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Spec's #00 - Downtown

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

53 Ratings
Ratings: 53
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 8.26%
$$ - reasonable


[ Store ]

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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coldmeat23

Oklahoma

4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

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.

07-27-2008 21:56:51 | More by coldmeat23
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RickSawyer

Texas

4.45/5  rDev -0.7%
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$

If you are in Houston and searching for craft beer, Spec's downtown is a must visit spot. They have 'THE' best selection in town. Their employees are very helpful and knowledgeable (usually) about the beer they keep. High volume helps keep older items off the shelf. Their only limitation is the limits placed on them by the state. Great selection of Texas crafts to boot. Unfortunantly, no growler fills (no draft) but they will try to help you attain anything that is 'attainable' in the state of Texas. A must for beer advocates in Houston area.

06-19-2008 23:36:28 | More by RickSawyer
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champ103

Texas

4.24/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$

I am always impressed with Spec's Warehouse. A huge place, and a great selection. Everything that is at the regular Spec's stores around Houston plus much more! Well, pretty much everything that is distributed to Houston. The Gentleman is is a regular on the sight, and is the very informative beer manager of the store. He is always helpful, and knowledgeable. Though the rest of the people working here can be a bit standoffish. If I was just rating Joey, the service score would be much higher.

Everything that comes to Houston can be found here. Jester King, Smokestacks, they get more cases of Saint Arnold DR's than any other place in the state. Find the beer manager, and he will gladly talk your ear off. As well as find you what you are looking for.

06-12-2008 20:59:15 | More by champ103
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stumac

Texas

4.7/5  rDev +4.9%
quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$

Definately the biggest liquor store i've ever seen! it is two (maybe three) stories tall! but actually, the first floor is the floor with all of the selection. the second floor is just business. they have a massive wine selection. i believe it takes up basically half of the first floor. there is a huge deli area with some awesome sandwiches, but they also have pizza, burgers, salads, and whatever else.

Now to the beer department. its huge! it has basically every beer that you can find in the Houston market (with the exception of a handful or two of beers). very nice selection. on the occasion, they will transfer old beers from other Spec's that didn't sell very well. Which is good for the beer connoisseur because you can always find some already two year aged brews.

Definately a business that is properly set in the great city of Houston.

05-15-2008 01:06:35 | More by stumac
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lordofthewiens

Maine

4/5  rDev -10.7%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$

When visiting my daughter in Clear Lake, I've shopped at her local Spec's and her Kroger for beer. The Spec's in Webster has an extensive beer selection. Hell, even the Kroger has a nice array of beers. The word, though, from my daughter was that I needed to get to Spec's Superstore to really experience an enormous beer selection.
So, after going to the zoo, we found ouselves on Smith Street. While the beer selection was pretty huge, I didn't think they had that many more brands than the local Spec's.
Still, at least to this New Englander's eyes, they had a lot, and I had fun browsing around. The staff was knowledgeable and helpful, and the prices were quite reasonable.
I think whenever I'm in downtown Houston, I'll hit this place up.

04-29-2008 22:55:13 | More by lordofthewiens
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YonderWanderer

Colorado

4.15/5  rDev -7.4%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$

This is one of the largest liquor stores I have ever been in. I was blown away by the sheer size of it from the outside, and the layout inside is impressive as well, and also very well organized. The beer selection is very well-laid out, with several shelves of bombers, more shelves of 6-packs, and a long line of coolers. Of course all of the macros are represented, but beyond that, they's an impressive line of micros from around the country, Texas locals, Belgians, and a variety of other imports. A large cooler of singles is also available if that's what you're looking for. This store and selection was just highly impressive, especially compared to what else I saw in Texas. I would definitely recommend this as one of the beer stops if you're in Houston.

03-12-2008 14:15:15 | More by YonderWanderer
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armock

New York

4.2/5  rDev -6.3%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$

This is on of the biggest liquor stores that I've ever been to. Compared to the rest of the stores selection the beer section was smaller than expected. I'm not saying that they don't have a lot of choices but the beer area was kinda small. With the space that is for beer its very well stocked and kinda organized. Micros are all togeather and the others by country. They have a pretty good selection of bombers too. I hade to limit myself to just a hand basket of beer because it would have been easy to buy beer for a good long time there.

02-22-2008 19:15:04 | More by armock
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ruckzuck

Georgia

5/5  rDev +11.6%
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$

Spec's is the place to buy beer (and every other alcohol) in Houston. The downtown location is huge (like massive grocery store size) and stocked. The selection is great, and the staff are always helpful with finding you stuff and giving you recommendations. There's even a "real" grocery part in the back. They also have Spec's cards for your keychain (think Kroger Plus). Anyone who lives in Houston most likely knows about Spec's or has been to one of the locations. If you haven't been to the downtown, you've got to go! If you're visiting and going to be in the downtown and area and want to do some shopping, go!

11-30-2007 02:41:17 | More by ruckzuck
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3.85/5  rDev -14.1%
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | $$

Stopped in 12/28 while in Houston for the Texas Bowl.

Quality of my purchases (what I have tried) was fine. I didn't see much dust on anything, and the seasonals were appropriate.

Service was quite good. If you stop for more than a minute or two, someone will ask if you need help. The two questions I asked were promptly answered. One of the guys even went and got a "professional" for the section after I told him not to worry about it. The professional knew the answer.

Selection was a little less than what I had hoped for. Maybe it suffers from comparison to Baltimore. Still, you should be able to find something good, especially if you are after Texas beer. Belgians and German beers seem to have good representation. Other crafts include Stone, Rogue, Great Divide, New Belgium.

Pricing seemed reasonable. I bought a six pack each of Rahr's and St. Arnolds, and they were both about $7. I also picked up 7 bombers (Lagunitas & Left Hand), a 12oz. Delirium Tremens, and a Lindemans. The total for that was another $46. Just remember to use cash so you save the 5%.

01-02-2007 22:14:51 | More by
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jasonjlewis

Texas

4.35/5  rDev -2.9%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $

This place is huge and has a lot of liquor, wine, and beer. There are free samples everywhere. It was awesome. I got to try some satan beers, some vodka, some wine, and some good cheeses. It's like a supermarket of beers. I've never been somewhere where they give samples before.

They had a nice selection and GREAT prices if you pay cash. You get a 5% discount if you pay cash. I really really liked this place. I got a winter mix case for $20.86. They also sell a good amount of mixed singles. Try this place out. It's pretty nice.

Everyone here is pretty nice and helpful. I recommend going.

10-30-2006 03:22:29 | More by jasonjlewis
Spec's #00 - Downtown in Houston, TX
98 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.