The Hay Merchant

1100 Westheimer Rd
Houston, Texas United States 77006
bar  4.65/5.0 42 reviews
Mon - Fri 3:00 PM - 2:00 AM; Sat - Sun 11:00 AM - 2:00 AM

Mayor: djd07 (14) | Taps: 80+ |
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Beers At The Hay Merchant

Wasatch GhostRider White IPA 6%12/19/2016
Saint Arnold Christmas Ale7%12/19/2016
J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Calvados) 11.5%12/19/2016
Firestone Walker Opal7.5%12/19/2016
Jolly Pumpkin La Roja7.2%12/19/2016
Anderson Valley Huge Arker13.5%12/19/2016
Sierra Nevada Harvest Newly Developed Hop IPA6.5%12/15/2016
Wicked Weed Framboos Morte5.8%12/15/2016
Wasatch Snap Down India Pale Lager 4%11/21/2016
New Belgium / De Koninck Lips Of Faith Flowering Citrus Ale7.4%11/21/2016
(512) Seven0%11/21/2016
Alaskan Pilot Series: Perseverance Ale9%11/2/2016
Odell Stalwort10.4%10/13/2016
Victory Sour Monkey9.5%10/13/2016
Kasteel Winter11%9/2/2016
Victory Golden Monkey9.5%9/2/2016
Ace Pineapple Cider5%8/10/2016
Elevation Signal de Botrange (2016)0%8/10/2016
Leibinger Seeradler Classik2.6%8/10/2016
Ballast Point Fathom India Pale Lager7%8/10/2016
Odell Drumroll5.3%8/10/2016
(512) Export Lager5.3%8/10/2016
Birrificio del Ducato / Oxbow Oud Brunello7%8/10/2016
LoverBeer D’uvaBeer8%8/10/2016
Funkwerks Nelson Sauvin7.5%8/10/2016
Oasis Texas He-Man Session Hater6.5%8/10/2016
North Peak Archangel Summer Wheat5%7/7/2016
North Peak Mighty Melon Ale4.8%7/7/2016
Wild Beer Sleeping Lemons3.6%7/7/2016
Alvinne / Stillwater Wild West6%7/7/2016
11 Below Negative Space w/ Coconut and Cocoa Nibs9.5%7/7/2016
Jester King Black Metal Farmhouse Imperial Stout (Batch 16+)10.8%6/18/2016
Destihl Antiquity Rye Wine12.1%6/18/2016
Sierra Nevada Beer Camp West Latitude Session Rye5.5%6/18/2016
Sixpoint Puff9.8%6/18/2016
Squatters Outer Darkness - Coffee10.5%6/18/2016
New Belgium / Allagash Fat Funk Ale5.6%6/18/2016
New Belgium / Avery Fat Wild Ale6.2%6/18/2016
Clown Shoes Blaecorn Unidragon - Cold Brewed Coffee12.5%6/18/2016
New Belgium / Rhinegeist Fat Pale Ale6%6/18/2016
Freigeist Abraxxxas Apple Lichtenhainer6%6/7/2016
Aecht Schlenkerla Fastenbier5.5%5/10/2016
J.W. Lees Moonraker (Cask)6.5%5/10/2016
Boulevard Tripel Julep11.5%5/10/2016
Glazen Toren Saison d’Erpe-Mere Gerookt Fumme6.9%5/10/2016
Prairie Phantasmagoria8%5/10/2016
Martin House Acheron12%5/10/2016
Alvinne Omega 6%5/10/2016
Alvinne Phi 10%5/10/2016
Sierra Nevada Ovila Quad - Cherries10.2%5/10/2016
Wittekerke Wild5%5/9/2016
Jolly Pumpkin / Evil Twin / Mikkeller / Leelanau Hamajang5.8%5/9/2016
New Belgium Love - Oscar Cherry8.1%5/9/2016
LoverBeer Selvacidula de l’Ouvrier4.8%5/9/2016
Saint Arnold Icon Blue - Coffee Porter6.2%4/9/2016
Karbach 013 Kentucky Habit11.85%4/9/2016
Brash Cali Green0%4/9/2016
Oddwood Ales Taming the Savage Heart6.3%4/9/2016
Ballast Point Victory at Sea - Coconut10%4/4/2016
Prairie Funky Gold Simcoe7.5%4/4/2016
Ballast Point Victory at Sea - Peanut Butter10%3/28/2016
BFM Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien (2015)11%3/28/2016
BFM √225 Saison - Traminette White Wine Grapes 5%3/28/2016
BFM √225 Saison - Chambourcin Red Wine Grapes 5%3/28/2016
BFM √225 Saison - Sage5%3/28/2016
Birrificio del Ducato Koji Il Riso4%3/14/2016
Glazen Toren Saison d’Erpe Mere Zymatore7%3/14/2016
Buffalo Bayou Figaro w/ Espresso Beans11%2/18/2016
Clown Shoes Hephaestus14%2/18/2016

  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
Ferris  (1204) 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 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
Theydon_Bois  (1021) Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, England | December 14, 2014
Visited on Tuesday 21/05/13 around 4.45 pm for a good few hours. Modern and clean in appearance, medium to large split level single room, the Hay Merchant offers 80 taps. Good mix of stlyes and from across the US, perhaps 35% of beers on tap are Texan. 5 cask line in use on my visit, and of the ones I sampled the condition of the beer was good. They also do their own barrel ageing but these offerings are of course not ratable so don’t waste your time on them if you’re hear for the rates alone! Service was great, despite being busy and samples were offered up when requested. Food was excellent, Wingman and I both had steak at the bar. The happy hour is awesome, 3 until 6.30pm where 30 of the 80 taps are available for just $3 a pint, spanning many styles including imperial stouts, DIPA’s etc. No crap on tap, solid choices, excellent venue.
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
bytemesis  (872) 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 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
Dogbrick  (849) Columbus, Ohio | April 7, 2013
(VIsited 02/2013): Hay Merchant is located on Westheimer Rd off Montrose. Actually didn’t visit on my previous visit to Houston because I couldn’t 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 10/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • OVERALL 19/20
theisti  (797) Kansas | December 17, 2015| Updated February 22, 2016
Visited after dinner on a Tuesday. Easy to find along the busy Westheimer strip. Parking in lots around the restaurant, as well as in the surrounding neighborhood. Cool old brick exterior with a wrap around deck. The interior has several levels with table seating on each. The bar is large, and there is a fair amount of standing around space. There are many small design details which really make this a beautiful place. In particular, I loved the unique tap handles designed from antiques and found materials. I sat outside, which was a nice place to chill out. The draft selection is extraordinary - the web site cleanly lays out what is available and was current when I visited. Many interesting and harder to find options from local, national and international craft brewers. The food looked great as well. Service was perfect both at the bar and outside. The best beer place I have been to in Houston.

94 = ★★★★½ (World class)

I only use the total score, not the component parts.
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
GT  (672) Oceanside, California | September 13, 2014
Type. . . . . . . . . . ..Gastropub + Bar
Location. . . . . . . .Good
Prices. . . . . . . . . ..Normal
Tap Selection. . . .Extensive, ~60
Bottle Selection. .Unknown
Samplers. . . . . . ...Unknown
Full Pours. . . . . . .Yes
Beer Level. . . . . ..High, Well Curated
Food Level. . . . ...Excellent
Staff. . . . . . . . . . ..Courteous, Slightly Cold
Growlers. . . . . . ...Yes?
Noise Level. . . . ..Loud
Décor. . . . . . . . . ..Exposed Wood and Neon
Good for Kids. . ..Sure
Parking. . . . . . . ...Private Lot
Cash Only. . . . . ..No
Recommended. ..Yes
Comments: Awesome beer focused bar with a variety of specialties from breweries like Prairie Artisanal. Great variety of Texas locals. Burgers and fries were awesome. Proper glassware appreciated. Looks like it becomes quite the fun sports bar on weekends. Found some beers from the west coast even that I was ISO for awhile. Lots of fun.
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
Sammy  (664) Toronto, Ontario | January 4, 2015
Very friendly hospitable world class bar.extra notice for 5 casks normally on.
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
Scopey  (663) Croydon, England | September 15, 2016
I visited The Hay Merchant on a busy Saturday, but still managed to get a seat at the bar. It is a pretty large, modern split - level place with a good deal of space. Looks like they spent a decent amount of money on the set-up. As others have mentioned they have a very large selection of taps (80) which covers plenty of Texan breweries, quality US beers and also some International stuff. The range of styles is pretty diverse. On my visit the selection was surprisingly similar to those on at Flying Saucer in downtown, so actually not as much new to me as expected, although I still had some pretty tasty stuff. Food was also delicious - I opted for the Korean chicken (maybe you should to). The Hay merchant should definitely beer on your must - visit list if you visit Houston.
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
ben4321  (462) 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. I’ll 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  (383) Kristiansand, Norway | August 26, 2013
I see lot of people complaining over the service level, and I can sort of understand it, but I don’t see any reason to complain much about it when I visited. No one greeted me velcome when I arrived, so they could’ve had a visible seat yourself sign, but I quickly found a server who told me to get seated wherever I’d 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, I’ve 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.

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