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The Hay Merchant

Beer Garden and Gastropub$$$$
Neartown - Montrose, Houston
160 Tips and reviews
  • beer
  • burgers
  • happy hour
  • lively
  • chicken wings
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  • Manuel V.
    Manuel VillasmilJuly 12, 2015
    Massive variety of beers! This is the place to hang out with friends while eating some original things. Crispy Pig Ears, Wings and more...
  • Paul A.
    Paul AdwAugust 4, 2016
    Beer Geek here : great selection, very decent prices. Didn't get a chance to try the food but the chef has won awards for his work so it should be great also. One of the best beer bars in Houston.
  • Silla Z.
    Silla ZAugust 30, 2015
    This place is nice and gives you a real chill vibe, great for beer so many choices and the wings are great they re not fried they are GRILLED like barbQ style 🍺 this place is great
  • Rory S.
    Rory ScottOctober 25, 2014
    Burgers were gigantic, but the pretzel bun made it worth the mess. The bacon is a must. This is a great place to go & learn about beer. Our waiter took us back to the 18th century in a history lesson!
  • Azalea W.
    Azalea WSeptember 23, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Some of the best craft beer you can find on tap and cask, where they serve cold water at the table in used 40's bottle, like Olde English "800" or Mad Dog 20/20.
  • Bin Y.
    Bin YangApril 2
    Haven't seen a place with this many cask beers available in a while. Some great cellar stuff available and $3 happy hour daily from 3-6:30pm - go to town!
  • Houston Press
    Houston PressApril 8, 2015
    Last month, The Hay Merchant introduced a family-style section to the menu. The pièce de résistance just may be this split down the middle, roasted pig head ($45, feeds 4-6) Read more
  • Tyler M.
    Tyler MalsonApril 24, 2013
    HIPSTER OR NOT.......This place offers a great beer selection and food pairings. I took my dad here for my birthday and we PIGGED out on some ears! Please put the brat back on the menu as a sandwich!
  • Local Houston Magazine
    The Hay Merchant is ready to serve you, impeccably so, some of the best craft beers available.  Follow the organized and detail rich menu or just ask if you need some guidance. Read more
  • Nicole B.
    Nicole Buergers 🐝November 28, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Ride your bike! With the One Less Car, On More Karbach promo, you can get whichever Karbach pint is featured for $3. They have extra bike racks on the side by the patio also.
  • My Table Magazine
    My Table MagazineMarch 27, 2013
    Hay Merchant is a craft beer lover’s dream. A best-in-class draft system dispenses some of the truest, purest pours I’ve ever had the pleasure of tasting. Some of the ones I’ve tried are... Read more
  • Daniel P.
    Daniel PessingJanuary 14, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    My favorite beer selection, knowledgeable bar tenders, and very good food (on the bar food scale). The chicken fried steak, chicken tenders, and burger are especially good
  • Local Houston Magazine
    Two parking lots. Bike racks? Right out front & well used! Should you not care for either of these options, they have valet ready to whisk away the Benz to a safe and happy lot just around the corner. Read more
  • John R.
    John RowleyFebruary 22, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    The beers on tap are constantly changing but so far there's always been a Belgian sour or two available. If you like sour ale you won't be disappointed.
  • David C.
    David CarrJuly 30, 2013
    Ah, The Hay Merchant..where douchebaggery and craft beer collide to thrust me into bar-pergatory. GREAT beer, douchy crowd..go to Petrol unless you're craving some delicious Underbelly food.
  • Houston Press
    Houston PressSeptember 25, 2013
    The Butcher's Burger and it's homemade nature is best enjoyed in its simplicity, but you can always top it with bacon and/or a fried egg.
  • Ryan M.
    Ryan MireAugust 19, 2013
    Would have liked to experienced the whole menu and not just a brunch option. Also if you know you sold out of a certain beer the night before, you probably should take it off the beer menu.
  • Rainman
    RainmanAugust 17, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    Get the Goetta if your very hungry, the Katsudon for crispy pork cutlet breakfast dish but be sure to end up with some French toast at the end.
  • Jason B.
    Jason BesseyAugust 8, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    The Cease and Desist burger is a must try. Their beer selection continues to have some nice variety, although it's gotten a bit stale in places.
  • Jennifer E.
    Jennifer EverettOctober 12, 2016
    The chicken fried steak and especially the biscujts that come with it are good. Give the cease and desist burger a try, you won't be sorry.
  • Rebecca Y.
    Rebecca YannoneJuly 6, 2013
    Wonderful food/ drinks. Wonderful value. As fellow bartenders, was appalled by excruciatingly rude service. Fedoraded db blew his nose behind the bar then immediately poured a beer. Craft snot.
  • Travis C.
    Travis CombelAugust 23, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Excellent tap list. Excellent rotation. Bartenders will discuss the beer if you have a clue and tolerate you if you don't.
  • Caffery P.
    Caffery PennApril 1, 2015
    Huge beer selection. Constant rotation. Friendly far as I can tell (only been once)
  • Amber G.
    Amber GonzalezAugust 19, 2014
    Had their pork sticky buns and now I crave them all the time! So freaking good!! Order a golden monkey beer too.
  • Kathrine
    KathrineJune 8, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Stellar beer selection. Love their burger, Nacho fries, and pretzel, too.
  • Houston Press
    Houston PressOctober 17, 2012
    2012 Best of Houston Winner: Best Beer Selection.Check out more Houston Press Winners here: Or go moblie with the free Best Of app.
  • Houston Press
    Houston PressAugust 12, 2014
    The Hay Merchant is much more than just a beer bar, despite its pedigree under owner and beer guru Kevin Floyd. Read more
  • Ryan S.
    Ryan StephensJuly 19, 2012
    Excellent beer selection. BBQ chicken w/ Mac n cheese was excellent. So was the burger with bacon and a fried egg!
  • Local Houston Magazine
    Maybe you don’t like crowds? Noise hurts your ears? You can always take beer home in your own growler or house branded ones available for purchase. Kegs to go? Yes! Read more
  • jon n.
    jon nguyenMay 17, 2012
    Try the The "Jh" Dog - house made hot dog with beer mustard and pickle relish...meat in tube form sure is arousing:)
  • Redwan H.
    Redwan HuqJanuary 22, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    I always get the pretzel and jerky (epic) to start. Poutine is way to salty. Amazing Belgian selection.
  • Ragbrai R.
    Ragbrai RidersNovember 12, 2013
    Great craft beer price during happy hour. Doesn't include all beers but still great prices an knowledgeable staff
  • jon n.
    jon nguyenApril 20, 2012
    Try the Chicken and Waffles - not your typical...those are chicken livers over waffles!!! the spicy molasses was bomb too!
  • Redwan H.
    Redwan HuqJune 21, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    They have a projector and massive screen but if it's very sunny outside the screen will be extremely faded and hard to see.
  • Johnny H.
    Johnny HollowayAugust 31, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Best beer spot in Montrose! Craft beers & food. Right in between blacksmith and underbelly.
  • William W.
    William WoodMarch 4, 2015
    Love this place laid back. Great happy hour! Try the PB&J wings different, but good.
  • jon n.
    jon nguyenApril 20, 2012
    Try the Sweet And Spicy Crispy Pig Ears - finally, we meet at last! ive been thinking and dreaming of your sexy little ass for a long time now
  • Amber G.
    Amber GonzalezMay 30, 2014
    Great beer selection and atmosphere. Their fake ass poutine is yummy & so are their pig ears.
  • Nuno P.
    Nuno PovoaApril 16, 2014
    There is a reason why your girlfriend keeps ordering the Seared Salmon: She knows about the Israeli Couscous.
  • Leah J.
    Leah JohnsonSeptember 27, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Reverse HH 11pm-1am. Select $3 menu. The corn dog is yum, especially for $3.
  • Brooke C.
    Brooke CandelariaDecember 31, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    The nitrogen offerings are nice - a pint of Obsidian is a perfect antidote for a rainy day. #stout
  • IwasFramed
    IwasFramedAugust 4, 2014
    Group of 6= stay away. Bat tender shouted at us for trying to combine two tables. There is a wrong way and a right way to do things. I think the owner would like to know.
  • Aisha T.
    Aisha TaylorMarch 16, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Pig ears and beer. Just do it. Also, the blood sausage fundido when it's available.
  • Mark P.
    Mark PernoudSeptember 22, 2013
    Really good burger! Very interesting food menu. And, yeah, the beer selection is awesome!
  • Carl F.
    Carl FigueiredoMarch 10, 2015
    Extensive craft beer program. Definitely should be on every beer lover's Houston list.
  • L b.
    L bMarch 23, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Burgers are off the chain. Pork ears are good but a little too sweet- definitely share them
  • Jordan C.
    Jordan CantuJuly 28, 2016
    You have to try the PB&J wings with whatever beer is on cask!
  • Joshua J.
    Joshua JagnananJuly 24, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    For the serious beer drinker in Houston. Come here for endless options and tasty brew.
  • Christine D.
    Christine DoucetOctober 25, 2013
    Try the pb&j wings! Amazing!! Also our waitress Brittany T is amazing!
  • Ed C.
    Ed CastilloNovember 24, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Caution: Cars parked in the parking lot across the street are at high risk of being broken into. I have seen it happen to six cars on two different occasions.
  • Rachel(Vasiliki) Dj Diva R.
    Try the cask cond ipa soo authentic felt like I was back in London town!
  • Lauren A.
    Lauren AniessMay 3, 2014
    The bread that comes with the gumbo soup is so tasty and fluffy!
  • Khoa N.
    Khoa NguyenAugust 17, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Steak night on Tuesdays is a great excuse to drink during the week.
  • Miriam G.
    An awesome place to get a beer for any habitual beer drinker's taste!
  • jon n.
    jon nguyenApril 20, 2012
    Try the Brown Fries - honestly...whats not to love about this...nooooothing wrong with this
  • Emily L.
    Emily LarimoreFebruary 5, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Great beer selection and really good sliders. I would highly recommend!
  • eva
    evaSeptember 21, 2014
    Husker fans Chris puts the game on every Saturday and ask for the Runzas. Specially made for game day.
  • alli C.
    alli CantuFebruary 14, 2013
    Everything is amazing The Vietnamese Wings are worth getting every time!
  • Brooke C.
    Brooke CandelariaJanuary 26, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    The pretzels with the oniony queso are quite good. Must like onions, however!
  • Scott F.
    Scott FisherAugust 6, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    The gumbo is good, but it needs Tabasco. The biscuit with it is great.
  • Alex S.
    Alex S.September 21, 2012
    Deep Ellum Wealth and Taste is pretty good beer. But avoid whole roasted garlic and goat cheese - messy and not particularly good.
  • Ashley A.
    Ashley A.April 10, 2015
    Great selection. Tuesday night is steak night, but get there early.
  • Kari
    KariSeptember 2, 2012
    Good food, great beer, but wait service is hit or miss. Do yourself a favor and sit at the bar.
  • Roy F.
    Roy F.May 22, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Steak night on tuesdays! Beer. Meat. Potatoes. You can't go wrong!
  • PAUL J.
    PAUL JACKMANMay 21, 2013
    Coffee Ale is Fantastic! If coffee were a beer, this would be it. Why can't the coffee machine at the office serve this?
  • Valerie R.
    Valerie RauschMay 15, 2012
    This is the place you come to discover beers that will keep you company for a long time.
  • Stacey H.
    Stacey HFebruary 9, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Go for the spicy sesame oil ice cream. Excellent choice.
  • Harold S.
    Harold ShultzSeptember 6, 2013
    Excellent period decor along with great food and drink.
  • Ken B.
    Ken BourqueFebruary 24, 2015
    Huge beer selection. Sierra Nevada Ovila Quad is good, the Stone Coffee Milk Stout w/vanilla is better.
  • Zach F.
    Zach FryguyFebruary 18, 2012
    Been spending most my life, living in a Hipster paradise.
  • Jason B.
    Jason BesseyAugust 16, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    The new chicken parm sandwich is awesome, but it's a lot of food.
  • Kireau K.
    Kireau KendrickNovember 28, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    the Parisian Gnocchi is the best! great sauce, so tasty
  • John D.
    John DabkowskiAugust 29, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Incredible beer selection. Excellent chicken tenders and wings.
  • John L.
    John LozicaJune 15, 2014
    AWSOME great wings and the beer selection is Great !
  • Kristina H.
    Kristina HansonJune 29, 2013
    Great place for amazing beer and unique bar food.
  • Andrew D.
    Andrew DouglassAugust 7, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Get an extra bag of pig ears to take home. They're a great midnight snack right out of the fridge.
  • Ed
    EdMarch 27
    Hay Merchant let me down--I simply can’t support places that run out of steaks on steak night.
  • Patrick S.
    Patrick ShortallFebruary 11, 2014
    The Pig Ears are great- don't let the mysterious brown paper bag fool you
  • PAUL J.
    PAUL JACKMANFebruary 1, 2013
    Try the Pollenator by Deep Ellum Brewery. Simply Fantastic!!!
  • April
    AprilApril 4, 2016
    Great craft beer selection, have yet to try the food.
  • PAUL J.
    PAUL JACKMANMay 21, 2013
    I had several ppl hype up the burger, but, it is unimpressive. Try something else, like the Crawfish BLT.
  • Bob M.
    Bob MaderMay 12, 2013
    The pigs ears are tasty and great when you are drinking beer.
  • Ivonne G.
    Ivonne GonzalezMarch 18, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Must come on steak night, nice cut, great presentation! 👍👍👍
  • Gerrit S.
    Gerrit StrohMarch 21, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Love love love that they kept their happy hour.
  • Ian Smith
    Ian SmithMarch 2, 2012
    The Real Ale Ghost Face Melter tastes like a big bite of campfire & one single drop of tobasco sauce.
  • Meg
    MegAugust 10, 2014
    Fantastic happy hour menu and prices.
  • Son N.
    Son NguyenAugust 19, 2013
    Alot of the chicken weren't thoroughly was good..but anyone seeing undercooked chicken would stop eating..$9 gumbo isn't worth it
  • Jason B.
    Jason BesseyApril 29, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Antoine Ware's departure already affecting menu in a negative way. Willie interesting to see how this transition proceeds.
  • Sarah J.
    Sarah JusticeAugust 8, 2014
    The beer selection is amazing! Fun atmosphere.
  • Kenneth Cole Productions
    Kenneth Cole ProductionsNovember 13, 2012
    Immense selection of craft beers + tasty pig ears.
  • Jamie L.
    Jamie LonieJune 15, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Ask for Atlanta's @SweetwaterBrew beers. They need to keep it in stock! #420
  • Griffin S.
    Griffin SeifriedJune 28, 2015
    The Cajun meat pies are great!
  • Ryan M.
    Ryan MeansApril 9, 2013
    The chocolate chip bread pudding is the bomb!!
  • Topher B.
    Topher BossFebruary 26, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Those fried pig ears are very good.
  • Larry K.
    Larry KoestlerJune 26, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Among the finest craft beer bars in Houston
  • David R.
    David RoyJuly 31, 2016
    Try the bitter beers if you have not before.
  • Kireau K.
    Kireau KendrickAugust 30, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    the turkey sandwich is fresh & yummy. carved turkey!
  • Aisha T.
    Aisha TaylorJuly 6, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    They don't offer wireless but you can get Blacksmith's from here. Password BISCUITS.
  • Matthew S.
    Matthew SchwabenbauerAugust 7, 2014
    Amazing beer selection and awesome menu
  • Rex D.
    Rex DeLaCoeurApril 3, 2015
    The burger was good, but serving in the wire basket made it impossible to eat by hand!
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