The Ginger Man
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Ratings: 93 | Reviews: 65 | Display Reviews Only:
4.9/5 rDev +15%
This is the best beer bar in austin for sure. They have 80+ beers on tap and over 100 in bottles. It seems that there's something new on tap every week. There is always a St. Arnolds seasonal CASK CONDITIONED on tap. Even if the place is packed to the limit, you get what you want in a matter of minutes. The food is pretty damn good, too. This is a beer bar, though, not a restaurant, so don't expect fine cuisine. There are many beers on tap here that you won't find anywhere else in Austin. You'll pay a little more that bars that only offer like 5 beers, so don't just get some macro beer, get something nice for a buck or two more. If you've never tried live oak hefeweizen, this is the place. You'll be blown away at how many QUALITY beers are on tap here.
11-24-2006 02:11:24 | More by chadspivey
4.84/5 rDev +13.6%
Perhaps it's difficult for me to give The Ginger Man (Austin) an accurate review because my wife & I went when the establishment was entirely empty i.e. 2 PM weekday, we were waiting outside for them to open (hey, we were on vacation). As a result, we were able to converse without any noisy competition & the bartenders were able to chat & give us their undivided attention. That doesn't change the fact that the tenders were exceptionally polite & knowledgeable & not shy about sampling out draughts that we were not familiar with.
The set-up reminded us of an Old World men's club, with nooks & cranny's galore, high ceilings, beautiful woodwork & imposingly-stocked bookshelves. If it weren't for the modern (& excellent) jukebox playing, we might have expected Finneas Phog to enter & challenge us to a race around the world. The bar counter is made from old rails & the taps (some 50 of them) are mounted across the copper bar back like exotic trophies.
The selection itself is outstanding & the inclusion of a generous number of local microbrews sealed the deal. There was even one hand-poured cask of St. Arnold's offered at the time (one month ago).
Of the 6 or so establishments we patronized on our brief visit to Austin, The Ginger Man was head & shoulders above the rest.
08-03-2006 20:33:47 | More by malcontent
3.95/5 rDev -7.3%
One of the best beer bars in Austin featuring 70 taps and as many bottled beers. Theres a great selection of Texas brewed beers, especially on tap, which are well maintained by an accommodating staff, featuring cute college women.
Depending on your mood, you can sit on the front patio, a front shop dart area, a private booth, at the bar or the beer garden in the back.
The food is simple bar fare no real cooking going on. Its all about the beer.
Free Wi-Fi, darts and an eclectic jukebox will help make your stay more relaxed.
07-02-2006 19:21:53 | More by beerdiablo
4.38/5 rDev +2.8%
Austin is weird. They don't need any more damn shirts or signs saying "Keep Austin Weird" because it is already weird enough! Now I have that off my chest I can move on to the review.
This was my first visit to a Ginger Man and I must say I am impressed. 83 taps including a rotating cask selection, and I'm not sure how many bottles, but it was a lot.
The place is narrow with the bar running about half the length. Dark wood everywhere, 2 steel tip dart boards, one bar box pool table, not much interior seating. Very nice outdoor seating area with large picnic tables and trees for the grackles to make their sounds from.
The menu was lacking as far as selection goes. My wife and I shared a jumbo pretzel and spinach dip with tortilla chips. Nothing wrong with the food, but nothing great either.
The only service was at the bar, which kind of blew, but the tenders seemed reasonably knowing of the beers they carried and the last one I was served by made a nice suggestion.
All and all a great place to check out if you're in Austin, with the best selection of beer I saw in the area.
05-25-2006 17:20:35 | More by Shultzerdugen
4.86/5 rDev +14.1%
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 +9.2%
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 +0.5%
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 +2.3%
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 -5.4%
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 -5.4%
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
The Ginger Man in Austin, TX
94 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.