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.
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.
(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.
Awesome spot. Come as you are, small dive joint kind of place. Very personable service. No flights, which sucks, but pretty generous with the small samples. They do sell half pint pours. Great beer list - 28 taps this day. Love this place.
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!
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.
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 (158) Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas | November 24, 2009| Updated June 16, 2014
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.