Houston Hall

Houston HallHouston Hall
6 Ratings
Houston HallHouston Hall

Type: Bar, Eatery

222 W Houston St
New York, New York, 10014-4846
United States

(212) 675-9323 | map

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Added by NeroFiddled on 01-11-2013

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Photo of NickandToni
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Hard to believe this is hidden from most. There is a non lit sign. a corridor you walk through and enter into this behemoth open space. The lighting is appropriate, the music at the right level and if you sit at the bar, the bartenders are friendly and knowledgeable. The place is battling between being a beer joint or a whiskey joint, does both well.

Selection rotates with some staples but the reality is that this is not your local watering hole. Nice for a happy hour drink or going out with a group of friends. Get packed, loud and fun.

Worth a visit for sure.

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Photo of CHickman
3.88/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.25

Went to Houston Hall last night with a big group of friends and thought it was a very cool spot to hang out and get drunk in a loud party-like environment. It's a hipster beer garden with a very nice interior that looks like a Pottery Barn catalogue was imposed on an old 1920's parking garage, complete with exposed beams and authentic refurbished old garage items that add character to the place’s feel. It was not a young crowd there last and everyone was nice and cordial, just having a good time drinking with their own group. Laid back vibe for the heart of Greenwich Village.

The beers were good, not great. There was a decent variety and enough wines and mixed drinks to keep the whole crowd happy. I had the Peter Pilsner, which was nice and sweet with a solid malt base, the IPA, which was fresh and above average, and the Hoppy Pale Ale, which was the best beer of all three.

Our server started off OK, but turned it around and got better as the night went on, getting more attentive and quicker to get our orders which helped her tip go up since we were there for 3-4 hours.

The food was really good; grilled cheeses and pretzels were solid and make this worthy of another visit. A good place to gather and drink.

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Photo of JoeMans
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of RSmith4018
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.38/5  rDev -12%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.5

The wife and I stumbled upon Houston Hall after a night out downtown. The place is huge (used to be a garage), sort of beer-garden-meets-nightclub. Tons of tables in a sprawling wall-free space, would be great for groups.

9 taps of house beer plus a cider, including an IPA, Belgium Blonde, Oktoberfest, Pale Ale, Scotch, Hefe, Pils... safe and sound thank you very much. The "Imperial Black Saison" is probably the boldest choice here. The wife had an IPA that was damn nice.

Food menu is big, lots of grilled-cheese sandwiches... but we just had a delectable ice-cream sandwich as a dessert.

Service at the tables was iffy (despite the place being rather empty on a Sunday night) but the bar was fine. I was annoyed when I tried to pay with my credit card and was told their system was down. Their ATM was dead too. WTF!?

An OK place I would not revisit, but worth trying for sure.

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Photo of tipfortap
3.46/5  rDev -9.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 2.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Houston Hall is an enormous beer hall on Houston Street. Still with me?

I went recently for happy hour(s), and even though this place is seriously enormous, by 8 or so, it was super packed with good-lookin 28-35 year old types. Since I think of myself as approaching the age and temperament of Bea Arthur, I appreciated the lack of post-grads and also the lack of girls in heels. Apparently, I AM ALWAYS GROUCHY thank goodness there is beer.

Much has been made online of 2 facts: 1. That it’s the pet project of the guy behind Heartland Brewery and 2. All of the beers are brewed exclusively for them in Greenpoint, Brooklyn by Greenpoint Beerworks. Though the place is pretty new, when I tried to order the Black Saison, I was sad to hear they were out of it, and my waitress offered this helpful suggestion: “If you want something that color, you should try the Baltic Porter. It’s sort of like a Guiness, but lighter.”

Je die. Where is the hope for the beer education of our youth when a waitress in a BEER HALL says things like that?

I ordered the Baltic Porter anyway. It was medium bodied, slightly sweet, and very drinkable. And it was nothing like a Guiness.

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