The Ginger Man
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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
4.63/5 rDev +8.7%
Summary: One of the best Austin has to offer. Great location and outside seating. If only parking wasn't such a bitch.
Come here toward the end of the week, particularly on Friday or Saturday and be prepared for a hike. Stopped in on a Tuesday night and was able to find a lot about 2 or 3 blocks away. The only negative to the night. A handful of people were there, not empty, but by no means a lively crowd. Very comfortable atmosphere, lots of overstuffed chairs and sofas and a nice beer garden in the back (not as nice as the old place, but still very adequate). Irish pub feel inside, dark wood and brass. Tons of taps, but no cask available. Service was outstanding. The beer tenders know there stuff and I was given samples based on my beer discussions without having to ask (makes 'em a 5 in my book). Food was passable, but I wasn't there to eat. Half pints available, for those of us who can't (or don't want to) manage a third or forth pint.
11-11-2010 22:20:01 | More by LittleDon
4.58/5 rDev +7.5%
Been to the old location and the new location in Austin. I like the new one more. Better beer garden in the back. I seem to get hit up for cash by the homeless more on the way to this new location though...
The inside of the building is awesome. Wood everywhere, two dart boards, jukebox, booths, tables, couches, and a beer garden.
The beer comes in either a standard pint, imp. pint, or proper snifter or other glassware depending on the style. Big points with me and it is nice to look around the room and see huge hefe glasses, goblets, and whatever else.
Beer always tastes fresh and delicious, with a great selection of seasonals and some solid staples. (512) Pecan Porter, Live Oak Hefe, DFH 60min, and a few others I can't remember off hand.
Service is good and is exceptional if you TIP them right. I got myself a few free pints one night because of that. They also are knowledgeable about the beers and will give you samples too. I did have one guy there when I asked about a beer just say it's good and walk off to the next customer. That bugged me but I'll give them a six sigma quality anyways.
Food...this is the only thing I don't like. It is expensive, small portioned and just not good. I just get the beer companion but that is still like $7-$8 for some cubed kraft cheese and some grapes.
Food aside my favorite, and only, bar in Austin when I visit.
02-28-2010 19:31:45 | More by rwf08
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!
02-03-2008 12:55:12 | More by IBUnit63
4.53/5 rDev +6.3%
The Ginger Man has been my bar of choice in Austin for so long it makes me wonder why I haven't reviewed it before.
Although it's essentially one big room it's sort of divided into three or four drinking areas plus the beer garden. The main seating area opposite the bar is probably the most pub-like and very comfortable.
I've never counted exactly how many taps they have, I believe it's 80+, and the beer's always good. Whenever there's a special release or a beer with a small allocation for the city they always get a keg, and if it's something really special you'll need to get there early.
Plenty of weekly specials. My collection of beer glasses owes much to the GM's pint giveaways.
I wish the food was a little better. When you're in for the evening and drinking the kind of ABV-age that comes with so many craft beers, some good food to help slow down the alcohol absorption would be welcome. The Beer Companion is nice, but not filling.
It's still the place I like to drink, though, and by a long way. I just have to make sure I've eaten before I walk in the door.
04-02-2011 03:42:05 | More by omnigrits
4.5/5 rDev +5.6%
The overall feel of this place is what makes this a must stop for better beer while in Austin. Above and beyond the 100's of options and beer styles what seemed to set it apart is that the bartender knows beer. He was very friendly and you could sense that he just enjoyed the beer culture. I was there 11/1/07 and they had the current Beeradvocate magazine with Michael Jackson's visage prominently displayed behind the bar which was a nice touch. I sampled some local Live Oak oaktoberfest and a Saint Arnold IPA on cask both very nice. They had just gotten a few Lagunitas offerings on tap which is something I haven't seen too many places outside of California. A must stop when in town.
11-05-2007 15:01:45 | More by veech
4.5/5 rDev +5.6%
Visited on 5Sep09.
First thing I noticed when we walked in on a late Saturday afternoon was that there was only one visible TV, tucked into its own seating area off on the right -- instant bonus point as far as I'm concerned. Next thing I noticed as my eyes adjusted to the dim light was the dark wood paneling and then the wall behind the bar. Instead of the typical rows of whiskey, rum, and vodka bottles, there were tap handles -- all 80 of them, stretching along the wall.
We grabbed seats in the back, near the glass garage door that looked out on the bier garten. Ginger Man is in an old warehouse (my favorite touch is the rail at the bar, which is an actual railroad rail), and the building was well suited to its current incarnation. Belgian, British, and German beer paraphernalia were hanging here and there, but by no means overdone.
They had a ton of bottles, but I didn't look at those too much and focused on the draughts, of which there were plenty -- Belgian, German, UK, Ireland, US craft brews, all regions and styles represented on tap, except maybe Asia. One of the best selections of draught beer I've seen. Best selection we had was the Maredsous 8.
We also ordered an appetizer sampler, which came with cheese, bread, and some fruit that went great with the Belgians we drank, and some artichoke dip which was good with the ales. Overall, a fantastic place to sit, relax, and enjoy some great beer without a dozen (or any, for that matter) TV screens all around.
(note: the picture above is of the establishment before they moved; google maps' street view shows what the current location looks like.)
09-07-2009 22:06:13 | More by ocmpoma
The Ginger Man in Austin, TX
94 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.