The Ginger Man
Taps: 66 / Bottles: 52
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 23 | Reviews: 20 | Show All Ratings:
2.46/5 rDev -41.6%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
I've visited the Ginger Man twice recently, once to try the initial release of the 2009 Rahr & Sons Whiskey Warmer, and once to get a Stella Artois glass on glass night.
On the first visit, the place was packed, so we had to sit outside under a light rain next to a table of violently loud college students. Service was okay, but the atmosphere drove us away after one beer.
On the second visit, we got a table inside and proceeded to wait 15 minutes for the waitress (she appeared to be the only one in the whole place) to take our order. It took another 10 minutes to get our beers. The waitress (I referred to her as Haley's Waitress in my Facebook posting that evening) didn't come back for 45 minutes. We had been done with our beer for more than 20 minutes at that point. We finally ordered our second beers, telling her we wanted to be sure we got the glasses. 15 minutes later, a bar back delivered our Stellas in regular pint glasses and told us they were out of the free Stella glasses. We sent the beers back, and had to go find the waitress to ask for our tab.
So, I've been to the Ginger Man twice, for a total of about 2 hours, and I've only had 2 beers there. They have a reasonable beer selection, but the service was the worst I have ever received at a bar, and the atmosphere was too loud (although, the music, when you could hear it, was very good classic rock). I think they need to hire more, and better, waitstaff. I recommend The Flying Saucer in downtown Fort Worth, instead - they have a much better beer selection, better prices, far better service, and a nice beer club for repeat offenders.
02-07-2010 17:01:43 | More by FreeVerse
3.88/5 rDev -7.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
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
4.08/5 rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Been waiting for a cool day to rate Ginger Man, since it's got a really nice outside area that's unfortunately unbearable June through August. Always a great selection at Ginger Man and they somehow never seem to be out of what they show on the menu. It's a plus that you can purchase their tap beers in pitchers. Food is pretty standard bar faire, good but not great. Servers generally good and helpful but occasionally seem to dissapear without a trace for a half hour at a time. Vibe seems really variable on the half dozen visits I've made - some nights it's almost empty with just a few lonely down and out types sitting at the bar, other nights it's filled to the brim inside and out with young happy professionals. Overall a very enjoyable establishment and seems to get better with every visit.
09-17-2011 04:45:29 | More by coldriver
4.09/5 rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Great Coffee shop meets pub atmosphere. Limited indoor seating but lots of tables outside. Only 2 dart boards but plenty of character and friendly service. The service was a little slow on the night we visited but in their defense they had a large party and a full house of other visitors.
01-04-2014 06:18:30 | More by The_Haff
4.14/5 rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Dog friendly out in the beer garden, which is always a hit with us. Smoking inside, which is a bit of a bummer...although that is more of a Texas law thing than a hit against the establishment. Pretty decent tap list and wicked friendly staff. The beers were reasonably priced and the place has a great atmosphere. Bar stools at the bar, booths and tables all around, an area with leather sofas, dart boards, a piano, and a spacious beer garden. Pretty sure I saw a tasting group while we walked through with the pooch, as they were sitting around a table with a pretty large bucket filled with chilling bottles of many a brew. Also, while we were walking out we passed a guy carrying in a couple cases of many brews, so they are apparently open to all kinds of group meetings. We also met a guy there that runs a homebrew group, and they were having a meeting later that night. Seems like a happening stop for the local beer fans. They had chips and other snacks for sale at the bar, and my wife scored a root beer float (which she had been craving for a while), so there are some snacking options. Not sure about a full menu, as we were just swinging through and didn't want a meal. Definitely worth a stop if you are local, and even if you are passing through. We would absolutely go again.
04-29-2011 21:48:18 | More by GarthDanielson
4.16/5 rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
The Ginger Man is tucked away on Camp Bowie (by Montgomery..the Museums, Omni, etc) behind a CVS. Parking usually isn't that great if you get there late when it's usually pretty packed. It's a good environment decorated in empty bottles, has leather couches and TVs, outside seating with umbrellas, and a juke. ~60 beers on tap including a few seasonals (had the Double Bastard myself). All are reasonably priced. Staff is fairly knowledgeable and friendly (few cuties there as well). Never dissapointed when stopping by for a pint or two and watch a game.
11-28-2009 06:04:15 | More by Sinewave
4.16/5 rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped in here around 1400 on 15 Aug 2011 after a minor cultural day in Ft. Worth.
Found an empty sixth of Sam Adams in the parking lot on our way in. Got some odd looks as we entered with it. About 60 or so beers on tap, with another 70 in bottles. Well selected but nothing really out of the ordinary. I got the Live Oak Hefe, which was significantly better than the one I had at Crickets a couple of days ago. A got the Franconia Kolsch.
A little dark because all the blinds were drawn. Comfortable leather couch. Wooden bartop, brick and wood floors. Largish collection of empty beer bottles, but w multiple duplicates. A jukebox plays some of your favorite hits. A couple of TVs were showing golf. Darts towards the back left. Some outdoor seating as well.
Bar was a bit smoky even though there were only about three patrons and only one was smoking.
08-15-2011 19:40:42 | More by htomsirveaux
4.2/5 rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
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
4.22/5 rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
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
4.29/5 rDev +1.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
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
The Ginger Man in Fort Worth, TX
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