The Hay Merchant

BA SCORE
100
world-class

109 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:
109
Reviews:
28
Avg:
4.62
pDev:
4.11%
 
 
Taps:
76
Bottles/Cans:
25
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Ratings: 109 |  Reviews: 28
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 beaulabauve
3.55/5  rDev -23.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5

Photo of n2pux
3.96/5  rDev -14.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Hit this place before the Kasabian show at Fitz. It really is a good addition to the Houston beer scene. Crazy busy & loud for a Thursday night. But no worse in that regard than say, the Flying Saucer downtown. That doesn't really bother me. But some may prefer the cozier & quieter ambience of the Ginger Man or the Petrol Station. Seats at the bar were pretty uncomfortable ...almost like they were designed to get you to drink up & make room for the next party. Service was a little slow but no worse than most places when they're that busy ...and it was knowledgeable.

Where the HM shines is in the large tap selection. While Texas distribution laws really limit what beer lovers here have access to, HM does the best it can within those limits. There seems to be a real emphasis on the growing Texas brewery scene as well as a good selection of out-of-state faves. My party had Brouwerij Bockor Jacobins Rouge, Alaskan IPA, Karbach Pontificator, & BrewDog Tokyo* ...all served in the proper glassware & at the right temp. I saw no evidence of anything resembling a bottle list. I'm probably in the minority who would be disappointed in that.

So, while HM won't change your mind if one of the aforementioned local pubs is your favorite, it is a nice addition in a part of town that really needed it. Look forward to trying them again next time I'm in the area.

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Photo of Can_has_beer
4/5  rDev -13.4%

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4/5  rDev -13.4%

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 Sammy
4.07/5  rDev -11.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

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 de1m0nte
4.25/5  rDev -8%

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4.25/5  rDev -8%

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4.25/5  rDev -8%

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

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 Premo88
4.31/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4

A friend of mine and I had four beers and an appetizer for $25. Totally worth what we got, which include 16 oz. pints on tap of:

Real Ale Phoenix Double ESB
Real Ale Fireman 4
Karbach Sympathy for the Lager
St. Arnold Lawnmower

That's not a who's who list of expensive beers, of course, but we got what we wanted, enjoyed it and will definitely be going back. They had 50+ beers on tap with a fantastic spread throughout the various styles, from simple lagers to imperial stouts.

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Photo of jkoogler
4.31/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

The selection of beer is outstanding. They also offer some premium beers in bottles if you're interested in the "cellar collection." Food is good as well. Not the typical bar food. Nice selection of desserts too. The chocolate chip bread pudding is great. Or perhaps you prefer the lemon cream pie with cider.

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Photo of Cynic-ale
4.34/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

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 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 GregJ
4.4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of jaymesbawned
4.4/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Finally made it in after a couple weeks of bugging my wife about this place. IT was pretty busy, but it WAS St. Patrick's Day, so I can't blame them for that. Sat in the main dining area up front. Also have a bar in the back up some steps, and a patio outside. Of course awesome beer selection, rotating all of the time. Had a Karback Pontificator Smoked Doppelbock and the brand new Buffalo Bayou Chai Porter. Both beers were great. The Chai porter(Also called Sessionist #2) was crazy, I cannot believe they got those flavors into the beer! I had the Blood Sausage Queso and it was kind of meh. too much sausage, not enough queso and the tortiallas were a little slimy. My wife got the Carolina BBQ sandwich and it was amazing, though. the potato chips were also very good. Light with a touch of lime to them. I will be definitely coming back to this place. hopefully they iron out the queso, but otherwise everything was great!

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Photo of Afroman
4.4/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | 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

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The Hay Merchant in Houston, TX
4.62 out of 5 based on 109 ratings.
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