We had 3 glasses of wine between the two of us (amazing as well). The beer menu is phenomenal, but was almost overwhelming due to so many choices. We also liked the fact that the bar doesn't offer shots or pitchers (we were assuming that's to keep patrons from just coming in to get drunk and routy). Our bill was $75 (without tip), which is more than what we normally spend, but the service and food here was our best dining experience of our trip. I would 100% recommend Publick House to anyone wanting a bit more upscale meal (or an excellent beer selection).
Posted by love this place on 11/23/2010
wow! I am shocked to hear all the terrible reivews about the publick house. I wish I still lived in Brookline so I could enjooy their food and beer more often! the beer selection is phenomenal... obviously. The food is outsanding as well, I have never had bad food there. Mac n cheese is one of their signatures and it is delicious. This is a small bar/restaurant that does become very over crowded, get over it. If you don't want to wait in line or if you want to sit at a small table for 5 hours with your drinks, then I agree this is not your place. But if you want good food, and good beer and don't mind standing up after your meal to drink some more, then the publick house is the place for you
Posted by beerboi on 02/02/2009
Absolutely the best beer bar in town, maybe in new england. Unreal selection of imports, a commitment to proper beer service and knowledgeable staff. I love their pub food, cheese plates and appetizers but was unimpressed the one time we ordered entrees. Service can be slow but i feel that is not completely unintentional, it's in line with the European dining experience they seem to be trying to replicate...come in, sit down with good food and drink and enjoy your groups company. Wait for a table can be rough but there is obviously a reason, so check it out and bring your thirst.
Posted by Traceyp on 01/31/2009
We love the Publick House. Best Belgian Beer in town and around. Food is good, Beer is better. Saturday evenings are for the kids.
Posted by JPRic on 10/30/2008
I visited Boston over the summer with some friends from Brussels and had a wonderful experience. I did have a problem with the service however, as it was quite slow. However the food was great (done in the proper traditional Belgian style) and the beer amazing, which is really what Publick House is all about. They have the best selection of trappist beers in the U.S. that I have seen. If it weren't for the line outside it would have been terribly overcrowded inside so I understand why they have implemented that system. Overall a great experience and a great place to relax and throw some back after work.
Posted by Will C. on 01/02/2008
I hope you all disregard the critical review saying to "skip it." This place should not be looked over and has a fantastic array of beers from all over, not to mention quality pub food. Sure, you're paying a little more for a drink, but it's all imported and presented in appropriate drink ware; the food is reasonably priced. This person's "bad" experience was due to a trivia night conflict and a two hour wait to get in - surely it must be a bad place if it has a two hour wait!! If you're in Boston and want high quality beer and atmosphere, the Publick House is essential. Any "loyal customer" to the Publick House wouldn't let a minor incident with a trivia night get in the way of their exceptional drink menu and quality service.