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

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The Hay Merchant

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Beer Available At The Hay Merchant (arranged by most recent)
Odell Fifty Niner 77, 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 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  (83) 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.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 20/20
SPDickerman  (90) Texas | April 3, 2012
Nice, dim light with some music, not too loud. Gigantic selection of beers, all on tap, served in proper glassware. Pretty good on price. Nice waitresses and bartenders who know their stuff about beer. They have food (I didnít get any though). Excellent place.
  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 10/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
djd07  (24) Houston, Texas | March 6, 2012| Updated September 28, 2012
Love this place. Great selection on tap. Half pints so you can try several in one visit. Nice staff that know beer. Best burger in town. A great addition to Houstonís beer scene.
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 5/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 18/20
DrinkerX  (1) Bryan, Texas | March 4, 2012
Had a really good time there with friends. Seemed like they really had their shit together and any time Iím in Houston I will be stopping in.

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