8th Wonder Brewery: Craft Beers, Art, Food & Fun in Houston

Updated on April 18, 2020
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I live in Houston, and I have worked as a nurse. My interests include art, traveling, reading, gardening, cooking, and our wonderful pets.

Mural across from 8th Wonder Brewery by Donkeeboy
Mural across from 8th Wonder Brewery by Donkeeboy | Source

8th Wonder Brewery

The 8th Wonder Brewery is in the EaDo district of Houston along with Discovery Green Park, the George R. Brown Convention Center, Toyota Center, Minute Maid Park, BBVA Compass Stadium, plus many other attractions. Many people now like to visit this side of downtown Houston.

"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.

Graffiti Art and Murals Across From 8th Wonder Brewery

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Art by anamarietta across from the brewery
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Art by anamarietta across from the brewery
Art by anamarietta across from the brewery | Source

Much Art to Be Seen in Eado

My husband and I recently spent part of a Sunday afternoon checking out some of the graffiti murals in downtown Houston. 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-foot 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!

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The "New Art Era" mural on Polk Street near the "We Love Houston" sculpture by David AdickesThe David Adickes sculpture is outside the back fence at 8th Wonder BreweryThe David Adickes Beatles sculptures, viewed from outside the back fence
The "New Art Era" mural on Polk Street near the "We Love Houston" sculpture by David Adickes
The "New Art Era" mural on Polk Street near the "We Love Houston" sculpture by David Adickes | Source
The David Adickes sculpture is outside the back fence at 8th Wonder Brewery
The David Adickes sculpture is outside the back fence at 8th Wonder Brewery | Source
The David Adickes Beatles sculptures, viewed from outside the back fence
The David Adickes Beatles sculptures, viewed from outside the back fence | Source

Location

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 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Saturday, and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays. Street parking, as well as a pay lot directly across from the brewery, is available.

8th Wonder Brewery exterior
8th Wonder Brewery exterior | Source

The 8th Wonder of the World

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. At the same time, they sip their chosen beverage of choice in air-conditioned comfort inside of the building.

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Taproom barInside of the breweryInside of the breweryInside of the breweryOld Astrodome seats inside of the 8th Wonder Brewery
Taproom bar
Taproom bar | Source
Inside of the brewery
Inside of the brewery | Source
Inside of the brewery
Inside of the brewery | Source
Inside of the brewery
Inside of the brewery | Source
Old Astrodome seats inside of the 8th Wonder Brewery
Old Astrodome seats inside of the 8th Wonder Brewery | Source

Craft Beers

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 brewery is very pet and family-friendly. People can bring kids of all ages and pets as long as the pets are on leashes.

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Outside grounds (WonderWorld)Very pet and kid-friendly placeOutside grounds (Wonderworld)
Outside grounds (WonderWorld)
Outside grounds (WonderWorld) | Source
Very pet and kid-friendly place
Very pet and kid-friendly place | Source
Outside grounds (Wonderworld)
Outside grounds (Wonderworld) | Source

WonderWorld

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.

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We enjoyed tacos from the Black Market Burritos food truck.Food trucks and people tossing bean bags outsideBrewston graphic mural by Alex Roman Jr., aka Donkeeboy
We enjoyed tacos from the Black Market Burritos food truck.
We enjoyed tacos from the Black Market Burritos food truck. | Source
Food trucks and people tossing bean bags outside
Food trucks and people tossing bean bags outside | Source
Brewston graphic mural by Alex Roman Jr., aka Donkeeboy
Brewston graphic mural by Alex Roman Jr., aka Donkeeboy | Source

Art Everywhere!

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.

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Beatles sculptures by David Adickes on the grounds of 8th Wonder BreweryBeatles sculptures by David AdickesSculptures by David AdickesShowing just how tall these Beatles sculptures are in comparison to people.David Adickes sculpture on grounds at 8th Wonder BreweryArt discoveries at the breweryArt discoveries at the breweryDONKEEBOY art (made using screws)Detail of DONKEEBOY art (made using screws)
Beatles sculptures by David Adickes on the grounds of 8th Wonder Brewery
Beatles sculptures by David Adickes on the grounds of 8th Wonder Brewery | Source
Beatles sculptures by David Adickes
Beatles sculptures by David Adickes | Source
Sculptures by David Adickes
Sculptures by David Adickes | Source
Showing just how tall these Beatles sculptures are in comparison to people.
Showing just how tall these Beatles sculptures are in comparison to people. | Source
David Adickes sculpture on grounds at 8th Wonder Brewery
David Adickes sculpture on grounds at 8th Wonder Brewery | Source
Art discoveries at the brewery
Art discoveries at the brewery | Source
Art discoveries at the brewery
Art discoveries at the brewery | Source
DONKEEBOY art (made using screws)
DONKEEBOY art (made using screws) | Source
Detail of DONKEEBOY art (made using screws)
Detail of DONKEEBOY art (made using screws) | Source

Recommendation

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.

Questions & Answers

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      • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

        Peggy Woods 

        3 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi FlourishAnyway,

        This place does have a relaxed vibe. Yes, I am sure that many people missed going here during the pandemic lockdown period. Restaurants have now reopened in Texas with enough spacing between tables, but not yet the bars. I think it is a bit early without adequate testing in place, so I'll not yet be venturing out.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        3 weeks ago from USA

        The art, bean bag tossing and bring your leashed pets policy seems to give the place a funky cool vibe. I bet people have missed this place during the lockdown.

      • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

        Peggy Woods 

        6 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Liz,

        That will be interesting to learn about those distilleries from you. Back in the days when the film had to be developed, I have many of those photos put into albums. It takes a while, but I can upload them into the computer and then use them for posts like this. Using digital cameras has made our life so much easier!

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        Liz Westwood 

        6 weeks ago from UK

        Visits to the Heineken and Guinness breweries took place when I had my old film SLR camera. In those days I didn't take so many photos and they are harder to upload onto an article. I have visited other places more recently though, including a rum distillery and a gin distillery. One day I hope to write about them.

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        Peggy Woods 

        6 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Bill,

        As you mentioned, the art and sculptures really do take this craft brewery to another level.

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        Bill De Giulio 

        6 weeks ago from Massachusetts

        We have taken to visiting craft breweries when we travel and this one looks wonderful. So colorful and lively. The artwork and sculptures really add a dimension that separates the 8th Wonder Brewery from the competition.

      • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

        Peggy Woods 

        7 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Liz,

        It sounds like the breweries you visited were much larger than this unique craft brewery in Houston. If you took photos, perhaps you could write about your experiences? For those of us who will probably never visit the ones you mentioned, it would be interesting.

      • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

        Peggy Woods 

        7 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Lorna,

        I think that the owners of this brewery had some fun naming their craft beers. Yes, those sculptures are amazing!

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        Liz Westwood 

        7 weeks ago from UK

        Many years ago, I used to think of breweries as dull and boring manufacturing places. All that changed after visits to the Heineken Experience in Amsterdam and the Guinness brewery in Dublin. Since then we have been to a few more, but none as bright and colourful as this one.

      • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

        Peggy Woods 

        7 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Bill,

        We don't often drink beer, but once in a while, it tastes good. I admire you for abstaining! What truly makes this place special is all of the art located there.

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        Lorna Lamon 

        7 weeks ago

        It sounds like the perfect way to spend an afternoon Peggy. I love the diversity of the murals and the sculpture of the Beatles is amazing - the sheer size of it. Given that it is pet and family friendly makes it an ideal spot to enjoy the day. Rocket fuel is such a good name for a beer, perfect for this 8th Wonder Brewery. A very enjoyable trip.

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        Bill Holland 

        7 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

        So many excellent craft beers are available now, and I can't have any of them. Sigh! But I have learned to play with the hand I've been dealt, and it's all good in my life.

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