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Spec's - Downtown
$$ - reasonable
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2410 Smith St
phone: (888) 526-8787
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quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
I could not help but be impressed by the size of the location. Eileen, my CS host, said that the entry was in the corner, under the dome. Under a dome!?! WTF? Once again, we have nothing like this in Pennsylvania. The logo was of a bespectacled jackrabbit - specs, get it? For their super quick service. this was not just beer and wine, but high-end cheeses, a full-service delicatessen, liquors of every stripe, glassware, coffee, cigars, cigarettes. 21 checkout lines. Two prices - one for cash, one for everything else. My only complaint was that you could not break 6-packs and the single selection was limited.
12-21-2009 11:16:00 |
More by woodychandler
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $
Wow, I didn't expect this place to be so good. They stock a LOT of beer, a very good selection, much better than I expected based on infrequent forum posts about the beers available in Texas. I'd guess there were >150 USA craft beers to choose from, maybe 50-70 more from Belgium and another 50 from the rest of the world (primarily Germany). I didn't see anything fantastically rare but the selection was very broad and good. The prices were among the lowest I've seen anywhere, mostly about 50 cents cheaper per 6-pack or bomber than I've seen in other states that carry the same beers (IN, IL, OH, MI, NY, CT, CA, CO). I was actually thinking to myself "if you can't find something you like here, then you just don't like beer" when I heard a guy complaining loudly to the beer stocker that he could not find Michelob. He said "who are you trying to serve with all these ridiculous beers, why can't I find an honest Michelob?". Not sure why but I found this funny. I assumed the macros were well represented here as well as the micros but apparently not. Anyways this place is easy to recommend in Houston.
02-24-2009 12:35:14 |
More by TurdFurgison
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Wow, this place is huge! The beer selection is big but that's not where the size comes from. There's also a big selection of wine, spirits and specialty foods. It's nothing fancy (as described, it's a warehouse) but they really stock this place.
I only focused on the beer. They had a few loaded aisles and a long refrigerated section. It included a pretty good selection of beer from throughout the US and Europe along with several local breweries. They seemed to have sixes and larger bottles but no mix a six option. I made the trip over for The Abyss and Black Ops and managed to find both.
The prices are a bit on the high side but the cash discount eases the pain a little. I was asked if I needed help but I didn't take him up on it so I can't really comment to much on the service.
I hit a lot of beer stores on my travels and Spec's is right up there. It's well worth a visit.
01-25-2011 01:29:43 |
More by GJ40
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I was very impressed with Spec's Warehouse. A huge place, and a great selection of single beers and otherwise. Everything that is at the regular Spec's stores around Houston plus much more! Very helpful service that pointed me right to what I wanted to find (SA DR6). The Gentleman is is a regular on the sight, and is the very informative beer manager of the store. He is always helpful, and knowledgeable. I also found a treasure that I was not expecting, Traquair House Ale. Lots of great stuff. From what I saw, everything was very reasonable priced. There is also a deli that I did not try, but smelled great. One of the best places I have seen to buy beer bar none.
06-12-2008 20:59:15 |
More by champ103
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
When visiting my daughter in Clear Lake, I've shopped at her local Spec's and her Kroger for beer. The Spec's in Webster has an extensive beer selection. Hell, even the Kroger has a nice array of beers. The word, though, from my daughter was that I needed to get to Spec's Superstore to really experience an enormous beer selection.
So, after going to the zoo, we found ouselves on Smith Street. While the beer selection was pretty huge, I didn't think they had that many more brands than the local Spec's.
Still, at least to this New Englander's eyes, they had a lot, and I had fun browsing around. The staff was knowledgeable and helpful, and the prices were quite reasonable.
I think whenever I'm in downtown Houston, I'll hit this place up.
04-29-2008 22:55:13 |
More by lordofthewiens
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
This is on of the biggest liquor stores that I've ever been to. Compared to the rest of the stores selection the beer section was smaller than expected. I'm not saying that they don't have a lot of choices but the beer area was kinda small. With the space that is for beer its very well stocked and kinda organized. Micros are all togeather and the others by country. They have a pretty good selection of bombers too. I hade to limit myself to just a hand basket of beer because it would have been easy to buy beer for a good long time there.
02-22-2008 19:15:04 |
More by armock
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
We stopped at specs in Houston because we heard it was the biggest beer place in texas and was not to be passed up. i also heard from someone that they had massive amounts of lagunitus and dogfish head so i was really excited....and i have to say i was a little underwhelmed. they did have a good selection but our local place in south bend is better. maybe i shouldn't have expected that much from texan beer. oh well. i did grab some massive bottles of el salvadorian beer just to try them and i found a bottle of avery's samael's oak aged ale that didnt have a label and a clerk made a label for me so i could buy it. that was nice of him. but yeah, i guess this place is pretty darn good if you're from anywhere in texas, louisiana, mississippi, etc. but if you're from the coasts or upper midwest...you've seen better.
10-04-2006 02:36:48 |
More by aforbes10
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
Ground zero for the beer and liquor selection for Texas.
A huge warehouse feel, aisles and aisles of every beer, wine, liquor, spirit, and glass you could want. The beer section has about 12-15 cooler doors, and about 2 aisles of warm beer choices. They do a good job of keeping a lot of the choices in Texas in stock, but I think Halls (in DFW) might have an edge on them. They had a good selection of DFH beers and I got the Midis Touch and 120 min IPA which are hard to find in Texas. I also found Ice Cider, which even Grapevine in Austin didnt carry.
Staff was very friendly and helped me find what I needed and served me with a smile.
This is the place to build a party, whether its a small gathering of just you, or a block party for the ages.
If youre in Houston, theres no reason not to be at Specs downtown.
05-05-2006 21:40:33 |
More by HardTarget
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Nothing bad to say about this place at all...I wish the Austin Spec's were more like this beauty of an all-encompassing alcoholic beverage emporium. Did I mention they have a huge section of fresh foods too? I got stopped by a lady at a booth selling her own Olive Oil...delicious.
The beer selection has everything you'd find in Texas. I didn't notice any huge omissions, obviously, and they seem to get new stock regularly, including Rogue's Captain Sig Northwestern ale and Somer Honey when I visited. Plus, they put signs up all over the shelves that list and describe future releases (although this did provide me some false excitement/disappointment when no Mikkeler, Allagash Belgian Stout, and Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous Ales were to be found). Staff is helpful and friendly, roaming the aisles and generally bustling about. Very lively store, to say the least. Prices are low, as expected for Specs.
08-24-2009 19:20:44 |
More by wagenvolks
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
I have made several work trips to Houston over the last couple of weeks, this is not only the best Specs I have been to in the Huston area, but I would say in Texas. They have at least two or 3 time's better selection of single bottles then any other Specs' I have seen in Houston area. They have a nice selection of Belgian, Imports and US Micros. They just started to receive Pike Brewing Co out of Seattle Washington the other week. The guy that was stocking the shelves was a beer drink and had some knowledge about the beers being sold. Every time I have been I was able to get a parking place. If in the Houston area, this is the Specs to go to.
10-20-2008 18:11:16 |
More by harpus
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Spec's - Downtown in Houston, TX