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Beer Available At The Petrol Station (arranged by most recent)
Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale 89, Odell Mountain Standard Double Black IPA 99, Buffalo Bayou Great White Buffalo , Stone Reason Be Damned 93, Prairie Artisan Ales Barrel Aged Bomb 100, Prairie Artisan Ales Wine Barrel Noir 99, Odell Dr. Acula 88, Saint Arnold Boiler Room Berliner Weisse 82, Real Ale 18th Anniversary (XVIII) Gose 89, Lagunitas Undercover Investigation Shut-Down Ale 98, Dogfish Head Burton Baton 99, (512) IPA 95
Dogbrick (783) Columbus, Ohio | April 8, 2013
86 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
(Visited 02/2013): Petrol Station is located on Wakefield Drive in north Houston not too far off 610. There is a small parking lot plus street spots available.
The exterior immediately confirms where the place got its name, as it was clearly a gas station at some point. There is a small patio in front, and the front doors open immediately to a cozy bar. The bar runs along the rear and right wall, and there are a few high tables opposite. Lots of breweriana and humorous touches, like a "Christopher Walk-In" cooler, and beers on the chalkboard divided by "Youngling", "Padawan", and "Jedi". Large patio/beer garden in the back too.
Petrol Station has over 30 beers on tap with Texas breweries like St. Arnold, Deep Ellum and Real Ale in attendance. Other domestic craft brewers like Deschutes, Lagunitas and Sierra Nevada as well. I did not note any bottled beer.
Service at the bar and on the patio on a weekday evening was friendly and knowledgeable.
Dinner at Petrol Station for my colleagues and I was thoroughly enjoyed all around.
Overall this is a very enjoyable beer spot to hit in Houston, I would definitely put it near the top of the list for future visits.
Ferris (725) Burnaby, British Columbia | April 1, 2014
76 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 15/20
A small bar with a large outdoor space. In the middle of a residential area and serve yourself and casual vibe. Decent tap list, mostly Pacific North West beers. Chalk boards which are a bit of a pain to read and so small lots of initials to represent breweries which makes it hard to order. A decent bar, but a bit pricey.
Sammy (574) Toronto, Ontario | January 4, 2015
66 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 15/20
Usa bar with lots of good national taps. Good on tap mixtures.
bytemesis (445) Sunnyvale, California | July 16, 2014
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
Small eclectic little place, kind of in the middle of nowhere really. Plus is that parking is a breeze. Pretty empty mid afternoon on Wedensday, but was picking up nicely by the time I left. Certainly not large; a 10 seat bar and a few tables inside, but there is outside seating both in front and in a pretty big beer garden out back, so that is pretty cool. Lots of erased slots on the board when I was there, but still a pretty interesting taplist. No flights, but they do half pints on the stuff that is served in pints in the first place. Staff was friendly and reasonable beer savvy. I would hang out here if it were in my neighborhood. Food was pretty good, prices were really reasonable for most things.
deyholla (349) Minneapolis, Minnesota | May 17, 2012
92 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 19/20
One of my favorite places! The place itself is small, but great out door seating. Bartenders can be a bit rude but overall are nice and helpful. The burgers are the best in Houston in my opinion! Prices a very fair and selection is large and rotates frequently. Half pint available. I love this place!
KAggie97 (220) Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas | December 13, 2009
68 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
Nice little pub tucked away in the Oak something or another neighborhood. Tap selection is small but the selection is great. If you donít like the current offerings, wait a week. According to the bartender on duty, the selection changes every seven days, usually on Saturday. Very knowledgable staff and very conversational. A bit bohemian in decor but it works for the locale. Definitely worth a visit if youíre nearby. Oh, and once you get into the neighborhood, donít worry. Itís there, tucked amongst the houses and such. Not a commercial area, in other words.
vipinvelp (219) Velp, Netherlands | March 19, 2013
68 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 13/20
Small for US standards, but large patio. Interesting croud, looks like many beer lovers around. Interesting list of taps available. Service is bit difficult to draw attention. Will go back.
SudsMcDuff (183) .....Manchester United.........., Texas | March 25, 2010
52 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 8/20
This place could get two different kinds of ratings: an awesome place early in the day when no ones around but jesus, turns unbearable at night, takes 20-30 mins to order a beer and you have to shout at the top of your lungs at the same time .. . Great burger, horrible horrible fries. One bathroom for the entire place, took 30 mins just to pee. place has grow to big for its boots.. i will only go again if in the area and if they expand the bathrooms, servers, and taps.. but the 10 taps they do have were quality, mostly big beers- no sessions... they do the occasion cask and the parkings a joke, maybe 7 spots then all down the streets. ..
bleeng (143) Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas | November 24, 2009| Updated June 16, 2014
84 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
True neighborhood bar. Nice eclectic selection of mainly domestic micros that was well thought out. Iíve had the reuben twice-excellent!! 3 outside seating areas-great to beat the sun in the summer. And to top it all-a classic Star Trek pinball machine. Very cool. Wish this was closer to my neighborhood.
Mora2000 (101) McKinney, Texas | November 20, 2011| Updated July 29, 2012
68 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 13/20
Updated rating: Decided to give Petrol Station another try and was once again disappointed. There were 6 or 7 Texas beers on tap, but only one was from Houston. Where is the love for the local guys?
Stopped by during a recent trip to Houston. While the tap selection was very good, I was disappointed by the lack of Texas beers. Of the 25 or so beers on tap during my visit, only three were from Texas (one from 512 and two from Karbach). I was hoping to see some Ranger Creek, No Label, Live Oak or Independence, Austin Beer Works. From the availability list on RateBeer it looks like other Texas beers have been present in the past, so maybe this was a one time thing. But I was just hoping to see the bar focusing on Texas taps, not national taps that I can get in Dallas. Still, a very nice place with helpful service, my only gripe is the lack of Texas taps. I also liked that they sold half pints of all of their beers.
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