D & Q Mini-Mart

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53 Ratings
Ratings: 53
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 4.49
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806 Richmond Ave
Houston, Texas, 77006-5514
United States
phone: (713) 526-4451

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(Place added by: soultrain19 on 05-19-2009)
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Photo of Greigh
3.71/5  rDev -17.4%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

This is a great place to find great beer. I always try to make a stop there whenever I am in the area. The prices are very reasonable and they have a decent selection. The owner is very knowledgeable and didn't bat an eye when I walked away with several cases.

The only downside is that the store looks like a gas station.

Photo of champ103
4.23/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

It is time I updated my old review from back in 09. When I first visited this was a much smaller spot selection wise. One that has continued to grow and built a great base in the shadows of a huge liquor company a few miles away.

OK, a few things that I am not crazy about first. Kind of a shady spot, basically a Kwik e Mart for beer that is a little dumpy. Lots of beer sitting on the floor in the open that I have had skunked, and the building temperature is a little to high for beers to be sitting outside of a cooler for to long IMO. The prices can be a bit expensive, though lately they have been beating Specs on certain items.

The owner is a great guy and knows his beer. Once you walk in, his genuine interest in his products and your satisfaction is very apparent. One conversation with him, and you are hooked on the place. I think I use to hold a small grudge because you have to be a little in the know to get some of the more rare offerings. Which, I am still not as in the know, as others are in this particular joint. Though, that is not a big deal for me, at least anymore.

Enough of that. On to the important stuff. It is very hard for anybody to compete with Specs for selection, and D&Q has somehow matched their selection in every respect. Often times they are the first to get stuff in Houston, or just beat Specs on certain things. Everything from local Houston and Texas beers, Imports, and micros from around the country. Not to mention most everything is in singles as well as six/twelve packs, and all the different glassware.

They always seem to get Jester King, and Smokestacks before anybody else. Now Prairie Artisan and Ola Dubh. I have always respected this spot, but it took me a while to fully come around to the place. An excellent spot to grab some beers.

Photo of EgadBananas
4.58/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

This is a very average looking little mart, and that's what it is...in appearance only. It's a substantial place to get beer. There doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason to where the beer is located, and you'll come across a few different locations with the same beer. It can be a little disorienting and requires a little bit more attention to detail, but you'll eye some cool stuff in the process. Despite how seemingly random the shelfs/coolers/end caps were, I was picking up IPAs that I knew were dated and I couldn't find anything that wasn't fresh. So despite the disorganized feel, it's apparent that everything really has its place and its well overseen. I've heard the owner is great to talk to, and was from the small chat we had, but I intentionally didn't get to involved as I had a hungry wife waiting back at the hotel and I value my life. I'll probably go back when I have time to chat and just do so while looking over glassware. Yep, there's shit tons of glass. I picked up a GI nonic real quick just to have something, but next time I'll really take In the Breweriana. Prices were reasonable. Some things may have been slightly more than at Specs, but some were cheaper, others comparable. I was fine with the prices.

Great shop. If you're visiting from out of town, and need some place to stay down town, consider the Robins Nest Bed and Breakfast...it's 3 blocks from D & Q. Worth it.

Photo of MIA4IPA
4.2/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

First time down in Texas and thanks to other BAs this was the place to come for craft beer. The place was a little messy and unorganized but the service and atmosphere was great. The window shelves and around the store was filled with empty craft beer bottles from around the US. I don't know if its a Texas thing but a lot of the beer is kept refrigerated which in the same aspect was nice because their was a lot to choose from that I could drink right away! The buyer was there and he was very helpful and a lot of fun to talk with. I picked up a lot of Jester King, Ranger Creek and deschutes. Abyss was not available yet. Also a bonus was a lot of glassware.

A great stop to come to for some local craft beer!!

Photo of Dajtai007
4.94/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Walking in to the place you are bombarded with beers and fish. Yes, fish. Fish tanks all around, its quite pleasing to see little fishies mingling with bottle after bottles of beer. Bottle decorate the walls, some of them really sought after. The selection is pretty expansive, with lots of obscure beers and hard to gets. A massive selction of "build your own" six packs and glassware. The prices may be a tad bit higher than the large liquor store, but you get a better selection of beers and great customer service. The guy knows his beer. I highly recommend this place for craft beers, as do others.

Photo of 94Sip
4.43/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I have always been a Specs customer, but since I work by D&Q I decided to give it a try. They easily compete with Specs midtown. Brandon, the owner(?), is super helpful and when I asked him to recommend me some beers he picked out 6 that have been outstanding. He did this after asking me what I liked and talking about beer for a little while.

They have the best selection of Boulevard beers I have found in Houston. They also have a great selection of singles which is really great when branching out into new styles.

Lastly, as others have said, they have a great selection of glassware - I have bought a Unibroue tulip and a Young's Double Chocolate Stout tulip. So what if they are dusty - you are going to wash it before using it right?

Photo of Hopswagger
3.54/5  rDev -21.2%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4

So I was on a family trip to Galveston and had a chance to spend the day in Houston. I was eager to check this place out from the amazing reviews it has received. 

Alas, I was somewhat disappointed in the fact that I was expecting sheer awesomeness.  The vibe was like I walked into a head shop with loud stand up comedy on the big screen. No warm welcome or even an acknowledgment.

The selection was decent they had a few big beers but nothing too spectacular. The Belgian selection was sub par at best and besides a few Mikkeller's and Jester Kings there was nothing that I couldn't get back home in OK. Pricing was steep by a few bucks a bottle IMO. I paid $44 for two 750's and a 12oz single. Shockingly selling single 12oz run of the mill craft beer for $3.49. Outrageous!  

They did have a great selection of glass wear but the layout was confusing and unless I just missed it I saw no warm six packs. Too many beers in the cooler I don't really want a beer from the cooler.

All in all a decent experience but nothing breathtaking but for a mini mart it scores big points.  I can honestly say that this is no go to stop unless you want exclusives which you must have to ask for.  

Photo of Hopmodium
4.44/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

After reading about this place on BA I decided to drive the 30+ miles each way to give it a shot and I am glad that I did. I had planned on also going to Spec's Liquor Warehouse on the way home but after filling up my backseat at D&Q with gems there was no need. The reviews I read were correct, Brandon is ultra-knowledgeable and kind, so was the lady that worked there with him. I will certainly be making the monthly pilgrimage downtown, fighting off insane drivers and poor roads easily knowing that I WILL be able to find some QUALITY beers that I have not tried yet. I picked up 9 bombers (including some that I had never heard of), a growler from (512) Brewery, and a 4 pack of Bittersweet Lenny's RIPA from He'Brew as well as a 6-pack of mixed brews for under $115.

They also have cool shirts from local breweries for affordable prices. There is a (blech) wine section as well for those unfortunate souls we call co-workers, friends and family. Snacks, smokes, sunglasses, hand-blown glass items, ice, local publications and many other products found in "mini-marts" are also available. Beer signs, glasses, and other promotional paraphernalia are also for sale. After chatting a bit with the propreitors I was given an awesome Hop Rising poster so I would go away ;)

This should be a Texas landmark!

Photo of kungpao
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Brandon is a stand up guy and his little shop is a convenient stop for craft beer. Good selection of beer and great selection of glass ware. He usually has some interesting limited release stuff in the back. Also he's the only bottle shop in town that you can get a growler fill (which is awesome). Long live D n Q! Now I'm just typing some more stuff to fill up the 500 character minimum limit that is kind of lame. Its easy enough to describe a place in less then 500 characters, no need for a essay.

Photo of greenspointexas
5/5  rDev +11.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Selection is the 2nd best in Houston, hands down. This place has more beer than any other place within 150 miles except Specs Midtown. However, the great thing about this place is that the owner, Brandon, always has stuff the big boys dont. Because of Texas' crazy distribution laws, he either gets stuff Specs doesnt have or gets it before anyone else does, so you can always count on finding some "suprises" each time you go.

Ive been a customer for almost 3 years now and visit this place once a week or so. Best service in Texas and very friendly place. Amazing that more people dont know about this place, but hey, more for me right? A++

Photo of LadyOfMuchBeer
4.63/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

From the street this place is just a mini-mart, inside it is a beer enthusiasts candy shop.

The beer selection is always changing and you never know what will be pulled out and put on the shelf. Prices can be a little higher than liquor stores, but are still reasonable.

If you like to build your own 6-er, this is the spot, he has hundreds of choices! You can also buy singles, don't even have to choose all six. His glassware selection is impressive and my daughter likes picking up a gourmet soda or brewer brand root beer when we come in.

Service is spot-on. This guy knows and loves his beer as much as we do, and is awesome to talk beer with! Much more personable than any Specs retailer I have ever met. Worth the trip every time as I live about 40 miles north of this store.

Photo of RexlySnipes
5/5  rDev +11.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I love this place always has whats new and there are so many beers to select from. They are also so many different styles of glassware, the glassware is cheap and the beers are exceptionally price great place to go to when you want that late night great beer and the grocery store trash just ain't going to cut it!!!! I love the build your on six-pack and i've also heard that they are putting in a new growler station. Which is a really a great idea. cant wait to see what they are going to offer!

Photo of shoky01
4.28/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Holy crap an awesome beer store! So good in fact, Ive been often enough to take the Foursquare mayorship. Originally went because a friend told me they had Unibroue Chamby Noire, I wasted no time getting there to find the last bottle. I asked the owner if they happened to have any more and he gladly went into the cooler and grabbed the rest for me. Also found several rare Saint Arnold Divine Reserves just sitting on a shelf. Im always surprised at something when i stop in there. And if nothing else i can always talk beer with the owner. He always keeps stock of stuff that even Spec's Smith st doesnt. We always hit both in one trip cause its so far for us. They charge a little more than most liquor stores but they also have more. The sheer brewer glass selection is impressive, and any beer enthusiast worth his bottle opener would not skip those 2 aisles. Love this place, will keep going there as long as they are in business.

Photo of drummermattie02
4.6/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

I have only been to D&Q a couple of times, but each time I have found great beers that are tough to find elsewhere and the service is always good. Solid glassware as well.

The owner does a good job of advocating beer, posting new beers on this site as well as taking the time to talk to his interested customers. Spec's probably has a better overall selection, but this place has a few things that Spec's sometimes doesn't, and has TONS of singles - maybe even everything can be bought as a single?

In either event, great little shop, and one that I'll be visiting more in the future.

Photo of Crack2000
4.86/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

My new favorite bottle shop in Houston. After the recommendation of a fellow BA, took the short trip just outside of downtown to this hidden gem. First trip was a bit overwhelming, especially given the amount of singles available. I was able to cobble together a variety of singles I've either never seen before or have been too hesitant to pull the trigger on in full 4 or 6 pack form. Also nice to talk to the store owner who you can quickly tell is every bit as enthusiastic about good beer as you are. I've been able to score some hard to find items here and most recently a keg of Weedwacker. Will definitely make D&Q a regular haunt; would like to see the entire store expanded to just beer!

Photo of myspoonistoobig
4.58/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Stopped here on a recent business trip, hoping to hunt down some Jester King. Walking in, I didn't know what to think. Store was definitely a mini-mart, but the first thing that struck me was how warm it was. Thankfully, almost all the beer is in coolers along the back wall. I poked around a little bit while an employee was working to restock shelves. Turns out, Brandon is the man. It's his shop and he is super passionate about beer in general and especially good Texas beer. He asked me a few probing questions about my preferences and made excellent recommendations. He even went into the back to snag a rare four-pack from Southern Star for me. I asked about Jester King, he said he was expecting some and took my card, saying he'd hold a bottle if it came in while I was still in town. Are you kidding me? This is seriously above and beyond type of service. No wonder everyone who came in knew him by name.

It may well be that the slightly higher prices dictate that the bottles will hang around this shop a bit longer. Or maybe it's the seemingly out-of-the-way location. But by my estimation, this was actually a better selection than Spec's, albeit smaller in volume.

I can't say enough about the service; this is the type of shop that I would love to have locally.

D & Q Mini-Mart in Houston, TX
98 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.