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The Ginger Man

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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 peterjk
3.38/5  rDev -20.8%

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.

peterjk, Aug 17, 2010
Photo of Riccymon
3.43/5  rDev -19.7%

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.

Riccymon, Aug 08, 2009
Photo of Nightwish1094
3.5/5  rDev -18%

Nightwish1094, Aug 13, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -18%

ThurmondTX, Jul 15, 2014
Photo of Onslow
3.7/5  rDev -13.3%

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!!

Onslow, Apr 15, 2007
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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

CraigTravor, Jul 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

cfrobrew, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of Citadel82
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

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...

Citadel82, Mar 31, 2011
Photo of coldmeat23
3.78/5  rDev -11.5%

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.)

coldmeat23, Jun 01, 2011
Photo of Mickelswit
3.86/5  rDev -9.6%

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.

Mickelswit, Apr 19, 2007
Photo of jdense
3.91/5  rDev -8.4%

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.

jdense, Jan 04, 2009
Photo of EgadBananas
3.91/5  rDev -8.4%

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.

EgadBananas, Jun 13, 2011
Photo of beerdiablo
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%

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.

beerdiablo, Jul 02, 2006
Photo of BeerAngel
4/5  rDev -6.3%

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!

BeerAngel, Apr 06, 2003
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

Jame515, May 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

mgr78704, Jun 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

n00blar, Oct 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

Getalegup, Mar 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

GRG1313, Nov 02, 2013
Photo of Choch
4/5  rDev -6.3%

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.

Choch, Aug 30, 2013
Photo of charleslueg
4/5  rDev -6.3%

charleslueg, May 01, 2014
Photo of champ103
4.01/5  rDev -6.1%

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.

champ103, Jan 29, 2011
Photo of mltobin
4.01/5  rDev -6.1%

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.

mltobin, Jun 27, 2011
Photo of LeeMarvin
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%

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.

LeeMarvin, Apr 08, 2005
Photo of SunDevilBeer
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%

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).

SunDevilBeer, Jun 11, 2010
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The Ginger Man in Austin, TX
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