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The Hay Merchant

Beer Garden and Gastropub$$$$
Neartown - Montrose, Houston
157 Tips and reviews
  • beer
  • burgers
  • lively
  • chicken wings
  • happy hour
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  • Paul A.
    Paul AdwAugust 4
    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.
  • 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...
    Upvoted Jul 28
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
    Upvoted Jul 28
  • 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.
    Upvoted Jul 28
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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.
    Upvoted Jul 28
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Jennifer E.
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Caffery P.
    Caffery PennApril 1, 2015
    Huge beer selection. Constant rotation. Friendly far as I can tell (only been once)
  • Travis C.
    Travis CombelAugust 23, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Excellent tap list. Excellent rotation. Bartenders will discuss the beer if you have a clue and tolerate you if you don't.
  • 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.
  • Kathrine
    KathrineJune 8, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Stellar beer selection. Love their burger, Nacho fries, and pretzel, too.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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 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.
  • William W.
    William WoodMarch 4, 2015
    Love this place laid back. Great happy hour! Try the PB&J wings different, but good.
  • Johnny H.
    Johnny HollowayAugust 31, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Best beer spot in Montrose! Craft beers & food. Right in between blacksmith and underbelly.
  • 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!
  • Jordan C.
    You have to try the PB&J wings with whatever beer is on cask!
  • L b.
    L bMarch 23, 2015
    Burgers are off the chain. Pork ears are good but a little too sweet- definitely share them
  • Nuno P.
    Nuno PovoaApril 16, 2014
    There is a reason why your girlfriend keeps ordering the Seared Salmon: She knows about the Israeli Couscous.
  • Amber G.
    Amber GonzalezMay 30, 2014
    Great beer selection and atmosphere. Their fake ass poutine is yummy & so are their pig ears.
  • 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
  • Carl F.
    Carl FigueiredoMarch 10, 2015
    Extensive craft beer program. Definitely should be on every beer lover's Houston list.
  • Chen L.
    Chen LingNovember 1, 2013
    Their crispy pig ear is fuckin' good. Also don't miss their wide range of choices of beer.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Mark P.
    Mark PernoudSeptember 22, 2013
    Really good burger! Very interesting food menu. And, yeah, the beer selection is awesome!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • eva
    evaSeptember 21, 2014
    Husker fans Chris puts the game on every Saturday and ask for the Runzas. Specially made for game day.
  • Christine D.
    Christine DoucetOctober 25, 2013
    Try the pb&j wings! Amazing!! Also our waitress Brittany T is amazing!
  • Khoa N.
    Khoa NguyenAugust 17, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Steak night on Tuesdays is a great excuse to drink during the week.
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