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The Hay Merchant

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99
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23 Reviews
Reviews: 23
Visits: 93
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: 93
Reviews by Premo88:
Photo of Premo88
4.31/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4

A friend of mine and I had four beers and an appetizer for $25. Totally worth what we got, which include 16 oz. pints on tap of:

Real Ale Phoenix Double ESB
Real Ale Fireman 4
Karbach Sympathy for the Lager
St. Arnold Lawnmower

That's not a who's who list of expensive beers, of course, but we got what we wanted, enjoyed it and will definitely be going back. They had 50+ beers on tap with a fantastic spread throughout the various styles, from simple lagers to imperial stouts. (481 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of amalahow
4.36/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4

This place is pretty much perfect. Awesome selection. Nice and knowledgeable staff. Good food. Awesome vibe. (108 characters)

Photo of davidanastas
4.63/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of beaulabauve
3.55/5  rDev -24%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5

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%

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