We had just rolled into Texas and were thirsty. A quick check of the inter-webs said that the Petrol Station was nearby and caught my attention.
I love when buildings are repurposed. Wether it’s a lighthouse into a home or a bank into a restaurant, I am always impressed when someone reuses a building rather than just leveling it. We’ve seen a couple of old gas stations that have become craft beer bars and Petrol Station is a great example of this.
Tucked away in a neighborhood, the Petrol Station has done a nice job creating a comfortable contemporary space from the old gas station. Outside seating abounds, out front and in a back courtyard. There’s a small wooden bar inside as well as a few picnic style tables. When we visited the Simpsons way playing on the TV and the crowd was light but friendly and local.
The draft selection was top-notch, including a variety of local and craft favorites. We had a Dechutes Chasin’ Freshies IPA which was delicious.
The food menu was somewhat of a spin on traditional pub fare. With items like pulled pork tacos alongside burgers and snacks. I went with the Rancor burger which is a burger with bacon cooked into the meat and topped with even more bacon and a fried egg. It was delicious. They were happy to substitute a salad for the fries, which is the least I could do to balance the glutton that was this sandwich.
For a small bar, tucked away in a neighborhood, I was mighty impressed by this place. It was a great first impression of Houston and the Texas craft beer scene in general.
Visit them yourself at:
985 Wakefield Drive, Houston, TX 77018