The Ginger Man
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Taps: 81 / Bottles: 66
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 89 | Reviews: 65 | Display Reviews Only:
4.86/5 rDev +13.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$$
Easily the best beer selection in Austin, bar-wise. The 120 or so beers they have on bottle may not sound like an overwhelming number, that is until you realize that they refuse to stock more than a handful of token macros. This goes double with the 76 beers on tap - of the latter only Miller Lite rears its ugly head, and my impression is that this is done solely to keep the BMC fans who come in with their more enlightened compadres content. The front door opens on a long bar with an impressive array of taps. The Ginger Man actually has two different keg coolers set at different temperatures, so lagers and lighter ales are served at an appropriately cooler temp than the heartier Belgians, stouts, etc. They have one cask which is nearly always St Arnold Amber The bartenders are generally very knowledgable and more than capable of recommending something in a particular style of beer. The only real downside is the pricing - most imports and American micros start at $4.50, with just about anything over the standard 5-6% abv usually at $5.50 and above
05-24-2006 21:20:24 | More by BAbaracus
4.65/5 rDev +8.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 2.5 | $$
A must see for the true beer enthusiast.
The atmosphere is quiet, with plenty of booths and a nice outdoor patio out back and a front porch to enjoy you selected beverage.
The food menu is limited, but it is all quite good and reasonably priced (yes, it is so limited that I sampled it all in the 3 hours I was there). Certainly not a place to go for a meal, but an excellent selection for palate cleansing between beers.
The beer selection! 90 beers on tap! from the standards to the rare finds (Lindeman's Framboise on tap!). An excellent selection of local beer are available, and don't be shy about asking for a tate sample before you decide, the servers are knowlegable and happy to answer any questions for the beer initiate and to offer suggestions.
All beers are available by the pint or half pint, which I found nice.
Juke box, pool table, darts are all available.
04-18-2006 15:40:51 | More by DamYankee
4.28/5 rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
I made it a point to seek this place out on a recent visit to the area, mainly to seek out Live Oak's Hefeweizen.
The place had a cool Texas feel to it, lots of dark wood adorning the place with various beer paraphenelia all around. A few skylights with ceiling fans slowly turning above. The place had ample seating at the bar, at tables and some booths, also a few couches and easy chairs as well. They had a pool table and a jukebox, nice. Selection was awesome, one cask tap available, always nice to see. Service was pretty quick and the food was good, fresh though a bit uninspired, but the place is mainly about the beer anyway.
Definatly a must stop for a beer-lover in the area.
08-22-2005 21:40:36 | More by Gaisgeil
4.36/5 rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I'm not the biggest fan of the ginger man in NYC, and I didn't know that their was three of these in Texas, but the Austin one was pretty awesome! Atmosphere is great, more small, with a hometown locals feel that the NYC one lacks. Dark wood all over the place with some nice booths, a good jukebox, and a small l shaped wooden bar. Service is standard friendly fare and selection is awesome, with quite a bottles list of micros and imports as well as damn-near-60 tap lines, with many local Texas micros on offer. The cask was St. Arnold Amber, which was nice, as was their IPA. The standout though was the live oak hefe, the best damn hefe in the world. Damn straight. A nice bar in a killer drinking/live music city...
07-08-2005 00:03:54 | More by francisweizen
4.03/5 rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5
I did some research on BeerAdvocate before visiting Austin, and I ended up at the Ginger Man because it was down the street from the hotel I stayed at. The selection of beers was the best I encountered in the city, with many beers I don't usually have access to in the Boston area. The beers tasted very fresh and clean.
Atmosphere is great, with a tall ceiling (to absorb cigarette smoke), a long bar, and couches and chairs at either end of the room. I didn't get a chance to check out the back "deck," but it looked nice out there. The jukebox was great there as well, featuring an ecclectic mix. The speakers were never turned up loud enough to interupt a good conversation. The barmadiens weren't the friendliest, but they got the job done.
Overall, I have to say that the Ginger Man is a great place to sit down for a good beer alone or with friends. I was so impressed with the place that I bought my only souvenier t-shirt here.
04-08-2005 17:26:00 | More by LeeMarvin
4.03/5 rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3
This is my first Ginger Man to visit, even though we have one in Houston. The best thing about this place is the amazing selection, I counted roughly 75 beers on-tap and 115 in bottles. I've never been to a place that has anywhere near that many different varities of beer. The atmosphere is also nice, very casual with lots of choices of places to chill. You can go outside on the backyard beergarden, chill in a booth, at the bar, and even in a couch. Seems like a great pub to hang out at. The service was adequate, but nothing special. Food wasn't a big component here, only appetizer-type snacks were available. I had a pretty good time at the Ginger Man, but the $4.50 I paid a pint was a little steep for me. Maybe if I weren't a college student it wouldn't seem so high. Still, my expirience in Austin makes me want to check out the Ginger Man in Houston.
07-29-2004 21:54:20 | More by Gagnonsux
4.3/5 rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5
This is my third G-man to visit (Houston & Dallas already). Next time I make it up north, I'll have to complete the circle and catch NYC.
This one doesn't have the converted house look and public house feel of the other two. Much more of a restaurant set up, but does have the classic G-man back porch area. Is pretty dark but had a nice bar and some couches and stuffed chairs to relax on. Went in after the Texas Craft Brewers Festival basically across the street. My palate was definitely fatigued by that point, but the beers seemed fresh and were served appropriately (so this IS a G-man). Was very happy to see St. Bernardus Abt 12 on tap and ordered one for my friend. BTW, a new habit I'm trying to pick up in beer bars, order for someone else, they order for you. Forces you out of routine. Anyway...
Service was a bit slow, but it was full swing Saturday night and the place was fairly full. Great selection, there were a lot of beers I would love to go back and try, and so I believe I will! If you are in Austin, this is the right area. Hit the G, and Bitter End around the corner, but that's another review....
05-23-2004 21:30:06 | More by HardTarget
4/5 rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5
This place's strong suit is the draught selection. Taps upon taps upon taps. That part is really nice. It seems to attract the younger crowd which is okay and to be expected from such a college town. The atmosphere is kinda loud on the inside on this particular Saturday night anways, so we got a beer at the bar and moved out to the patio. The patio was pretty nice, with picnic benches and tables. The service was lacking as out of at least 100 people on the patio, there was only 1 waitress. It was simply not enough. It was a fun place though for our BA-Austin gathering. I had a blast all in all. Cheers!
04-06-2003 18:17:19 | More by BeerAngel
4.4/5 rDev +3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5
Best overall beer selection in Austin. This place has an awesome draugh selection featuring 82 beers on tap and this includes 4 Lambics. The bottle selection is less impressive but still good with 110 choices, 9 of those Lambics. This is the only place I know of with such a large selection of Lambic Beers, both flavored and un-flavored.
The atmosphere is great with lots of wood and a library feel but can get a little loud since it is in the downtown Austin area which is always full of roaming hoards of revelers. The bar area is a treat for the beer drinkers eye with near 90 beer taps projecting at eye level behind the bar and really cool chalk drawn art above, advertising specials and events.
There is an outside beer garden as well and this is usually a good place to toss back a pint or two in relative quite (as long as it isn't summer, which starts in May and ends in late October, this is Texas you know).
The wine selection is average for a beer bar but a little better than average selection of Ports. There are also several ciders available on tap or in bottles.
The food is average pub fare (snacks and sandwiches), but that isn't why you are here is it. It is usually very busy in here on a weekend night and this challanges the service but they usually keep up.
04-13-2002 17:51:09 | More by mapman97
The Ginger Man in Austin, TX
95 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.