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Spec's #00 - Downtown

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Spec's #00 - DowntownSpec's #00 - Downtown
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98
world-class

85 Ratings
Ratings: 85
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: n/a
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2410 Smith St
Houston, Texas, 77006-2316
United States
phone: (888) 526-8787

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @specs1962

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Ratings: 85 | Reviews: 46
Reviews by Hopmodium:
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4.3/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I went to D&Q Mini Mart last week to stock up so I decided to give Spec's on Smith a chance to see if they could compare.

What Spec's makes up for in selection and prices, they lose in atmosphere and service to D&Q without a doubt.

I had heard the deli was amazing and it was, gyro for me and a veggie sandwich for my lady did us well after our beer shopping. Great selection of chips, chocolates, and cheese to go along with what you get from the deli. Simply amazing selection on almost all products they carry, prices were also the best I have seen in Texas.

I found three 4-packs of brews I had never tried, two 6-packs of some gems from California and 6 more bombers with my food from the deli all for $108 compared to $115 from D&Q for roughly the same amount I spent solely on beer the week before. Do not trust their website to be accurate although it did help me see what they claimed to have carried, which was an assorted variety like no other.

The staff that was supposed to be helping customers in the beer section were more busy trying to impress one another while using the coolers as stand-up recliners, keeping us from shopping in certain areas without feeling like we were interrupting them. They did ask us if we needed help but quickly seemed annoyed that we were asking for beers that they did not carry (D&Q had them, by the way). I was just using the information I had retrieved from their own website when asking them for products and they seemed irritated and judgmental.

Classic example of big vs. small, you pay more at D&Q but you will get better service and atmosphere although Spec's does have a larger selection and better prices (even if you are not paying with cash).

This place is certainly worth the visit if you just remind yourself that within the hour you will be able to enjoy your beverages without the pseudo-hipster glares haunting you from the corner of your eye.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Shaler_Tate
4.65/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

Best selection in Houston but is always crowded.

Photo of rwf08
5/5  rDev +11.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Amazing selection. Joey is the beer manager, tall guy with a neck tattoo. He knows me by name now and helps me when he can with rare beer releases. Good group working there. Outstanding bourbon selection too.

Photo of LehighAce06
4.51/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

Photo of GregJ
4.22/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75

Great selection, nice layout, lot of bombers and cooler space.

Photo of Sludgeman
3.72/5  rDev -17.1%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of beaulabauve
4.16/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Sammy
3.14/5  rDev -30.1%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 1.75 | selection: 4

This is a supermarket so no service or vibe expected
Wireless access would be a minimum. Very good selection though. If they bring the brewer in, then all the current offerings tend to be there.

Photo of Bradaplast
4.87/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Dicers
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Bayou_beer_guy
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

Okay. This place has the best and largest beer selection in Houston. If there is a limited release in Houston it will be found here. Here is the bone I have to pick with this place:
Spec's only do their special releases at their downtown location and only on weekdays at 10:00 am.
Only a select few can get to this location during a weekday morning for these releases.
I realize that this is a a personal thing, but really this cuts out a whole bunch of people that would like to get their hands on some limited stuff. I talked to the managers of the beer sections at other Specs and they have told me that the beer managers at this location will not make those limited releases available to them.
But as I said, great beer selection.

Photo of TexasPunkin
5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of dshansen1184
4/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of BKotch
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

If it's sold in Texas, Spec's warehouse location will have it. Period.

Photo of BlackNotesIII
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

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5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev -10.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -16.5%

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4/5  rDev -10.9%

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5/5  rDev +11.4%

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5/5  rDev +11.4%

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5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

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Spec's #00 - Downtown in Houston, TX
98 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.