The Ginger Man
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Taps: 81 / Bottles: 66
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 89 | Reviews: 65 | Display Reviews Only:
4.9/5 rDev +14.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
This is the best beer bar in austin for sure. They have 80+ beers on tap and over 100 in bottles. It seems that there's something new on tap every week. There is always a St. Arnolds seasonal CASK CONDITIONED on tap. Even if the place is packed to the limit, you get what you want in a matter of minutes. The food is pretty damn good, too. This is a beer bar, though, not a restaurant, so don't expect fine cuisine. There are many beers on tap here that you won't find anywhere else in Austin. You'll pay a little more that bars that only offer like 5 beers, so don't just get some macro beer, get something nice for a buck or two more. If you've never tried live oak hefeweizen, this is the place. You'll be blown away at how many QUALITY beers are on tap here.
11-24-2006 02:11:24 | More by chadspivey
4.86/5 rDev +13.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$$
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
4.84/5 rDev +13.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
Perhaps it's difficult for me to give The Ginger Man (Austin) an accurate review because my wife & I went when the establishment was entirely empty i.e. 2 PM weekday, we were waiting outside for them to open (hey, we were on vacation). As a result, we were able to converse without any noisy competition & the bartenders were able to chat & give us their undivided attention. That doesn't change the fact that the tenders were exceptionally polite & knowledgeable & not shy about sampling out draughts that we were not familiar with.
The set-up reminded us of an Old World men's club, with nooks & cranny's galore, high ceilings, beautiful woodwork & imposingly-stocked bookshelves. If it weren't for the modern (& excellent) jukebox playing, we might have expected Finneas Phog to enter & challenge us to a race around the world. The bar counter is made from old rails & the taps (some 50 of them) are mounted across the copper bar back like exotic trophies.
The selection itself is outstanding & the inclusion of a generous number of local microbrews sealed the deal. There was even one hand-poured cask of St. Arnold's offered at the time (one month ago).
Of the 6 or so establishments we patronized on our brief visit to Austin, The Ginger Man was head & shoulders above the rest.
08-03-2006 20:33:47 | More by malcontent
4.8/5 rDev +12.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
My final night in Austin and I saved the best for last. The Ginger Man was clearly the craft beer bar highlight of my time here.
As you walk in the vibe and atmosphere is chill and relaxed. The lights are dim and the crowd is enjoying themselves, whether at the spacious bar or at one of the comfortable looking couches all over this ample-sized bar.
I really enjoyed the brewerania that decorates this place including the vintage beer can collection - very cool. I bellied up to the bar and began to read the extensive craft beer menu. It takes me several minutes to finally decide and I order a Stone Old Guardian. To my pleasant surprise, it was served in a full pint glass.
The selection here is spectacular with highlights that include Stone Ruination, Stone IPA, Avery Hog Heaven, Anchor Foghorn, New Belgium Lips of Faith, Victory Golden Monkey, Bear Republic Racer 5, (512) IPA, Wit, Pecan Porter and other local favorite Independence Brewing (including the Imperial Oatmeal Stout that was delicious).
They also offer 3 cask conditioned ales. On tap during my visit there were Saint Arnold Elissa IPA, Avery IPA and (512) Pecan Porter. I had several rounds here and found it difficult to leave. Bonus point for the jukebox stocked with great music and the dartboards. Every beer I had was fresh, tasty and enjoyable. The quality at Ginger Man is exceptional.
An excellent craft beer bar and highly recommended when in Austin.
03-08-2010 19:31:57 | More by Hibernator
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.
01-26-2008 06:18:22 | More by wardough
The Ginger Man in Austin, TX
95 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.