Selection is not huge, but it is extremely high quality. Last night I had a Dogfish Head Theobroma, St. Arnold Bishop’s Barrel #4, and Clown Shoes Blaecorn Unidragon. Did I mention that the food is out of this world? Best. Burger. Ever.
(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.
Old gas station all cleaned up but charmingly rugged edges. All things ordered at the bar for a rotation of bartenders. The line looks intimidatingly long often, but it moves pretty quick. Few if any bottles, but has a great tap list that touches on a bit of everything. Food was upscale bar and good. The tap ended up large but I, and several others were super hammered.
This place is simply fantastic. The staff is great and will freely offer selection advice or a taste. The food is great and they are currently expanding their kitchen. There is more outside seating then indoor but as long as its not raining its fine.
I love the Petrol Station. They have the best selection of microbrews in town and offer a great selection of delicious bar food as well. Everyone recommends the burgers but to me their single best dish is the pulled pork sandwich. It’s amazing. They have a wide variety of craft beers to choose from and it’s always rotating. Seating inside can be hard to find but once you’re there, you stay for a while so it’s no big deal. Great happy hour specials and fantastic special events make this a weekly hangout for me.
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!
Ambiance: Located in a very residential area. You’re driving down a road lined with houses and BAM, there it is, in what appears to be an old gas station (hence the name, I assume). Not much parking right out front, but there’s a large-ish parking lot directly across the street. Some outside seating and (I think) a wood-burning stove right out front, then you’re inside. Small-ish interior, and comfortably appointed, but not fancily: wooden seating, a nice slab of bar space, medium lighting. Very generous outdoor patio with a large fire/stove going and covered seating. If temps cooperate, it’s perfect. Service: Extremely friendly, enthusiastic about beer, and clearly knowledgeable. Selection: This listing shows 15 taps, but there were more like 30. I’ve only been the once, but there was a WIDE selection across all styles, from mostly (if not all) craft brewers. Food: Oustanding. I had the chorizo-laden mac & cheese. One co-worker had a giant reuben and the other had a burger the size of a dodgeball, topped with a fried egg. All of us were enthused. Fries were awesome. Value: Came down from DC, so prices were great compared to what I’m used to. About 6 bucks for a beer, food in the $10 range. Overall: What a cool place. Traveling to Houston on business, looked for something on the northern side of the city, and ratebeer showed this as the highest-rated place on the north/west side for bars. Was not disappointed.
I have mixed feelings about this place. While the atmosphere and ambiance are good, this is a place I only care to come to when I suspect the crowd will be small, say like on a Friday after a holiday when everyone else is out shopping. The food is quite good and the tap selection is very good with a good rotation among what is available. They are always bringing in stuff that is new to Houston and hard to get. Lots of excellent choices. My beef is that they want to hold events and draw big crowds, yet the small interior is not conducive to large crowds and they do not ensure fire code limits are adhered to. On top of that, they never seem to have enough bartenders to handle the events, thus, the wait can be quite long. Even on slower days the bartenders are not that attentive. I think the owner realizes he will have lots of people show up regardless of how poorly they are served as the situation is continuously repeated, never seeming to improve. Avoid their special events, or Friday and Saturday evening for that matter, unless you like to stand in lines waiting for long periods to get a beer. there are better alternatives in Houston, in my opinion.