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Mongoose Versus Cobra

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BA SCORE
88
very good

27 Ratings
Ratings: 27
Reviews: 5
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 10.97%
Taps: 42
Bottles: --
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

1011 McGowen St
Houston, Texas, 77004-1105
United States
phone: (713) 650-6872

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @barmvsc

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(Place added by: champ103 on 06-15-2012)
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3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

A brand new beer bar, mixology bar in the Midtown area (Mongoose is beer, Cobra is liquor). They did a phenomenal job with the interior. A converted old grocery store turned modern industrial theme with loads of character. The bar seats about 10-15 and goes along the immediate right. The tap wall behind that with a sectioned off chalk board with the selection directly opposite the bar on the left wall. There are old European type circular kegs visible through the walls, a mixture of exposed brick and paneled wood. Wood bench tables up front and a more private upstairs area. There is a big screen TV in the back and one in the upstairs area. A really unique feel and very comfortable.

The service is very friendly, a bit on the slow side for now. Which is expected for a new bar with lots of people and training staff. They are knowledgeable and personable when time permits. There is just enough food here to be considered an Eatery. Though it is not a full service restaurant. Meat and cheese plates, bratwurst, a few sandwiches, they pickle their own veggies. Everything looks and sounds impressive, but I have not been all that impressed. I need to give it a few more tries though.

On to the beer! 40 plus taps that always rotates. Along with 2 cask engines. Some Karback, No Label and Southern Star. I think they can do a bit better with the Texas Micros, but maybe they are just getting started with that. A handful of German, UK, and Belgian offerings. Clownshoes, Laughing Dog, etc all rotating in and out. The quality has been a bit off for me so far. My Weiss Versa seemed dirty and buttery. Same thing with the Wallon. Kind of odd.

Overall, an interesting and unique place. They do a lot of mixed drinks as well, and obviously influenced by Anvil and Hay Merchant. This can be one of the premier beer bars in the area, but not there yet. Improve the quality, and a bit more good Texas offerings. I will be back to see how this place progresses.

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The giant pretzel is ridiculously good, the beer is ridiculously good and even beers that sell out in hours at Saucer seem to stick around quite awhile. Sometimes that's enough but I absolutely hate walking into this place. It's dark as hell and the staff is slow and don't seem to care much about, well, anything really. Going up to the bar to order has been the best method for me to get decent service. I've been there mostly late evening 11PM+ and there's always a ton of well dressed twenty somethings trying to out hipster each other in dresses that look like they were made from their grandmothers curtains or the tightest vintage Fred Perry shirt they could skinny into. Even the name just screams pretentiousness. Really? Mongoose vs. Cobra? I'm sure they have fantastic owners and I'm sure this atmosphere appeals to many. To be fair every bar along main street downtown has the same atmosphere and clientele. I'm just a sloppy, cynical, metal shirt wearing dude who loves beer and prefers a dive I suppose.

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vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.75

Been to this place several times, guess I should review.

The decor/atmosphere is very nice and simple. Concrete floors, brick walls, open rafter type ceiling. Some tables in the back, long beer hall style tables in the front (that I would describe as modern beer-hall-esq). This place can get very loud when there is a crowd.

Every time I've been here the service hasn't been quite up to snuff. Whether it's a waitress who doesn't know a Hefe from an IPA or a painfully slow line at the bar, I wouldn't describe the service as anything better than average.

I find the selection of taps a little stale at times - there never seems to be a lot of rotation/variety to please me, however they also have a large liquor selection and their bartenders generally tend to know what they're at for cocktails, so props to the place.

Haven't explored a lot of their menu, but what I did have I found to be quite good in terms of bread/meat/cheese tray options.

All in all, for the $ a glass of quality beer costs you in this place, I have other places in the midtown area I'd rather frequent. It is a great spot to please a large group with a variety of tastes, and I wouldn't turn it down if invited out for a drink.

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Mongoose Versus Cobra in Houston, TX
88 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.