Spec's #00 - Downtown

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Spec's #00 - DowntownSpec's #00 - Downtown
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87 Ratings
Ratings: 87
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: 87 | Reviews: 46
Photo of soultrain19
5/5  rDev +11.4%

If you are looking for beer in Houston, then this is the place to go. They have all the BMC products and an ever growing selection of previously hard-to-find craft brews. Routinely there are wine and liquor tastings throughout the store.

Oh did I forget to mention the massive selection of wines as well as liquor. From the low end to the scotch older than me, they have it all. Now combine all this with a well stocked walk-in humidor and a world class deli and then you may begin to understand this Houston landmark!

Photo of mdunman
5/5  rDev +11.4%

I just moved to Houston for work. I was born and raised in Cleveland, OH, went to school at Texas A&M in College Station, TX and spent summers in Minneapolis, MN and Washington D.C.

This is by far the best beer store I have ever been to. The only real comparison I can describe is... remember when you were 5 and you went to Toys R Us for the first time? How unbelievable it was so be surrounded by so much of everything that you could ever want. That's what it's like the first time you walk into the Spec's warehouse. Rows and rows of craft beer. And all at the best prices you can get anywhere in town.

Photo of ruckzuck
5/5  rDev +11.4%

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!

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 HoustonTX
5/5  rDev +11.4%

The biggest distributor of liquor/beer in Texas. This place is enormous. Beautiful selection of many variety of products. Something for everyone. Staff is friendly and always willing to help out. If you so happen find something that they do not supply/have in stock, they will gladly order it for you. Their selection of beers is incredible, shelf upon shelf, of quality brews. Spec's is my definitive beer hookup in Texas. Found many different beers at this location then other spec's. But then again, this is their warehouse. Always a pleasure to visit. Thank you Spec's.

Photo of jjkatter
4.85/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

This is a liquor wonderland!!! You could easily drop a month's salary in this place with little effort. So much to choose from, its difficult to get in and out quickly. You'll want to browse the shelves for hours.

There are many Specs Liquor stores throughout the Houston area, but this one on Smith St has, by far, the largest selection. It can be a bit difficult to get to, but it is well worth the effort when you arrive.

Not only are the shelves and racks plumb full, they offer some of the most exotic choices you will find anywhere in the world. If there is a liquor store with more to offer, surely it’s located in heaven. I could spend hours looking through their offerings and have on a couple of occasions. Each time I visit I find new items I hadn’t noticed on previous visits. If you are looking for a special item not native to the U.S., you will likely find it here. If not, these guys are willing to work with you to get what you need. They are not afraid to add more items and view additions as making their offerings more complete.

Be prepared to spend some money... Not because of the price on their items, the prices are difficult to beat. It’s because you will want to load your basket with new things to try. If you carry cash you will enjoy an additional 10% discount. On the visits I’ve made here I have yet to leave without relieving my wallet of at least $300.00. Trust me, it’s easy to do.

Living 4 hrs away makes it difficult to get in as often as I like. Maybe this is a good thing… I do have bills to pay.

If you are in the area and want to see what choice is all about, you need to visit this place.

Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
4.85/5  rDev +8%

Had to swing by this place while I was in Houston today as I frequent the one in San Antonio. Wow! This place is huge and the beer selection is quite nice. Tons of bombers and packs refrigerated and even more on the shelf. The service was fantastic, asked if I needed assistance, held a good beer conversation and filled me in on a few new facts, all in all really quality! As with the other specs this is not just beer and wine, but an amazing selection of liquor and once again fine foods and cheeses and all kinds of great stuff you can pair with the beer of your choosing. On top of all that they have a fine cigar selection as well. Wish I was in Houston more often so I could regularly shop at this Spec's!

Photo of cheers2beers
4.85/5  rDev +8%

This liquer store is by far the best I have been to.Walking into this warehouse of goodies I feel like a kid in the candy store.They have plenty of checkout lines to keep the crouds moveing.They have a section for glassware that can get very expendsive.
They have many many rows of wines and liquers.Beer selection was good and disappionting too.Only because they did not have the beers that other Specs stores have.If wanted 6 brands I would like to know I could go to 1 store to get them all.Maybe thats just me.
Service was great,many wine and liquer sample taster stands scattered about.Which is a plus,where else can you get free alcohol to get your beer buzz warmed up?
They have a nice sized deli department.With many cheeses,breads,salad bar,chips,etc etc.I would have tried something from the deli but the line was way to long and I was to eager to drink the beer in my basket.The food must be good for people to wait that long.
They do have a cigar humidor and a few tables up front for dineing.Remember pay cash and get 5% discount always a plus.

Cheers2Beers

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 RedBeardBrewing
4.74/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Stopped by while visiting Houston after reading all the great reviews on BA. They definitely have a great selection here. Picked up some Austin Beerworks (a six pack each of their American IPA, German Pilsner and American Pale Ale). They also had a selection of four Clown Shoes bombers (Tramp Stamp, Hoppy Feet, Clementine & Eagle Claw Fist).

I picked up a few other things while there, but this place will definitely provide plenty of options. If this were my local beer store, I'd definitely be a regular!

Photo of theboozecruise
4.7/5  rDev +4.7%

One of the most expansive liquor/beer/wine stores I've ever been in. They have a tremendous selection of all alcoholic beverages, but I'll focus on the beer.

Basically, if it's distributed in Texas, they will have it here. I live in Baton Rouge, but visit Houston fairly often and I never pass up a chance to swing by Spec's and see what's new, what's interesting, and pick up some beers I can't normally get back home.

It can get crowded, but service has always been good, and the quality and selection of beers is unmatched for the region.

Photo of goochpunch
4.7/5  rDev +4.7%

This here is the best Spec's.

Every beer that I've seen available at any other Spec's was in stock here last time I went. In fact there were some beers I'd never seen before (or since) at other Spec's locations (Olde Suffolk Ale, for example). Nice produce section, and I'm not sure, but I think I might have been a baked goods section in there too (this was a few months ago, I don't remember). Service seemed decent as I saw a lot of employees scrambling around helping people find stuff, or maybe they were just pulling out all the stops because it was a week before Christmas.

This Spec's gets my highest recommendation, but, when I'm in the Houston area, this is just a pain to get to.

Photo of natelocc787
4.7/5  rDev +4.7%

Visited this place on a trip to Houston recently. Very nice selection of spirits and craft beer. Chances are if it's available in Texas then you can find it at this store. Many staff members are available to help you with your questions. They are very eager to please here. They also have a great selection of craft beer glasses for craft breweries. I left with a Chimay and Unibroue laser etched tulip but they had many more to offer. They will hold beers for customers if asked and are generally knowledgeable on beers coming and going. Highly recommended and they also have great foods in a upper end deli to pair with your beer selection.

Photo of stumac
4.7/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

Photo of dungaree
4.65/5  rDev +3.6%

The best selection of beers I have found yet in Houston. I wish all Spec's had the selection this downtown location has. The quality is good too. I haven't gotten a stale beer yet from this Spec's. The beers are nicely arranged by country making it easy to plan your sampling of beers. There are about 15 checkout lanes, so you won't wait to check out. It will take many, many trips to this location to try everything they have on the shelves. I particularly like their selection of single bottles so I can try more beers without having to buy a whole four or six pack.

Photo of harpus
4.65/5  rDev +3.6%

I have made several work trips to Houston over the last couple of weeks, this is not only the best Specs I have been to in the Huston area, but I would say in Texas. They have at least two or 3 time's better selection of single bottles then any other Specs' I have seen in Houston area. They have a nice selection of Belgian, Imports and US Micros. They just started to receive Pike Brewing Co out of Seattle Washington the other week. The guy that was stocking the shelves was a beer drink and had some knowledge about the beers being sold. Every time I have been I was able to get a parking place. If in the Houston area, this is the Specs to go to.

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 dnarx
4.64/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

I don't know of any other beer store in Houston with this amount of selection. I also can't say that I have purchased anything here that had been sitting on the shelf too long. That could just be that I head in and get the popular stuff, regardless, I am happy with fresh IPAs.

I also appreciate the updates from the store manager (I think that it is the manager) about new arrivals here on BA. A nice incentive for getting through the workday.

In addition to the impressive selection of beer, and local brews, they have food and other alcohol. I couldn't tell you anything about the rest of the store though!

Photo of shererjt
4.55/5  rDev +1.3%

A pretty amazing place. As previously stated, they carry every beer that is distributed in the Houston area. Prices are highly competitive, but be sure to pay cash/debit to avoid a 5% surcharge. I'll only ding the service and selection a bit, as when asking why they don't carry any altbiers (they used to have Frankenhiem and Diebels) I was told to try Paulaner Original Munich, Weihenstephaner Original, Hofbrau Original, & Hacker Pschorr Munich--which obviously are not alts. But I did get a courteous response, so I'll give them credit for that.

Great place to buy beer. I don't drink much wine or liquor (the wife likes wine, though), but the selection in these areas is crazy good as well. I've had mixed success with the food (deli, sausages, etc.) but they have an interesting variety of stuff.

If visiting Houston, check it out.

Photo of coldmeat23
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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.

Photo of Gagnonsux
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

This is a huge liquor store, it's property takes up an entire block. Spec's has a small specialty food section with plenty of food to pair up with wine or beer. They also have an enormous selection of any wine or liquor you'd want. Furthermore, this is the best place to purchase beer in Houston. Spec's has a very strong selection of all the major imported countries and American micros. Spec's employees are always eager to help and have knowledge of the stock. The prices are very reasonable considering the huge selection and items frequently go on-sale. Since the stock rotates quickly I've never had a beer that has sat too long or been unreasonbly skunked. This is well worth the drive, unless you have a well-stocked neighborhood Spec's close by.

Photo of wagenvolks
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Nothing bad to say about this place at all...I wish the Austin Spec's were more like this beauty of an all-encompassing alcoholic beverage emporium. Did I mention they have a huge section of fresh foods too? I got stopped by a lady at a booth selling her own Olive Oil...delicious.

The beer selection has everything you'd find in Texas. I didn't notice any huge omissions, obviously, and they seem to get new stock regularly, including Rogue's Captain Sig Northwestern ale and Somer Honey when I visited. Plus, they put signs up all over the shelves that list and describe future releases (although this did provide me some false excitement/disappointment when no Mikkeler, Allagash Belgian Stout, and Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous Ales were to be found). Staff is helpful and friendly, roaming the aisles and generally bustling about. Very lively store, to say the least. Prices are low, as expected for Specs.

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Wow, I didn't expect this place to be so good. They stock a LOT of beer, a very good selection, much better than I expected based on infrequent forum posts about the beers available in Texas. I'd guess there were >150 USA craft beers to choose from, maybe 50-70 more from Belgium and another 50 from the rest of the world (primarily Germany). I didn't see anything fantastically rare but the selection was very broad and good. The prices were among the lowest I've seen anywhere, mostly about 50 cents cheaper per 6-pack or bomber than I've seen in other states that carry the same beers (IN, IL, OH, MI, NY, CT, CA, CO). I was actually thinking to myself "if you can't find something you like here, then you just don't like beer" when I heard a guy complaining loudly to the beer stocker that he could not find Michelob. He said "who are you trying to serve with all these ridiculous beers, why can't I find an honest Michelob?". Not sure why but I found this funny. I assumed the macros were well represented here as well as the micros but apparently not. Anyways this place is easy to recommend in Houston.

Photo of RickSawyer
4.45/5  rDev -0.9%

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.

Photo of drummermattie02
4.41/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Spec's Midtown has a warehouse feel to it because, essentially, that's what it is. Beer selection is easily the best in town -- if it gets distributed to Texas, there's a very good chance that Spec's has it. They also have a great selection of Texas locals, including seasonal releases.

Liquor selection is also pretty amazing, I could spend way too long just browsing the aisles of this store.

Finally, I enjoy the updates that get posted on BA by their beer guy -- keeping the BA community informed of recent product updates is so easy, but also so important.

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Spec's #00 - Downtown in Houston, TX
98 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.