The Ginger Man

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

99 Ratings
Ratings: 99
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: n/a
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 LiquidSnake
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I went to the Ginger Man with my Ole' Lady, she was thirsty like a viking. We had New Belgium 1554 and I had the Avery Kaiser on draft. , and both poured wonderfully. We went on a thursday afternoon, and we missed the happy hour by minutes. The drinks were smooth and memorable. We ended up sitting outdoors, but there was a lively crowd of beer drinkers so we didn't mind much. My Ole Lady was ravenous, she wanted more suds, I wanted more rauchbiers, we settled by splitting a cheese plate and and a Deschutes Black Butte Porter(highly recommended) I like this place. It's where a man can not only wet his whistle, but get his whistle wetted. Might I recommend having a cold one outdoors, because thats were the lively conversation begins, and the debauchery reigns. I recommend this bar, for the service, selection, value, and good times. Make mine a Rauch

Photo of TheBCrew
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2

Visited this twice while in Austin for the memorial day weekend with some friends. We went mid-afternoon on both Saturday and Sunday and it was relatively quiet both times. The bar is made of old railroad tracks and there are some booths as well as couches and tables scattered about. There's a pool table with $1 plays and free dart boards (bring your own darts). Older looking building with high ceilings, a lot of big vintage beer posters and a huge display of old beer cans.

They have an impressive selection, both bottles and on tap, with a lot of locals. They also have the Elissa IPA on cask (St. Arnold brewery in Houston) which we had and it was great. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable enough to make a recommendation if you're indecisive. We went for lunch on Saturday which was our mistake as they don't have a kitchen, just a toaster oven, so grab some food elsewhere before coming here. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and got to try a lot of great beers that aren't available in our area (St. Arnold, Live Oak and Independence to name a few).

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Of all of the bars that I visited while in Austin, I think I spent the most time at the Ginger Man. Not because they have a hundred taps or whatever, but because the people there seemed interested in beer! The servers were friendly and knew what they were talking about - not as much as me, but hey, who does? And at least they weren't just repeating a memorized list of beers on tap, or spouting off half-truths about the brewing process (as so many brewpub employees seem to do).

That said, the building is an interesting, beautiful old industrial brick A-frame on an odd street with no sidewalk. I'm sure there's some great history about that, but I don't know it. There's a small area out front though because of that, and I had a good time hanging at a table with a bunch of locals and Eddie Stoudt from PA one night.

Inside there's a blocky wood bar, wood floors, wood panel, black "industrial" lamps, dark leather chairs in cozy corners, tin-cut lights, and "Edison-reproduction" lightbulbs in minimalist retro chandeliers. Think Pottery Barn, but dark, and real. The little comfortable relaxation areas they have are very nice though. They have sofas and leather chairs and reading lamps. It's so much more welcoming than New York where I'd first seen this type of atmosphere, and that's Austin!

What else? Oh, the beer, yes. They have a handpump that sees a lot of action! And a wall full of taps that seem to move quickly. The bottled beer selection is fairly average stuff, but they do cover the whole world with it (Red Stripe, Cooper's Sparkling Ale, McEwan's Scotch Ale, Tsingtao, Labatt's Blue). Some highlights from the draft selection during my visit: Grottenbier Brown, Live Oak Big Bark, St. Arnold Elissa IPA, Meantime IPA, New Belgium Mothership Wit, Blanche de Bruxelles.

They also have wine and cider, which can be good if there's someone in your group who's absolutely unwilling to try beer (think cratchety old grandmas); and a limited selection of foods (sandwiches, pizza, cheese plate).

So, in conclusion, I'd say that although it can sometimes get a bit of a college crowd (and anywhere in Austin will), if I only had time to visit one place I'd make the Ginger man my destination. Well worth a visit!

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Was visiting Austin and as always have to find my way to one of the local beer spots. BA pointed me towards The Ginger Man.

Very cool dark feel inside. Once you walk in there is a rectangular bar that is narrow and extends for a way towards the back of the building. Near the entrance there is a nice living room like area with some couches a couple of TVs and some books plus some cool bear-themed decorations.

The selection and quality were good as far as I could tell. A decent amount of locals with some of the more readily available crafts like Blvd, Chimay, etc.

The atmosphere was chill, warm and inviting. I would definitely frequent this place if I lived here.

They have a bear garden and more wide seating areas at the back of the building but I stayed near the front for the most part.

Photo of orangesol
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Made a quick stop downtown on my way to Rainey Street to check out the Ginger Man. Atmosphere was pretty solid, only a few people inside at the bar while the rest were out back enjoying the nice weather. Quality was pretty high, nice building inside and out and the beers were all served in correct glasses. Service was good, had to wait a bit for my bill but they were just starting an event and it was becoming a bit hectic. Selection was pretty good, beers from all over the world as well as plenty from TX. Prices were on par with all of the other bars I visited in the area. Overall an awesome beer bar in the heart of the city, I would definitely return if I am ever in the area again.

Photo of jamescain
4.14/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

I've only been here once, but I enjoyed my experience. If not for the fact that Austin has so many other choices, I would probably stop by more often. My only complaint, and this has nothing to do with the establishment, is that because they are located downtown, parking can be difficult depending on time of day. I didn't try the food but it looked good. They have a very good selection of beers, but are slightly pricier than other locations around the city. The atmosphere was relaxing and enjoyable, with low lighting and music in the background, rather the foreground. The bar tenders are quick to serve you and seem knowledgeable about beer. I wouldn't say it's a must stop in Austin, but if you're staying downtown, it as a great spot to find a good or local beer.

Photo of JJFlash
4.14/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Spent 10/17 and 10/18 at the Ginger Man. Extensively reviewed here by others and I concur it is one of two "must go there" places to drink good beer in Austin. The other being the Draught House. They have 87 beers on tap and more than that in bottles. Extensive Belgian list, but to my dismay no first round choices available. The St Bernardus 12 was not on tap anymore! Replaced by a pumpkin ale of all things! For a Belgian Dark Strong Ale lover I settled for Maredsous #8 on tap and #10 in bottle to start. The usual Chimay's, out of Delirium Nocturnum and out of the Westmalle Dubbel. I get a little disturbed when a place is out of most of the beers I order. Never the less an extensive beer list that can keep one occupied for a day or two. Recommeded as the #2 stop while is Austin if you are a Belgian beer drinker. The Draught House had a better selection at this time and would be my #1 stop choice.

Photo of Reagan1984
4.14/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Stopped by for a couple of pre-dinner beers while on a business trip to Austin. The vibe was very casual and the atmosphere was very relaxed. I was a bit surprised how much the place resembled the location in NYC. The couch areas were almost the same and also the wall of tables down the side wall. Dark wood dominates the décor and the door were open to the front and also to the patio out back. The draft menu was pretty nice and we were lucky to be there in Texas Tuesday with all local drafts being $3... There was not service at the couches so we had to go up to the bar to order drinks. Not a big deal. The service was helpful and the local patrons were also very nice.

There was one aspect that was slightly annoying. Every five minutes or so, loud music would come on for about 2 minutes. Not even a full song. Just random music for a minute or two, then back to nothing. Not sure what the heck was going on there.

Didn't order any food. Pricing was reasonable to begin with and the happy hour prices were crazy. A nice spot to stop when in Austin. Definitely recommend it.

Photo of woodychandler
4.14/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

The brick building had the logo painted onto the right facing side. A set of brick steps in front led to the bouncer and then into the bar. The dark wood bar was an inverted "J"-shape with a wall of 83 taps backed by copper as the back bar, topped by a series of three chalkboards. 140 bottles. Continuing aft was a lounge area filled with leather couches and chairs and an extensive outdoor beer garden with wooden picnic tables. To the left of the bar, aft, was a green-felt billiards table with a super spent can collection in the overhead.

Photo of HeavyCsOptician
4.14/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Was in Austin a couple of weeks ago for a wedding. Needless to say we would be partaking in a few beverages. The groom had lived in Austin before and highly suggested The Ginger Man.

As described it is a very low lit, intimate setting with a plethora of choices to choose from. Also has a fair menu if you are going to dining while having a drink. There is a room in the back with tables to sit and have conversation away from all of the bar noise. We chose to sit on the cozy couches and watch the Longhorns.

I am a pils guy so I had a couple of Czech Pils. However the draught selection is superb. We ended up going to The Ginger Man twice over the weekend. Whether it is to just chill, watch the game, or throw darts this place was very deserving of its high rating.

Photo of RobertTh3Texian
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Went there just before I went to the "Great" Austin Beer Fest. It was also during the USA-Ghana game. But, the beer selection was good, not great, lot of Austin brews. And they had (512) Pecan Porter on gravity so that was cool. I couldn't stay long b/c we wanted to get in line for the Fest but it was pretty good. They could think about closing that door during the summer though. Sweating my butt off. Good bar all around though. I will return later. And this is located right off of down town, within walking distance of 6th Street, the Convention Center, AMH, and South Congress. And it's right by where they do the Austin Farmers Market. L'Chiam

Photo of stephens101
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

The Austin Gingerman has the same dimly lit, dark wood and brass decor atmosphere as its northern sibling in Dallas, including a nice outside area that my friends and I made great use of on a temperate Saturday evening. The keep Austin weird contingent was full-on represented, replete with superman caped mullet-man who was ruling the dart boards.

Placed throughout are beer signs from the usual suspects, and of course you have a few dart boards for when you're feeling lucky. The bar is exceptionally long, with a somewhat impressive tap lineup. To my buzzed and vociferous excitement I noticed the Live Oak Old Treehugger and a few other seasonal/limiteds were flowing from the taps. A nice array of bottles from the corners of the good beer world are to be had.

When we arrived it was fairly empty, but by ten or so it was filled to the rim. A few people had to stand, and toward the end some unapologetic vultures were circling our table. Service was good, waitress was nice, but when it started hopping things got a bit slow. This annoyed the couple I was with, but didn't hinder my experience in the least, as I was sipping on the Old Treehugger, which kept me warm as the night began to cool.

I dug the Gingerman in Dallas, but after my visit to the Austin location I've got to say this one has got Big D beat. If you're downtown and want to enjoy a decent lineup of good brews and experience a laid back time with a bunch of mellow hippies, yuppies, punks, emos, suits and norms, then I highly recommend stopping by.

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 SunDevilBeer
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Visited on a Tuesday night - the place was pretty empty and quiet. The interior is similar to that of the GM in CT, minus the pompous know-it-all hipster douchebags that are employed there.

Was greeted promptly at the bar with an eager, friendly barkeep. Told him I was from out of town and he steered me towards samples of local beers (Live Oak, 512) which BTW happened to be on special that night. Good selection of Belgians and national brands also.

Beers all tasted good and were in proper glassware at the right temperature. Prices seemed reasonable for Austin...save for a peculiar Harpoon Leviathan IIPA for $8 an 8 oz pour (which I can get alot more reasonably at home in Boston).

Limited food menu. Looks like they do pizza slices from a local place and small plates which seemed over-priced. Decided to eat somewhere else.

I had a good experience and I will visit again when I'm in town (for beers only).

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 champ103
4.01/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

I love the Gingerman in Houston. I did not get a chance to visit the first Austin location (now the Ghost Room). Lets see how this goes...

A large and open room as you first walk in. A very long stone bar runs almost the length of the right hand side. Several areas with couches and wood tables along the left hand side. There is a smallish beer garden out back. Hm, the tables look familiar, I think I know who made those. The downtown location, and newish look to the place does not do it for me. I like the worn in homey feel of the original in Houston better.

The quality, selection, and service is much the same as in Houston. They have two casks here, one for Saint Arnold one for Real Ale. Lots of local Texas beer, US micros, and Imports. Excellent as always. The bartenders are on top of their game as well.

Overall I do like this place. Though I think it suffers just because it is not the original, and not my local Gman. That is just my bias though. If I lived in Austin I would be here all the time.

Photo of mltobin
4.01/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

When on a trip to Austin last month, I made a point of stopping into the original Ginger Man. I was a little surprised that at 1:30pm on a Thursday that they were closed...had to grab some tacos from one those food trucks and come back after 2pm. When I made it back, it was very quiet, only a few other patrons. Their beer selection was in a similar format to the locations in CT/NY, but tailored of course to the distribution in Texas. So, it was nice that I was able to order something from Deschutes and the local, Jester King. The food menu also looked similar if not identical to CT/NY locations...upscale pub grub. You will spend more money here than some other watering holes, especially for Texas, but its worth checking out and hopefully ordering something that you have not had before.

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!

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Choch
4/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Its a great place, even though its always crowded. The atmosphere is great and the staff knows about beer and are always willing to help.
They have an amazing beer selection.
Food is not that good, but its all about the beer anyway, right?
The only thing i didnt like is that sometimes they are out of some beers.
Its a must if you are in Austin.

Photo of charleslueg
4/5  rDev -6.3%

The Ginger Man in Austin, TX
95 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.