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The Ginger Man

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Taps: 81 / Bottles: 66
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
94
outstanding

88 Ratings
Ratings: 88
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 7.75%
$$ - 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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DoktorZee

Alberta (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
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 -2.8%
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 -5.9%
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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EgadBananas

Louisiana

3.91/5  rDev -8.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | $$

Atmosphere is pretty good. There's plenty of restaurant-like seating, a long bar, a lounge type sitting area, and plenty of outside sitting...which is pretty cool. It's one of those dimly lit pubs though, which makes it difficult to view your beer well...and if your mighty tired, the low light makes fighting sleepiness a bit of a challenge lol Selection is monstrous though, and most is good quality stuff, with some more run of the mill stuff in the mix as well...but fantastic over all. Service was good, though with how crowded it gets, it can make for some slow beer purchases though. Small price to pay in the end for one of the most exceptional tap lists in the city.

06-13-2011 13:55:36 | More by EgadBananas
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DrJay

Massachusetts

4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$

I stopped in here twice on a recent visit to Austin. It worked out great because my hotel was across from the convention center, only a few blocks away. My experience both times was great -- first time I sat at the bar and had fast, attentive service all night and the second time found a table for myself and a few colleagues. It was busy during my second visit, but it was still easy to get service at the bar.

Deciding what to have was more difficult. With 80 taps (and a couple of beer engines) staring at you, it can take a while to figure out what to have. The printed beer menus helped, but weren't up to date with the most recent changes. Sitting at the bar helped, since it was easy to chat up the bartenders and hear what kegs had just been put on. The selection was impressive, with plenty of national and regional craft selections, quite a few limited release beers, and one beer engine running during my visit -- I mostly stuck with locals like St. Arnolds, Live Oak, and 512, but did end my first visit with a Victory Storm King.

Decent vibe overall, quite dark inside the bar area with an open air patio in the rear of the building. Good tunes on the jukebox too. Definitely a place I would go out of my way to visit again if I'm in the Austin area and highly recommended.

06-05-2011 21:32:50 | More by DrJay
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coldmeat23

Oklahoma

3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$$

This is essentially one long room, which is fairly dimly lit, with an outdoor patio at the back end of it. The physical bar itself was rather nice looking. Some kind of deep polished wood.

When we got there at around 5:00pm, it was relaxed, but most of the barstools were full, along with a couple of tables. Our first couple of beers were no problem to get. By 6:00pm it began to get packed, and we were still taken care of, just not so quickly.

The tap wall had around 80 different bers to choose from and most all of them seemed to be very good selections. The bottle selection had to be over 100 and also looked to have some nice ones. They had a couple of cask engines, but nothing was on while we were there.
Locally, they had a good represention of beers. This was one of the only spots that we found that actually had Jester King. Saint Arnold, Live Oak, Ranger Creek, etc. were all represented.

The food menu was limited (which is no big deal), but seemed to be on the pricy side. We tried a 'big pretzel' and knew that we'd made the right decision. It was very tasty! We split it four ways, then ordered a couple more. We even got a few other people at the bar to order pretzels, as well, because we were talking about how good they were.

I kind of get the feeling that people go to Flying Saucer to get wasted and come to Ginger Man to be seen by others in the craft beer community. (Austin, please forgive me if this is wrong. It's just based on what we saw while we were there for a few days.)

06-01-2011 13:54:01 | More by coldmeat23
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omnigrits

Texas

4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$$

The Ginger Man has been my bar of choice in Austin for so long it makes me wonder why I haven't reviewed it before.

Although it's essentially one big room it's sort of divided into three or four drinking areas plus the beer garden. The main seating area opposite the bar is probably the most pub-like and very comfortable.

I've never counted exactly how many taps they have, I believe it's 80+, and the beer's always good. Whenever there's a special release or a beer with a small allocation for the city they always get a keg, and if it's something really special you'll need to get there early.

Plenty of weekly specials. My collection of beer glasses owes much to the GM's pint giveaways.

I wish the food was a little better. When you're in for the evening and drinking the kind of ABV-age that comes with so many craft beers, some good food to help slow down the alcohol absorption would be welcome. The Beer Companion is nice, but not filling.

It's still the place I like to drink, though, and by a long way. I just have to make sure I've eaten before I walk in the door.

04-02-2011 03:42:05 | More by omnigrits
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Citadel82

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -12%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 3 | $$

Another Gingerman in another city and this one does not disappoint - at least in the beer department. The atmosphere was dark and rather noisy with a charming dive like feel to it. The beer Garden out back looked nice but the cigarette smoke was off-putting for most of my party so we stayed indoors on both nights we visited. On the first night we were right opposite the bar and on the second night we were in the back just inside from the patio. Crown was a mix ofyoung and old and early some families. As the evening wore on it became more hipsters. The brews were great. Tried several locals including a porter on cask. Also had some Ommegang BPA. All came in the same shake pint and were on the cold side. Service was spotty. Bynthe bar it was bad in the back it was better. Food was passable and rather limited, bu it was not the reason for the visit. Selection of beers was great with the locals very much in evidence as well as some standouts from west and east coasts. Victory and Oscar Blues come to mind. Value was quite good, though I am from the East Coast and used to higher pricing. If you are looking for good beer and food better eat before you get here. But as I said its about the beer...

03-31-2011 02:57:51 | More by Citadel82
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StoneBrewFanatic

Virginia

4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$

Have been making the drive up from San Antonio to hit this venue the last month or so and plan to continue doing so. It's very cozy and the staff is super friendly and very attentive. They always have some unique selections on draft and very reasonable prices, especially if you make it in for happy hour. I have not actually eaten there yet, but my rating is based of the minimal food menu for the time being, once I try something I may adjust that part of the review. So overall, great selection, great value, they have glass nights each week, beer tastings, and I am sure other events as well!

03-20-2011 22:19:54 | More by StoneBrewFanatic
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stephens101

Oklahoma

4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$

The Austin Gingerman has the same dimly lit, dark wood and brass decor atmosphere as its northern sibling in Dallas, including a nice outside area that my friends and I made great use of on a temperate Saturday evening. The keep Austin weird contingent was full-on represented, replete with superman caped mullet-man who was ruling the dart boards.

Placed throughout are beer signs from the usual suspects, and of course you have a few dart boards for when you're feeling lucky. The bar is exceptionally long, with a somewhat impressive tap lineup. To my buzzed and vociferous excitement I noticed the Live Oak Old Treehugger and a few other seasonal/limiteds were flowing from the taps. A nice array of bottles from the corners of the good beer world are to be had.

When we arrived it was fairly empty, but by ten or so it was filled to the rim. A few people had to stand, and toward the end some unapologetic vultures were circling our table. Service was good, waitress was nice, but when it started hopping things got a bit slow. This annoyed the couple I was with, but didn't hinder my experience in the least, as I was sipping on the Old Treehugger, which kept me warm as the night began to cool.

I dug the Gingerman in Dallas, but after my visit to the Austin location I've got to say this one has got Big D beat. If you're downtown and want to enjoy a decent lineup of good brews and experience a laid back time with a bunch of mellow hippies, yuppies, punks, emos, suits and norms, then I highly recommend stopping by.

02-22-2011 01:37:58 | More by stephens101
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