Bar Beat

More Than Just Yards of Beer at CityCentre's New Yard House

The first thing you notice upon walking into Yard House -- the new upscale bar at west Houston's CityCentre -- is the beer. Purposefully, of course, as the California-based chain likes to claim that it has the "world's largest selection of draft beer." Rows of colorful, gleaming taps take center stage here, ringed by leather booths and tall pub-style tables. The rest of the interior is dimly, almost romantically, lit, while the taps are spotlighted like the center ring of a circus.

With all those taps, you'd think the bar really does have the largest array of beer in town. But that's not entirely true. We recently counted 105 beers on draft at downtown's Flying Saucer (yes, it took a while) and just as many available by the bottle, so we'll ignore for now Yard House's claim that -- with only 100 beers on tap, it has the largest selection in the world -- and move on to what it does have in spades: food.

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Katharine Shilcutt