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D & Q Mini-Mart

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BA SCORE
98
world-class

53 Ratings
Ratings: 53
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: n/a
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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 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 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 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.

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4/5  rDev -10.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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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...

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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4/5  rDev -10.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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!

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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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.

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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

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5/5  rDev +11.4%

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