The Hay Merchant

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23 Reviews
Reviews: 23
Visits: 90
rAvg: 4.67
pDev: n/a
Taps: 76
Bottles: 25
Cask: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

1100 Westheimer Rd
Houston, Texas, 77006-2727
United States
phone: (713) 528-9805

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @haymerchant

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Reviews: 23 | Visits: 90
Reviews by LittleDon:
Photo of LittleDon
4.69/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Escape the Houston heat and have a beer or two, or three, or more. Cool inviting atmosphere and plenty of fine beers from which to choose.

Thursday afternoon and I just happened to be in the Montrose area of Houston. It's late July and it's Houston hot, upper 90s and plenty of humidity. Walk into the Hay Merchant and I've been transported into a different world. Dimly light, cool, lots of concrete, iron, and wood. The front windows facing Westheimer are large and let in enough light to avoid giving the place a cave like atmosphere. Plenty of beer to consider. Four hand pumps and about 12 to 15 Texas brews. The pours are generous and the bartender knowledgeable and quick with a healthy sample when asked. Wound up with a pint of Karbach Hopadillo (3/pint happy hour) and an 8 oz. snifter of Real Ale Kraken (8/not on happy hour list). Alas, it's back into the Houston sun for the 45 minute drive in traffic back to the hotel. Looking forward to my next opportunity.

Liked the best: Cool atmosphere. Lots of top notch beer. Parking in back. Happy hour prices are great.

Liked the least: Close-ish to downtown so it's a hassle to get there and back if you're coming from outside the loop. Small, I'm curious how crowded it gets Wednesday night on.

Would I return: I'd make a special effort to do so. (1,310 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of NickyPogs
4.73/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of Nazzz
4.29/5  rDev -8.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5

Photo of BKotch
4.64/5  rDev -0.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of dmorgan310
4.64/5  rDev -0.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Photo of BdM
4.31/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Kickmeharder
4.66/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Buck89
4.75/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Visited this place when I was on business last month. A really fun atmosphere, with a good diverse crowd. The beer selection is phenomenal, heavy with local Texas offerings, but also with many great beers from California and the East Coast. Really friendly staff that will help you find you're looking for. The food was good but not great. We will definitely visit this place again. (387 characters)

Photo of Afroman
4.4/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of Matt141
4.79/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of HopsAholic79
5/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Absolutely love this place. We try to hit it up anytime we are in town from California. Go see bartender Luis. Really cool and funny bartender. (143 characters)

Photo of KasperAB
4.88/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of rwf08
5/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Love this place. Go often enough to where the bartenders know me. Special events for Mud Turtles are always good. They'll do beer dinners with Underbelly also. Those are amazing as well. (186 characters)

Photo of Kuges
4.84/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of marieli
4.91/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

You can go quietly try a brew or two, you can enjoy with a friend or group, you can take your family to brunch. The selection of beer on tap is very impressive. Not always perfect, but generally there's something for everyone and something new to try if that's what you're looking for. Not sure what a 5 for selection even is. But what makes this a place that stands above others, at least in Houston, is the awesome menu that is accessible to foodies and those more traditional, and the quality of the food itself. Even if the beer selection wasn't as good, this would still be a viable place to eat. If you're into food, I would suggest many other great restaurants before this, including Underbelly right next door, but you have to make time for a stop in The Hay Merchant. (783 characters)

Photo of Cynic-ale
4.34/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of BoljaBoy52
5/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

This place is phenomenal. I came in with a group of 9 on a busy Saturday night, and the manager came right to us and didn't stop helping us until our group was all sitting together. The beer selection seemed endless, and the food was absolutely amazing and cooked perfectly. I wish i didn't live 2 hours away, because I cant wait to go back. (341 characters)

Photo of Jvrdz24
4.75/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of Sammy
4.07/5  rDev -12.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Pro_Magnon
4.95/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

GROWLER FILLS!! HUGE SELECTION OF DRAFT BEER!! PEANUT BUTTER AND JELLY WINGS!! Also, very attentive service. Never had to look around wondering where my server was. Plenty of tv's for games. Nice-ass spot. (205 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
4.66/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Photo of Scobu
4.96/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of GregJ
4.4/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of MLDucky
4.75/5  rDev +1.7%

Great atmosphere, excellent selection and great specials tied to Houston pro sports teams and Houston area breweries. To me, it's great to see local support like this. When I'm in town I always stop by for a visit. Unique food selections as well. (250 characters)

Photo of Can_has_beer
4/5  rDev -14.3%

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The Hay Merchant in Houston, TX
99 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.