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Shay McElroy's Irish Pub

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Type: Bar

909 Texas St
Houston, Texas, 77002
United States

(713) 223-2444 | map

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-24-2005

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Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 4
Reviews by FUNKPhD:
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2.88/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3

I don't regularly hit up their Downtown location, but it does differ quite a bit than their Shepard spot. A pint of Guinness is more expensive here, but I'm sure the location explains that.

I think Shay McElroy's is more geared towards a Downtown crowd, obviously because of the vicinity, but being based on that, not much is offered and it can be a bit pricey.

Its not a bad place if you're stopping by of the light rail for a quick drink, but if you have time to stop Downtown and hang out, there's definitely better..

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Photo of champ103
2.74/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 2.75

Vibe is actually a pretty nice worn in corner/Irish pub. With a long wood bar, a nice patio along main. Though basically every time I have been here or even walked by, the crappy top 40 is blasting at a club level. Outside of that a nice pseudo Irish Pub vibe, though it just gets to loud. Food is bland store bought sandwiches. You would be better off just getting Boars Head and making some yourself. Service can be up or down depending on how crowded the place is.

Beer selection is just about every crappy UK beer on nitro you can imagine. Wouldn't it be nice if they had some Fuller's or a handful of good Texas beers, instead of the artificial tasting crap that is Guinness and Boddingtons? They did have Karbach Weiise Versa that was flat, sour, and completely off, and generally the selection has expanded a little over the years. You use to only be able to get the aforementioned UK nitro's, maybe Saint Arnold, and Macros. Now, they even have some Deshutes. Though, really not a place I frequent often with the many other places around. Especially since downtown has exploded over the last few years.

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Photo of woodychandler
2.58/5  rDev -13.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 1

A bit catty-corner to Flying Saucer, it had a wide front along Main Street with outdoor seating. Inside and right was the laminated redwood bar with the extensive selection of bottled liquors. The taps and bottles were pedestrian, at best, although the liquors were very good. Me, I'm using the lavs on the far left, drinking up and moving on. Unworthy! Nice snug of leather sofas and upholstered chairs just before lavs. I recommend that this place be purged from the rolls so that others will not waste their time.

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Photo of Redrover
3.64/5  rDev +22.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

I was in Houston this week and saw this place on Beerfly and decided to give it a shot.

This is a fairly small bar. I would guess that you could seat about 20 at the bar and maybe another 40 or so at the tables. If they had a backroom or an upstairs area, I didn’t see it. There was maybe 6 people in the bar for happy hour.

They have a nice back bar, the pub has lots of wood, glass & brass. There is exposed brick and lots of Irish pub memorabilia. It also has a small patio in front.

They offer 12 taps including: Smithicks, Fat Tire, Anchor Liberty, St. Ambrose, Harp, Guinness, Bass, Pyramid, Shiner, a cider and a few macros. Maybe 20 bottle choices. Best are SNPA, Sam Adams, Murphy's stout, Chimay, Duvel and Hoegarten

The beer is served to cold.

Friendly service, may be a fun place with a group or later at night.

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Shay McElroy's Irish Pub in Houston, TX
2.97 out of 5 based on 4 ratings.
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