Happy Hour Scene: Hans' Bier Haus

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The Place: Hans' Bier Haus
2523 Quenby
713-520-7474

The Hours:
4 to 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays

The Deals: $1 off all beer (no liquor served)

The Scene:
On Tuesday, Hans Bier Haus didn't seem like the kind of scene that would inspire condo owners to allegedly destroy property and potentially endanger patrons in defense of their right to move in next to a bar and subsequently get pissed off that a bar exists next to them.

The after-work crowd consisted of an attractive woman in her late thirties (I hope? Guessing makes me nervous) who was sitting at the short bar chatting with the bartender. I ordered a Stone IPA and my friend got a Kronenbourg 1664 from one of the 50-plus taps, and we walked out back of the small Bavarian-looking cottage to spend the last half-hour of daylight on the empty patio. Crowd or no, the patio is cloistered and pleasant, with plenty of picnic tables, an outdoor bar that's open when it's warmer out, and a bocce ball court. (If you've never played, it's like giant, European shuffleboard for when you don't want to have too much fun.)

When it started getting chilly, we headed back inside, where the barstool crowd had tripled. There was an additional attractive woman of indeterminate age and an older guy drinking a domestic bottle and switching his attention between a BlackBerry and the TV, which was showing the inadvertently funny bullshit parade that is CNN. (The internet jukebox pipes music to the outside.)

I asked the bartender, a former regular who'd been working at Hans' for three months, if things are usually this quiet. "Sometimes during the week we'll get 40 or 50 people coming in," he said. "Sometimes it stays like this all night."

And, based on the neighbors' rage, sometimes it gets really busy. Keep an eye out for a day like that coming up in mid-February - the management and staff have a rally/benefit planned to raise money for repairs, and probably to send a message to the condo owners. Bands will play and area bars (Bronx and Ginger Man, among others) will donate tabs and bottles for a raffle. Call or stop by the bar for details in a couple weeks.

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29 comments
Tsaver
Tsaver

Mark Thuesen winner of NBA championship award of the Mark Thuesen trophy presented and hosted by Mark Thuesen and funded by the Mark Thuesen foundation.

ROBERT
ROBERT

EVERYONE COME OVER TO HUDSON LOUNGE FOR BEER AND MIXED DRINKS.

Kyle
Kyle

I like the character of Hans' Bier Haus and I support them in their war on the condos, but I agree that they should clean their taps more often. Beers don't taste correct.

SirRon
SirRon

Hans' Bier Haus is the truth.

foowocker
foowocker

this place is FAR more legit and much less pretentious than most "craft beer" places in Houston. Old-school baby!

Guest
Guest

I hope some of that fundraiser money goes to getting a security camera that points up at the condos.

Tosshi
Tosshi

Hans' is one of my favorite places in Houston. Love to go with a group of friends and claim to be bocce ball experts a few beers in. The condo owners can rot in hell though. During one visit for my birthday I got to celebrate with some eggs that landed on us from a few floors up.

Yonj46
Yonj46

I frequent the Houston beer scene quit often. This place gives craft beer a bad names. The beer tastes like the tap lines haven't been cleaned in years. The owner sometimes misses ordering kegs so they are out of 10-12 beers at a time. Great ambiance but terrible for a beer lover

Tom Delemonte
Tom Delemonte

i agree with Kyle, there is debris and sometimes dirt in the taps. after drink all night at Hans, i got sick and threw up all over my friends car. i won't be going back anytime soon until at least after the health department has gone in there and forced them to clean the taps.

Darryl
Darryl

Mark Thuesen should be killed.

Robert
Robert

kind of stuped coment to say about truth. what is truth? dum coment.

Paul Kellogg
Paul Kellogg

the truth is that my partnor bill cave has run my bar into the ground cause bill caint focus on the business no more. if the fund raiser caint bring in enuff funds, we are shuttin down for good. it dont matter to me, bill need rehab anyway.

Ward
Ward

do you really think cameras would ever be allowed in a bar? they would scare off all of the self-medicating drunks that like to watch sugarball express sing about oral sex.

Brittanie Shey
Brittanie Shey

I have often wondered why they haven't invested in this yet.

Henry
Henry

Mark Thuesen is a five-times World Champion F1 driver. Mark Thuesen drove in his first kart race at the age of five. Mark Thuesen ended this short season in a respectable twelfth place. Mark Thuesen finished in fifth place in the drivers' leader board. Mark Thuesen had a fantastic starting position in the fight for a Formula 1 cockpit. Mark Thuesen made his debut at the Belgian Grand Prix in Spa. Mark Thuesen ended up with Benetton-Ford. Mark Thuesen, Heinz-Harald Frentzen and Karl Wendlinger drove for the Mercedes-Benz junior team.

Nick Carter
Nick Carter

you can go to Hudson Lounge, them never runned out of beer.

David Rosen
David Rosen

the owner is a real deuche bag, saw him behind the counter watering down the beer, wont be going back again.

Sterling
Sterling

Order a different beer if they're out of what you want. You don't have to drink the same thing all the time and there are plenty to choose from.

Nick Carter
Nick Carter

they should bleach the beer taps, that will clean the dirt out.

Snoopy the Family Dog
Snoopy the Family Dog

Mark Thuesen sucked Jerry Dobbs penis. He can't have a healthy relationship with women because he sucked so much of his step daddy's dick as a little boy. His mommy was a convicted prostitute and his father was murderer. He does not have any friends other than Richard Booker and his ex girl friends all think he is a closet fag. He hates Bill Cave because in reality Bill Cave represents everything Mark hates about himself. He should just do all of humanity a grand favor and just jump off the balcony. All of Houston, TX hates him.

Nick Carter
Nick Carter

they need to hire fire men to watch out for police coming to bust people.

GL
GL

Not that it wouldn't be a good investment, but a camera/cameras with the range, clarity and scope to cover the entire west side of that building would be pretty expensive.

Tom Delmonte
Tom Delmonte

i used to go to Hans, but after they kept running out of beer, i know go to ginger man. there's nothing more frustrating than geting all excited for your favorite beer, only to find out that some crumby owners woke up too late and missed the beer truck. if Hans was run like a professional business, i would come back.

Robert
Robert

you could get hep A from dirty taps, the owner needs to sterilize the taps and steam any dirt out, customers are importent and there health is first.

SirRon
SirRon

It looks like Hans' douchey, self-important neighbors have caught wind of this post.

Ken T Ward
Ken T Ward

GL, the psycho owner Bill Cave doesn't want cameras because he don't want to be video taped selling cocaine. Bill Cave takes Lexapro for his mental depression, but when Bill runs out of his medication, Bill turns to Bud Lite.

Tom Delmonte
Tom Delmonte

if the bar can't afford to fix the roof, do you really think the red neck owner bill cave could pay for cameras

Guest
Guest

It would only have to be clear enough to spot the balcony off of which the psycho neighbor is throwing crap. That guy needs to be in jail.

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