The Ginger Man
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Taps: 81 / Bottles: 66
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 88 | Reviews: 65 | Display Reviews Only:
3.38/5 rDev -20.7%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
Sorry to harp on what may be a common theme, but the Gingerman was a lot nicer in it previous location. I find the new spot to be cramped, especially when it gets busy on the weekends. It can be almost impossible to squeeze through the very thin space along the bar to get to the back patio. The selection of beer is still top notch, but I've been unimpressed with the service here even before they moved. I think that the demographic changes down town are to blame, too many condo ducebags tipping low and ... well being duce bags. I've waited along time to be served on relatively slow week nights. The prices are also some of the highest in town, understandable b/c I am sure that their rent is ridiculous. This used to be my go to bar in Austin and if I am down town it is one of the few places that I still like to go. But it no longer has enough draw to get me to deal with the parking and the crowds on the weekend.
08-17-2010 15:30:49 | More by peterjk
3.43/5 rDev -19.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
Visited Ginger Man for the first time tonight after picking out a few draught beers from the list on their website. Very nice atmosphere--low light, nice furniture, good music at a reasonable volume. The wife and I settled down in the back room, and after learning that my first three choices from the website--Avery 16, Real Ale Lost Gold, and New Belgium Dandelion Ale--were all unavailable, settled on North Coast Pranqster and Saint Arnold Root Beer, and later, Sierra Nevada Anniversary.
As mentioned, the draught list and selection seemed good, with a few highlights that didn't pan out. Bottled beers offered even more variety, but seemed a little pricier.
Service was just okay. Our waitress was pleasant, but twice she checked with the bartender when I asked for things off the menu, as she didn't seem to have heard of them before.
Though I was a bit disappointed with availability and service, I would stop back again when downtown, though not before exploring a few other beers bars I've not been to.
08-08-2009 06:09:52 | More by Riccymon
3.7/5 rDev -13.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$$
This has to be one of my favourite beer establishments. It has a great feel to it and the beer is always delicious... Had some munchies there, nothing that special but you come to a place like this for the beer. They have cigars to but they are pricey...They also sometimes have cask beer so that's another good point. All and all, this place rocks and if you are in Austin, Go Now and enjoy some tasty brews from the world over..but of course they have a bunch of texan exclusives and things like that! Cheers!!
04-15-2007 20:37:22 | More by Onslow
3.75/5 rDev -12%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 3 | $$
Another Gingerman in another city and this one does not disappoint - at least in the beer department. The atmosphere was dark and rather noisy with a charming dive like feel to it. The beer Garden out back looked nice but the cigarette smoke was off-putting for most of my party so we stayed indoors on both nights we visited. On the first night we were right opposite the bar and on the second night we were in the back just inside from the patio. Crown was a mix ofyoung and old and early some families. As the evening wore on it became more hipsters. The brews were great. Tried several locals including a porter on cask. Also had some Ommegang BPA. All came in the same shake pint and were on the cold side. Service was spotty. Bynthe bar it was bad in the back it was better. Food was passable and rather limited, bu it was not the reason for the visit. Selection of beers was great with the locals very much in evidence as well as some standouts from west and east coasts. Victory and Oscar Blues come to mind. Value was quite good, though I am from the East Coast and used to higher pricing. If you are looking for good beer and food better eat before you get here. But as I said its about the beer...
03-31-2011 02:57:51 | More by Citadel82
3.78/5 rDev -11.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$$
This is essentially one long room, which is fairly dimly lit, with an outdoor patio at the back end of it. The physical bar itself was rather nice looking. Some kind of deep polished wood.
When we got there at around 5:00pm, it was relaxed, but most of the barstools were full, along with a couple of tables. Our first couple of beers were no problem to get. By 6:00pm it began to get packed, and we were still taken care of, just not so quickly.
The tap wall had around 80 different bers to choose from and most all of them seemed to be very good selections. The bottle selection had to be over 100 and also looked to have some nice ones. They had a couple of cask engines, but nothing was on while we were there.
Locally, they had a good represention of beers. This was one of the only spots that we found that actually had Jester King. Saint Arnold, Live Oak, Ranger Creek, etc. were all represented.
The food menu was limited (which is no big deal), but seemed to be on the pricy side. We tried a 'big pretzel' and knew that we'd made the right decision. It was very tasty! We split it four ways, then ordered a couple more. We even got a few other people at the bar to order pretzels, as well, because we were talking about how good they were.
I kind of get the feeling that people go to Flying Saucer to get wasted and come to Ginger Man to be seen by others in the craft beer community. (Austin, please forgive me if this is wrong. It's just based on what we saw while we were there for a few days.)
06-01-2011 13:54:01 | More by coldmeat23
3.86/5 rDev -9.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Some friends and I stopped in on a cool Sunday evening for beers and some pool. I was impressed with the selection of taps - fifty or so - and the bartender's obvious knowledge of the individual beers. There was a nice mix of local brews, Belgian-style ales, and microbrews from across the country.
The decor was nice without trying to hard. There was a lot of dark wood and exposed brick inside, and nice wooden tables in the beer garden outside. Antique beer cans surrounded the Guinness mirror on the wall by the pool table.
The beer menu was well organized with lots of explanations for non-beer people. There were easily two dozen beers I wanted to try, but I had to save some for the next trip to Austin.
04-18-2007 23:38:33 | More by Mickelswit
3.91/5 rDev -8.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Went into The Ginger Man on a visit to Austin. Being a frequent visitor or Beervana, I was looking for a big selection at reasonable prices. After reviewing the website, I was looking forward to trying the Left Hand Twin Sister DIPA. Voila, $7.50 for an 8 oz. glass, which seemed a bit unreasonable after seeing a bomber at Grapevine Market for $8.99. Settled on tasting several of the local brews (St. Arnold, etc). Pretty good selection, but as evidenced above, some of the prices were a bit unreasonable.
The service was hit and miss. My first visit the barkeep was more interested in sharing career plans with the female musician wannabe sitting at the bar, reveling her in tails how he wanted to score movies. Good luck to you buddy. The second visit the bartender was extremely accommodating, allowing me to try a full rank of local brews before ordering.
Be leery of visiting during the daytime, finding any free parking within shouting distance is a longshot at best. Probably worth a visit for BAers on a beer sojourn to Austin is search of local brews, especially during a hot summer night out on the back patio, though my advice would be to go to Grapevine Market and grab a few brews and find a big old oak down by the river.
01-04-2009 03:36:29 | More by jdense
3.91/5 rDev -8.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | $$
Atmosphere is pretty good. There's plenty of restaurant-like seating, a long bar, a lounge type sitting area, and plenty of outside sitting...which is pretty cool. It's one of those dimly lit pubs though, which makes it difficult to view your beer well...and if your mighty tired, the low light makes fighting sleepiness a bit of a challenge lol Selection is monstrous though, and most is good quality stuff, with some more run of the mill stuff in the mix as well...but fantastic over all. Service was good, though with how crowded it gets, it can make for some slow beer purchases though. Small price to pay in the end for one of the most exceptional tap lists in the city.
06-13-2011 13:55:36 | More by EgadBananas
The Ginger Man in Austin, TX
94 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.