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The Publick House

The Publick House

Gastropub · Washington Square
1648 Beacon St (st Washington St.), Brookline, MA 02445, United States
Closed until 5:00 PM (Show more)
  • Mon–Fri
    • 5:00 PM–2:00 AM
  • Sat–Sun
    • Noon–2:00 AM
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Beer, Wine, Full Bar, Cocktails
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. Discover & MasterCard)
Outdoor Seating:

Based on 372 votes

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    Joseph W.
    "Publick House for the best Belgian beer bar"(8 Tips)
    Matthew M.
    "Amazing beer list and the mac and cheese is an absolut must have!!!"(29 Tips)
    James R.
    "The Mac and Cheese with Andouille Sausage and Spinach was fantastic."(40 Tips)
    Jon G.
    "Get the mussels...Pot won't be disappointed!"(3 Tips)
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  • mac & cheese
  • beer
  • mussels
  • french fries
  • burgers
  • good for groups
  • good for a late night
  • lively
  • authentic
  • casual
  • spicy food
  • sandwiches
  • great value
  • lobster
  • cider
  • cozy
  • chicken wings
  • fried eggs
  • comfortable
  • crab cakes

    The Publick House has a well-curated tap list that features rare pours.The mac and cheese is a standout, and traditional Belgian fare pairs well with Belgium’s slightly sweet, slightly spicy beers. Read more · December 12, 2012
  • Rue La La

    One of the best selections of Belgian beer (draft and bottled) in the area. Get there early on weekends - it fills up fast, and food stops by 11PM. Our favorite brew? Delirium Tremens on tap.

    Rue La La · September 5, 2012
  • BU Today

    This bar and restaurant offers nearly 200 different types of beer and ale, many of them of Belgian and German origin and as hearty as the food they are served with. Just don't ask for a pitcher. Read more

    BU Today · September 6, 2012
  • Al S.

    The best thing about The Publick House is its extensive selection of rare (at least in the U.S.) Belgian beers, but the Monk Fries in a paper cone are a close second. Eat some with truffle ketchup.

    Al S · November 5, 2011
  • Leah V.

    The best restaurant made mac-n-cheese you will ever have, never a dull beer moment. Go early weeknights. The weekend crowd causes an unfortunate wait and not much room to order while-you-wait drinks.

    Leah VanWhy · April 10, 2010
  • HubScout

    The Moules Frites steamed mussels is better than anything you'd find at 4-star restaurant. I got the version w/ house-made fish stock - a perfect snack after an evening of craft beer sampling.

    HubScout · January 23, 2012
  • Kailey K.

    Skip the matchstick frites and ask for a bag of the steak fries and pick your sauces. Truffle ketchup, beer mustard and la choice mayo suggested. 3$ for the side of fries, such a hearty portion

    Kailey Kramer · August 31, 2012
  • The Ad Club

    Food is Amazing, beer list is endless. One of the best bars in the city. Bill can add up quick, so if you're just interested in drinks try their sister bar American Craft down the street.

    The Ad Club · January 29, 2011
  • Mazda

    The Publick House is home to The Monk’s Cell. In the door and up the ramp to you left is our exclusively Belgian Beer department, where all of the drafts are reserved for beers from Belgium.

    Mazda · November 17, 2010
  • Untappd

    A fine selection of Belgian beers on draft. Great food and they serve all the beers in the proper glass. Check out ThePublick House Provisions to stock up on take out beer and glassware.

    Untappd · August 20, 2011
  • Alex L.

    The Belgian beers were great, the tripels and great american ales were delicious.Tasted the grilled chicken sandwich and crab cake and they were both awesome. You have to eat and drink here.

    Alex L. · January 6, 2013
  • Angie P.

    Had a regular burger with fries and it was delish. The mac and cheese is pretty awesome too. Kind of crowded usually but the beer selection is great enough to keep you entertained as you wait. Read more

    Angie Polanco · February 1, 2010
  • Lindsay

    Mussels pot #5 is insanely delicious. Order a mac and cheese for the table to share. Wash it down with an Allagash White or one of the other awesome selections from the rotating draft list.

    Lindsay · May 17, 2010
  • Erica A.

    If you like fancy beer (or cider) this is the place for you. Also plenty of great eats. Have to get the moules frites, also the cheese and charcuterie platters are well done.

    Erica Ayotte · August 17, 2011
  • Brittany O.

    The sriracha wings w gorgonzola dressing are a must! The veggie burger was unique, and the Brendoni sandwich was phenom! Try the gose beer if your into salty foods

    Brittany Oakes · October 19, 2014
  • JD

    Come by for happy hour right after they open, and sit at the back bar. The bartenders like to talk beer when they aren't too busy, and can recommend the perfect Belgian!

    JD · October 30, 2010
  • Liam N.

    2015 Best Beer Bar: "… carefully curated draft and bottle list. The amiable staff of beer experts, excellent food, and dark, oaky ambiance seal the deal."

    Liam Nee · July 23, 2015
  • Avradeep C.

    The appetiser moules frites is more than enough for one! 25 moules in a pot. (50 for main course!). Pot 4 was delicious. Pot 2 was a bit salty for me.

    Avradeep Chakrabarti · September 2, 2013
  • Melissa C.

    Wonderful atmosphere! Great spot for a one of a kind Belgium beer and hand cut fries-make sure you order them with the bacon horseradish aioli.

    Melissa Costello · February 16, 2014
  • BostonTweet

    If you like Guinness then try the O'Hara's on draft! Same type of Irish Stout but with 100x more flavor than Guinness - and Guinness is/was my favorite beer.

    BostonTweet · January 27, 2010
  • Di J.

    Mussels, Mac & cheese (fried egg, andouille sausage, caramelized onions, hotdog bites), and veal meatballs. Best comfort food to go with Belgian blond

    Di Jiang · August 16, 2013
  • Marcus L.

    Monk's Frites are great. Beer selection is excellent. Veggie Burger is good too, but get toppings (avocado, cheese, grilled onions) or it's super plain.

    Marcus L · September 21, 2010
  • Caleb H.

    The beer haven for Washington Square and Boston alike. Mac & Cheese is famous. Truffle fries always hit the spot. If you like Coors, stay home.

    Caleb Hutchings · November 7, 2011
  • dancingqueen f.

    Another bar-food replaced FIVE(used2B cool dance music scene)-eh=ambiance nor food choices... good dance music=better than another typical dc watering hole, exit right down M to 19 2the Sweet Spot

    dancingqueen fAMed ca events · September 12, 2011
  • Sean F.

    Get the bucket of mussels #1 (basic) and #4 (corn and bacon) are awesome, #3 (garlic bread crumbs + cheese + spinach) is a little too flyover state.

    Sean Fitzroy · July 13, 2009
  • Edward K.

    Mac and Cheese is their quintessential classic. Extra good with scallops. Highly recommend the Delirium Nocturnum if you want a good Belgian

    Edward Kim · February 3, 2012
  • Joseph W.

    Go to the Publick House for the best Belgian beer bar in Boston, by far. Enjoy a beer with the frites, a cheese plate, or the mac & cheese.

    Joseph Walter · October 24, 2009
  • Dan S.

    If you're a serious Mac and cheese connoisseur like myself, you should definitely eat the Mac and cheese. Add lobster for an additional deliciousness boost.

    Dan Saksa · June 7, 2015
  • Metromix

    Huge beer list - ask for samples! As for the menu, the fig salad is great and they do a bang up job with their moules frites. Read more

    Metromix · May 25, 2010
  • James R.

    Go to Publick House and pick from the Outstanding beer menu. The Mac and Cheese with Andouille Sausage and Spinach was fantastic.

    James Russell · April 29, 2010
  • Caitlin C.

    Don't use your card here. They pre authorize it for more than the check amount. Other than that great beer selection and food!

    Caitlin Connors · August 4, 2013
  • Maya R.

    Tried the lambic beer - check! Boon Kriek is delicious not to mention classy looking.

    Maya R · February 2, 2013
  • Sara F.

    HUGE beer menu! I think you could come here every day for six months and not try every beer. Try the Belgians.

    Sara Fleming · April 7, 2012
  • Alex D.

    Incredible beer selection; lots of expensive European beers, but the local imitators are often just as good.

    Alex Dobyan · May 11, 2015
  • Nicholas W.

    Try the PEI mussels simmered in delicious boozes, incredible burgers, or awesome list of rare beers.

    Nicholas Wright · November 12, 2014
  • Sofia P.

    Amazing beer list and Mac and cheese. Waiter was quirky and hilarious.

    Sofia Papastamelos · December 29, 2014
  • Andrea S.

    Great beer selection, always very crowded. Stand near the bar, space turns over pretty often. Frites are the best in the world.

    Andrea S. · September 23, 2011
  • Erica A.

    cider lovers: try the dupont French cidre. Imported cider is a much more dry than commercial American brands.

    Erica Ayotte · December 31, 2010
  • Joanna H.

    If you love coffee or the taste of coffee, you must order the Berkshire Coffeehouse Porter. You'll love it!

    Joanna Huang · January 29, 2013
  • Jake S.

    This place is pretty great because there isn't a bad food or beer to order on their menu. Go outside your comfort zone and be pleasantly surprised.

    Jake Smith · November 16, 2013
  • Jeremy K.

    Hungry? They have some amazing (and customizable) Mac and Cheese! It's delicious! Try it with peas and bacon.

    Jeremy Krantz · October 12, 2014
  • Annie S.

    Love the cheese, beer & the frites. You can't go wrong here, but don't expect to sit down on the weekends!

    Annie Shreffler · November 12, 2009
  • BostonTweet

    If you like Guinness then try an O'Hara's at the Publick House. Look at the picture. How amazing do those triplets look?!

    BostonTweet · December 22, 2010
  • Alex

    They DO NOT accept vertical IDs, regardless if they're valid or not. Went across the street to the Abbey and got a drink no problem.

    Alex · August 24, 2014
  • Fitz M.

    Grab the mac & cheese- you and your date will orgasm accordingly. Also good, their mens bathroom graffiti

    Fitz Maro · May 27, 2011
  • Nathan P.

    McChouffe is almost always on tap and is always delightful. Frites with chipotle mayo are a must.

    Nathan P. · September 14, 2011
  • Micah B.

    Great staff, great music, great craft beers, get the mussels, fish n chips, and mac n cheese

    Micah Brown · June 27, 2012
  • Rich K.

    The best mac and cheese I have ever eaten and I have eaten a lot of mac and cheese.

    Rich Kearney · August 12, 2014
  • Shawn

    Beers! So many beers! And if you're hungry check out the Brendoni sandwich-- to die for!

    Shawn · August 7, 2014
  • Thaniya A.

    Let just say, I can't never order anything else other than Mac & Cheese. Who could resist 5 magical cheeses blend!!!! It's bloody delicious.

    Thaniya Amaralilit · May 13, 2010

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