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The Ginger Man

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

94 Ratings
Ratings: 94
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 7.98%
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 walshclimb
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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.

walshclimb, Mar 02, 2009
Photo of JonathanL7890
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%

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.

JonathanL7890, Feb 18, 2009
Photo of jdense
3.91/5  rDev -8.2%

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.

jdense, Jan 04, 2009
Photo of LiquidSnake
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%

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

LiquidSnake, Sep 19, 2008
Photo of TheBCrew
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%

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).

TheBCrew, May 27, 2008
Photo of BgThang
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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

BgThang, Apr 09, 2008
Photo of 86sportster883
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%

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).

86sportster883, Mar 27, 2008
Photo of kcillini77
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%

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.

kcillini77, Feb 15, 2008
Photo of IBUnit63
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%

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!

IBUnit63, Feb 03, 2008
Photo of wardough
4.78/5  rDev +12.2%

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.

wardough, Jan 26, 2008
The Ginger Man in Austin, TX
94 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.