Mongoose versus Cobra

1011 McGowen St
Houston, Texas United States 77002
bar  4.05/5.0 8 reviews
Mon - Fri 4:00 PM - 2:00 AM, Sat - Sun 2:00 PM - 2:00 AM

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Mayor: Scopey (2) | Taps: 43 | Bottles: 20
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
DrunkSanta410  (71) Houston, Texas | February 11, 2017
Nice place downtown. Expansive selection, good service and average price point. Another staple if youíre in Houston and looking for a nice place to grab a beer.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
Scopey  (668) Croydon, England | September 14, 2016
First up - love the name. I visited on a Friday evening and walked the short distance from downtown to get there. Outside is a fairly unassuming old brick building with a couple of tables out front. Has a very cool, laid - back feel, which some might call trendy or hipster even. They offer a well curated selection of 40 or so draft lines. There is an obvious focus on local and top TX breweries, as well as some good regional stuff. They offered a few beers at I did not see elsewhere in town. No flights that I am aware of, but you can get half-sized pours. Friendly and attentive staff. Overall a very cool beer bar, which to me is reminiscent of those in East London.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick  (858) Columbus, Ohio | December 23, 2014
(Visited 10/2014): Mongoose v. Cobra is located on McGowan Street downtown not too far off I-45. Street parking is available in the surrounding area.

The exterior of the large brick building has a nice covering of ivy. Inside opens to one large room with the bar on the left side and long picnic table seating on the left. Brick walls, hanging lights on the ceiling and a large projection TV in the rear. The wall opposite the bar has 3 large chalk boards listing the beers.

MvC features around 40 beers on draught, with many TX breweries represented like Live Oak, Buffalo Bayou, Brazos Valley, and 8th Wonder. Other craft breweries like Deschutes and Ommegang as well. Samples are available. Smaller selection of bottles too.

Service on a relatively slow Friday evening at the bar was good. The bartender was attentive with samples and conversational throughout my visit.

I did not have any food on my visit.

Overall this is a cool bar with a solid beer list in downtown Houston.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
dfinney23  (45) Houston, Texas | February 10, 2014
Looks like the empty shell of an old brick building. In fact itís the *nearly* empty shell of an old brick building. Very good eclectic beer list including everything from hard to find locals to under the radar imports. Havenít sampled the food yet.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 5/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD 6/10
  • VALUE 5/10
  • OVERALL 13/20
TylerGreenDC  (57) , | December 13, 2013
Nice beer list, though itís really light on ales. Good regional representation. They take the íbarí thing a little too far: Despite serving food that requires utensils, all they offer is a knife, no fork. Beers served a little too cold.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
rougeau13  (96) Richmond, Texas | June 14, 2013
Cool place. Nice interior and a good beer selection. The bratwurst covered in kimchi was excellent. The prices arenít even outrageous. Good times.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
n2pux  (17) Houston, Texas | February 7, 2013
Another nice addition to the Houston beer scene ...although they also have a nicely stocked bar overall. Lovely interior. Lots of local talent on display. Interesting food. And a selection of beer that will easily get you through the night.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 6/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 20/20
Robbievegas  (3) Las vegas, Nevada | September 26, 2012
Great new bar in Houston! Just voted best new bar! Fantastic beer selection on draft and in bottles!

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