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Brick House Tavern + Tap

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11 Ratings

Type: Bar, Eatery

12910 Highway 290
Houston, Texas, 77040-6304
United States

(713) 462-0576 | map

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Added by BgThang on 03-25-2009

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Ratings: 11 |  Reviews: 6
Photo of Dicers
3.33/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of Daa
3.04/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.25 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3.5

This is for the one in Humble .

We've been here several times and it's hit or miss. We've gone there and had great service and food. But we've also gone and received a raw hamburger, poor service and a clueless manager.

For being a "tavern and tap" the selection isn't that great, but it's better than most places that are nearby (sad, but true). Honestly, when I go there I mostly get a Guinness on draft and not much else.

The place is generally dark and loud, which doesn't bother me but does some. All in all it's just mediocre.

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Photo of dmorgan310
3.29/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3

Photo of BdM
3.29/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Photo of Brandonparrent
3.9/5  rDev +27%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of Kiniey01
2.75/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of n2pux
2.35/5  rDev -23.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3

This is a review of the Humble location. Unfortunately, it seems to compare to the other Houston location based on some of the other reviews. It's just not a serious beer bar. Hell, it's not even a mediocre beer bar. The "upscale Hooters" assessment is pretty spot-on. They have some good beers. But that seems more like an accident than any procurement skills. Mostly it's a plentiful list of tap crap.

The food is okay ...maybe a step up from pub grub ...maybe.

Now to the service ...oh, God, the service! It starts off all friendly with attractive servers sitting down at your table like some long-lost friend. The initial drink order arrived quickly (after I pointed to what I wanted on the menu). The pizza was fast too. But then it screeched to a halt. I got to hear multiple times how crazy my waitress' day was having been there since 10 AM ...a whole 8 hours (honey, I just finished another 60-hour week putting pipelines in the ground in the Houston heat ...sorry if I'm not real sorry for you). There was zero knowledge of the beer selection. When I ordered the cask brew, comedy ensued. It arrived 30 minutes later after much toil.

Look, lest I sound like a complete d-bag, let me say that the fault is not with the servers. They are basically a bunch of PYT's who are poorly trained by a clueless management and probably the wrong type for a beer bar anyway. Mine was friendly and tried hard. And I went out of my way to be patient. But ultimately, it shouldn't be the customer's job to train the help.


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Photo of champ103
2.03/5  rDev -33.9%
vibe: 2 | quality: 1.5 | service: 2 | selection: 2.5 | food: 2.5

I visited this place with a few friends. I am glad the company was good, because I am not a fan of the Brick House at all and this would ave been a complete waist of my time if I was not here with them. Everything about the place screams mediocrity, and worse. Like has been said before, this is basically an upscale Hooters if there is such a thing. As you walk in there is a rectangle bar to the right.. Half of the bar is inside, half outside. The inside is a cavernous room. There is a brick layout, as one would expect. TV's everywhere, and loud music. There is a fireplace inside, and one outside as well. That tries to give the place some character, but overall just a sports bar. In the middle of the bar is a set of TVs with some recliners set up around each one. Jeez, how many TV's does a bar need to have? Really generic, and devoid of any character.

The food is just bland pub grub. Lots of stuff on the menu, but seem like the masters of none. I had a Prime Rib sandwich that was really dry and flavorless. We had, as an appetizer, a chip and dip plate with blue cheese and queso that was short of any sight of blue cheese. Generic fish & chips, burgers, wings, please will the mediocrity stop?

The bar staff is absolutely clueless. We visited on a slow Saturday late afternoon, and they could barley get anything right. They brought out wrong beer, after wrong beer. My friend and I ordered a 750 of St Bernardus 12, and they had no idea what we were trying to order. Mess up after mess up. I try to be reasonable on the service part because I know it is difficult, but just clueless all around. Not to mention the fact that all the waitresses just sit around the entrance, not paying attention to anything. All this with the manager sitting in our group.

The quality of the taps is horrid as well. I have never had a Saint Arnold Amber that tasted like diacetyl and ban aid. Same thing with the Sam Adams tap. They clearly do not clean the lines well here. They serve the big ass beer bongs here as well. As I was looking at them, they seemed incredibly dirty.

There is nothing to the beer selection either. Saint Arnold Amber, and a Saint Arnold Cask. Though somehow the cask was ruined when a cork was stuffed inside somehow. I did not bother to ask further about that. A Sam Adams tap and Fireman 4 is it for craft taps. Some more in bottles, like the St Bernardus 12. Though really below average in any regard. Literally more beer bongs of Miller Light are served than anything, oh the horror.

I will not be returning. Just a cheesy, cookie cutter sports bar that tries to be a beer bar. Though it fails in just about everything. There are to many other good places in Houston that I love to go to. I will not waist my time here.

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Photo of LittleDon
2.65/5  rDev -13.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 2 | food: 4

Summary: Hooters meets brewpub (kind of). Except for the food, and unless you're OK with watching the underdressed young waitresses while drinking mediocre macro brews, don't bother.

Stopped in on a Thursday night after driving from Austin. It was walking distance from my hotel. When I walked in, I knew it wasn't going to be the tavern and tap I expected. All the servers were 25 and under females exposing as much skin as possible in a "family" establishment. While the view was exceptional, and the place had a very homey feel (lots of brick, fireplace, wood floors, etc.) the beer left much to be desired. Everything on tap was a macro, as were most of the bottles. They even had the balls to consider PBR a premium domestic. I'm assuming there was no cask. When I asked the waitress if there was anything that was not on the menu, she said no. Service was reasonable prompt. The food was good. I had the prime rib sandwich, loaded with cheese, thin fried onion rings, and very moist. Would I go back? Not if I was looking for a beer, maybe to grab a bite.

Note: Free Wifi

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Photo of Rustoleum
3.26/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3

I visited The Brickhouse Tavern a couple of weeks after it opened on a Saturday Night. The place was packed. We found a place at the bar and sat down. They have a nice area with recliners and flat screens, but there was no chance of getting one of those seats. Maybe a cool place to sit and watch a game with a buddy on a weeknight when it is less crowded. They were out of the one cask beer they had and i had a Longhammer IPA which ran out shortly after. The rest of the selection was rather unimpressive. I may give this place a second chance, but i left disappointed.

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Photo of BgThang
3.93/5  rDev +28%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Went to this place just after the grand opening.
The place is usually packed. The beer selection is fairly descent for that side of town. The cask they had was elissa. Great beer. Had it in their beer bong. It was real foamy due to the warmer temp of the beer. The lady pour the foam off and the beer into another cask. By the time it made it to the table the beer was pretty much flat.
The food is pretty good. Great amount (proportion).
The atmosphere is a straight up man cave. Reclining chairs big screen TV's and alot of eye candy.
Definitely recommend this place

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