The Hay Merchant | Houston, Texas
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The Hay Merchant
Excellent based on 38 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

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The Hay Merchant

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Beer Available At The Hay Merchant (arranged by most recent)
Nebraska HopAnomaly 94, (512) SMaSH , Saint Arnold Art Car IPA 85, Brash Cortado , Buffalo Bayou Four Roses Cowbell , Birrificio del Ducato Kiss Me Lipsia 94, Oskar Blues Gubna (Tequila Barrel) 65, Buffalo Bayou Great White Buffalo 67, Brash Pussy Wagon 96, Karbach Tequila BA Quad , Upslope Cherry Stout , Saint Arnold 20th Anniversary Ale aged in Tequila Barrels , Elevation 7437 (Apricots) , Prairie Eliza5beth 98, B-52 IPL , Boulevard Hibiscus Gose 95, (512) Pale Ale with Oak Chips , No Label Vanilla Bourbon Elda M. Milk Stout , Saint Arnold Bishopís Barrel #8 99, Odell Fifty Niner 83
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38 reviews for The Hay Merchant
 Ambiance  80%
 Service  74%
 Selection  89%
 Food  80%
 Value  76%
 Overall  82%
 Rating  94%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
Dogbrick  (797) 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  (152) 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  (608) 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.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
Steve_0  (142) Denver, Colorado | June 6, 2012
This place has a cool atmosphere, pretty laid back and a nice place to enjoy the company of friends. Not too rowdy of a bar, which is why I enjoyed it. The food is really tasty and can be a bit pricey, but there are other lower priced items that are just as delicious. The selection of beers is pretty good, but I was really disappointed that they didnít offer any bottles. I think they could really benefit from this and almost double their selection. I love that they have proper glassware and still give you decent pours if you select a high gravity beer. One of the top places to go in Houston, no doubt about that.
  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.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
tapthis  (101) Baytown, Texas | May 27, 2012
This is my favorite bar in houston, they have a great selection of brews on tap, great food menu and a goos atmosphere. My and my buddies spent a good 5 hours here and i could have spent more time there if we didnt have other plans. The waitress seemed knowledgeable about the beer ans wasnt afraid to give suggestions when asked.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 4/10   OVERALL 10/20
tripel_trouble  (7) Houston, Texas | May 24, 2012
The Hay Merchant is a typical new, trendy "hot spot" that will probably die out in a short while. They do have a great selection of beers to choose from, however getting a seat inside or even outside is a major challenge. Both times Iíve been I have had to wait well over an hour to be seated. It is also loud. I mean LOUD! In addition the servers have been non attentive so I simply cannot recommend this to many people, unless youíre willing to wait. They do make a good burger and have some other delicious menu items. I prefer a less pretentious and less obnoxious place to enjoy a great craft beer.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 16/20
FlacoAlto  (17) Tucson, Arizona | April 11, 2012
Went here twice on my first trip to Houston. had a decent focus on Texas craft-breweries, that was certainly far more extensive than i could hope to get through in two trips. There are lots of out of state / country selections on tap as well, and I love the idea of growler access to go for the tap list. The food is upscale for you standard beer focused joint and achieves the casual "gastro-pub" feel from a Texas viewpoint feel it seems to be going for. I enjoyed some Blood Sausage Queso Fundido on my first outing (the Brown Fries were serviceable, but somewhat disappointing), and I really enjoyed the Big-Ass Bowl of Gumbo on my second trip.

The beer was all quite fresh & well maintained, and there seemed to be a halo effect that had me enjoying the beer much more than I would have expected. Iíll definitely be back here if I end up in the Houston area again. Service was prompt, and friendly if a little bit stubbornly wrong (at least initially, but was open to friendly discussion that had them opening up) or uninformed (though only from a super-beer-geek standpoint); they seem to be able to easily hold their ground with the more than interested craft beer drinker.

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