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BA SCORE
95
world-class

98 Ratings
Ratings: 98
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 8.2%
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 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 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.

Photo of BeerHonky
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5

The Ginger Man has quite a name for itself already, so there isn't much I can say that hasn't already been said about what a great bar it is for the craft beer enthusiast. However, I initially went to the Ginger Man in New York not really know what to expect, and while it has a fantastic selection of beers, he crowd and atmosphere in New York kind of ruins it. But once I walked from my hotel down West 4th street, I knew I'd feel much more at home at this one. I think I spent 3 out of my 4 nights in Austin at this place. The selection is just awesome, especially for an out of towner. There was no way I was going to be able to try all the beers I had never had before by the time it was time for me to head back to NYC. The local crowd is so friendly and conversational as well. Great pub, period.

Photo of chadspivey
4.9/5  rDev +14.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

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.

Photo of malcontent
4.84/5  rDev +13.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

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.

Photo of beerdiablo
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

One of the best beer bars in Austin featuring 70 taps and as many bottled beers. There’s 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. It’s all about the beer.

Free Wi-Fi, darts and an eclectic jukebox will help make your stay more relaxed.

Photo of Shultzerdugen
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

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.

Photo of BAbaracus
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 it’s 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

Photo of DamYankee
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.

Photo of Gaisgeil
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.

Slàinte!

Photo of francisweizen
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...

Photo of LeeMarvin
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.

Photo of Gagnonsux
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.

Photo of HardTarget
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....

Photo of BeerAngel
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!

Photo of mapman97
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.

The Ginger Man in Austin, TX
95 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.