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.
Can I just say that I love this place and Mora 2000, as I understand your want for TX beer, many of the local Houston places do focus on that and only Texas beer so I find it refreshing that we can get some excellent choices at The petrol Station.
Mora2000 (101) McKinney, Texas | November 20, 2011| Updated July 29, 2012
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.
Great selection and knowledgeable staff!!
One tip: when you order food, make sure you substitute your chips for fries!
djd07 (45) Houston, Texas | September 23, 2011| Updated October 6, 2012
One of the best beer bars in town. Now with a larger tap selection they consistently have a different selection of amazing beers. Several rare beers tapped here monthly and host good events. The food is phenomenal and is always worth the wait. Have to stop here while in town, the only bar smack in the middle of a neighborhood.
Selection is excellent.
This is a place to enjoy conversation with a date or fellow patrons. The atmosphere is very friendly. This is a hipster place but they could use some waitstaff to attend to outside patrons that don’t want to leave their stuff unattended while ordering food or beverages. They have a limited food menu but are very creative in their selection. It tends to be high calorie but reasonable in price for the quantity.
I feel very comfortable here. No pressure.
They need more fans for cooling for the patios. It gets hot in the summer. I’m sure they will need more heating in the winter also but you always feel warmer after a glass of ale.
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). It’s 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.
LinusStick (65) 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 Texas’ zoning laws are different than where I’m 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
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.