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Spec's Wines, Spirits & Finer Foods

Liquor Store, Wine Shop, and Gourmet Shop
Midtown, Houston
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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.
    Clifton MApril 3, 2015
    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.
  • Melissa S.
    Melissa SeuffertFebruary 6, 2010
    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!
  • Urbanyousee
    UrbanyouseeJanuary 12, 2013
    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.
  • Jenn
    JennDecember 29, 2012
    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.
  • Evan[Bu]
    Evan[Bu]July 1, 2011
    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).
    Downvoted Jun 16
  • 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.
  • Talya A.
    Talya ArbisserJuly 26, 2012
    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.
  • Fleischer Wines
    Fleischer WinesOctober 13, 2011
    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
  • Nik K.
    Nik KAugust 20, 2015
    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.
  • Stephen A.
    Stephen AlexanderOctober 23, 2014
    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.
  • Stephanie N.
    Stephanie NApril 3, 2013
    If you want to get a sandwich to go during the weekday get there before noon or you might have a long wait.
  • Daniel M.
    Daniel MartinezApril 8, 2015
    They always having good deals on alcohol only if your a member and I believe spec's the cheapest you'll find
  • Demetria R.
    Demetria RoutteNovember 27, 2013
    Come in near the holidays or on the weekend, great chance to sample something new! Love this place!
  • Louise S.
    bring cash or atm for best $. taste tests & expert advice . International Food section . Family owned Friendly ... get the Rubin
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • William W.
    William WoodMarch 7, 2015
    Best Specs hands down. If I lived downtown, I'd shop here 25% of the time. Awesome cheese selection.
  • Juan G.
    Juan GalvanJanuary 7, 2012
    These guys have wine and liquor experts. They can help you select inexpensive, yet great adult beverages.
  • Linda C.
    Linda CaseApril 5, 2013
    Great food in deli! Long lines at lunch but moves quickly. Hot grill or cold sandwiches. Great produce.
  • Emily S.
    Emily SmithMay 18, 2015
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  • Charles C.
    Charles CastilloMay 5, 2012
    Come during the times they give out samples - this lets you figure out what you like and what to avoid!!!
  • Dariel N.
    Dariel NewmanDecember 13, 2014
    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!
  • Marc S.
    Marc SDecember 26, 2014
    By far the widest selection in Houston. Avoid going on Saturday evening: it's a bit of a madhouse!
  • Houston Press
    Houston PressMay 31, 2012
    2011 Best of Houston Winner: Best Liquor Store. Check out more Houston Press Best of Houston Winners here: http://bit.ly/JCaGyR Or go mobile with the free Best Of app.
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Maaria Y.
    Maaria YasinAugust 22, 2015
    Liquor heaven! Selection is truly out of this world. Sales associates know their stuff & are very helpful
  • Aksel Q.
    Aksel Quintus-BoszNovember 13, 2015
    Deli sandwiches are tasty, well-made, and with fresh ingredients. Good lunch stop.
  • Glenn S.
    Glenn SprengerMay 1, 2010
    One of, if not the best, wine selections in Houston. Great imported food selection too!
  • Lois O.
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  • Gayla W.
    Gayla WetzMarch 18, 2012
    They have specialty jelly here! The jalapeno then top with cream cheese.....is the best!
  • Crystal L.
    Crystal LeeJuly 29, 2011
    You can find Little Soya premium soy sauce here. Its gluten free and comes in cute fishies!
  • Tarren B.
    Tarren BlakeFebruary 7, 2015
    This place was like alcohol walmart and had very friendly and helpful workers. Great place to get your party started!
  • Houston Press
    Houston PressAugust 12, 2014
    Back in the far recesses of this mammoth whiskey-and-wine warehouse is another sinful pleasure: its deli. Read more
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • Little Soya
    Little SoyaNovember 2, 2011
    Not only is this the best spirits store in the world, they have Little Soya too!
  • Clay C.
    Clay ChastainAugust 14, 2012
    Specs is the emporium for alcohol. Love this place, and almost always end up getting some random cheeses or meats before I go.
  • Aptraveler
    AptravelerApril 11, 2013
    This is THE place to come for ALL things related to spirits and imported foods!
  • Kassidy M.
    Kassidy MenaceOctober 7, 2010
    their sandwiches are amazing! my favorite is the chick chick - chicken salad blt!
  • Melania S.
    Melania SpagnoliDecember 4, 2014
    Best place to buy wines in Houston. Grat selection of wines from all over!
  • David T.
    David TongMarch 13, 2012
    Try the Club Sandwhich - Deliciousness with extra Pickle Spears.
  • Bobby W.
    Bobby WitcherDecember 6, 2013
    You always get fast and friendly service even when it's crowded.
  • Debra O.
    Debra OliverMay 31, 2013
    Amazing cheese selection, and excellent cured meats as well
  • Max
    MaxDecember 31, 2012
    Best location in Houston. Huge warehouse and enormous selection.
  • Bria W.
    Bria WileyApril 4
    Customer service isn't awesome here but it's Specs. Got some cheap wine and I was happy lol
  • Wil J.
    Wil JeudyNovember 16, 2013
    Terrific place! Attentive staff, wonderful selection.
  • Dave H.
    Dave HJanuary 7
    Great selection and pricing on cigars in their humidor also
  • Ramon B.
    Ramon BustamanteOctober 6, 2013
    Always a great selection to choose from and quick service.
  • Jerry
    JerryMarch 8, 2011
    They get fresh product every day, so you'll always find what you need!
  • Debra I.
    Debra IslamFebruary 26, 2012
    Steve Lyu really knows his wines. Ask him for help.
  • Stephanie S.
    Stephanie S.December 6, 2014
    Woohoo hoo. :-) great selection and variety. You'll love it here! They custom order. :-)
  • Alejandro F.
    Alejandro FalconFebruary 13, 2012
    TEQUILA "EL ULTIMO AGAVE" great price and amazing flavor!!!!
  • Monica D.
    Monica DannaJuly 19, 2010
    Don't forget the cheese! Try the Rosy Goat. Yum!
  • Nolan T.
    Nolan TouchstoneMarch 28, 2011
    They have great sandwiches! Try the Texas Turkey!
  • Lisa R.
    Lisa RJanuary 29, 2013
    Great Argentineans wines from Domaine Bousquet: organic and soooo good!!
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