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Spec's Wines, Spirits & Finer Foods

Liquor Store, Wine Shop, and Gourmet Shop · Midtown
2410 Smith St (at McGowen St.), Houston, TX 77006, United States
Closed until 10:00 AM (Show more)
  • Mon–Sat
    • 10:00 AM–9:00 PM
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Yes (incl. American Express)

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    Stephen A.
    "Craft Beer Motherload! Hands down the best Specs of the city."(13 Tips)
    Laura C.
    "Houston Press 2012 Favorite Dishes - Texas Turkey (sandwich)"(2 Tips)
    Eric V.
    "Best liquor store in town!"(2 Tips)
    Crystal L.
    "You can find Little Soya premium soy sauce here."(2 Tips)
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  • Clifton M.

    Best liquor store in town, with widest beer, liquor & wine selections. Also has small deli and grocery department. Beware "helpful" wine salespeople on commission; they steer you to high margin items.

    Clifton M · April 3, 2015
  • Melissa S.

    Love Spec's to get my fave German coffee, bread and cheeses. Not to mention it's always nice to get a chance to chat with native German speakers who seem to linger just like me! Free sample Saturdays!

    Melissa Seuffert · February 6, 2010
  • Urbanyousee

    It's just so nice to even just walk around here. Full of cheerful ppl who's searching for whatever spirits that can bring a good night of fun. Staff is very helpful finding exactly what you need.

    Urbanyousee · January 12, 2013
  • Jenn

    On the weekends there's a ton of liquor tastings in the store between 5p-8p. If you go around and get a few samples you might be able to get an early buzz before leaving the store.

    Jenn · December 29, 2012
  • Darline    C.

    Great selection and prices. I was last here New Year's Eve and it took at least 30 - 45 minutes from the time I got there until the time I left because of parking being so awful.

    Darline   Colwell   · February 23
  • Evan[Bu]

    This liquor store just puts all other liquor stores to shame. Absinthe with wormwood available here. Also, be sure to remember to pay with cash (It's more expensive when you pay with a credit card).

    Evan[Bu] · July 1, 2011
  • Talya A.

    Huge selection! Just be aware that many of the ratings for the wines are for different years than the bottles actually being sold... Wines vary drastically by year.

    Talya Arbisser · July 26, 2012
  • Fleischer Wines

    While you are shopping for a great bottle of wine, try our Telteca Gran Reserva from Argentina. A great blend. Or Telteca Anta Malbec Reserve if you like Malbec. Cheers

    Fleischer Wines · October 13, 2011
  • Nik K.

    The mecca of liquor. Largest SPEC's in Texas. You can find almost anything here. If they don't have it, they'll order it for you too.

    Nik K · August 20, 2015
  • Stephen A.

    Craft Beer Motherload! Hands down the best Specs of the city. If you want to find a good selection, grab a bite from the in store deli and pickup snacks for later, this is the spot.

    Stephen Alexander · October 23, 2014
  • Stephanie N.

    If you want to get a sandwich to go during the weekday get there before noon or you might have a long wait.

    Stephanie N · April 3, 2013
  • Daniel M.

    They always having good deals on alcohol only if your a member and I believe spec's the cheapest you'll find

    Daniel Martinez · April 8, 2015
  • Demetria R.

    Come in near the holidays or on the weekend, great chance to sample something new! Love this place!

    Demetria Routte · November 27, 2013
  • William W.

    Best Specs hands down. If I lived downtown, I'd shop here 25% of the time. Awesome cheese selection.

    William Wood · March 7, 2015
  • Juan G.

    These guys have wine and liquor experts. They can help you select inexpensive, yet great adult beverages.

    Juan Galvan · January 7, 2012
  • Linda C.

    Great food in deli! Long lines at lunch but moves quickly. Hot grill or cold sandwiches. Great produce.

    Linda Case · April 5, 2013
  • Emily S.

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    Emily Smith · May 18, 2015
  • Charles C.

    Come during the times they give out samples - this lets you figure out what you like and what to avoid!!!

    Charles Castillo · May 5, 2012
  • Dariel N.

    I can't imagine an ale, wine or spirit you would want that this Mother of all Spec's wouldn't have. Check out the rare Scotch Whiskies in the locked case!

    Dariel Newman · December 13, 2014
  • Marc S.

    By far the widest selection in Houston. Avoid going on Saturday evening: it's a bit of a madhouse!

    Marc S · December 26, 2014
  • Houston Press

    2011 Best of Houston Winner: Best Liquor Store. Check out more Houston Press Best of Houston Winners here: Or go mobile with the free Best Of app.

    Houston Press · May 31, 2012
  • Maaria Y.

    Liquor heaven! Selection is truly out of this world. Sales associates know their stuff & are very helpful

    Maaria Yasin · August 22, 2015
  • Aksel Q.

    Deli sandwiches are tasty, well-made, and with fresh ingredients. Good lunch stop.

    Aksel Quintus-Bosz · November 13, 2015
  • Glenn S.

    One of, if not the best, wine selections in Houston. Great imported food selection too!

    Glenn Sprenger · May 1, 2010
  • Gayla W.

    They have specialty jelly here! The jalapeno then top with cream the best!

    Gayla Wetz · March 18, 2012
  • Crystal L.

    You can find Little Soya premium soy sauce here. Its gluten free and comes in cute fishies!

    Crystal Lee · July 29, 2011
  • Tarren B.

    This place was like alcohol walmart and had very friendly and helpful workers. Great place to get your party started!

    Tarren Blake · February 7, 2015
  • Little Soya

    Not only is this the best spirits store in the world, they have Little Soya too!

    Little Soya · November 2, 2011
  • Houston Press

    Back in the far recesses of this mammoth whiskey-and-wine warehouse is another sinful pleasure: its deli. Read more

    Houston Press · August 12, 2014
  • Aptraveler

    This is THE place to come for ALL things related to spirits and imported foods!

    Aptraveler · April 11, 2013
  • Clay C.

    Specs is the emporium for alcohol. Love this place, and almost always end up getting some random cheeses or meats before I go.

    Clay Chastain · August 14, 2012
  • Kassidy M.

    their sandwiches are amazing! my favorite is the chick chick - chicken salad blt!

    Kassidy Menace · October 7, 2010
  • Melania S.

    Best place to buy wines in Houston. Grat selection of wines from all over!

    Melania Spagnoli · December 4, 2014
  • Debra O.

    Amazing cheese selection, and excellent cured meats as well

    Debra Oliver · May 31, 2013
  • David T.

    Try the Club Sandwhich - Deliciousness with extra Pickle Spears.

    David Tong · March 13, 2012
  • Bobby W.

    You always get fast and friendly service even when it's crowded.

    Bobby Witcher · December 6, 2013
  • Bria W.

    Customer service isn't awesome here but it's Specs. Got some cheap wine and I was happy lol

    Bria Wiley · April 4
  • Max

    Best location in Houston. Huge warehouse and enormous selection.

    Max · December 31, 2012
  • Wil J.

    Terrific place! Attentive staff, wonderful selection.

    Wil Jeudy · November 16, 2013
  • Dave H.

    Great selection and pricing on cigars in their humidor also

    Dave H · January 7
  • Ramon B.

    Always a great selection to choose from and quick service.

    Ramon Bustamante · October 6, 2013
  • Jerry

    They get fresh product every day, so you'll always find what you need!

    Jerry · March 8, 2011
  • Debra I.

    Steve Lyu really knows his wines. Ask him for help.

    Debra Islam · February 26, 2012
  • Stephanie S.

    Woohoo hoo. :-) great selection and variety. You'll love it here! They custom order. :-)

    Stephanie S. · December 6, 2014
  • Alejandro F.

    TEQUILA "EL ULTIMO AGAVE" great price and amazing flavor!!!!

    Alejandro Falcon · February 13, 2012
  • Monica D.

    Don't forget the cheese! Try the Rosy Goat. Yum!

    Monica Danna · July 19, 2010
  • Nolan T.

    They have great sandwiches! Try the Texas Turkey!

    Nolan Touchstone · March 28, 2011
  • guillermo l.

    Look for Argenitne wines, they are value for money!

    guillermo lucero · December 16, 2015
  • Lisa R.

    Great Argentineans wines from Domaine Bousquet: organic and soooo good!!

    Lisa R · January 29, 2013
  • CultureMap Houston

    There's a nice discount for cash purchases. And they take debit cards.

    CultureMap Houston · February 28, 2012

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