8th Wonder Brewery: Craft Beers, Art, Food, and Fun in EaDo Houston
EaDo is Amazing!
EaDo refers to the east side of downtown Houston. It is currently a hot spot for artistic expression and development, whereas, in the past, it was somewhat derelict.
The 8th Wonder Brewery is in EaDo along with Discovery Green Park, the George R. Brown Convention Center, Toyota Center, Minute Maid Park, BBVA Compass Stadium, plus many other attractions which now lure visitors to this side of downtown Houston.
My husband and I recently spent part of St. Patrick’s Day to check out some of the graffiti murals in downtown. Since there were many such murals directly across the street from the 8th Wonder Brewery, and on a building to the back of the brewery on Polk Street, we decided to stop and take a look. The ones featured above are a small sample of what you would see in person.
What also immediately drew our attention was the David Adickes We Love Houston sculpture (love portrayed as a heart shape) that used to reside along the Katy Freeway. It is now outside of the fenced area in the back of the brewery. I was photographing The New Art Era mural when I spotted the David Adickes sculpture. And then the 36 feet tall Beatles sculptures inside of the fence were next noted. They are hard to miss seeing as they tower over everything within view! That made us want to enter the grounds of the brewery to see more, and I am so glad that we did!
The address of the 8th Wonder Brewery is 2202 Dallas Street, Houston, Texas 77003. Except for a few major holidays, they are open every day of the week from 11 AM to 10 PM Monday to Saturday and from 11 AM to 6 PM on Sundays. Street parking, as well as a pay lot directly across from the brewery, is available.
Immediately apparent upon entering the building is the inspiration for the name of this establishment. The Astrodome, which many people still know as “The 8th Wonder of the World,” is on view in bits and pieces, such as actual Astrodome seating. It is a casual setting where people can relax and have fun.
Giant TV screens provide patrons of this brewery the ability to watch teams playing sports while they sip their chosen beverage of choice in air-conditioned comfort inside of the building.
Craft beers have cute names such as Rocket Fuel, Astroturf, Dome Faux’m, and Brewston to name just a few. Non-alcoholic drinks are also available. People can taste samples of beer on tap before ordering.
The best deal for regular patrons is to pay $15 for three beer tokens which include a 16-ounce souvenir glass. $12 buys tokens for three 12-ounce beers in plastic glasses. $5 buys one 12-ounce beer. Once a person has the souvenir glass, it can be used over and over again for the cost of one beer token. Thus, one gets 4-ounces of beer principally for free. The extra $3 for the souvenir glass is less than the price of a single beer. The beer tokens never expire.
The 8th Wonder Brewery is very pet and family friendly. People can bring kids of all ages and pets as long as the pets are on leashes.
The exterior is called WonderWorld. Picnic tables under a shade structure along with seating in old shipping containers provide many seats as well as a few out in the sun for those who wish to absorb some Vitamin D.
Several people were taking turns tossing bean bags into the cornhole boards. It is a lively setting! Patrons can hear live music played at times. We were at the brewery mid-afternoon, and the main noises we heard were people talking and laughing amidst this pleasant urban setting.
People can purchase food from food trucks stationed there. We enjoyed some delicious tacos to accompany our glasses of beer.
A celebration of the arts takes place at the 8th Wonder Brewery inside as well as outside. From sculptures to murals, paintings to artistry made using screws (yes, screws!) the art is present just about everywhere one looks.
If you enjoy craft beers and family fun, put the 8th Wonder Brewery on your list of places to visit. We certainly enjoyed our time spent there! You can watch the video below to find out how this brewery came to be.