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Spec's #00 - Downtown

Not Rated.
Spec's #00 - DowntownSpec's #00 - Downtown
BA SCORE
97
world-class

44 Reviews
Reviews: 44
Visits: 92
Avg: 4.42
pDev: n/a
[ Store ]

2410 Smith St
Houston, Texas, 77006-2316
United States
phone: (888) 526-8787 | map
www.specsonline.com

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Reviews: 44 | Visits: 92
Reviews by coldmeat23:
Photo of coldmeat23
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Went here a couple of weeks ago and can't wait until I get to go again. Fortunately, I have family there, so I have a reason to go, other than beer.

Checked out a couple of 'satellite' Spec's locations, but this is the one to go to. They have everything the smaller spots have and more. Found several things that I was searching for along with a few surprises that I didn't expect.
The staff was very helpful and even pointed out a couple of things that I'd missed, based on what they saw in my cart.
Prices were what you'd expect them to be, overall. A couple of items were a bit pricey and a couple were cheaper than expected, so it kind of balanced itself out.
They have a decent wine and liquor selection, too, by the way.

This location also is a high-end grocery store. Imported cooking goods and chocolates. Fresh produce and meats and cheeses. A great selection of sodas, a few of which even I was unfamiliar with.

Aside from the beer, the best thing about this location is their deli. You can get food to go or they have bench seating in the front of the store so you can eat it there.
My wife and I agreed that this is the best deli sandwich spot we've found outside of New York.

An excellent store that is not to be missed.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of BdM
3.87/5  rDev -12.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Photo of SomewhereInTheMiddle
4.97/5  rDev +12.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of Best_Enjoyed_In_Texas
4.78/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

This is THE BEST place to go for beer in Houston, TX. The place literally gets anything and everything that is distributed in Texas. And, the beer manager, Joey, does a great job informing the public on when special releases will be, etc.

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Photo of texas69beer
5/5  rDev +13.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Awesome place great selection

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Photo of davidanastas
4.54/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Matt141
4.52/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Brittian
4.49/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

Photo of Shaler_Tate
4.65/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

Best selection in Houston but is always crowded.

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Photo of rwf08
5/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

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Photo of LehighAce06
4.51/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

Photo of GregJ
4.22/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75

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

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.72/5  rDev -15.8%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of beaulabauve
4.16/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Sammy
3.14/5  rDev -29%
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.

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Photo of Bradaplast
4.87/5  rDev +10.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Dicers
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of Bayou_beer_guy
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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.

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Photo of TexasPunkin
5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of dshansen1184
4/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of BKotch
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

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

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Photo of BlackNotesIII
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of Pro_Magnon
5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of Dogleg
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of Wayne17
4/5  rDev -9.5%

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Spec's #00 - Downtown in Houston, TX
97 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.