Mongoose Versus Cobra
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Taps: 42 / Bottles:
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 20 | Reviews: 5 | Display Reviews Only:
3.53/5 rDev -8.3%
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.
06-16-2012 00:41:50 | More by champ103
Mongoose Versus Cobra in Houston, TX
88 out of 100 based on 20 ratings.