The Ginger Man

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99 Ratings
Ratings: 99
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: n/a
Taps: 81
Bottles: 66
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ 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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Photo of woodychandler
4.14/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

The brick building had the logo painted onto the right facing side. A set of brick steps in front led to the bouncer and then into the bar. The dark wood bar was an inverted "J"-shape with a wall of 83 taps backed by copper as the back bar, topped by a series of three chalkboards. 140 bottles. Continuing aft was a lounge area filled with leather couches and chairs and an extensive outdoor beer garden with wooden picnic tables. To the left of the bar, aft, was a green-felt billiards table with a super spent can collection in the overhead.

Photo of sprucetip
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Had been to the NYC location, so was stoked that there was one in Austin when I visited. I became a regular for the week I was in town.

80 taps, no crap. Lots of Texas beers, and a solid representation from the east and west, as well as the other prominent beer making nations. Koeninshoeven Quad was on at the time, and that pleased me greatly. Proper glassware and the beer was not overly cold.

Service was exceptional. Barkeeps, Ben especially, were friendly when they had the time to be, but were always there when needed, and never blinked when a sample was requested.

Atmosphere is a bit upscale, but very comfortable. Couches in some areas, in addition to more standard seating at the bar and tables, and a patio outback. Only 1 TV, and it was kind of banished to an out of the way corner of the bar. Strong focus on beer at the Ginger Man.

Didn't try the food. Prices were totally reasonable, especially on Tuesdays night when all Texas pints are $3.

Photo of ocmpoma
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Visited on 5Sep09.

First thing I noticed when we walked in on a late Saturday afternoon was that there was only one visible TV, tucked into its own seating area off on the right -- instant bonus point as far as I'm concerned. Next thing I noticed as my eyes adjusted to the dim light was the dark wood paneling and then the wall behind the bar. Instead of the typical rows of whiskey, rum, and vodka bottles, there were tap handles -- all 80 of them, stretching along the wall.

We grabbed seats in the back, near the glass garage door that looked out on the bier garten. Ginger Man is in an old warehouse (my favorite touch is the rail at the bar, which is an actual railroad rail), and the building was well suited to its current incarnation. Belgian, British, and German beer paraphernalia were hanging here and there, but by no means overdone.

They had a ton of bottles, but I didn't look at those too much and focused on the draughts, of which there were plenty -- Belgian, German, UK, Ireland, US craft brews, all regions and styles represented on tap, except maybe Asia. One of the best selections of draught beer I've seen. Best selection we had was the Maredsous 8.

We also ordered an appetizer sampler, which came with cheese, bread, and some fruit that went great with the Belgians we drank, and some artichoke dip which was good with the ales. Overall, a fantastic place to sit, relax, and enjoy some great beer without a dozen (or any, for that matter) TV screens all around.

(note: the picture above is of the establishment before they moved; google maps' street view shows what the current location looks like.)

Photo of Riccymon
3.43/5  rDev -19.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4

Visited Ginger Man for the first time tonight after picking out a few draught beers from the list on their website. Very nice atmosphere--low light, nice furniture, good music at a reasonable volume. The wife and I settled down in the back room, and after learning that my first three choices from the website--Avery 16, Real Ale Lost Gold, and New Belgium Dandelion Ale--were all unavailable, settled on North Coast Pranqster and Saint Arnold Root Beer, and later, Sierra Nevada Anniversary.

As mentioned, the draught list and selection seemed good, with a few highlights that didn't pan out. Bottled beers offered even more variety, but seemed a little pricier.

Service was just okay. Our waitress was pleasant, but twice she checked with the bartender when I asked for things off the menu, as she didn't seem to have heard of them before.

Though I was a bit disappointed with availability and service, I would stop back again when downtown, though not before exploring a few other beers bars I've not been to.

Photo of Reagan1984
4.14/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Stopped by for a couple of pre-dinner beers while on a business trip to Austin. The vibe was very casual and the atmosphere was very relaxed. I was a bit surprised how much the place resembled the location in NYC. The couch areas were almost the same and also the wall of tables down the side wall. Dark wood dominates the décor and the door were open to the front and also to the patio out back. The draft menu was pretty nice and we were lucky to be there in Texas Tuesday with all local drafts being $3... There was not service at the couches so we had to go up to the bar to order drinks. Not a big deal. The service was helpful and the local patrons were also very nice.

There was one aspect that was slightly annoying. Every five minutes or so, loud music would come on for about 2 minutes. Not even a full song. Just random music for a minute or two, then back to nothing. Not sure what the heck was going on there.

Didn't order any food. Pricing was reasonable to begin with and the happy hour prices were crazy. A nice spot to stop when in Austin. Definitely recommend it.

Photo of walshclimb
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

The Ginger Man is a classic Austin bar. I heard recently that they will be moving soon, but they are in the same old location for now. We stopped in on a recent overdue visit to Austin and had a great time.

There are usually some people hanging out on the front deck. Upon entering, you see a nice wood trim pub with a long bar and loads of taps down the right side behind the bar. Loads of great beer including TX, micro, euro, etc. They had a cask porter on hand pump from 512 brewery that is definitely worth a try. The back patio is very popular when it is warm. It holds a bunch of picnic tables that are shaded by a few big trees. You have to watch out though because grackles hang out there and may leave you white-stained if you are under them. It hasn't happened to me, but I have heard others ocmplaining the last 2 times I was there.

In any case, great beer selection, great staff, reasonable prices and a really good atmosphere. Can't really ask for much more. I hope the new place is as great as the old one.

Photo of JonathanL7890
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Another beerfly in the category of "I can't believe that I haven't reviewed this place".

The Ginger Man is one of the top beer bars in Austin, no doubt about that. They have a very solid lineup of locals, seasonals, and imports. The bartenders all have been there a long time and are very knowledgeable. They have a beer tasting usually once a month that is well done.

Inside is a little small and cramped but they have a nice patio in the rear and a porch in the front that you can hang out and people watch if you want.

If the weather gets nasty, there is usually a line to get in because the place is so small. This is because of the fire code.

My homebrew club meets here once a month and I have to give them points for that. They are really cool about letting us bring in all our homebrew and taking over the back patio.

The food is above average. Pretty good selection of bar food. I had a roast beef sandwich on swiss with tasty french bread. Sandwich was warmed and it had a tasty horseradish sauce with it.

They are moving just down the street in a week or two but I'm sure they the quality of the place will stay the same.

Photo of jdense
3.91/5  rDev -8.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Went into The Ginger Man on a visit to Austin. Being a frequent visitor or Beervana, I was looking for a big selection at reasonable prices. After reviewing the website, I was looking forward to trying the Left Hand Twin Sister DIPA. Voila, $7.50 for an 8 oz. glass, which seemed a bit unreasonable after seeing a bomber at Grapevine Market for $8.99. Settled on tasting several of the local brews (St. Arnold, etc). Pretty good selection, but as evidenced above, some of the prices were a bit unreasonable.

The service was hit and miss. My first visit the barkeep was more interested in sharing career plans with the female musician wannabe sitting at the bar, reveling her in tails how he wanted to score movies. Good luck to you buddy. The second visit the bartender was extremely accommodating, allowing me to try a full rank of local brews before ordering.

Be leery of visiting during the daytime, finding any free parking within shouting distance is a longshot at best. Probably worth a visit for BAers on a beer sojourn to Austin is search of local brews, especially during a hot summer night out on the back patio, though my advice would be to go to Grapevine Market and grab a few brews and find a big old oak down by the river.

Photo of LiquidSnake
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I went to the Ginger Man with my Ole' Lady, she was thirsty like a viking. We had New Belgium 1554 and I had the Avery Kaiser on draft. , and both poured wonderfully. We went on a thursday afternoon, and we missed the happy hour by minutes. The drinks were smooth and memorable. We ended up sitting outdoors, but there was a lively crowd of beer drinkers so we didn't mind much. My Ole Lady was ravenous, she wanted more suds, I wanted more rauchbiers, we settled by splitting a cheese plate and and a Deschutes Black Butte Porter(highly recommended) I like this place. It's where a man can not only wet his whistle, but get his whistle wetted. Might I recommend having a cold one outdoors, because thats were the lively conversation begins, and the debauchery reigns. I recommend this bar, for the service, selection, value, and good times. Make mine a Rauch

Photo of TheBCrew
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2

Visited this twice while in Austin for the memorial day weekend with some friends. We went mid-afternoon on both Saturday and Sunday and it was relatively quiet both times. The bar is made of old railroad tracks and there are some booths as well as couches and tables scattered about. There's a pool table with $1 plays and free dart boards (bring your own darts). Older looking building with high ceilings, a lot of big vintage beer posters and a huge display of old beer cans.

They have an impressive selection, both bottles and on tap, with a lot of locals. They also have the Elissa IPA on cask (St. Arnold brewery in Houston) which we had and it was great. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable enough to make a recommendation if you're indecisive. We went for lunch on Saturday which was our mistake as they don't have a kitchen, just a toaster oven, so grab some food elsewhere before coming here. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and got to try a lot of great beers that aren't available in our area (St. Arnold, Live Oak and Independence to name a few).

Photo of BgThang
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

For an awesome selection of brews in austin especially the local ones this is the place to get them.
The outside area in the back is descent if you can find a table without bird poop on it to sit down.
The staff there is pretty knowledgeable about their beers.
They always have cask elissa IPA there. only place in town
can get crowded on a fri or sat night.
To the point where theres a line out the door to get in.
due to fire code and maximum capacity especially on cold nights.

iF YOUR IN AUSTIN THIS IS A MUST TO VISIT

Photo of 86sportster883
4.4/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

The Ginger Man beer bar in Austin has a huge number of taps (about 80) against a copper backsplash extending across the back wall of its single long wooden bar. More than half the taps are dedicated to US micros with good representation from local SE TX area brewers (St. Arnold, Live Oak, Independence, and Real Ale). Belgian, German and UK beers make up most of the rest of the draft beer offerings. In addition, there are about 100 bottled beers offered with a large majority being either US or Belgian, and the remainder being mostly German, British, Canadian and Mexican.

You'll waste more time trying to find parking on the street than it's worth, and I would recommend simply pulling into one of the public lots or garages in the area. I stopped by late on a Sunday night and was greeted by a live version of Talking Heads' "Stop Making Sense" as I walked in the door. The music was loud, but not in any way annoying. I suspected, and later confirmed, that the music was being driven from a jukebox.

The place is bigger than my initial impression led me to believe. Dart boards up front, a pool table in the back and a single TV above one end of the bar. The place is nicely laid out to accommodate small groups looking to hang out in what is, no doubt, a very crowded place during peak hours. But if you get there early enough you can probably score one of the small nooks furnished to make you feel like you're hanging in a friend's den or basement. Add in some quality beer, a game of darts or pool, and this is about as good of a hang out bar as it gets.

I started with a half pint draft of Old Stock Ale, blackboard listed as a new arrival. This was followed by a pint of the Collaboration not Litigation Ale. Both beers were $4.75. The CnLA is a spicy amber Belgian-style strong ale with tremendous lacing and a creamy smooth mouthfeel.

The clientele is mixed, but mostly a crowd of 20-30 somethings. The barmaid is quick, attentive and easy on the eyes. A raspy voice adds to her overall allure, but it's her genuinely pleasant nature and disarming smile that makes me feel warm inside when I order a beer from her... OK, maybe it's the high abv beers getting to me, but one should never let realty interfere with a warming sense of delusion.

The last draft I ordered was the Full Moon Pale Rye from Real Ale. It's a local TX brew I've never had, but it was fresh and I really enjoyed it.

Across the States you'll find a number of bars with a large number of draft beers on tap. What makes the Austin Ginger Man a cut above the rest is its well thought out selection (both on tap and in bottles).

Photo of kcillini77
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

I brought my family on a business trip to Austin and last night for Valentine's Day we managed to get a coworker to watch my son and we headed to downtown Austin. I sought this place out for drinks prior to dinner after reading about it here on BA. Once I walked in I realized I had been in this place once before during a recruiting trip 8 or 9 years ago, but that's another story. One note to consider - the parking area adjacent to the building was a private lot charging 7 bucks to park. Not knowing what else was available in the area we went ahead and paid, but you may want to look for on street parking elsewhere if you want more money for brews.

This is the type of place I would love to live near. I don't know what it's like late night, but early evening it had the laid back atmosphere of a coffee shop combined with wonderful beer, authentic (non electronic) dart boards, and a lounge area.

We happened to get there during their "Thursday Thirsty Thirty Minutes" where from 6-6:30 ALL draughts were $3.00. Belgians too. During our visit I worked on brews not available in my neck of the woods: Maredsous #8, Lagunitas IPA, Stone IPA, and a cask conditioned St. Arnold's Elissa.

Selection was great, and service was good. My only complaint was that with such a wide selection of beers and a handy up to date list there was no listing of ABV, and the bartender I spoke to had no idea what the ABV on the Maredsous was. I think it's kind of important to have that info available to aid in responsible drinking. Also, I saw lots of people drinking from authentic glassware - Duvel tulips and other varieties, but all of my orders were served to me in standard shaker pints. Not sure whether the glassware is bring your own or on request.

All in all a very enjoyable experience and I will definitely return next time I find myself in Austin.

Photo of IBUnit63
4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Mellow yet lively atmosphere to contrast the madhouse on 6th Street after midnight on a Thursday night in Austin. Big, big bar with a long long row of taps - excellent! Service was very friendly and willing to add color around some of the local taps I hadn't tried before; made best efforts to sample the Texas stuff I can't get at home. Excellent varied selection up and down the spectrum; very good pours all around. Music was unobtrusive - crowd was pleasant. A good place to enjoy high-quality stuff in moderation. Very reasonable - a good value. Would highly recommend.

Update: Back in town March 24-25, confirming notes above. Prices seem even more reasonable than before, even if it's contrast from recent travels. Very much enjoyed $3 Texas Tuesday with many local selections, including St. Arnold's, Real Ale and Live Oak. St. Arnold's Elissa IPA still on cask and becoming a staple of visits here. Enjoy!

Photo of wardough
4.78/5  rDev +11.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

A "must" stop if you are in Austin. I called my buddy, BJ, and he directed me to this place. The atmosphere is great. Everyone is drinking quality beer and enjoying it! Service was phenomenal, especially the bartender, Ben, who is well versed on beer styles and how different people would like those styles. He knew the intraciate details of each beer. Impressive. Selection was great. Definitely the best that I saw in Austin. I've seen better in the US, but this was still among the best. Their food offering is a little meager (sandwiches, slices of pizza, empanadas, pretzels), but the place is about beer, not food. Still, I ate a sandwich and it hit the spot. Great value.

I will gladly go back to this place, as beer lovers flock to the Ginger Man.

Photo of veech
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

The overall feel of this place is what makes this a must stop for better beer while in Austin. Above and beyond the 100's of options and beer styles what seemed to set it apart is that the bartender knows beer. He was very friendly and you could sense that he just enjoyed the beer culture. I was there 11/1/07 and they had the current Beeradvocate magazine with Michael Jackson's visage prominently displayed behind the bar which was a nice touch. I sampled some local Live Oak oaktoberfest and a Saint Arnold IPA on cask both very nice. They had just gotten a few Lagunitas offerings on tap which is something I haven't seen too many places outside of California. A must stop when in town.

Photo of JJFlash
4.14/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Spent 10/17 and 10/18 at the Ginger Man. Extensively reviewed here by others and I concur it is one of two "must go there" places to drink good beer in Austin. The other being the Draught House. They have 87 beers on tap and more than that in bottles. Extensive Belgian list, but to my dismay no first round choices available. The St Bernardus 12 was not on tap anymore! Replaced by a pumpkin ale of all things! For a Belgian Dark Strong Ale lover I settled for Maredsous #8 on tap and #10 in bottle to start. The usual Chimay's, out of Delirium Nocturnum and out of the Westmalle Dubbel. I get a little disturbed when a place is out of most of the beers I order. Never the less an extensive beer list that can keep one occupied for a day or two. Recommeded as the #2 stop while is Austin if you are a Belgian beer drinker. The Draught House had a better selection at this time and would be my #1 stop choice.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Of all of the bars that I visited while in Austin, I think I spent the most time at the Ginger Man. Not because they have a hundred taps or whatever, but because the people there seemed interested in beer! The servers were friendly and knew what they were talking about - not as much as me, but hey, who does? And at least they weren't just repeating a memorized list of beers on tap, or spouting off half-truths about the brewing process (as so many brewpub employees seem to do).

That said, the building is an interesting, beautiful old industrial brick A-frame on an odd street with no sidewalk. I'm sure there's some great history about that, but I don't know it. There's a small area out front though because of that, and I had a good time hanging at a table with a bunch of locals and Eddie Stoudt from PA one night.

Inside there's a blocky wood bar, wood floors, wood panel, black "industrial" lamps, dark leather chairs in cozy corners, tin-cut lights, and "Edison-reproduction" lightbulbs in minimalist retro chandeliers. Think Pottery Barn, but dark, and real. The little comfortable relaxation areas they have are very nice though. They have sofas and leather chairs and reading lamps. It's so much more welcoming than New York where I'd first seen this type of atmosphere, and that's Austin!

What else? Oh, the beer, yes. They have a handpump that sees a lot of action! And a wall full of taps that seem to move quickly. The bottled beer selection is fairly average stuff, but they do cover the whole world with it (Red Stripe, Cooper's Sparkling Ale, McEwan's Scotch Ale, Tsingtao, Labatt's Blue). Some highlights from the draft selection during my visit: Grottenbier Brown, Live Oak Big Bark, St. Arnold Elissa IPA, Meantime IPA, New Belgium Mothership Wit, Blanche de Bruxelles.

They also have wine and cider, which can be good if there's someone in your group who's absolutely unwilling to try beer (think cratchety old grandmas); and a limited selection of foods (sandwiches, pizza, cheese plate).

So, in conclusion, I'd say that although it can sometimes get a bit of a college crowd (and anywhere in Austin will), if I only had time to visit one place I'd make the Ginger man my destination. Well worth a visit!

Photo of NCSUdo
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Just got back from The Ginger Man, spent a few hours there tonight after dinner. Wasn't what I expected, but that doesn't mean a whole lot. I hear about a place with 80+ beers on tap and I'm thinking pearly gates, but it never shocks me when I walk into a very normal looking bar.

Atmosphere wise, this is nice laid back place. It looked about half empty, but a I overheard a regular comment on how busy it was and the bartender agreed. A little dark for my liking and only some juke box tunes playing despite an ample size for both music, TV, etc. Seemed like a really friendly environment with a lot of locals and regulars.

Service was good. I only had one question regarding "Lucifer" which I wasn't familiar with and was told that it was similar to Duvel. Good quality place, I mentioned to them about there recent appearance in BA magazine and the bartender wasn't aware of it (although he did mention that he thought something was coming since BA was around during a recent beer fest).

Selection can't hardly be beat. First time I got to wrap my palatte around an Arrogant Bastard so you know it was a good night for me. Sure wish the Tar Heel state could get some Stone in, cause the Bastard was A+. Finshed the night with a glass of Lindeman's Framboise, and was shocked at how little I spent. I spent more on the cab ride home then I did on top notch beers I enjoyed while there.

Overall, a really great place to go and have a beer. Doesn't seem busy during the week, won't be able to speculate as for the weekend. Surrounded by other pubs/beer bars with live entertainment if you are looking for that.

Photo of Durge
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

Stopped here for a couple of hours on a Wednesday night while visiting Austin. I didn't count the taps but there were as many as I can ever recall seeing and all the ones I sampled seemed very fresh. I stuck with local brews of which there were many to choose. Bar tenders were very friendly and prompt. Quick to inform on every selection and accurate by my experience. The atmosphere is dark and relaxed but even on a Wednesday, which was not very busy, the clientele were generally buzzing and friendly. There was a pool table inside and a nice outside "beer garden". The juke box offered some decent blues & rock tunes with a good sound system. They apparently have bands there some nights, being downtown in Austin, but there was no entertainment that Wednesday. A few screens available for viewing sports, primarily from the bar. Decor was sort of old brick warehouse variety with some interesting beer items displayed. It's a fairly large place with a few coffee house type sitting areas (plush chairs and sofas) if you have a small group to be with, or a hot date perhaps. I didn't try any of their food but it did not seem to be a significant part of their business. Beer was the deal here and the varieties were really beautiful, a little of everything and many rare ones on tap to sample (cask ales, Imperial IPA's, etc., etc.). Only wish I could have stayed longer or come back again before leaving town. Take a taxi here and enjoy the beer. An excellent place to get your beer on!!

Photo of Mickelswit
3.86/5  rDev -9.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Some friends and I stopped in on a cool Sunday evening for beers and some pool. I was impressed with the selection of taps - fifty or so - and the bartender's obvious knowledge of the individual beers. There was a nice mix of local brews, Belgian-style ales, and microbrews from across the country.

The decor was nice without trying to hard. There was a lot of dark wood and exposed brick inside, and nice wooden tables in the beer garden outside. Antique beer cans surrounded the Guinness mirror on the wall by the pool table.

The beer menu was well organized with lots of explanations for non-beer people. There were easily two dozen beers I wanted to try, but I had to save some for the next trip to Austin.

Photo of Onslow
3.7/5  rDev -13.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3

This has to be one of my favourite beer establishments. It has a great feel to it and the beer is always delicious... Had some munchies there, nothing that special but you come to a place like this for the beer. They have cigars to but they are pricey...They also sometimes have cask beer so that's another good point. All and all, this place rocks and if you are in Austin, Go Now and enjoy some tasty brews from the world over..but of course they have a bunch of texan exclusives and things like that! Cheers!!

Photo of Redrover
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

The new location is great and has the same feel and ambiance as the old one. Well Done!

** Orignal Review***
The Ginger Man is located on the north side of Fourth Street. It is easy to spot due to some great signage.

This is a great older building. Nice well-worn floors, a copper wall of taps, darts, a neat broken-in bar and some cool memorabilia add to the charm. Being in Austin, you knew they would play good tunes. Note they had a copy of the Beer Advocate Magazine on display behind the bar and they were lending it out for customers to view.

The bar seats about 20. There are plenty of booths to share. There is a bit of outside seating in front and a much larger area in back. They also have a lounge area with comfy chairs and couches located in the back. Nonsmoking, which is a huge plus.

The have a massive tap selection (85 per the bar tender) that the menu breaks out by color (dark, amber, pale) and then further by country of origin.

Note they also have a cask, which was offering St Arnolds Bourbon stout while I was there.

They also offer a ton of bottles. You really have to check the website to gauge the width and depth of their offerings.

I took advantage of the local Texas offerings, which I can’t get back in Chicago.

Food choices are limited, but I did enjoy the beer snack (3 types of cheese, sausage, pickles, olives & grapes). They offer sandwiches, some pizza and some sort of filled pastry thing. I think you will find enough to keep the beer munchies at bay.

Friendly locals and nice bartenders add up to an enjoyable place to visit. If I could recommend only one spot in this enjoyable town, this is the one I would choose.

Photo of BeerBelcher
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

I had one night to spend in Austin, and at the advice of the BeerFly guide, despite a heavy work schedule I ensured I made it to Gingerman, and I was happy I did. This was a great place to get a glimpse of the Texas craft brewing scene, both by scanning the beer menu and talking to the bartender and several very friendly and knowledgeable patrons.

When I approached, I was afraid the place might be closed, with the dim lighting and substantial wooden front doors shut tightly. Thankfully, it was not, and I entered a dark room witha long bar in front of me, and tables to the left. The bar was long and a substantial brass back-bar punctuated with taps stacked about three high. There were maybe 80 taps in total (+1 beer engine) with a great selection of local beers from St. Arnold, Live Oak, and Full Moon. Decor was of heavly varnished wood. I didn't find the place to be too smokey. I found a seat at the bar, saw a rye beer on the menu of interest (Full Moon Pale Rye), and got my beer right as the bar started to get really busy (particularly for a Tuesday). I started chatting with the guy on my right ("Tim") who was a resident and had an interest in Texas brewing. He and another patron ("Eric") chatted with me during the duration of my visit to Ginger Man had a couple of good beer recommendations, which made my visit very pleasant. The bartender was also pretty helpful and conversant with Tim, Eric, and I about local beers, particularly given how busy the place was.

Tuesday was "Texas beer night," so all my Texas brewery drafts were $3. I was impressed!

I was very happy with my visit to Ginger Man.

Photo of miskatonic
4.36/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

Spent a long weekend in Austin Recently and it seemed a no-brainer to go to the famed Ginger Man. All I can say is wow! Wow, wow, wow!!! As a New York City resident I am no stranger to the concept of the multi-draught-line beer bar, nor am I unfamiliar with a bar known to have a magnificent bottle selection, so I was holding high hopes when I visited here, and I was completely blown away by what I witnessed. The thing I like so much about the Austin location of the Ginger Man (and what I think the NYC location can take a lesson on) is their incredible selection of locally produced craft ales (often multiple selections from a single brewery), selections from Live Oak, Shiner, St Arnold, & Real Ale Brewing Co. dominated the selection of 39 american craft ales on draught. When you consider that US breweries represent 50% of the entire draught selection (something like 80 lines), you may agree that this is craft beer bar that favors the little guy over big Euro-breweries and their deep pockets (you listening NYC G.M.?). The remaining forty lines seem to be an evenly divided selection of German, British/Irish, and Belgian offerings of note (usually) and fine quality The bottle selection is also a lot more impressive with far more American selections than I remember seeing on the NYC list, and just a more well rounded selection in general. It's great to see a town like Austin (where American macros, Guiness, and Mexican Brew seem to dominate the bar/retail scene) support a major beer bar that should definitely be a vacation destination for all BA's and role model for beer bars across the US.

The Ginger Man in Austin, TX
95 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.