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58 Ratings
Ratings: 58
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 4.49
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806 Richmond Ave
Houston, Texas, 77006-5514
United States
phone: (713) 526-4451

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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.

Photo of SWMeyer4141
4.44/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Was informed by a fellow beer advocate user to check out the D&Q Mini Mart in Houston. I wasn't dissapointed. A little pricy, but didn't mind because there were some hard to find brews. Picked up Stones 14th Anniversary IPA and a Burton Baton single(I've been trying to find this forever). The gentleman at the store was very knowledgable and is willing to try to get anything for you. They also have a ton of Pint glasses for only 3.00 each. I picked up a Victory and Great Divide Glass. Definitely will be back next time in Houston.

EDIT: Brandon, the owner, is a great guy. Talked for 20 minutes today. Knows his beer and wants to share the wealth. Now we just need D&Q version 2.0 in Beaumont.

Photo of adam320
4.51/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

I just went to browse their selection and noticed they had some Palo Santo which I havent seen on Houston shelves since I discovered it at a bar awhile ago. I was worried about it getting hot in the car since i had to go back to work so the guy working there packed it carefully on ice for me.

Like others have said it looks like your standard convenience store on the outside but they have a large selection some of which specs doesnt have, or what i think happens is specs runs out of everything but since D&Q is off the beaten path they dont sell out as fast.

You will pay a premium, maybe $0.50 more for a hard to find bottle of craft beer but that is to be expected in an independant place like this.

Photo of poonamibaxter
4.45/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

It is a run down looking Kwicky Mart from the outside but very different inside. They have the best selection of singles I have ever seen probably. Every beer they have is available as a single. Nice. Prices are on par with Specs and Specs has a little more selection but D&Q has things that Specs doesn't. They have a nice selection of glassware like others have said.

The guy at the counter was awesome. He talked to me about each beer I was getting and how they would age. A very welcome addition to the Houston beer scene.

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.71/5  rDev -17.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I stopped here just to see what might be available, as it's just a little south of a great Specs location. That proximity might both help and hurt beer geek sales, I guess I'd shop the 2 against each other if I lived here.

Specs is king at this point, best selection every time I'm in Houston and decent pricing. But this place is pretty good for selection too, less overall than Specs but there were a few things I didn't see anywhere else so worth a stop for that.

Small store, Kwik-E mart style, but lots of good beer in the coolers, plenty of singles too. Maybe the availability of the singles is the defining point, pretty decent.

Photo of duff247
4.3/5  rDev -4.2%

D&Q is a great bottle shop with great service.
The place looks like a run down 7-11 but is wall to wall beer and wine in the back.
The owner is very helpful and the willingness to break any 6pack for singles is great. He knows his beer and is here on BA every now and again. He can work with distributors and get some things if you ask for them. He also finds ways to get out of area beers and shares them with fellow advocates.
The beer selection is good for local and he even has some here and there great stuff. Had Stone 14 last time I was in and a few other great 22ozers. The glassware selection is amazing and is great for downtown Houston.
Great place and great guy.

Photo of dfinney23
4.15/5  rDev -7.6%

Though the Spec's warehouse easily has them beat on overall selection and prices, D&Q is well worth a stop if you're in the Midtown/Montrose area. They have by far the best selection of singles I've found in Houston (which is admittedly not saying that much) and will usually break a sixer if what you want to try isn't already split out.

They sometimes get new releases or different products in first and, as others have mentioned, have a surprising glassware selection. They often have one or two specials going where if you buy a beer you get the glass for free.

Photo of DeathbySexyBT
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Holy guacamole!

Ok, so this place looks like a dump. I pulled up with my wife in the car and she asked if I was planning on a drug deal. I laughed.

I kept my expectations low even though I had heard good things. Upon entry, D&Q appears as a mild-mannered corner store. Lining the long back wall are coolers like any other store. As you approach the coolers, you realize that this is no ordinary corner store. You look to you right down the last aisle and you notice the veritable cornucopia of glassware. After talking to the clerk I learned that they try to stock a glass for every beer that they carry when possible.

After you collect yourself from ogling the glassware, you inhale and approach the coolers. At this point, I still half-way expected a few micro-brews and then a cooler full of Bud Light. Not the case. Not even close. They have damn near everything there from Sours to Stouts.

The service was impeccable. I asked about special ordering. The response was encouraging. I shall return...possibly today.

Photo of wagenvolks
4.15/5  rDev -7.6%

Stopped by this place while helping my girlfriend move to an apartment no less than 2 blocks away.

No complaints about the service; granted, no one is going to come up and help you unless you ask for it, but the cashier was very friendly and knew her beer. Great selection, with a huge variety of singles and bombers at reasonable prices. Sixers available too. Has pretty much everything you can find at a Spec's or Central Market, but the one distinction that sets apart D&Q (and helped me adjust my "selection" rating) is the glassware. At least 50 different glasses from various breweries, multiples of each, and the best part? They're all $3 apiece. I happily gobbled up a Houblon Chouffe tulip, a Duchesse de Bourgogne goblet, and a Great Divide tulip, and will return to buy some more soon.

Beer prices are a bit more expensive than CM or Spec's, but that's to be expected given D&Q's small market status. Besides, the cheap glassware more than makes up for it. Great little neighborhood beer shop, and one I'll be sure to frequent again...

D & Q Mini-Mart in Houston, TX
98 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.