Taps House of Beer
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Taps: 90 / Bottles: 115
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 11 | Reviews: 6 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by champ103:
3.38/5 rDev +9.7%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$
I have been here several times, and it was about time it was added to beerfly. The Yard House is the only place in Houston that has more taps than here.
One large, and cavernous room opens up as soon as you walk in. The long wood bar goes the length of the room on the right, as does the tap handles. A concrete floor, tables, and a stage to the left. I would have no problem with this set up, if they did not always have something going on on the stage. Once in a while is fine, but it seems every day there is an annoying DJ, trivia night, or even a Mad Men night (were everyone dresses up like the characters from the TV show). It is always crowded, really loud, and filled with a younger crowd that just wants to drink BMC.
Because of the number of people that come here, the service can be a bit lacking. It can take a while to get the attention of the bartender, and food was slow getting out. Though the bartenders work hard, and try to make everyone happy. The food is decent, with typical pub grub. A small menu of burgers, pizza, wings, etc. I had a blue cheese burger, which was nothing to complain about.
Anyway, on to the beer. Over 80 taps at any one time. Highlights for me are always the local stuff. They have 4 taps of Saint Arnold (one being the seasonal), at least 4 taps of Real Ale, and Southern Star Bombshell Blond. Plenty of Shiner as well. Stone, Dogfish Head and Deschutes are well represented. Mirror Pond, Black Butte, Stone IPA, and Sublimely Self-Righteous. Numerous other micros as well, though there are also plenty of BMC and Euro lagers that round out the huge selection. The quality is usually pretty good. With that many beers, they probably don't always turn things over as fast as they should. Though I really have not had a problem. Plenty of interesting things in bottles as well. The cooler was filled with stuff like Dogfish Head Red & White, Unibroue, and Sisyphus.
Overall, a pace that has plenty to choose from. It is not perfect, but I like it better than the Yard House. If you come early it is usually less crowded without all the distractions, so it is a much more enjoyable time. A place worth checking out, but not my favorite haunt in town.
08-12-2010 14:21:37 | More by champ103
More User Reviews:
1.73/5 rDev -43.8%
vibe: 1.25 | quality: 1.25 | service: 1.25 | selection: 3 | $$
Was greatly disappointed in this place. I was initially turned away at the door (said my pants were too big) until I apologized for being overweight and told them who I work for. When I get in it is clear they are selecting who can get in. Bluestars description is accurate. Took forever to get served. Several beers in the cooler that are out of date (last summer seasonals). Had one beer and left. Won't go back.
04-13-2013 19:37:40 | More by GalvBeerGuy
3.21/5 rDev +4.2%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
The problem with this bar is that it is in the heart of the Washington Corridor, and attracts the clientelle that goes along with it. While the selection of handles behind the bar is great, it is usually very difficult to get a drink on a Friday or Saturday night unless you're a gorgeous blonde or a 6'5" 190 lb male with enough gel in your hair to support several bricks. They have bags, oversized jenga, and oversized connect 4 (without enough pieces to finish the game)outside, and hand-shuffle board inside. No food at all and no tower service after 12 (no matter how big your group is).
A change of locale would do this bar nicely, as it may then attract people actually interested in beer, rather than those trying to figure out how they may be able to sneak into the dance clubs on either side.
03-19-2012 18:19:26 | More by Bluestar
3.11/5 rDev +1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
I was underwhelmed by Taps House of Beer. I went in on a Saturday afternoon, during basketball season. It wasn't very crowded but the service was slow. There were a ton of taps, but no list and it was tough for me to see most of the taps. The waitress was not at all helpful. The first beer I had (it was last month and I've already forgotten what is was) was skunked. I looked it up when I got home and it was a Fall seasonal, in March, no wonder. I politely explained to the bartender that there was something wrong with the beer (not simply that I didn't like it) and it was a hassle to get something different. The rest of the basketball game the bartender pretty much ignored us. (My mom was with me drinking soda and never got a refill.) If it hadn't been such a close basketball game we would have left a lot earlier. Very disappointing since all the other places we visited during our long weekend had great service and good beer.
04-10-2011 01:35:58 | More by mariner22
2.71/5 rDev -12%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 1.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | $
I came here while visiting some of my friends in Houston. The place was packed but I can handle that. What I could not handle was the fact that two of the beers I had ordered had gone bad. This is a place people go before going to the nearby clubs. I ordered a Dogfish 90 minute and it was well past its prime. I believe this place gets a lot of people drinking BMC so the craft brews do not get turned over as often. I would come here again only if I couldn't talk my friends into going somewhere else.
04-02-2011 21:03:43 | More by franklymyrhett
Taps House of Beer in Houston, TX
80 out of 100 based on 11 ratings.