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Spec's #00 - Downtown

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97
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46 Reviews
Spec's #00 - DowntownSpec's #00 - Downtown
PLACE INFO

Type: Store

2410 Smith St
Houston, Texas, 77006-2316
United States

(888) 526-8787 | map
www.specsonline.com

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PLACE STATS
Place Score:
97
Reviews:
46
Ratings:
95
Avg:
4.42
pDev:
6.56%
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Reviews: 46 | Ratings: 95
Reviews by shoky01:
Photo of shoky01
3.45/5  rDev -21.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4

The downtown Spec's at Smith st is one of our most traveled to destinations, and its 40 miles from where we live. Being that we mostly go down there for the expansive beer selection. They carry the larger brewers, and are always willing to pick up new ones as well. Have seen at least 2 new one in as many weeks. Though being a busy metropolitan store has its downfalls: slim pickings by the weekend and not great parking. Also being that its the main store in the region if there is a limited release they may be the only one that gets it and being that focused it goes quick. Had to go to Austin just to find more Drinkin' the Sunbelt since every Spec's in the area was completely out or never got it. But overall i like it there.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of jkoogler
4.97/5  rDev +12.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of marieli
4.17/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Many Spec's exist around the Houston area and some are better than others in terms of what they stock, but this is the big downtown store. If you're looking for mainstream or regular macro offerings, you can typically find it here in multiple packaging. The shortfall is specialty beers: when they get them there's usually a line that started a day ago! For these, you're better off getting lucky at an outlier or getting friendly with your local well-stocked grocery store. There's usually at least one larger burb Spec's near you in Houston where you can find a good selection of regular offerings, or you can triangulate through two or three nearby. Therefore, trips to the downtown store are not necessary on a regular basis unless it happens to be one of your nearby Spec's. But everyone who likes and buys beer should check it out at least once.

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Photo of jtk
4.61/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Huge selection, and a lot of it really good stuff, plus all the regulars you'd expect to see at a big store. Also just a really cool store, with a LOT of beer, wine and liquor, plus a nice grocery section that emphasis food pairing, etc., with just about anything. If I'd been by myself the one time I went (so far) I could have gotten lost in their for 2 hours easy, wallet permitting.

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Photo of BdM
3.87/5  rDev -12.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Photo of SomewhereInTheMiddle
4.97/5  rDev +12.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of Best_Enjoyed_In_Texas
4.78/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

This is THE BEST place to go for beer in Houston, TX. The place literally gets anything and everything that is distributed in Texas. And, the beer manager, Joey, does a great job informing the public on when special releases will be, etc.

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Photo of texas69beer
5/5  rDev +13.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Awesome place great selection

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Photo of davidanastas
4.54/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Matt141
4.52/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Brittian
4.49/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

Photo of Shaler_Tate
4.65/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

Best selection in Houston but is always crowded.

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Photo of rwf08
5/5  rDev +13.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Amazing selection. Joey is the beer manager, tall guy with a neck tattoo. He knows me by name now and helps me when he can with rare beer releases. Good group working there. Outstanding bourbon selection too.

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Photo of LehighAce06
4.51/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

Photo of GregJ
4.22/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75

Great selection, nice layout, lot of bombers and cooler space.

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.72/5  rDev -15.8%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of beaulabauve
4.16/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Sammy
3.14/5  rDev -29%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 1.75 | selection: 4

This is a supermarket so no service or vibe expected
Wireless access would be a minimum. Very good selection though. If they bring the brewer in, then all the current offerings tend to be there.

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Photo of Bradaplast
4.87/5  rDev +10.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Dicers
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of Bayou_beer_guy
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Okay. This place has the best and largest beer selection in Houston. If there is a limited release in Houston it will be found here. Here is the bone I have to pick with this place:
Spec's only do their special releases at their downtown location and only on weekdays at 10:00 am.
Only a select few can get to this location during a weekday morning for these releases.
I realize that this is a a personal thing, but really this cuts out a whole bunch of people that would like to get their hands on some limited stuff. I talked to the managers of the beer sections at other Specs and they have told me that the beer managers at this location will not make those limited releases available to them.
But as I said, great beer selection.

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Photo of TexasPunkin
5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of dshansen1184
4/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of BKotch
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

If it's sold in Texas, Spec's warehouse location will have it. Period.

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Photo of BlackNotesIII
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

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Spec's #00 - Downtown in Houston, TX
97 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.
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