The Hay Merchant

1100 Westheimer Rd
Houston, Texas United States 77006
bar  4.65/5.0 44 reviews
Mon - Fri 3:00 PM - 2:00 AM; Sat - Sun 11:00 AM - 2:00 AM

Mayor: djd07 (5) | Taps: 80+ |
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 17/20
fly  (273) austin, Tejas, Texas | May 7, 2015
Wrote a long bit, but stupid thing hit an error and wiped it. I am lazy and do not want to write it all over again.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 5/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 5/10
  • OVERALL 13/20
StoreMy  (3) Nesttun, Norway | April 22, 2015
Walked in during a basket match. Bad choice. A lot of noice. Helped a bit that half the crowd left after the match. The service was short an nothing more than adequate. The food wa decent. The beer tasted like it was old (went to Karbach for the same two days later) Had to go to the bar for a decent selection (asked) The water tasted chlorine. Maybe I walked in on the wrong day, but anyway these ar the stats that day.
84
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
Sammy  (722) Toronto, Ontario | January 4, 2015
Very friendly hospitable world class bar.extra notice for 5 casks normally on.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
Theydon_Bois  (1044) 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.
84
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
ARH  (99) Chicago, Illinois | September 18, 2014
This place has a drinking lodge type vibe to it. Lot’s of wood tables and benches with wood paneling and wood supports as well as a lacquered wood bar ... lots of wood here. You can sit at a table to have a more restaurant experience, but sitting in the bar area requires you to place any orders with the bartenders, kind of a bummer, but even if you sit at the bar, it can be a bit of a struggle to get the bartenders’ attentions to order another drink or food, even when they don’t appear to busy or crowded. They do seem to know their beer and made some trustworthy recommendations, and as far as food, I highly recommend the BBQ pork buns - basically pork tacos, but served on a steamed bun instead of a tortilla.
84
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
GT  (672) San Diego, 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.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 5/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD 6/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
indianabeerman  (20) Indiana | September 7, 2014
service was spotty. actually tried to buy off the bottle list and was shown bottles only to be told were not for sale yet
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
Tonkun  (95) New Jersey | June 12, 2014
Get very crowed. Coming from NY, beer prices are very reasonable. Good is better than bars. A fun place to enjoy beer
88
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
Ferris  (1458) 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.
84
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
ben4321  (491) 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.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 10/10
  • VALUE 10/10
  • OVERALL 20/20
cyclistdan  (3) the woodlands, Texas | December 3, 2013
Most knowledgeable staff you’ll find anywhere. Incredible selection. Great happy hour food and drink prices. Comfortable surroundings. My only complaints is how popular it is. Not enough parking in a crowded area. At peak times it’s hard to move. Still worth it though

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