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Onion Creek

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BA SCORE
86
very good

18 Ratings
Ratings: 18
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 19.73%
Taps: 15
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

3106 White Oak Dr
Houston, Texas, 77007-2722
United States
phone: (713) 880-0706

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @onioncreekcafe

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(Place added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-20-2005)
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Reviews by champ103:
Photo of champ103
2.73/5  rDev -26.2%

In my opinion this is a pretty odd place. It seems like a nice place as I walk in. A large area outside with picnic tables. Inside there is a long bar with only two chairs for some reason. Nobody sits at the bar. People just walk up, order, and go back to their seats. They will bring food out, but that is about it as far as service goes. No real conversation between the patrons either. Almost everyone was on a computer. The place also played the Flaming Lips ad noisome pretty loud. No real knowledge about the beer, just reciting what they have on tap which is not much.

There are about 15 taps, though most are typical Euro and Mexican light lagers. They do have Saint Arnold Amber and a seasonal. One tap for Real Ale Fireman 4, New Belgium, and Anchor Steam. The bottle list is Real Ale and Saint Arnolds again. Some Chimay and Sam Smith for imported bottles. Overall slightly above average. Though I was disappointed with the quality. I had a SA Amber and Anchor Steam. Both seemed like the taps were dirty or old kegs. I was also short poored both times. Not that impressed on this front.

The food was average. I had a blue cheese burger. The blue cheese was actual crumbles, and not dressing which was great. Though the burger meat was very dry and bland.

Overall, this is not a place I would recommend as a good beer bar. There are so many other good places in town, and just down the road at King Biscuit.

champ103, Jun 17, 2009
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3.73/5  rDev +0.8%

The food and atmosphere here are great. I live right around the corner so its a nice place to walk and have a bite to eat and a beer. However, my biggest complaint about Onion Creek is that they do not have proper glassware. I know this might be a minor point but when someone asks me to drink a Brooklyn chocolate stout out of the bottle or a Chimay out of a pint glass you kind see my point. I'm not trashing the place because the food is really great and the selection is very good for a local restaurant/coffee house/bar, but just be prepared to have to request a glass. This is a great place to go and have good beer and good conversation with you and your friends.

Theitos, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of dcloeren
4.38/5  rDev +18.4%

Onion Creek is the perfect place to grab a bite to eat and some good beers on a nice day. Very small amount of seating inside and tons of picnic tables outside with plenty of shade from trees and umbrellas to go around. They have a fairly simple menu mainly comprising of sandwiches, burgers and salads but good luck on finding something that isnt delicious. I personally recommend that blue burger but I have had several others and some sandwiches and I always end up very pleased with my meal.

The place stays fairly busy so the guys at the bar taking your order expect you to know what you want by the time you get up there. With that being said, they are very helpful when it comes to giving you recommendations or helping you with beer questions. The selection is pretty great for it being a restaurant. Double door fridge full of bottles and cans with about 20 or so taps on the wall. Craft beer dominates the BMC selection and they have a couple of bombers to choose from as well.

Bottom line, the place has great food, great atmosphere (always seem to be jamming good play lists), good beer line up and it is very reasonably priced if not considered cheap compared to other Houston spots.

dcloeren, Jun 14, 2011
Photo of JayAre46
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%

first off good luck finding a parking spot! big L shaped patio surrounding the building, approaching june you would like to think that sitting inside is the way to go, but it gets warm pretty toasty inside, understandably from the staggering heat outside and the constant doors swinging. very relaxed environment, table, couches, over sized chairs comfortable sitting. OK, everyone orders drinks/food from the bar so if you get in line and are not ready the employee will show his frustration with a facetious glare, aannnnddd i absolutely love it haha, just be prepared thats all.

hard to critique the beer because im going here more for the food, the tap selection is about 15 or so and not a lot going on there, i had a ranger ipa that was not super fresh but again, i was there for the food and it was 2 bucks, no complaining out of me. this is not where beer nerds unite by any means...moving on to the food...it is mainly sandwiches, burgers, salad and pizza. GET THE OC PIZZA!!! the food is amazingly good and reasonably priced, the service is...if you're prepared you'll love them, if not....

overall, its texas, we're in the summer....and its HOT, not a great beer selection but you can get by, the food is great, everyone is nice and has a sense of humor, and its not too expensive and they jam awesome music non stop.

JayAre46, May 24, 2011
Photo of wolffman17
3.33/5  rDev -10%

Onion Creek is a neighborhood bar/coffee shop/restaurant located in the Heights. Laid back coffee shop vibe. Inside includes a small area with a couch and a few tables surrounded by awesomely-bad 70s and 80s artwork and home decor. Huge outdoor seating in the front and side of the building. You order both food and drink at a small bar inside. If you're ordering food it's best that you grab a menu and take it to a table to figure out what you want as the line can easily get backed up.

Service is ok. They do seem to get a little irritated if you're not quick with your order. The employees are definitely not going to sit there and chit chat with you about beer. This place has good beer, but it's not a beer geek beer bar.

Solid selection with about 20 or so taps most of which are local crafts and a few nice choices such as Prima Pils and Breckenridge 471 IPA. Not entirely a craft beer bar as 5-7 taps are BMC or Bass, Harp, etc. Lots of bottles to chose from also, and they at least make the effort to serve Duvel in its own glass. Not sure that my last couple of beers were 100% fresh, and it seems that BMC flows pretty well frequently. Beers are priced well, and there's usually a good special to take advantage of. I've seen Oaked Arrogant Bastard and Sam Adams Imperial White bottles for $2.75. Most recently on a Sunday draft pints were $3.00.

The food on my visits has always been fresh and well-prepared. Plenty of sandwiches, salads, and burgers to choose from. They open early in the morning for breakfast and coffee and stay open late for the drinking crowd. Food served late.

Comfortable and unique spot in Houston for beer drinkers and non-beer drinkers alike. I recommend Onion Creek for an October-May afternoon or a cool evening when the outdoor seating is ideal.

wolffman17, Jul 07, 2009
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

Hit up this place on a Wednesday night after a cold front came in. Onion Creek is a cool Austin vibe neighborhood bar with a huge patio, probably prefect for smokers, though I can't imagine being comfortable outside in Houston. The place has long hours, opening up early in the morn for its coffee fanatics and then closing at the typical time of 2am.

The selection seemed adequate and priced cheap to average. It was Texas pints on Wednesday and after 5-6 beers I think I dropped 12 bucks plus tip. Some of the Belgians I saw were priced nicely to about as cheap as I've seen. I think over all its a good value place. The only staff I was talking to, I think Jeff, was pretty cool for convo, and knew enough about the beers they had to entertain, though wasn't much into exploring or talking about styles. The crowd was slow to mellow on the night, though he acted like different hours get different people and different masses, obviously.

ballewblake, Dec 14, 2007
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4.83/5  rDev +30.5%

Onion Creek is a great neighborhood tavern/ pub with an awesome vibe. Part beer bar, wine bar, coffee bar, and restaurant with a trendy and hip feel and a splash of retro thrown in. On any given day, you will find a very eclectic clientele from after-work professionals to grunge-types to families. Just the other day I saw a guy holding a toddler and ordering a beer at the bar. There were other families with kids there. There were also piercings, tattoos, ties, and musical instruments.

Great beer selection for a relatively small place. They have about 15 on tap and not just run of the mill stuff. Probably another 20-30 bottled beers. When I ordered Red Hook Sunrye on tap, the bar guy made sure he grabbed a Red Hook Sunrye glass. Nice touch. And the beer was very, very fresh.

The inside is half restaurant tables and half lounge area- couches, etc. The lounge area has got the retro touches. A cream-colored circa 1980's TV with rabbit ears and a table top arcade game. Huge patio wraps around two sides of the bar. They make a lot out of a relatively small space. Luckily, although there are TV's inside they are not loud and they don't draw attention away from the ambience. Parking can be an issue.

Had lunch there last week. Huge hot sandwich that was really good. The potato salad- oh my- it was definitely homemade! Nothing processed about it. I'll be going there for lunch more often. Expansive menu for a small place. Had nachos the other day- they were pretty good. You'll pay $10.00 for lunch- but you can hardly have a good lunch these days and not pay at least that much.

Onion Creek has flown to the top of my favorite beer bars.

dungaree, Jun 02, 2007
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3.51/5  rDev -5.1%

Stopped in for a couple of beers while in Houston for the Texas Bowl on 12/28/06.

Atmosphere was very pleasant, reminded me a bit of a ski lodge. Lots of tables, indoors and out. Big fireplace inside. Good music playing.

Quality of the beers I had was fine. No issues.

Service was not that great. Took a while to get waited on at the bar, and it was a fairly slow time (3:30pm). Beer was served way too cold, and I had to ask for a glass....both times.

Selection was moderate, probably 50-60 beers counting bottles and taps. Nice representation of Texas beer, which was what I was after.

Food smelled & looked great. If my wife and I weren't going out to dinner that night, I would have certainly tried it.

Pricing was right. I may have been there during happy hour(s), but my two Real Ale bottles were only $5.50.

Overall, I would try it again, but I might have to check out some of the other bars first. My comments in the service section fall into the minor annoyance category.

, Jan 02, 2007
Onion Creek in Houston, TX
86 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.