The Ginger Man
Ratings: 26 | Reviews: 20 | Display Reviews Only:
4.3/5 rDev +2.1%
This has become one of my favorite beer destinations when I go vist my wife's family in FW so it is now time for a proper review.
The layout of this place is really nice. When you walk in the bar is immediately in front of you. The walls are covered with various bottles and cans. There is a chalkboard hanging above the bar with new bottle and tap releases. The beer menus are scattered about the bar, but when this place is busy, finding a menu can be a pain. There is plenty of seating indoors, but I usually sit at their really nice outdoor patio due to the cigarette smoke.
The tap selection is very good. They carry a nice selection of TX beers (Live Oak, Rahr, Real Ale, St. Arnold, etc). They also carry a good selection of beers from the West (Old Rasputin, Hop Rod Rye, Maharaja) to the Midwest (Boulevard) to the East (90 Minute). They also offer a cask option (Sisyphus 08 when I was there). They have a few beers from various other countries on tap, but I was more interested in regional beers that I have never tried. The bottle list is pretty good and had a lot of the Boulevard Smokestack beers available. Darught prices did not seem too bad, but some of the bottles were a little pricey ($7 for a can of Gordon).
I can't speak for the food as I have only come here to drink.
The service is very good. If you sit outside they have table service and they are quick at getting drink orders filled. The bartenders are very knowledgeable and were good at making recommendations.
04-23-2009 19:02:15 | More by mjl21
4.29/5 rDev +1.9%
One of my favorite pubs to go to. Nice, cozy atmosphere. I've been here several times on Friday and Saturday nights and I have never seen it too busy to where you couldn't find a seat. The bar has somewhat limited parking, but there usually isn't too much of a problem finding a space. They have a pretty good selection of taps and bottles. Recently they have had an excellent selection of winter warmers. The service is good. The bartenders and waitresses are attentive which is somewhat rare at bars from what I have found. I have not tried the food, but it is a little above average price wise. The beer is also a little pricey too, but I guess it's basically what you would expect from a place like this. Great place though. Would definitely recommend going here if you are in Fort Worth.
12-02-2008 00:51:00 | More by Bagman007
3.88/5 rDev -7.8%
Brick floor, wooden seats, brass tap board, bottle collection and brewania line the walls, couple of TVs playing the college games. Umbrella tables outside by the street isn't the bier garden setting I've come to expect from the noble G Man.
Good selection of beer, 65 taps, no crap save one Macrowater. Live Oak Hefe, Rahr O'fest, Real Ale Lost Gold IPA and other Texas brews well represented.
Friendly staff, prices were a bit high, but not crazy $4.75 a pint. Place lost a point when people at the bar lit up some cigs. Push those smokers outside, I'm drinking beer here!
A worthy stop on the Ft. Worth beer scene, I think it's a better overall experience than the Flying Saucer at the moment. Time to rise to the challenge FS!
10-01-2007 22:24:04 | More by HardTarget
4.22/5 rDev +0.2%
Stopped in on a lazy Saturday afternoon. Place was practically empty. Loved the look and feel of the room (it really is just one long room). Also loved the neighborhood. Simple and inviting decor, lots of wood tones well mixed with the standard beer bar pin-ups of various brew house posters and advertisments. As a previous reviewer mentioned, the couches at the streetside part of the building is where to be. While visiting, I noticed two seperate families with small children in the room. Unusual for the TX beer scene, but it felt okay for the setting, which is something I appreciate. I also felt like the place didn't feel as dirty as some of these bars can be. For example, the bathrooms were actually clean. That should almost be a scoring catagory in itself and this would probably be the first bar I've been to that would score highly.
The beers I had were served up right. Poured properly, tasted fresh, about the right temp. High marks for quality.
Service was good and reasonably helpful. She knew the lineup and I overheard seemingly adequate suggestions being made at another table. I wouldn't call it perfect, but I can't really complain. I think they might be tested at a busier time of the day though. Just a feeling, no evidence to back that up.
The selection is smaller than say The Flying Saucer, but they have some stuff that FS doesn't have. Great and well chosen. Gotta love the Live Oak offerings. That being said, there might be room for growth here. No complaints, but more is always better.
The three beers I had seemed pretty reasonably priced, but the food on the menu seemed a little pricey. And, as others have mentioned, there are places in town with better regular specials.
All in all, a worthwile trip. I'd go back if I was in the area. The Flying Saucer is still probably the better choice, but this is a great change of pace. Plus the only place in town to get the heralded Live Oak Hefe.
05-13-2007 07:15:42 | More by skillerified
4.2/5 rDev -0.2%
It's great to have one of these locally now.
There's a bar up by the front entrance; move past it to the left and you pass a number of tables and booths and reach my personal favorite part of the location: big soft leather couches and chairs around a nice coffee table by a fireplace. There are two dartboards nearby, and a door leads out to a lovely patio area. On a slow night, the couches are the perfect place to curl up with a good book and a few good beers.
Each beer I had (Live Oak Liberation IPA, Real Ale Brewhouse Brown, and McEwan's Scotch Ale) was served at a good temperature, well-poured, and tasted fresh and well cared-for. Tap lines are actually clean (I hope this lasts) and I felt I got a good taste of each brew.
I've heard some kvetching about the service, but frankly I can't account for it. I find the waitstaff helpful, attentive, and knowledgeable. Selection isn't the absolute biggest around, but it includes several beers no other bar in the area offers, including of course Live Oak's lineup. I had the roast beef sandwich, which was very tasty (though I could have paired it better). Service was always prompt. Likewise with pricing - it's not cheap, but it's no more expensive than anywhere else in the Metroplex that offers what it offers. I dropped about $20 (plus tip) on a satisfying meal and three excellent beers. I can deal with that.
My only complaints, really, were the lack of pricing on the menu and the failure to keep the beer list updated - I had a couple of disappointments with seasonal taps that were still marked as available. Still, this will be a go-to hangout for me, especially on off nights when it's cozy like you wouldn't believe.
03-07-2007 17:49:26 | More by Melchizedek
4.33/5 rDev +2.9%
The Fort Worth location is typical of the other Ginger Mans in most respects--an older, renovated structure, a beer garden, some comfortable seating, and an outstanding beer selection--the main differences are its size (a little smaller than the Austin or the Dallas), that it is single-story, and that the beer garden is exposed, not secluded. These differences don't really make it any better or worse than the others, though; just a little "what-to-expect" if you've been to the others before.
I like this kind of atmosphere--it's a traditional pub, but with table service and better beer. There are four-top tables, benches along the side walls, and a "den" area with a comfortable couch and chairs around a low cocktail table. The beer garden isn't very big, but they pack a lot of long tables and benches in there. There are umbrellas for the sun and soft yellow lights for the evenings.
The beer selection is great, and (because everything is brand new) the tap lines are clean and everything is fresh. Beer selections are available on the website: http://ftworth.gingermanpub.com.
I had to go with a lower mark on the service just because the last couple of times I've gone, I was overlooked in the beginning (maybe it was a shift change?), and didn't get a menu when I asked for one. Hopefully that's unusual, though. After I was noticed, the beer and meal came quickly.
The food is good, but not great. The menu isn't as diverse as the Flying Saucer, but there are some really nice options. The Beer Companion is a great snack tray--the kind of thing I might put together for myself and some friends at the house. Some nice (not great, again, but nice) cheeses, crackers, olives, fruit, and bread with mustard on the side. The sandwiches are good, too, but aren't very big. The chips are tasty--I don't know what brand they are, but they taste sweet to me. Don't come here hungry--everything is pretty good, but you'll spend a fortune trying to fill yourself up.
Which brings me to my last point, and my only major criticism: the place is expensive. Unlike the Flying Saucer, which also carries some very pricey beers, the G Man doesn't list their prices on the menu. If I'm feeling cheap at the FS, I will order the $2.50 "Fire Sale," or at least pick cheaper draft beers. That's not an option at the G Man, because the menu doesn't say how much the beers are. Of course you can just ask, or use your BA spidey-sense to determine which are the really expensive ones and which are just moderately expensive, but even then it seems like each pint is about $4 at the cheapest, and $6 or $7 at the most. Happy hour is only 50 cents off pints and $1 off pitchers, so that's not a real improvement either. Like I said above, the sandwiches are tasty, but small, and at $5.75 to $7.75 each, you probably don't want more than one.
That's it. Here's the upshot: I like it a lot (and it's extremely close to my house--about 2 blocks away), but I won't "session" much there. It's a great place to meet friends for a pint or two, but if I really feel like sampling several different beers, I'll probably be someplace else.
2/27/2007 Edit: I forgot to mention another peculiarity about the G Man: they always ask for a card to start a tab. It feels kind of strange, especially if you're there during the day and there are no other customers, and they still require a card up front to get a beer.
02-08-2007 17:15:08 | More by redstripe
The Ginger Man in Fort Worth, TX
93 out of 100 based on 26 ratings.