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Taps: 86 / Bottles: 4
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Bar, Eatery ]
800 W. Sam Houston Parkway
phone: (713) 461-9273
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 2 | $$$
This chain claims to have the biggest selection of draft beer in the world. That is impossible for me to say, but they have a lot of taps. I counted over 80. Though, there was surprisingly little that I wanted to try.
The Yard House is a new upscale beer bar that opened up on the west side of the Beltway. There is a very sterile feel here, that I can only imagine is the same at every other Yard House location. Located in an upscale shopping center, it is pretty much a yuppie destination. A rectangle shaped bar is in the middle, with tables scattered all over, and a place to sit outside. Big TV's are everywhere, and loud music is playing. Mix that with the amount of people that are here, and it is near impossible to relax and have a conversation with others. I sat at the bar, and the server was knowledgeable, friendly, and quick. From what I had the food was very average. I had a personal pizza, which was not bad, but nothing great. The other stuff on the menu looked good, and will be trying something else next time.
On to the beer. Like I said above, tons of taps. Probably the most in town. Pretty much every AB-Inbev, and BMC pseudo craft beer available. They do have a handful of micros and good imports. Just nothing all that impressive. I enjoyed some Deschutes and Unibroue. I would have scored the selection higher, but there was a surprisingly lack of Texas brews available. They only have four bottles. Three of them are NA beers. The fourth is a bottle of Utopias. Though I don't know how many bottles of that they have, and how long the one bottle they have now will last.
The quality was not bad when I went, but can see huge problems with this down the road. They have the tap lines run the length of the ceiling through plastic tubes and into another room on the side. I would say the tap lines are 100 ft long. This can't be easy to clean.
Went back recently and wanted to update this a bit. Service at the bar is alright, but service when sitting at a table is plan bad. Slow, forgetful, and uniformed. The patio would be nice if you were not staring at some of the most generic, yuppy chain stores at every corner. The handful of food that I have had has been over cooked, to fatty, and to salty. The "classic rock" is nothing more than Eagles and Billy Joel radio hits. This is the definition of crappy, corporate, banality.
12-21-2009 20:24:04 |
More by champ103
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$$
So first off they have over 80 brews on tap, which is a good start, however would like to see a better selection of American craft beers and cut down a bit on the typical European beers.
Place is always doing good business as I have never been there when it wasn't crowed and the wait for a table always seems to be about 45 minutes or so.
Food is actually very decent, interesting selections and everything I've tried has been good.
Probably the main reason I've scored this establishment low is the type of crowd and the overall vibe, not really a lot of beer nerds here, seems more like a place to see and be seen.
05-16-2011 02:35:27 |
More by stercomm
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$$
Let me start off by saying the location is great. If you are looking for a fun night with the wife, guys, whoever, this is a great location. About a 45 minute wait but there were other things to do while waiting. Atmosphere was fun. Waitor did his job, nothing to really complain about. Didn't go out of his way to communicate with us but he was pretty busy, but that's fine with us. Claims to have the biggest beer selection which I think is false. They will have something on tap that you will like but it really didn't WOW me.(I've been to the one in Arizona before so knew what I was getting into). We had Burger's and Nacho's which were good, although the menu was a litle bit pricey. All in All this is a fun place to get someone that is getting in craft beer to go, but don't expect any limited release beers or anything crazy.
10-03-2011 00:45:27 |
More by SWMeyer4141
United Kingdom (England)
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Visited the yard house today with my wife and kids. I live in Katy so the beer selection is scarce unless you visit Specs. Excellent and varied selection of beers. They're a restaurant first and foremost, so they have to cater to a wide array of beer drinkers, hence lots of BMC's and popular imports. They do, however, have some nice regional and national selections. I had a couple IPA's, Green Flash and Great divide and both were fresh and excellent.
They have a neat kegroom next to the dining room displaying all of their beer with numerous tubes running to the ceiling, through large stainless steel pipes to the center of the bar where the taps are displayed. I cringed however, seeing that they use clear vinyl tubing exposed to sunlight.
Much better than average beer selection
limited Regional beer selection
01-10-2010 20:01:05 |
More by Squelch
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
I've been in Houston for about 6 months now, and the Yard House is a popular after work dinner/happy hour place to hang out. The beer selection is really good, although not nearly the Flying Saucer. The food is really good too. I've had a bunch of the appetizers and burgers. The best thing there is the Turkey Burger, probably the best I've ever had. The only thing that brings the night down is when you get the bill at the end. You really pay for all the quality all around. It's a great place the provides a very social atmosphere, but it's just too expensive to go there very often.
02-05-2011 01:50:49 |
More by mdunman
Yard House in Houston, TX