Little Woodrow's

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11 Ratings

Type: Bar, Eatery

2306 Brazos St
Houston, Texas, 77006-1612
United States

(713) 552-1041 | map

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-24-2005

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Ratings: 11 |  Reviews: 5
Reviews by mynie:
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2.55/5  rDev -20.6%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 4 | selection: 2

In Midtown.

Houston kind of reminds me of Indianapolis. There's a downtown that looks legit, what with cabs and skyscrapers and all, but then if you drive just a half mile away from the city center there's all sorts of stray dogs and destitute teens, abandoned lots and collapsed or boarded up houses with overgrown lawns.

Little Woodrow's is something of an establishment in these parts. It's a shitkicker working class bar and embraces that identity wholeheartedly. The interior is charming and grimy, with lots of sunfaded beer merch from the last few decades (including a sweet, black velvet portrait of "Dick," the character who supposedly created Miller Lite's surreal late-90s commercials).

The main bar opens up into a giant deck that features a secondary bar and probably had more square footage than the indoor portion. The deck had wooden booths and was actually quite pleasant; you could smoke out there or play bags/cornhole.

For the first few minutes, I regaled in the authenticity of place and formulated drunk, pretentious thoughts about how real and comfortable it was when compared to the "inauthentic" tourist and businessman bars I had been visiting downtown. Then a gaggle of beefy men in baseball caps started loudly professing their love for Ted Cruz and the need to take this country back, and I began to slink down into seat.

So you got meathead authenticity, here. And then rich people authenticity down the way. And then homeless people authenticity a few blocks over. Say what you will, Houston is plenty authentic, for whatever that's worth. And I'm a putz.

Anyway, as to the beer, there's a long line of taps that are mostly not very good (Shiner, Lone Star, etc). Then there's a bottle and can selection that is entirely not good.

So, this is like visiting an Old Chicago in the early 2000's, when they advertised 80 taps but that just meant that had Grolsh and Saint Paulie Girl NA. It's a very Texasy experience, however, so you still might want to check it out. Just don't expect an excellent beer selection.

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Photo of SomewhereInTheMiddle
3.87/5  rDev +20.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of BKotch
3.5/5  rDev +9%

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3.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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3/5  rDev -6.5%

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3/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of champ103
2.39/5  rDev -25.5%
vibe: 2 | quality: 1.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3

The Midtown location is about the same as the Rice Village as far as the feel of the place. About 25 taps, and a cooler full of bottles. The highlights on tap are Deschutes Mirror Pond and a couple of Saint Arnold beers. Other than that Shiner, Stella, and BMC. The bottle selection highlights are several Unibroue beers, Saint Arnold, and Real Ale. Other than that it is the typical macro swilling place that you find all over the city. There was something seriously wrong with all the taps. Everything had a bad band aid flavor for some reason. Either dirty taps, or old kegs. It can get really crowded on the weekends and during football. Lots of TV's and LOUD music playing all the time. The service is not bad, but don't expect the bartenders to know anything about beer (besides what they have on tap). Overall, not really a place I would recommend for a beer bar. Though could be fun if you are slumming with some friends. I'll take the Rice Village one over this any day though.

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Photo of armock
3.5/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Little Woodrow's is a cool little place that I didn't even know was their until I went with some guys from Specs after they finished work. Its pretty much behind the Specs downtown store so if your shopping for beer you might as well stop in this place for a pint or two. The building itself is pretty small and doesn't hold many people, but they have a patio out front and a deck out back that seats more than the bar. The tap selection isn't all that big but theres a few good micros scattered on the tap wall. They have a pretty good selection of bottled beer tough. I think it would have been helpful if they had a beer menu so you can figure out what you want instead of hunting for a beer behind the bar. I went on a Friday evening and they had some people grilling food on the back deck they were cooking some brats and fajita for tacos. I don't know how often they cook back there so I'm not saying they have food but my tacos were good. If I lived in the area I'd make this my neighborhood bar its a pretty cool place to grab some beers and hang out.

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Photo of harsley
3.54/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

This is the neighbor hood bar of a friend I was visiting in Houston. She loves it and thought I would like it. It was a pretty cool place. They had probably 20 taps I think with a decent selection but nothing too rare. It's a converted garage of sorts and they had the doors open at around 11-12 at night or with tables inside and out so and it was very comfortable and nice. Crowded but not too crowded and we got a table right away. Bartender was quick to come by when I approached at the bar. They had a jukebox but of course mostly country music was being played. Lots of TV's around and they were replaying the Astro's/Sox game from early that night. Don't think they had any food options. Oh yea, it seemed every draft beer was served in a tall mug. Which might not be the best glassware for every beer but on a hot Houston night it was fun to drink out of a nice big tall mug.

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Photo of VoodooBrew
3.26/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

I stop by this place every now and then because it's right near my work and sometimes my coworkers and I feel like a beer.

All of the Little Woodrow's that I've seen proclaim to have over 100 beers. I'm not so sure this is accurate but then the signs seem rather old. The midtown location has maybe 20 or so taps and more than that in bottles. The selection is decent for a place that's not exactly a beer bar, with some semi-exotic selections such as Maredsous, Chimay, and St. Arnold's Seasonal offerings. Between their halfway-decent selection, their small assortment of beer glassware, their non-functional beer engine, and their drink-em-all club, I get the feeling that many years ago Woodrow's may have actually served as a beer bar for those looking beyond the macro lagers, but it has since been passed and lapped many times over by places like the Flying Saucer and the Ginger Man.

The atmosphere is mostly a plus, with an unassuming feel and usually enough tables to serve the crowd, several TVs for sports watching, plus some nice soft couches. One entire wall consists of those roll-up doors, and when the weather's decent (as it usually is), the side of the building will be opened up. There's also a pool table and 2 video golf games. The clientele is mostly your young professionals, usually pleasant, but watch out for the occasional yuppie who drinks too many Miller Lites and wants to be obnoxious to all the girls.

Some negatives: normal cost of a pint is a bit high at $4.50; beer engine is strictly decorative; service can be slow especially as the crowd builds; and worst of all, FROZEN GLASSES. I always forget to ask for a warm glass, and obviously no one instructed the bartenders on proper glass storage.

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Little Woodrow's in Houston, TX
Place rating: 3.21 out of 5 with 11 ratings