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The Ginger Man

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Taps: 81 / Bottles: 66
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
95
world-class

79 Ratings
Ratings: 79
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 7.48%
$$ - reasonable


[ Bar, Eatery ]

301 Lavaca St
Austin, Texas, 78701-3936
United States
phone: (512) 473-8801

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @austingingerman

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orangesol

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | $$

Made a quick stop downtown on my way to Rainey Street to check out the Ginger Man. Atmosphere was pretty solid, only a few people inside at the bar while the rest were out back enjoying the nice weather. Quality was pretty high, nice building inside and out and the beers were all served in correct glasses. Service was good, had to wait a bit for my bill but they were just starting an event and it was becoming a bit hectic. Selection was pretty good, beers from all over the world as well as plenty from TX. Prices were on par with all of the other bars I visited in the area. Overall an awesome beer bar in the heart of the city, I would definitely return if I am ever in the area again.

02-26-2014 04:30:46 | More by orangesol
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Choch

Texas

4/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$

Its a great place, even though its always crowded. The atmosphere is great and the staff knows about beer and are always willing to help.
They have an amazing beer selection.
Food is not that good, but its all about the beer anyway, right?
The only thing i didnt like is that sometimes they are out of some beers.
Its a must if you are in Austin.

08-30-2013 00:41:03 | More by Choch
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DanE

Connecticut

4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$

I have been here twice now while on business. A great place to belly up, many passionate beer drinkers. Awesome outside area as well. Very interesting and eclectic layout. Has the ole modernized 18th century style English pub look. Two hearted, sculpin, liefmans Flanders, 60min/ 90min, Hoptimum etc... A handful of locals. A must go if staying in downtown or south Austin.

06-21-2013 01:30:36 | More by DanE
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elNopalero

Texas

4.28/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $

There’s over 40 beers on tap here by my estimation, including two on hand-pump. Located near the heart of downtown Austin, it has that vibe somewhere between a downtown afterwork hangout (at least, on the day I visited there were waves of happy hour haunters coming in) and hip beer geek hangout (until it got crowded I enjoyed sitting next to some fellow craft beer enthusiasts and musing poetically about hoppy brew).
The physical space is dark, quiet during the daytime but quickly turns lively. Lots of local options and a staff that was busy but didn’t ignore me when I was ready for another.

02-29-2012 02:08:35 | More by elNopalero
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HeavyCsOptician

Mississippi

4.14/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$

Was in Austin a couple of weeks ago for a wedding. Needless to say we would be partaking in a few beverages. The groom had lived in Austin before and highly suggested The Ginger Man.

As described it is a very low lit, intimate setting with a plethora of choices to choose from. Also has a fair menu if you are going to dining while having a drink. There is a room in the back with tables to sit and have conversation away from all of the bar noise. We chose to sit on the cozy couches and watch the Longhorns.

I am a pils guy so I had a couple of Czech Pils. However the draught selection is superb. We ended up going to The Ginger Man twice over the weekend. Whether it is to just chill, watch the game, or throw darts this place was very deserving of its high rating.

12-01-2011 03:14:52 | More by HeavyCsOptician
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JoEBoBpr

Missouri

4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$

Was visiting Austin and as always have to find my way to one of the local beer spots. BA pointed me towards The Ginger Man.

Very cool dark feel inside. Once you walk in there is a rectangular bar that is narrow and extends for a way towards the back of the building. Near the entrance there is a nice living room like area with some couches a couple of TVs and some books plus some cool bear-themed decorations.

The selection and quality were good as far as I could tell. A decent amount of locals with some of the more readily available crafts like Blvd, Chimay, etc.

The atmosphere was chill, warm and inviting. I would definitely frequent this place if I lived here.

They have a bear garden and more wide seating areas at the back of the building but I stayed near the front for the most part.

11-15-2011 04:28:43 | More by JoEBoBpr
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Geigespieler

South Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$

Went here on a Friday night while in town for a conference at UT. The place was quite busy, but I found a spot at the bar and tried the roast beef sandwich and two beers: a local Alt and a local Braggot. Service was very attentive in spite of the crowd. Sandwich was very tasty, though the food options were somewhat limited. Beer selection was quite diverse and the two I tried were very nice. I was also offered samples of two other beers that I asked about. Unfortunately, the Austin Craft Beer Festival was starting the day I had to leave town, but I'm glad I was able to stop by. They only charged me for one beer and the sandwich and told me not to worry about it when I pointed this out (I left a nice tip). Will definitely be back next time I'm in town.

10-22-2011 05:40:30 | More by Geigespieler
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DoktorZee

Alberta (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$$

One of the best beer bars in Austin the GingerMan (with sister locations in Dallas, and New York, I believe) is never going to disappoint with it's huge number of taps (never really counted them, but clearly somewhere between 70 and 100) and selection of interesting beers. If there's a hot new release you've got a great chance of finding it here. They've also usually got 2 casks going - one Texas/local and often something interesting. Selection is solid for Texas beers, excellent for west and east coast and sometimes really surprisingly good for Europe (e.g. 5+ interesting Belgians on tap most times plus some Germans).

The folks working here are solid: friendly with a very good knowledge of what they're serving. Overall vibe is positive as you'll usually be able to strike up a conversation with equivalently passionate beer fans alongside you at the bar. Only weak point is the food; you should really eat somewhere else before you head to the GingerMan because you're not going to find anything that impresses on the menu.

I'd definitely rank this in the top 3 of Austin beer locations with the Draught House and the 3rd position being battled for by placed like the Pour House, Spider House and a few up and comers (Hank's Garage has some promise).

08-06-2011 17:30:44 | More by DoktorZee
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jamescain

Texas

4.14/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$

I've only been here once, but I enjoyed my experience. If not for the fact that Austin has so many other choices, I would probably stop by more often. My only complaint, and this has nothing to do with the establishment, is that because they are located downtown, parking can be difficult depending on time of day. I didn't try the food but it looked good. They have a very good selection of beers, but are slightly pricier than other locations around the city. The atmosphere was relaxing and enjoyable, with low lighting and music in the background, rather the foreground. The bar tenders are quick to serve you and seem knowledgeable about beer. I wouldn't say it's a must stop in Austin, but if you're staying downtown, it as a great spot to find a good or local beer.

07-22-2011 15:19:52 | More by jamescain
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mltobin

Connecticut

4.01/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$$

When on a trip to Austin last month, I made a point of stopping into the original Ginger Man. I was a little surprised that at 1:30pm on a Thursday that they were closed...had to grab some tacos from one those food trucks and come back after 2pm. When I made it back, it was very quiet, only a few other patrons. Their beer selection was in a similar format to the locations in CT/NY, but tailored of course to the distribution in Texas. So, it was nice that I was able to order something from Deschutes and the local, Jester King. The food menu also looked similar if not identical to CT/NY locations...upscale pub grub. You will spend more money here than some other watering holes, especially for Texas, but its worth checking out and hopefully ordering something that you have not had before.

06-27-2011 01:59:37 | More by mltobin
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The Ginger Man in Austin, TX
95 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.