The Hay Merchant | Houston, Texas
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The Hay Merchant
Excellent based on 33 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: ben4321 (10) | Affiliated user(s) here djd07 | Taps: 80+ |

The Hay Merchant

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Beer Available At The Hay Merchant (arranged by most recent)
Odell Fifty Niner 78, Real Ale The Kraken 98, Hops & Grain Greenhouse Baltic Porter , Real Ale Sisyphus 95, Buffalo Bayou More Cowbell 77, Karbach Hopadillo IPA 92, Prairie Artisan Ales Bomb! 100, Prairie Artisan Ales Cherry Funk 92, Deschutes Hop in the Dark CDA 98, Lone Pint Lily & Seamus (Sour Mash) , Buffalo Bayou Happy Birthday , Buffalo Bayou Buffalo Sunrise , Oasis Texas Luchesa Lager 46, Keri Kelli / Kyle Hollingsworth / Stone Collective Distortion IPA 97, Viven Imperial IPA 98, Deschutes Obsidian Stout 99, SKA Vernal Minthe Stout 76, Stone Go To IPA 97, Lone Pint Knecht Ruprecht I: Dark Chocolate Coffee Milk Stout , Lone Pint Gentlemanís Relish 65
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33 reviews for The Hay Merchant
 Ambiance  81%
 Service  75%
 Selection  90%
 Food  80%
 Value  76%
 Overall  83%
 Rating  93%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 1/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 4/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 16/20
TylerGreenDC  (42) , | September 26, 2013| Updated December 13, 2013
Best beer selection Iíve found in Houston. Supports Texas breweries to a certain extent. Good, creative bar food. Attractive room. But the volume level can be insane, as in airport-runway insane. Iíve taken three people there on three separate trips and everyone complained about the post-Hay Merchant headache. Also, 1980s Genesis.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 16/20
Aurelius  (129) Tallahassee, Florida | September 24, 2013
Great little spot - probably a must stop if youíre looking for good dining and regionals in Houston. Parking on side streets and parking lots in a quaint neighborhood that reminded me a bit of Key West, actually. Industrial/refurbished warehouse feel, rough-hewn tables. Great service, knowledgable staff. Food is primo - very tasty, good - chef stuff, not just pub grub. Lots of regionals - Lone Pint, Live Oak, Real Ale, etc., and lots of top notch brews otherwise. Great dining experience, good beer selection, good pricing on happy hour and game night. Recommended.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 18/20
Beerenberger  (66) Fischer, Texas | September 21, 2013
Large selection and variety of beer with several Houston beers available. The food was good, but they could use some vegetarian dishes on their menu. It was a smaller venue than I expected but all-in-all it was an enjoyable experience.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 16/20
yngwie  (257) 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.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 4/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 4/10   OVERALL 15/20
blutt59  (154) 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 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
Dogbrick  (760) 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 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
bleeng  (143) Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas | December 6, 2012
Great addition to the Houston beer scene. As noted 80+ taps and 5 cask engines-sweet! Nice variety of beers-from Texas to Belgium and everywhere in between. Odd but enjoyable food menu. Too bad this is just a haul from my suburban abode. A must visit if youíre in town.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 17/20
bytemesis  (411) 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 5/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
Robbievegas  (3) Las vegas, Nevada | October 4, 2012
This place was recommended to me by my friends Leslie & Gonzo at the Saint Arnold Brewery. Amazing beer selection (80 or so on draft) rustic interior put together with bits and pieces of old Houston. Love the varied and unique tap handles!
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
Mora2000  (101) McKinney, Texas | July 29, 2012
Stopped by during a recent trip to Houston. There were a ton of great beers on tap, including some one-offs from local breweries. I liked the fact there were 5 casks with some exciting offerings. I didnít try the food, but the beer selection was great. They were a bit pricy, but I canít complain too much because I think this is the best tap selection in the city.

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