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$$ - reasonable
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806 Richmond Ave
phone: (713) 526-4451
(Place added by: soultrain19 on 05-19-2009)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 24 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
From the street this place is just a mini-mart, inside it is a beer enthusiasts candy shop.
The beer selection is always changing and you never know what will be pulled out and put on the shelf. Prices can be a little higher than liquor stores, but are still reasonable.
If you like to build your own 6-er, this is the spot, he has hundreds of choices! You can also buy singles, don't even have to choose all six. His glassware selection is impressive and my daughter likes picking up a gourmet soda or brewer brand root beer when we come in.
Service is spot-on. This guy knows and loves his beer as much as we do, and is awesome to talk beer with! Much more personable than any Specs retailer I have ever met. Worth the trip every time as I live about 40 miles north of this store.
08-26-2011 13:10:51 |
More by LadyOfMuchBeer
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
I have only been to D&Q a couple of times, but each time I have found great beers that are tough to find elsewhere and the service is always good. Solid glassware as well.
The owner does a good job of advocating beer, posting new beers on this site as well as taking the time to talk to his interested customers. Spec's probably has a better overall selection, but this place has a few things that Spec's sometimes doesn't, and has TONS of singles - maybe even everything can be bought as a single?
In either event, great little shop, and one that I'll be visiting more in the future.
06-10-2011 15:39:48 |
More by drummermattie02
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Ok, so this place looks like a dump. I pulled up with my wife in the car and she asked if I was planning on a drug deal. I laughed.
I kept my expectations low even though I had heard good things. Upon entry, D&Q appears as a mild-mannered corner store. Lining the long back wall are coolers like any other store. As you approach the coolers, you realize that this is no ordinary corner store. You look to you right down the last aisle and you notice the veritable cornucopia of glassware. After talking to the clerk I learned that they try to stock a glass for every beer that they carry when possible.
After you collect yourself from ogling the glassware, you inhale and approach the coolers. At this point, I still half-way expected a few micro-brews and then a cooler full of Bud Light. Not the case. Not even close. They have damn near everything there from Sours to Stouts.
The service was impeccable. I asked about special ordering. The response was encouraging. I shall return...possibly today.
08-12-2009 12:24:56 |
More by DeathbySexyBT
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$$
So I was on a family trip to Galveston and had a chance to spend the day in Houston. I was eager to check this place out from the amazing reviews it has received.
Alas, I was somewhat disappointed in the fact that I was expecting sheer awesomeness. The vibe was like I walked into a head shop with loud stand up comedy on the big screen. No warm welcome or even an acknowledgment.
The selection was decent they had a few big beers but nothing too spectacular. The Belgian selection was sub par at best and besides a few Mikkeller's and Jester Kings there was nothing that I couldn't get back home in OK. Pricing was steep by a few bucks a bottle IMO. I paid $44 for two 750's and a 12oz single. Shockingly selling single 12oz run of the mill craft beer for $3.49. Outrageous!
They did have a great selection of glass wear but the layout was confusing and unless I just missed it I saw no warm six packs. Too many beers in the cooler I don't really want a beer from the cooler.
All in all a decent experience but nothing breathtaking but for a mini mart it scores big points. I can honestly say that this is no go to stop unless you want exclusives which you must have to ask for.
07-13-2012 03:53:14 |
More by Hopswagger
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
Walking in to the place you are bombarded with beers and fish. Yes, fish. Fish tanks all around, its quite pleasing to see little fishies mingling with bottle after bottles of beer. Bottle decorate the walls, some of them really sought after. The selection is pretty expansive, with lots of obscure beers and hard to gets. A massive selction of "build your own" six packs and glassware. The prices may be a tad bit higher than the large liquor store, but you get a better selection of beers and great customer service. The guy knows his beer. I highly recommend this place for craft beers, as do others.
11-26-2012 21:03:35 |
More by Dajtai007
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$$
I have always been a Specs customer, but since I work by D&Q I decided to give it a try. They easily compete with Specs midtown. Brandon, the owner(?), is super helpful and when I asked him to recommend me some beers he picked out 6 that have been outstanding. He did this after asking me what I liked and talking about beer for a little while.
They have the best selection of Boulevard beers I have found in Houston. They also have a great selection of singles which is really great when branching out into new styles.
Lastly, as others have said, they have a great selection of glassware - I have bought a Unibroue tulip and a Young's Double Chocolate Stout tulip. So what if they are dusty - you are going to wash it before using it right?
09-14-2012 23:50:52 |
More by 94Sip
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
This is a great place to find great beer. I always try to make a stop there whenever I am in the area. The prices are very reasonable and they have a decent selection. The owner is very knowledgeable and didn't bat an eye when I walked away with several cases.
The only downside is that the store looks like a gas station.
09-01-2013 08:01:23 |
More by Greigh
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Though the Spec's warehouse easily has them beat on overall selection and prices, D&Q is well worth a stop if you're in the Midtown/Montrose area. They have by far the best selection of singles I've found in Houston (which is admittedly not saying that much) and will usually break a sixer if what you want to try isn't already split out.
They sometimes get new releases or different products in first and, as others have mentioned, have a surprising glassware selection. They often have one or two specials going where if you buy a beer you get the glass for free.
09-11-2009 18:06:20 |
More by dfinney23
quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
D&Q is a great bottle shop with great service.
The place looks like a run down 7-11 but is wall to wall beer and wine in the back.
The owner is very helpful and the willingness to break any 6pack for singles is great. He knows his beer and is here on BA every now and again. He can work with distributors and get some things if you ask for them. He also finds ways to get out of area beers and shares them with fellow advocates.
The beer selection is good for local and he even has some here and there great stuff. Had Stone 14 last time I was in and a few other great 22ozers. The glassware selection is amazing and is great for downtown Houston.
Great place and great guy.
01-15-2011 20:15:57 |
More by duff247
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
I just went to browse their selection and noticed they had some Palo Santo which I havent seen on Houston shelves since I discovered it at a bar awhile ago. I was worried about it getting hot in the car since i had to go back to work so the guy working there packed it carefully on ice for me.
Like others have said it looks like your standard convenience store on the outside but they have a large selection some of which specs doesnt have, or what i think happens is specs runs out of everything but since D&Q is off the beaten path they dont sell out as fast.
You will pay a premium, maybe $0.50 more for a hard to find bottle of craft beer but that is to be expected in an independant place like this.
03-08-2011 18:18:01 |
More by adam320
D & Q Mini-Mart in Houston, TX
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