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The Hay Merchant

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

70 Ratings
Ratings: 70
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 4.68
pDev: 5.56%
Taps: 76
Bottles: 25
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: 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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(Place added by: champ103 on 02-16-2012)
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Reviews by LittleDon:
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4.69/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

More User Reviews:
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4.96/5  rDev +6%

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4.4/5  rDev -6%

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4.75/5  rDev +1.5%

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.

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4/5  rDev -14.5%

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5/5  rDev +6.8%

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5/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of srletend
4.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Great selection of American crafts (i.e., Jolly Pumpkin on cask). Good food and atmosphere.

Photo of caffeineTX
4.5/5  rDev -3.8%

This is around the corner from me and it is a great bar. It loses points from me because it gets too loud inside for me and the porch is very small and often crowded unless you come in for lunch or something.

The wall has rotating taps of a wide variety of beers ranging from easy drinking session beers to polarizing sours, smoked beers, and IPAs so there is stuff that will appeal to the casual drinker and the craft beer snob/enthusiast.

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Photo of Tuck_leepulin
4.71/5  rDev +0.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4

My favorite bar in Houston and one of my favorite all time bars anywhere. My biggest problem is trying to decide what to get. There are always an incredible amount of drafts to choose from and always many cask selections which is one of the biggest selling points for me. They usual have some vintages on tap at very reasonable prices. My last visit I had a 2011 Stone RIS at the same price of a fresh Stone RIS and so I could try it aged with no effort on my part. The only food I have had is whats on the late-night happy hour such as the pig ears and they were quite delicious. Excellent and attentive staff even when the place is packed.

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Photo of synergy7
4.8/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

To echo every other review here, this place is amazing. The happy hour deal is unbelievable (where else where you get Stone IRS for $3?!) and they don't skimp elsewhere, some fantastic options available too.

Atmosphere is very cool, settled down to watch the Germany vs. Brazil World Cup match and was very at home despite being a total stranger to Houston. I can't say enough about the selection, had an excellent Deschutes Obsidian on nitro and Live Oak Hefe, fantastic stuff.

If you're in Houston, pay a visit here, it's worth the trip.

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5/5  rDev +6.8%

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The Hay Merchant in Houston, TX
100 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.