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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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HoustonTX

Texas

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

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.

07-06-2006 20:07:17 | More by HoustonTX
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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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soultrain19

Texas

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

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!

12-10-2008 21:09:50 | More by soultrain19
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mdunman

Texas

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

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.

01-25-2011 04:36:31 | More by mdunman
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cheers2beers

Texas

4.85/5  rDev +8.3%
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

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

01-21-2006 03:37:41 | More by cheers2beers
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StoneBrewFanatic

Virginia

4.85/5  rDev +8.3%
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

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!

08-23-2010 23:11:21 | More by StoneBrewFanatic
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jjkatter

Australia

4.85/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

12-30-2011 19:32:26 | More by jjkatter
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RedBeardBrewing

Texas

4.74/5  rDev +5.8%
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!

09-06-2011 21:50:25 | More by RedBeardBrewing
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goochpunch

Texas

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

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.

04-19-2006 23:11:48 | More by goochpunch
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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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Spec's #00 - Downtown in Houston, TX
98 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.