The Hay Merchant | Houston, Texas
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The Hay Merchant
Excellent based on 29 ratings
Type: Bar

1100 Westheimer Rd
Houston, Texas United States 77006 [ print map ]
713 523 9805 | facebook | twitter

Hours: Mon - Fri 3:00 PM - 2:00 AM; Sat - Sun 11:00 AM - 2:00 AM

Mayor: djd07 (11) | Taps: 80+ |

The Hay Merchant

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Beer Available At The Hay Merchant (arranged by most recent)
Oasis Texas Luchesa Lager , Keri Kelli / Kyle Hollingsworth / Stone Collective Distortion IPA 96, Viven Imperial IPA 98, Deschutes Obsidian Stout 99, SKA Vernal Minthe Stout 78, Stone Go To IPA 97, Lone Pint Knecht Ruprecht 1: Dark Chocolate Coffee Milk Stout , Lone Pint Gentlemans Relish 62, Lone Pint Tornado Shark 56, Lone Pint 667: Neighbor of the Beast 53, Lone Pint Jabberwocky Imperial IPA 84, Lone Pint Zythophile El Dorado , Sixpoint Seison 74, Lone Pint Zenos Pale Ale , Lone Pint Zytophile Azacca , Lone Pint Session Yellow Rose , Sierra Nevada Harvest Single Hop IPA Yakima #291 96, Stone Mattís Burning Rosids Imperial Cherry Wood Smoked Saison 93, Saint Arnold Icon Blue - Brown Porter 76, Green Flash 30th Street Pale Ale 96
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29 reviews for The Hay Merchant
 Ambiance  80%
 Service  77%
 Selection  90%
 Food  81%
 Value  76%
 Overall  83%
 Rating  93%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
Dogbrick  (701) Columbus, Ohio | April 7, 2013
(VIsited 02/2013): Hay Merchant is located on Westheimer Rd off Montrose. Actually didnít visit on my previous visit to Houston because I couldnít see the place even though it was right there. Parking is available in the surrounding streets.

The interior is rustic with a lot of wood and brick walls. The doorway opens to the host stand and table/booth seating, with the bar in the rear. Cards on the wall behind the bar list the beers available.

As for the beer there around around 75 taps with Texas breweries like Deep Ellum, Real Ale, (512) St. Arnold and Live Oak. Other domestic craft breweries like Oskar Blues, Victory and Alaskan. Many bottles available too.

Service at Hay Merchant was good on our visit. The server was familiar with the beer and made good recommendations.

Food at Hay Merchant is good and includes some eclectic appetizers like sweet & spicy pig ears.

Overall this is a great spot to visit in Houston. Recommended.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 17/20
bytemesis  (357) Sunnyvale, California | October 22, 2012
This is a good beer bar. Parking out front, great, if simple atmosphere, a ton of taps and a knowledgeable staff. Not much for food, but if you came here for beer you will walk away happy.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 19/20
Ferris  (355) Burnaby, British Columbia | March 28, 2014
A purpose built pub with a nice patio to boot. Lots of hype and for good reason. Lots of really good beer and some that is quite rare and exciting. Cheap prices, especially during happy hour. Food is pub food, but done well. A great place, but get there early it gets busy quick.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 18/20
ben4321  (239) Hoboken, New Jersey | December 5, 2013| Updated February 26, 2014
I was quite impressed by this place from a selection perspective. It was very crowded for a Tuesday night, and our service was only okay, but the tap list really makes up for all of that. By far the best selection I have seen in Houston, and the kind of selection that rivals the top beer bars in many cities. Iíll certainly be making a return trip or two to see what else shows up here. I also quite enjoyed my food. The Thai-style peanut ribs were excellent, and the pretzel and pigs ears were both tasty snacks.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 16/20
yngwie  (238) Kristiansand, Norway | August 26, 2013
I see lot of people complaining over the service level, and I can sort of understand it, but I donít see any reason to complain much about it when I visited. No one greeted me velcome when I arrived, so they couldíve had a visible seat yourself sign, but I quickly found a server who told me to get seated wherever Iíd like, and got the menu within a minute. Saw almost no smiles among the staff, seemed like everyone was there just because they needed the money. On the other hand, Iíve seen that too many places, so nothing special. The food I got was decent, the beers I chose were nice, and the selection is broad and mostly interesting. Definitely hope I get the chance to visit this place more times during my stay in Houston.
KAggie97  (220) Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas | March 5, 2012
GREAT new addition to the Houston beer scene. Tap selection is, in my opinion, the new standard in town-- and the beers are served in proper glassware. Friendly staff, cool atmosphere. Didnít try any food during my visit but it looked tasty. A winner all around. A must-stop when youíre in Houston.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
vipinvelp  (186) Velp, Netherlands | October 17, 2013
Smaller then I anticipated, but with a great selection of beer. Worthwile visiting. Food selectin is limited, but quite different, interesting. As I was driving only one beer. Service is OK, indeed music is loud. Interesting place actualy
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 16/20
SudsMcDuff  (183) .....Manchester United.........., Texas | March 10, 2012
amazing place! especially for houston, htown is becoming special! .. good snacks and food, abit nose in the air though (nothing wrong with that) .. employees are fantastic, even though they have screwed up a couple orders on me .. 5 casks all the time is crazy and ambitious .. prices are what you would think for a place like this (6-8 a glass) ... iíd live on the porch in a tent if they would let me!
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 4/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 4/10   OVERALL 15/20
blutt59  (152) Dallas, Texas | April 18, 2013
Located right at Montrose, Big tap selection of mostly Texas beer , as stated service can be spotty but sit at the bar and you will eventually get served
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 1/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 13/20
badlizard  (141) Berkeley , California | May 28, 2012
To start, thereís no sign outside. Walked in with no indication of whether or not we should wait to be seated or sit ourselves. We chose the later. A waiter (Alex #10) eventually brought us menus. Haggled over samples briefly (they donít do tasters but I managed to get 3 sips of beer to chose between) and my friend wisely, quickly got in an apatetizer order. Eventually, Alex came back to take our drink order. Sometime later we got drinks and an appetizer and commenced to wait and wait and wait for plates to split the appetizer and order our meals. We gave up and asked another waiter to facilitate. Finally (!!!) we ordered our meals, and though I asked for grilled onions on my burger ( more haggling), I actually got no onions. Trying to recover some rapport with the waiter, my friend cracks some light hearted joke, which had no purchase with Alex. We glance around and notice many tables waiting to be served. Maybe Alex was the over worked (not likely given the number of other servers) but if that was the case, he never mentioned it. A quick, "Weíre super busy, Iíll be with you in a second," would have mollified things, but Alex was completely noncomunicative. The food was amazingly good as was the beer, but the service really negated much of the enjoyment and value of the experience. Alex was MIA there after, and in my frustration, I just went up to the bar and paid cash for my next rounds. At least I got them in a timely manner. The waiter shot to the table to check his tip when we stood up to leave. Wish heíd been that quick with service. In short, it was a shitty experience.

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