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The Ginger Man

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Taps: 81 / Bottles: 66
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
95
world-class

89 Ratings
Ratings: 89
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 7.73%
$$ - reasonable
[ 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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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

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.

12-21-2009 22:11:00 | More by woodychandler
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

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!

07-25-2007 23:06:15 | More by NeroFiddled
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francisweizen

Alaska

4.36/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$

I'm not the biggest fan of the ginger man in NYC, and I didn't know that their was three of these in Texas, but the Austin one was pretty awesome! Atmosphere is great, more small, with a hometown locals feel that the NYC one lacks. Dark wood all over the place with some nice booths, a good jukebox, and a small l shaped wooden bar. Service is standard friendly fare and selection is awesome, with quite a bottles list of micros and imports as well as damn-near-60 tap lines, with many local Texas micros on offer. The cask was St. Arnold Amber, which was nice, as was their IPA. The standout though was the live oak hefe, the best damn hefe in the world. Damn straight. A nice bar in a killer drinking/live music city...

07-08-2005 00:03:54 | More by francisweizen
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Redrover

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$

The Ginger Man is located on the north side of Fourth Street. It is easy to spot due to some great signage.

This is a great older building. Nice well-worn floors, a copper wall of taps, darts, a neat broken-in bar and some cool memorabilia add to the charm. Being in Austin, you knew they would play good tunes. Note they had a copy of the Beer Advocate Magazine on display behind the bar and they were lending it out for customers to view.

The bar seats about 20. There are plenty of booths to share. There is a bit of outside seating in front and a much larger area in back. They also have a lounge area with comfy chairs and couches located in the back. Nonsmoking, which is a huge plus.

The have a massive tap selection (85 per the bar tender) that the menu breaks out by color (dark, amber, pale) and then further by country of origin.

Note they also have a cask, which was offering St Arnolds Bourbon stout while I was there.

They also offer a ton of bottles. You really have to check the website to gauge the width and depth of their offerings.

I took advantage of the local Texas offerings, which I can’t get back in Chicago.

Food choices are limited, but I did enjoy the beer snack (3 types of cheese, sausage, pickles, olives & grapes). They offer sandwiches, some pizza and some sort of filled pastry thing. I think you will find enough to keep the beer munchies at bay.

Friendly locals and nice bartenders add up to an enjoyable place to visit. If I could recommend only one spot in this enjoyable town, this is the one I would choose.

03-30-2007 17:51:38 | More by Redrover
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Hibernator

Massachusetts

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
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BillRoth

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

11-11-2013 04:17:43 | More by BillRoth
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greenspointexas

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

04-30-2014 02:33:12 | More by greenspointexas
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

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.

02-26-2014 04:30:46 | More by orangesol
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champ103

Texas

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.

01-29-2011 03:09:46 | More by champ103
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$

Visited this place numerous times over a 3 day stop in Austin. This is unquestionably the best bar for craft beer in the city with what must have been 50 to 60 taps. There were some impressive selections, including numerous DFH beers not commonly found on tap.

The atmosphere was great, the service is friendly and the bartenders are all knowledgeable on the variouos offerings and more than willing to provide free samples.

The food was pretty good although the menu was somewhat lacking in selection.

If I am ever back in Austin, I will go out of my way to visit Ginger Man again.

09-16-2010 00:17:07 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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The Ginger Man in Austin, TX
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