The Hay Merchant

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99
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26 Reviews
The Hay MerchantThe Hay Merchant
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

1100 Westheimer Rd
Houston, Texas, 77006-2727
United States

(713) 528-9805 | map
haymerchant.com

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Added by champ103 on 02-16-2012

PLACE STATS
Score:
99
Reviews:
26
Ratings:
104
Avg:
4.64
pDev:
3.02%
 
 
Taps:
76
Bottles/Cans:
25
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews: 26 | Ratings: 104
Reviews by Hopmodium:
Photo of Hopmodium
4.48/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Better than the rating can possibly give considering that I have visited many places like this across the country. This IS THE BEST TEXAS can offer, no doubt. Growler refills! I drive 40 miles to find this and will not complain. My lady and I celebrated my 33rd birthday here without mentioning it and were treated like I did. Refilled my growler with (512)2 for $24.95 and purchased a 1/2 growler of their Pecan Porter(for $4.50 without refill but w/ HM logo, beer only $12-) for reasonable price anywhere S of Mason-Dixon. Multiple, awesome cask selections which made me quite happy. Nitro for those of you as well. Food was not the best but that is what I read ahead of time and expected and did not mind considering I went during off-peak hours on a Thursday evening. Parking could be troublesome most times when mating occurs. GO TO THIS PLACE during off hours if you want to avoid stereotypical Houston douchbags. Lived here for 66% of life and can honestly say that finding a place like this is rare and worth any true beer drinkers time. On par with rest of country as far as options are concerned.

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Photo of Sabtos
4/5  rDev -13.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

I somehow missed rating this after my vacation last month.

This place is putting a lot of effort into building and maintaining a very large beer list. It reminds me of Bier Markt in Cleveland, with a very large amount of taps devoted to European, especially Belgian, beers. They just have an absolutely massive tap list and a beautiful wall of taps to make any beer lover excited. If you've been in the game a while, and you're also from Texas, you might not find a whole lot of new or cutting edge hyped beers on tap, but there is plenty to love regardless.

Food is the soon to be pretty typical, quirky, craft brewpub fare, aka kicked up bar food with a twist.

Atmosphere is sort of a mix between modern hipster, beer geek / gamer basement with some pinball machines and a cheesily large projection screen, and rustic farmhouse. It's a little bit confusing but a lot of the woody/bricky farmhouse feel is where it wins for me. The place can get quite packed and you're better off walking up to the bar and getting the stellar bartender service than waiting for an overworked server.

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Photo of Daniellobo
4.48/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of mcantu
4.61/5  rDev -0.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of thatche2
4.8/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of aknalley
4.75/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of Anduran90
4.3/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Bung
4.25/5  rDev -8.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

The best in Houston or Dallas that I visited. Still not quite up to the rating nationally, for Texas, sure.

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Photo of SomewhereInTheMiddle
4.66/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of BelgianBeerMe
4.24/5  rDev -8.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of SudsTerkel
4.81/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

I hit THM while on a biz trip to Houston and after reading the BA reviews, there was no question about where I was going to discharge my beer dollars. I usually hit The Ginger Man, but their beer list is a mere shadow of THM's.

And what a beer list - I counted 70+taps with another half dozen on cask - from brewers far and wide. Of course from being out of town, I wanted to have as many for the Texas standouts - Karbach, Live Oak, St. Arnold, Jester King and 512, among others. The staff is extremely knowledgeable and beer-centric as well as friendly and accommodating. The kitchen has an eclectic range of fare - BBQ, Texas Chili, Salmon and wraps with varying ingredients - something for everybody.

They've been around for 3 years and upon my visit of a weekday afternoon, there were a cast of the regulars there which would include me if I lived in Houston.

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Photo of supie12
4.26/5  rDev -8.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

This is a really cool local place. They drink local. Support local. And offer great brews from all other places. This is a no frills or thrills place. Almost like you're hanging out in a garage during the good old days. Prefect to watch the game and just hang out with friend while enjoying the highest quality beers. And the food is a keystone too.

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Photo of amalahow
4.36/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4

This place is pretty much perfect. Awesome selection. Nice and knowledgeable staff. Good food. Awesome vibe.

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Photo of davidanastas
4.63/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of beaulabauve
3.55/5  rDev -23.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5

Photo of NickyPogs
4.73/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of Nazzz
4.29/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5

Photo of BKotch
4.64/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of dmorgan310
4.64/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Photo of BdM
4.4/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of Kickmeharder
4.66/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Buck89
4.75/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Visited this place when I was on business last month. A really fun atmosphere, with a good diverse crowd. The beer selection is phenomenal, heavy with local Texas offerings, but also with many great beers from California and the East Coast. Really friendly staff that will help you find you're looking for. The food was good but not great. We will definitely visit this place again.

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Photo of Afroman
4.4/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of Matt141
4.79/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of HopsAholic79
5/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Absolutely love this place. We try to hit it up anytime we are in town from California. Go see bartender Luis. Really cool and funny bartender.

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