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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.
  • 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
    Been here 50+ times
    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.
  • 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
  • Stephen A.
    Stephen AlexanderOctober 23, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • Talya A.
    Talya ArbisserJuly 26, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Bobby
    BobbyDecember 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!
  • 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!
  • Linda C.
    Linda CaseApril 5, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Great food in deli! Long lines at lunch but moves quickly. Hot grill or cold sandwiches. Great produce.
  • Maaria Y.
    Maaria YasinAugust 22, 2015
    Liquor heaven! Selection is truly out of this world. Sales associates know their stuff & are very helpful
  • Stephanie N.
    Stephanie NApril 3, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    If you want to get a sandwich to go during the weekday get there before noon or you might have a long wait.
  • Louise S.
    Louise SchlachterJune 3, 2016
    Been here 50+ times
    bring cash or atm for best $. taste tests & expert advice . International Food section . Family owned Friendly ... get the Rubin
  • Darline    C.
    Darline   Colwell  February 23, 2016
    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.
  • 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.
  • Paige A.
    Paige AxelsonSeptember 14, 2016
    The best alcohol and spirit store Ive ever come across. They have everything you could need!
  • 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
  • Emily S.
    Emily SmithMay 18, 2015
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  • 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!
  • Demetria R.
    Demetria RoutteNovember 27, 2013
    Come in near the holidays or on the weekend, great chance to sample something new! Love this place!
  • Aksel Q.
    Aksel Quintus-BoszNovember 13, 2015
    Deli sandwiches are tasty, well-made, and with fresh ingredients. Good lunch stop.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Melania S.
    Melania SpagnoliDecember 4, 2014
    Best place to buy wines in Houston. Grat selection of wines from all over!
  • 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!!!
  • Gayla W.
    Gayla WetzMarch 18, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    They have specialty jelly here! The jalapeno then top with cream cheese.....is the best!
  • 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
  • Max
    MaxDecember 31, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Best location in Houston. Huge warehouse and enormous selection.
  • Aptraveler
    AptravelerApril 11, 2013
    This is THE place to come for ALL things related to spirits and imported foods!
  • Crystal L.
    Crystal LeeJuly 29, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    You can find Little Soya premium soy sauce here. Its gluten free and comes in cute fishies!
  • Debra O.
    Debra OliverMay 31, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Amazing cheese selection, and excellent cured meats as well
  • Bobby W.
    Bobby WitcherDecember 6, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    You always get fast and friendly service even when it's crowded.
  • Dave H.
    Dave HJanuary 7, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Great selection and pricing on cigars in their humidor also
  • Lois O.
    Lois OwenMay 9, 2016
    http://www.rearmyourselftexas.com ...Dr. Budoff’s focus is on restoring function and eliminating pain with the least invasive method possible.
  • Little Soya
    Little SoyaNovember 2, 2011
    Not only is this the best spirits store in the world, they have Little Soya too!
  • David T.
    David TongMarch 13, 2012
    Try the Club Sandwhich - Deliciousness with extra Pickle Spears.
  • Ramon B.
    Ramon BustamanteOctober 6, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Always a great selection to choose from and quick service.
  • Amy H.
    Amy HamptonFebruary 6, 2013
    Purchase Sociologie Wines! It's the best sweet Texas wine!!! 
  • Linda C.
    Linda CaseApril 9, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Best deli and salad Bar in town . We eat here often
  • Wil J.
    Wil JeudyNovember 16, 2013
    Terrific place! Attentive staff, wonderful selection.
  • Andres E.
    Andres ElizondoJanuary 10
    Definitely do the deli. The Margherita pizza was to die for.
  • Bria W.
    Bria WileyApril 4, 2016
    Customer service isn't awesome here but it's Specs. Got some cheap wine and I was happy lol
  • Stephanie S.
    Stephanie S.December 6, 2014
    Woohoo hoo. :-) great selection and variety. You'll love it here! They custom order. :-)
  • Kassidy M.
    Kassidy MenaceOctober 7, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    their sandwiches are amazing! my favorite is the chick chick - chicken salad blt!
  • Debra I.
    Debra IslamFebruary 26, 2012
    Steve Lyu really knows his wines. Ask him for help.
  • Alejandro F.
    Alejandro FalconFebruary 13, 2012
    TEQUILA "EL ULTIMO AGAVE" great price and amazing flavor!!!!
  • Lisa R.
    Lisa RJanuary 29, 2013
    Great Argentineans wines from Domaine Bousquet: organic and soooo good!!
  • Glenn S.
    Glenn SprengerMay 1, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    One of, if not the best, wine selections in Houston. Great imported food selection too!
  • ♌ Leo♌ M.
    ♌ Leo♌ MJuly 6, 2013
    A cooks dream!!! I love it!!!
  • Laura C.
    Laura ChanFebruary 14, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Houston Press We Love Food - favorite Houston dishes - Pâté de France
  • guillermo l.
    guillermo luceroDecember 16, 2015
    Look for Argenitne wines, they are value for money!
  • Val G.
    Val GJanuary 25, 2013
    I love this place. The holy grail of liquor stores.
  • Pamela O.
    Pamela O'DowdOctober 24, 2013
    It's called "the Mother Ship" by the employees. It has a huge selection!
  • Laura C.
    Laura ChanMay 15, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Houston Press 2012 Favorite Dishes - Texas Turkey (sandwich)
  • Cecilia M.
    Cecilia MichelFebruary 2, 2013
    Awesome variety and friendly staff
  • Carrie F.
    Carrie FergusonSeptember 7, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Great selection of Port to keep you warm and fuzzy!
  • CultureMap Houston
    CultureMap HoustonFebruary 28, 2012
    There's a nice discount for cash purchases. And they take debit cards.
  • Jerry
    JerryMarch 8, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    They get fresh product every day, so you'll always find what you need!
  • Nolan T.
    Nolan TouchstoneMarch 28, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    They have great sandwiches! Try the Texas Turkey!
  • Demetria R.
    Demetria RoutteDecember 31, 2013
    Love the liquor tastings!!! Love this place!
  • Augustine V.
    Augustine VDecember 24, 2015
    Probably the best liquor store in Houston
  • Topher B.
    Topher BossApril 12, 2013
    Coming here either hungry or thirsty would be ill advised.
  • Tara P.
    Tara PaigeDecember 31, 2013
    Walk up and down every isle!
  • Chris R.
    Chris RyderMarch 11, 2013
    A liquor store the size of Costco... What more is there to say?!
  • Cindy S.
    Cindy SantamariaDecember 25, 2011
    Everyone here is so helpful. You feel like a celebrity!
  • Ileana S.
    Ileana SalinasNovember 29, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    I like shopping for wine and beer here! :)
  • Barrett R.
    Barrett RossMay 10, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Always good eye candy in here!
  • Chuy B.
    Chuy BenitezDecember 17, 2011
    I love checking out the corked beer aisle.
  • David T.
    David TongMarch 13, 2012
    Try the Fried Okra - Can't get enough!
  • Aigul U.
    Aigul UrazbekovaSeptember 2, 2014
    Best asti!
  • Patricia T.
    Patricia TamayoJuly 21, 2013
    Cristal! Best place!
  • Shannon V.
    Shannon V.April 5, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The customer service is awesome.
  • sidney
    sidneyJanuary 22, 2011
    It's a magical place full of rainbow unicorns, jolly old santa clauses and giant fluffy pink bunnies!!!
  • Tho L.
    Tho LamJanuary 28, 2016
    Everything
  • Eric V.
    Eric VitaJune 12, 2015
    Been here 100+ times
    Best liquor store in town!
  • Jonathan G.
    Jonathan GarberMarch 8, 2013
    A trip to Houston wouldn't be complete without a stop at Spec's :)
  • Monica D.
    Monica DannaJuly 19, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't forget the cheese! Try the Rosy Goat. Yum!
  • Juan G.
    Juan GalvanDecember 30, 2011
    Lots of free liquor tasting as I text.
  • Dope 2.
    Dope 281GameAugust 16, 2014
    Catching a buzz before the show
  • Annabelle R.
    Annabelle RMarch 31, 2014
    Friday happy hour rocks!
  • Destini R.
    Destini RossOctober 9, 2014
    Trying new things
  • Sophia J.
    Sophia JonesJune 23, 2016
    Visit us: https://www.houstontxseo.net
  • Atascocita T.
    Atascocita TimbersApril 5, 2012
    The staff is always helpful.
  • Todd G.
    Todd GregoryFebruary 1, 2012
    Ask them for some of our Tamales at Specs
  • Michael C.
    Michael CastilloApril 26, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    The best specs in town
  • Binti L.
    Binti LeeAugust 11, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Best selection in the city
  • Jherica J.
    Jherica JackmanSeptember 30, 2011
    Can someone tell the Mexican bitch with Meth mouth in check out isle one to for fuck herself! Thanks:)
  • Richard T.
    Richard TocciMarch 30, 2013
    It was as cool as bourbon!
  • Meg
    MegAugust 29, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Samples samples everywhere!
  • Jacques H.
    Jacques HoustonNovember 17, 2015
    Big selection.
  • Todd G.
    Todd GregoryMay 14, 2012
    Pick up some Texas Tamales in the frozen section
  • David @.
    David @myTXspiritsOctober 19, 2010
    Picking up some new spirits that just arrived. VeeV Acai Spirit and Grahams Texas Tea.
  • Dave W.
    Dave WranglerJune 4, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Champagne and a sammich
  • Michael C.
    Michael CastilloJune 18, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    The best Specs
  • Laurie S.
    Laurie ShultzApril 21, 2016
    Good drinks!
  • Hot Sauce B.
    Hot Sauce Boss®January 29, 2010
    Check out the hot sauce selection. It might be the best in town.
  • Ivimto
    IvimtoMarch 14, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Fish sammich
  • Stephen H.
    Stephen Hollon JrDecember 13, 2011
    Spec's RULES, but, we do not have any down here in the Valley. ugh....
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