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Petrol Station

Bar and Burger Joint$$$$
Oak Forest - Garden Oaks, Houston
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  • Chuck D.
    "Get a seat out on the patio and wait for your Rancor burger."(4 Tips)
    Brandi M.
    "I like the set up and the great beer selection!"(9 Tips)
    Xavier J.
    "Excellent food, great choice of craft beers, lovely beer garden."(7 Tips)
    Hugh M.
    "The drunken Reuben is awesome..."(2 Tips)
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  • Meghan B.
    Meghan BernalMay 20, 2013
    they realized they lost our order about an hour and a half in, a the manager gave us a free round & our meals (rancor &pub burger with garlic parm fries) were BOMB! worth the wait! would go back :)
  • My Table Magazine
    My Table MagazineJune 14, 2013
    This neighborhood hangout draws in beer nerds from all over the city who are seeking the judicious selection of sought-after beers as well as local favorites. The burgers and vegetarian offerings... Read more
  • Denise 
    Denise March 10, 2013
    This was our first time here. Don't come hungry, the wait was long (45+ min). I had the shepherd pie, but I liked my husbands rancor burger better. I suggest going with the reviews of everyone else.
  • Houston Press
    Houston PressAugust 12, 2014
    Houston's first full-scale craft beer bar is still its most respected, if a little worn around the edges from years of cask-tappings and vertical tastings. Read more
  • Sarah P.
    Sarah Peacock 🎈October 5, 2013
    my last two trips here were not gluten free friendly :( HOWEVER, pre GF days I enjoyed their food and beer. The atmosphere is still great too :)
  • Mike M.
    Mike MossJanuary 4, 2016
    Been here 100+ times
    Craft beer Nirvana in Houston! Great food too, but order as soon as you arrive to mitigate the wait. Then just kick back and enjoy!
  • Nikhil K.
    Nikhil KumarMarch 16, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try a beer you've never had before. The bar tenders are knowledgable and passionate about their well-curated beer list. Also, the lamb burger is awesome!
  • David C.
    David CarrJuly 30, 2013
    AWESOME burgers (get the chutney fries with any burger, thank me later) and a constantly rotating tap/bottle selection. Sweet fire pit out back.
  • CultureMap Houston
    CultureMap HoustonJuly 14, 2011
    Bring an open mind and a thirst for something new. The majority of beers here you've never heard of (they're hand-picked), but never fear - the bartenders are happy to help you make a selection.
  • Angela G.
    Angela G.April 17, 2013
    Better know your beer before you order... No bud light at this joint for your water drinkers lol. hummus is awesome. Def a great neighborhood bar.
  • Sean B.
    Sean BarrJuly 18, 2016
    Best place in Houston. Great food. Great beer selection. If you live in Houston and have not been here you have not lived.
  • Jennifer M.
    Jennifer MartinJune 24, 2013
    Don't let the neighborhood fool you - a total hidden gem with a fabulous patio out back. Try the rosemary parmesan fries.
  • Doris W.
    Doris WilhoiteSeptember 14, 2014
    Great beer selection always! Try the veggie burger with cheddar cheese and substitute the fries for pasta. Delicious!!
  • Chuck D.
    Chuck DotsonMay 18, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Great beer, great food, great vibe! Get a seat out on the patio and wait for your Rancor burger. Do it.
  • Greg
    GregFebruary 19, 2013
    The beer selection isn't extremely unusual but the staff is extremely helpful if you are looking for something new. The patio is where you want to hang out
  • Johnathan B.
    Johnathan BelangerMarch 15, 2014
    Really Cool place... Order food early the wait can be long but worth it!! lots of great beer!
  • M H D.
    M H DraperJanuary 30, 2012
    Brews and pub burgers, at a laid back pace? Yep, this is the place. And smack dab in the middle of a quiet neighborhood. How hip!
  • Mary M.
    Mary MagsamenNovember 5, 2013
    They rounded UP my tab to the next dollar. It was only 27 cents, but lets do some math, Round up 100 customers’ bills @ .25¢ each night=$25 x 6 nights a week=$150 a week=$600 a month. Is this legal?
  • Kassidy M.
    Kassidy MenaceMay 10, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The rancor and hulk are both amazing! And they always have the best beers on tap! One of my favorite bars.
  • Cheryl
    CherylApril 3, 2016
    Nice that it's in the neighborhood, but if you are not a beer connoisseur, you might have a difficult time finding a beer.
  • L b.
    L bFebruary 8, 2015
    Reuben, lamb burger, large selection of beers- this place is great but the kitchen gets backed up
  • Xavier J.
    Excellent food, great choice of craft beers, lovely beer garden. Perfect!
  • Jillian C.
    Jillian CohanNovember 4, 2009
    Low-key local joint that has tons of beers & specializes in IPAs. Bartender has been known to shared a patron's homebrew. Wish they were open daytime hours, too. Love the no-frills attitude.
  • Taran
    TaranApril 26, 2016
    Burgers were a bit large to navigate and no silverware was to be found...also asked for Medium Well and was definitely under.
  • Dustin L.
    Dustin LydayAugust 19, 2014
    Craft beer in your face with great food to match. Huge out door patio
  • Azalea W.
    Azalea WAugust 2, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the Rancor and fries if you have a big appetite. The Hippy is very good too.
  • Allison L.
    Allison LeTulleSeptember 30, 2012
    Amazing. Pork belly grilled cheese is delicious. Ask for Kelly. He's rad.
  • john a.
    john archerNovember 26, 2012
    I hear they might have some beers here ;) maybe a burger as well... but try and order a bud light and jeez ;)
  • Cass
    CassOctober 14, 2011
    Best beer selection in town. The bartenders really know their stuff. Great local pub.
  • Kirby T.
    Kirby TrapolinoSeptember 8, 2014
    "Hummus Amongus" hummus plate is huge and delicious. Amazing value.
  • Ben J.
    Ben JacksonNovember 6, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Hard to find a better beer list. And the Rancor burger satisfies the most savage of hungers.
  • Travis C.
    Travis CombelMarch 21, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Come thirsty, not hungry. Great beer. Slowwwwww kitchen. (Not worth the wait - 1 hour for a cold sandwich).
  • Aisha T.
    Aisha TaylorJanuary 6, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Burgers =awesome. Beer = awesome. Great people, great staff. Free wireless. Enjoy!
  • Houston Press
    Houston PressSeptember 25, 2013
    Enjoy the huge, craggy burger topped with salty cheddar cheese with a cool, crisp pint.
  • Chadwick 😎
    Chadwick 😎November 3, 2012
    Try the Rancor - The Rancor: Angus Beef Chuck, Swiss, Cheddar, Egg, & Bacon
  • Alison S.
    Alison SuttonMay 31, 2014
    Super chill, great beer on tap, excellent food.
  • Kireau K.
    Kireau KendrickAugust 3, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    today@2pm, 3hrs before it opened,the OWNER,bless his heart&soul forever,let me in&filled my growler! he is a dear angel!! thank you Angel!!
  • Bob M.
    Bob MaderSeptember 4, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Relax try something new. It may take awhile but the kitchen is awesome
  • Elliott B.
    Elliott BJune 11, 2013
    Good beers and a nice atmosphere, but the new kitchen hasn't made them any faster.
  • Geri D.
    Geri DruckmanJuly 3, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Who'd think that past the beer and the burgers, they actually have some awesome hummus too!!!
  • Imfallible K.
    Imfallible KFebruary 15, 2014
    Great beer selection and very good food.
  • Stephanie
    StephanieMay 4, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Chill place to have some of the best beer available
  • Laura C.
    Laura ChanSeptember 28, 2012
    Best of Houston 2012 - Food & Drink - Best Beer Bar
  • Nanakitteh
    NanakittehJune 12, 2012
    Went there on June 11, but kitchen is closed for remodeling. Supposed to be open in 30 days or so. Bar is still open.
  • Daniel A.
    Daniel AndradeJanuary 25, 2015
    All the food is good, just don't come hungry. Food takes abit
  • Hugo C.
    Hugo CastroAugust 23, 2014
    anytime in that side of town i make sure to stop for a bite to eat and a cold brew.
  • Aksel Q.
    Aksel Quintus-BoszOctober 14, 2015
    Craft beers and creative pub food menu
  • Brandi M.
    Brandi MorganJuly 1, 2016
    I like the set up and the great beer selection!
  • Kassidy M.
    Kassidy MenaceOctober 4, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Check the taplister app for up-to-date beers on draught!
  • NesayEfrain S.
    Food and beer is great, but expect to wait for the food
  • Jennifer G.
    Jennifer GoldmannMay 16, 2012
    If you like Reubens you have to try the Drunken Reuben here. It is crave worthy!
  • Paul B.
    Paul BuiAugust 3, 2015
    Hand cut fries with parmesan and garlic.
  • Jacob L.
    Jacob LindseyMay 11, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    All the burgers are stellar, but go for broke on a Hulk.
  • Rena S.
    Rena S.May 7, 2013
    Loved the Lamb burger---go try it!
  • Laura C.
    Laura ChanFebruary 20, 2012
    Best of Houston 2011 - Top 10 Burgers - #9
  • Omar J.
    Omar J. PetersDecember 28, 2014
    Craft beer from around the Country.
  • Eva K.
    Eva K.November 3, 2011
    Monday night is burger and pint night for $9.99!
  • Greg F.
    Greg FugateOctober 21, 2016
    Burgers & Beer. WhT more do you need...
  • Amanda R.
    Amanda ReynadoDecember 22, 2009
    Great Place to hit after work for HH cozy atmosphere. Good Microbrew, try the hummus.
  • Jean H.
    Jean HorstMarch 3, 2013
    Love the Dive Bar vibe here!
  • Laura C.
    Laura ChanFebruary 20, 2012
    Best of Houston 2011 - Top 5 Bar Food - #2
  • Stacia R.
    Stacia RabithMarch 25, 2013
    Great happy hour beer prices
  • Dean B.
    Dean BetzAugust 13, 2010
    Often have cask ales (just not tonight). Friendly but becoming a bit too popular.
  • Hugh M.
    Hugh McCullochFebruary 23, 2012
    The drunken Reuben is awesome...
  • Sylvia B.
    Sylvia BenavidezDecember 9, 2012
    i like your sweet back side
  • Counterpart F.
    The lamb burger #awesome
  • Andrew L.
    Andrew LitwinJanuary 12, 2015
    Lamb burger was perfect!
  • Nicole B.
    Nicole Buergers 🐝March 27, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Rosemary Feta Fries for the freaking win!
  • Kail G.
    Kail GrahamJune 3, 2013
    Try the Rancor. That is all.
  • Sara E.
    Sara EudyJuly 4, 2011
    Who's the foxy gentleman with the glasses, short hairs & neck tattoos? Swoon.
  • Kevin G.
    Kevin GeeFebruary 27, 2013
    The Rancor Burger
  • heather g.
    heather gallowayApril 30, 2013
    They round your bill up to the next whole dollar.... Where is my change going???
  • Grant B.
    Grant BeeryMarch 11, 2016
    Jerk Chicken sandwich was awesome.
  • Paige A.
    Paige AselJanuary 20, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The macaroni is delish!
  • David W.
    David WillettFebruary 8, 2010
    Go to Petrol Station with your dogs. Get the shepherd's pie. Hang on the patio.
  • Sean B.
    Sean BarrJuly 18, 2016
    Beer, Food, Atmosphere
  • Tim T.
    Tim ThraerynMay 7, 2011
    Hope you like two things here: beer and yelling for attention. All the worst aspects of a bar without a full bar.
  • Bob M.
    Bob MaderSeptember 14, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Be a Jedi. Try something new and powerful.
  • Tyler B.
    Tyler BakenhusJanuary 8, 2014
    Dogfish head 61 gwt it!
  • Jose A.
    Jose Alvarez-LugoMay 17, 2014
    Fine... I'll say it. Increadibly long wait time for good.
  • Cortney M.
    Cortney MartinMay 17, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Drink beer. Be happy. That's all.
  • Christina L.
    Christina LynnApril 5, 2013
    Good lamb burger.
  • Holly D.
    Holly DangerMay 19, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Bring a citronella candle!
  • Sara E.
    Sara EudyOctober 1, 2011
    Eddies got the best behind the bar bootie.
  • Matthew C.
    Matthew CooperApril 18, 2012
    Kitchen closes at 11pm. Come 9 minutes after and the bartender will answer your request for a burger with, "No." Manners here? No.
  • Paul L.
    Paul LaforetFebruary 28, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Parmesan. Garlic. Fries.
  • Jamaica W.
    Jamaica WhiteJanuary 17, 2016
    Kale salad!
  • SpaceTex M.
    SpaceTex MendellOctober 2, 2010
    Don't believe the chalkboard. The taps tell the tale.
  • Natan V.
    White chilli
  • Kireau K.
    Kireau KendrickAugust 12, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    IPA heaven!
  • Amanda R.
    Amanda ReynadoJanuary 4, 2010
    Also lamb burger is great - try it.
  • matt m.
    matt martoneFebruary 8, 2010
    Crazy Good Burgers and Real Draft Beers
  • Paulo B.
    Paulo BeccaroAugust 23, 2015
    The Rancor
  • samuel h.
    samuel hardemanOctober 5, 2009
    Good burger and good beers
  • Matt H.
    Matt HunnefeldJanuary 15, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Rancor Rancor Rancor
  • Tim
    TimNovember 6, 2012
    Very poor service, rude staff.
  • Samuel eli V.
    Samuel eli ValleMarch 24, 2013
    No hagan mucha chorcha en la fila, consejo dejado por los zombies
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