The Petrol Station | Houston, Texas
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The Petrol Station
Excellent based on 35 ratings
Type: Bar

985 Wakefield Dr
Houston, Texas United States 77018 [ print map ]
713 957 2875

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Hours: M 5pm-12am; T-F 2pm-12am; Sat 11am-1am; Sun 11am-8pm


Mayor: djd07 (7) | Taps: 35 | Bottles: 1


The Petrol Station

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Beer Available At The Petrol Station (arranged by most recent)
Real Ale 18th Anniversary (XVIII) 92, Lagunitas Undercover Investigation Shut-Down Ale 98, Dogfish Head Burton Baton 99, (512) IPA 95, Avery Tweak (Meph Addict) 100, To ōl Jule Mślk 95, No Label Eleven Amp IPA , Real Ale Benedictum 96, Buffalo Bayou Red Velvet Stout 75, No Label Vanilla Bean Elda M. Milk Stout , 8th Wonder Hopston 53, Prairie Artisan Ales Prairie Noir 99, Southern Tier Blackwater Series: Choklat 100, Founders Backwoods Bastard 100, Goose Island Bourbon County Stout 100, Buffalo Bayou Gingerbread Stout 95, Dogfish Head American Beauty 93, Buffalo Bayou Smoke on the Bayou 80, Green Flash Green Bullet 98, Goose Island Matilda Lambicus 88
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35 reviews for The Petrol Station
 Ambiance  80%
 Service  73%
 Selection  81%
 Food  86%
 Value  81%
 Overall  82%
 Rating  85%
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  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 15/20
DrinkingFrog  (3) Texas | August 15, 2011
When Petrol is not very crowded, it is one of my favorite places i\on the planet. The owner and bartenders are friendly. The mood is mellow. The beer is flowing. The food comes right out. It is a wonderland. When it gets crowded, though, it is a much more difficult place to enjoy. Since there is only bar service, you have to find a hole in the small bar to get served. The small interior gets very, very loud and noisy. Bathroom lines become very long. Food can take up to an hour to come out. If you are fine with that, you will still have a great time. If you are not okay with that, just go when it is not a crazy time. You can count on the beers to be in good condition, and you can count on finding something that you might not be able to find anywhere else in town (or, maybe, only one other place). The selection tends toward the "bigger, higher, faster, stronger" mentality. If you are looking for your milder, tamer beers, you will have only a few choices. With the recent tap expansion, there is more variety. The food is some of the best in town. As I mentioned, though, the kitchen is small, so wait times can get pretty long when there is a crowd. The Petrol Station is a place you have to get to know (or be introduced by someone who knows it). Itís like that surly guy who, when just let the first wave of attitude roll off your back, becomes your best friend. They really do want to advance the cause of good, craft beer, and they work hard at it.
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  AMBIANCE 2/5   SERVICE 2/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 9/20
LinusStick  (47) Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania | August 9, 2011
A unique and out of the way beer bar. When the GPS told me I was coming up on it I was worried that there were 2 Wakefield Drives because the place is literally in a residential area. I guess Texasí zoning laws are different than where Iím from. Anyhow I went there at 9 (they close at 10) and the bartender saw us sit down and helped other people and wiped down the counter before waiting on us (there were only 4 other people there). After the first beer another bartender came out and he saw that our beers were empty. He just talked to some of the staff and kept looking over at us. I finally had to wave him over so I could have one more and get out before they close. Selection was awesome. Maybe I caught the bartenders on a bad day
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  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 18/20
Etrimm1987  (2) Texas | July 19, 2011
Very cool bar located in a neighborhood surrounded by houses. Service is always great and with it being a craft beer bar every time I go theirs always something new to try. Easily one if the best small bars in Houston.
84
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 18/20
wrxkaboom  (2) juneau, Alaska | July 14, 2011
Service and food can be a bit slow when crowded...otherwise excellent all around, and good pints of micros for $4, hard to beat that. Petrol is meant for enjoying a good beer, and it deliveres.
70
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 15/20
stephenj007  (15) Houston, Texas | May 16, 2011
Nice place, good selection of quality taps. Food was good, my wife loved the lamb burger, cooked perfectly to her liking....rare. I had the meatloaf sandwich....ok, but more like a oval hamburger patty with meatloaf fixinsí in it, but still tasty. Fries were greasy and soggy...need work. Prices were reasonable, a good value. staff was friendly and helpful with samples and suggestions. We went on Saturday morning around 1145. It was not real crowded, just a few locals it appeared. By the time we left at 130pm, it was getting full. Overall, a good place, unique atmosphere and location, a nice experience. We will visit again.
78
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
n2pux  (17) Houston, Texas | February 7, 2011| Updated February 6, 2013
If I lived closer I would probably be a regular. Small selection but usually very high quality beers. Great local atmosphere. Famous for their grub. Recommended.
86
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 18/20
jtortorice  (1) Beaumont, Texas | December 6, 2010
Went here for the first time recently. I love this place! The beer on tap is excellent. The food is excellent. The customer service was excellent as well. I have only two things that need improvement. The cleanliness of the establishment was questionable as well as the parking. Those two issues are common for excellent watering holes. I canít wait to go back here.
80
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 19/20
HumanBeing  (10) Houston, Texas | November 30, 2010
limited selection, but great brews, food is some of the best bar food in town
82
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 18/20
BeerRules  (14) Houston, Texas | November 6, 2010
Selection is limited, but there are always great brews on tap. Food is awesome, I havenít had a burger this good in a long time. They always have cool events going on ( add them on facebook). They are expanding the number of taps they have and they are in the process of making a brew house. They fill growlers and have casks on tap from time to time as well. Great atmosphere, great people, great food and beer. My favorite place to drink in Houston.
86
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 19/20
carboloader  (20) Houston, Texas | June 22, 2010| Updated February 25, 2014
Ok, this place is a good 45 minute drive from my house and STILL it is my favorite place to visit in the Houston metro area. The food is as good as Hobbit Cafe (and from what I understand, a former chef used to work there). The ambiance is completely small interior bar, with huge backyard and front/side patios, hophead heavy taps of the best according to Ratebeer and Beer Advocate and always several local Texas start-up brews. Their dedicated fans have made them Stoneís Most Bitter Bar winner three years in a row (I did my part too). Iíve been there over a few dozen times and have met great folks each time. Music comes from the retro jimi hendrix variety playlist along with a vinyl turntable of great albums (unless they got rid of this lately). Depending on when you arrive and place your food order, you may have to wait a while (like 45 - 90 minutes at peak times) for the food, but time it right, and itís hard to beat. Go Saturday or Sunday for lunch and you can usually sit at the bar. So do these guys know their beer? Ummm, yes. Do they know their food? Yep. Do they need more inside space? Yes. Go when everyone is recovering from the night before. Like I said, I drive 45 minutes and this is THE best place in the entire area to be at if you are a hopheap and foodie. I love this place!!

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