The Hay Merchant

BA SCORE
100
world-class

111 Ratings
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:
100
Ratings:
111
Reviews:
28
Avg:
4.62
pDev:
3.9%
 
 
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Ratings: 111 |  Reviews: 28
Reviews by tvl89:
Photo of tvl89
4.74/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3

The hay merchant is one of the best bars in Texas and perhaps the nation. The beer selection was pretty good and their prices were reasonable. The food was just below average. I tried the ear pigs which were awesome and a gumbo which was not so good. Overall the hay merchant is an awesome bar with the best beer selection. I highly recommended.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Best_Enjoyed_In_Texas
4.64/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of dsarkozi
4.63/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of bullywee
4.38/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

Stopped in for a quick early dinner on a weekday shortly after opening, chatted with the bartender and was promptly seated outside. The tap selection was the best I've seen in Houston and it included multiple very nice cask offerings. The bottle list was really good, some really nice vintages and nice surprises all at fair prices. I enjoyed two Lone Pint IPAs, yellow Rose on cask DH with Mosiac and 667 IPA both at great temps ant very tasty! Myself and my 9 y/o I son split the burger and fries, my wife had the tacos all well priced and tasty. I hope to return
and enjoy a couple of vintage bottles.
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Photo of gmaestro
3.31/5  rDev -28.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 1.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of BillyVig02
3.35/5  rDev -27.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 5

Food is great. Selection is large and plenty to offer any beer lover.

Bartender was unfortunately rude and didn't know anything about beer. Was snarky at my request, quizzed me on my knowledge, and then told me Pseudo Sue was a sour....

Go for the food, but know what beer you want ahead of time and spare the conversation with the condescending bartender.

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Photo of psoriasaurus
4.5/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of orangesol
4.48/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Sabtos
4/5  rDev -13.4%
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 + 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%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of mcantu
4.61/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of thatche2
4.8/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of aknalley
4.75/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of Anduran90
4.3/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Bung
4.25/5  rDev -8%
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 +0.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of BelgianBeerMe
4.24/5  rDev -8.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of SudsTerkel
4.81/5  rDev +4.1%
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 -7.8%
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 -5.6%
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 -23.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5

Photo of NickyPogs
4.73/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of Nazzz
4.29/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5

Photo of BKotch
4.64/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

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The Hay Merchant in Houston, TX
4.62 out of 5 based on 111 ratings.
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