Taps House of Beer

16 Ratings

Type: Bar, Eatery

5120 Washington Ave
Houston, Texas, 77007-5251
United States

(713) 864-0650 | map

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Added by champ103 on 08-12-2010

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Ratings: 16 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by champ103:
Photo of champ103
3.38/5  rDev +0.6%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3

I have been here several times, and it was about time it was added to beerfly. The Yard House is the only place in Houston that has more taps than here.

One large, and cavernous room opens up as soon as you walk in. The long wood bar goes the length of the room on the right, as does the tap handles. A concrete floor, tables, and a stage to the left. I would have no problem with this set up, if they did not always have something going on on the stage. Once in a while is fine, but it seems every day there is an annoying DJ, trivia night, or even a Mad Men night (were everyone dresses up like the characters from the TV show). It is always crowded, really loud, and filled with a younger crowd that just wants to drink BMC.

Because of the number of people that come here, the service can be a bit lacking. It can take a while to get the attention of the bartender, and food was slow getting out. Though the bartenders work hard, and try to make everyone happy. The food is decent, with typical pub grub. A small menu of burgers, pizza, wings, etc. I had a blue cheese burger, which was nothing to complain about.

Anyway, on to the beer. Over 80 taps at any one time. Highlights for me are always the local stuff. They have 4 taps of Saint Arnold (one being the seasonal), at least 4 taps of Real Ale, and Southern Star Bombshell Blond. Plenty of Shiner as well. Stone, Dogfish Head and Deschutes are well represented. Mirror Pond, Black Butte, Stone IPA, and Sublimely Self-Righteous. Numerous other micros as well, though there are also plenty of BMC and Euro lagers that round out the huge selection. The quality is usually pretty good. With that many beers, they probably don't always turn things over as fast as they should. Though I really have not had a problem. Plenty of interesting things in bottles as well. The cooler was filled with stuff like Dogfish Head Red & White, Unibroue, and Sisyphus.

Overall, a pace that has plenty to choose from. It is not perfect, but I like it better than the Yard House. If you come early it is usually less crowded without all the distractions, so it is a much more enjoyable time. A place worth checking out, but not my favorite haunt in town.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of jkoogler
3.63/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Photo of SomewhereInTheMiddle
4.33/5  rDev +28.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Photo of davidanastas
3.39/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 2

Photo of BdM
3.59/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Photo of asabrewski
4.85/5  rDev +44.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Some great beers and friendly staff. Really a great place to enjoy good times and good people. Some great additions, special events including a great Steak and Bingo night on Tuesdays. They offer a lot of hard to find beers and have a great beer club program with special perks and fun parties. Highly recommend checking it out.

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Photo of Texasfan549
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Rawbeads
2.5/5  rDev -25.6%

Photo of kjkinsey
3/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of truesolution
4/5  rDev +19%

Photo of Kiniey01
3/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of GalvBeerGuy
1.73/5  rDev -48.5%
vibe: 1.25 | quality: 1.25 | service: 1.25 | selection: 3

Was greatly disappointed in this place. I was initially turned away at the door (said my pants were too big) until I apologized for being overweight and told them who I work for. When I get in it is clear they are selecting who can get in. Bluestars description is accurate. Took forever to get served. Several beers in the cooler that are out of date (last summer seasonals). Had one beer and left. Won't go back.

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Photo of Bluestar
3.21/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4

The problem with this bar is that it is in the heart of the Washington Corridor, and attracts the clientelle that goes along with it. While the selection of handles behind the bar is great, it is usually very difficult to get a drink on a Friday or Saturday night unless you're a gorgeous blonde or a 6'5" 190 lb male with enough gel in your hair to support several bricks. They have bags, oversized jenga, and oversized connect 4 (without enough pieces to finish the game)outside, and hand-shuffle board inside. No food at all and no tower service after 12 (no matter how big your group is).

A change of locale would do this bar nicely, as it may then attract people actually interested in beer, rather than those trying to figure out how they may be able to sneak into the dance clubs on either side.

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Photo of mariner22
3.11/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4

I was underwhelmed by Taps House of Beer. I went in on a Saturday afternoon, during basketball season. It wasn't very crowded but the service was slow. There were a ton of taps, but no list and it was tough for me to see most of the taps. The waitress was not at all helpful. The first beer I had (it was last month and I've already forgotten what is was) was skunked. I looked it up when I got home and it was a Fall seasonal, in March, no wonder. I politely explained to the bartender that there was something wrong with the beer (not simply that I didn't like it) and it was a hassle to get something different. The rest of the basketball game the bartender pretty much ignored us. (My mom was with me drinking soda and never got a refill.) If it hadn't been such a close basketball game we would have left a lot earlier. Very disappointing since all the other places we visited during our long weekend had great service and good beer.

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Photo of franklymyrhett
2.71/5  rDev -19.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 1.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4

I came here while visiting some of my friends in Houston. The place was packed but I can handle that. What I could not handle was the fact that two of the beers I had ordered had gone bad. This is a place people go before going to the nearby clubs. I ordered a Dogfish 90 minute and it was well past its prime. I believe this place gets a lot of people drinking BMC so the craft brews do not get turned over as often. I would come here again only if I couldn't talk my friends into going somewhere else.

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Photo of hardingma
4.03/5  rDev +19.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

I came to Taps by having my arm twisted by my sister this past Saturday. At first, I was weary to join her because I figured this establishment would just be like all others on the Washington Corridor. I wasn't in the mood for douche bags and all my affliction shirts were dirty laundry (joke). I'm a huge fan of good microbrews and craft beer so she insisted I would fall in love with this place. Boy was she right, walking inside I knew I'd enjoy my experience at Taps (you literally walk inside a giant barrel). On one side is the bar and is completely covered with taps (around 40 or 50 from what I could surmise). I always love a good place to drink good brew and this is def one of them. Although it may take a while to get a brew if the bar is crowded, the bar staff seemed cool and friendly. I stood and waited about 10 minutes at the bar before I was attended to. The bartender clearly saw me waiting and gave me a shot on the house with my brew which I thought was cool. The vibe is casual and the crowd is extremely diverse (not filled to the brim with pretentious yups). Inside, it is nice and bright with decorations to remind you you're in Texas. They have a shuffleboard table and always had good music jammin from the juke box. There's also tons of flat screens, so I'll def be back for football season (but most likely before then). Outside there are two patios. One in the front which would be group friendly if you got there before it got packed. In the back there's another with picnic tables and a pretty cool bar game called "cornholing" which is basically washers with beanbags. Overall I'd say if you're a beer guy (or girl) you should def give this place a try. Leave your pomposity at the door, order a nicely poured ale, and get ready to have a good night. Cheers!

Beers enjoyed: Stone IPA, Green Flash West Coast IPA, Arrogant Bastard Ale, Samuel Smith Imperial Stout, Magic Hat #9, Shiner Bock

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Taps House of Beer in Houston, TX
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