The Ginger Man
Taps: 70 / Bottles: 97
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 54 | Reviews: 50 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by BigBry:
4.44/5 rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I found this place using Beerfly, and was suprised it was so close to our hotel. Stopped in on a Friday afternoon, and the place was basically empty. There may have been 5 other people in the hour I was there. Very calm and inviting atmosphere, dark lighting with lots of wood. Small patio in front, and larger garden with picnic tables in the back. Some older beer advertising and posters, tastefully done.
Large selection of draft and bottles, with a beer menu that looks to be updated weekly - very nice touch - as well as chalk boards with any brand new selections. I went with a Dogfish Head Punkin' and was offered a Live Oak when asked for something local. Was offered a taster to make sure I would be happy with my choice.
The beers I had seemed fresh and proper temperature, poured with a nice head, also looked like a large selection of glassware for serving other special beers (I got standard pints).
Service was good and reasonably helpful. Bartender offered suggestions to another couple from Australia who wanted a Fosters. For me the selection blows away anything I have locally, though I am sure there are other places with the same or better choice. There was a good range of local micros, imports and lots of styles to choose from. Unfortunatley, I didn't have time for a bite, but next time I will try some food.
$4.75 for a pint is reasonable, if not cheap (compared to what I am used to) for a local micro brew.
I will be back the next time I am in town.
03-30-2009 17:46:40 | More by BigBry
More User Reviews:
4.19/5 rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Stopped in on a Sunday afternoon while visiting a friend in Dallas. Found easy street parking, then saw that they had a parking lot. Either way, plenty of parking (at least in the afternoon).
The weather was nice so we sat on the front porch, where there are a few tables. It's a neat spot. It's a converted house. We didn't hang around inside, but the bar looked good and there were more tables out back. Definitely a fun, cozy atmosphere. Saw multiple people wearing Deep Ellum Brewery T-shirts, and random friends meeting up. The bartender knew some people by name. Dogs are welcomed.
It was unclear weather we would have table service or not, because there were menus on the table and we saw a few employees walking around. After waiting for a while we figured out we needed to order at the bar. There was one bartender, so it was a bit of a wait even though the place wasn't crowded.
Selection was very good. Wide variety of styles, and some Texas beers. I actually was surprised there weren't more Texas beers, based on the reviews that said they had a lot of locals. One from Deep Ellum, two from (512), and multiple from St.Arnold's. Still a solid list overall.
I would definitely stop here again next time I'm in Dallas.
02-21-2013 13:18:20 | More by shivtim
4.04/5 rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$$
stopped in three times during a trip to Dallas. This is the place to go, though I didn't make it to the meddlesome moth.
very solid, large tap selection with a great focus on solid local brews. very friendly, attentive staff that is always willing to pour a sample of something you haven't tried before. prices were $5 a pint for about 80% of offerings. ask for beers that might not bee on the menu, as they seem to go through kegs faster than they reprint menus.
great beer garden in the back, except everyone smokes back there, which kinda ruins it for me. good laid back vibe
01-29-2013 21:01:39 | More by gueuzer
4/5 rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Went to bed at 2:30, got up at 4:00, got on a flight at 6:30, transferred to another flight, bad weather, horrible flight... finally arrived in Dallas late and destroyed. Beer please!! So our first stop is the Ginger Man. Yup, straight up.
This ain't like the Gingers I know in New York and Connecticut. Less upscale and more divey, but also friendlier and more "familial", if you know what I mean.
Empty on a Wednesday at 1pm right after it opened, we were welcomed and immediately felt at home. Super friendly bartender! She knows her beer and is passionate about it. My kind of beer girl. The joint apparently gets packed at night, but we sure did love it at lunch with nobody around.
Now, the selection is not what I expected. A lot of taps, sure, but not amazing like in New York. I did like the emphasis on locals- I had a Real Ale Coffee Porter, 512 IPA, 512 Cream Ale with Mole on cask. Also Southern Star (Buried Hatchet Stout), although I didn't try that.
They don't offer flights, but they do serve half pints. Prices are generally reasonable, although the half-pint option is a little expensive ($4 for half Modus Hoperandi, $5 for half Cascabel Cream Ale on cask). Food was great bar food, Bratwurst, pesto sandwich, preztel dog... hit the spot.
So yeah, the selection is not what I expected. Didn't see any crazy barleywines, imperial stouts or rarities, but it's alright. It won't be my first choice next time I'm in Dallas, but it ain't bad.
01-28-2012 06:13:55 | More by DoubleSimcoe
4.06/5 rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $
Hit this at happy hour - $4 beers.
Several Texas Octoberfest beers on tap. Enjoyed the St. Arnold O'fest. They had just run out of Live Oak - bummer. Also had Rahr O'fest.
I finally tried Live Oak Hefeweizen on tap - nice!
Really enjoyed the laid back vibe and dive bar feel of the first floor bar - out back there is an outdoor area with picnic tables and a big oak tree - very Texas feel.
Bartender (Courtney) was knowledgeable and very nice. She had a vibe gowing with the crowd.
Overall - a great place with well planned draft list and just a comfortable feel. Best draft list of TX beers I've seen.
10-25-2011 03:29:58 | More by sweethome
4.05/5 rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
Great beer bar in uptown. Not nearly as pretentious as other bars in the area. Great beer selection with good amount of taps and bottles. They do a good job of rotating their brews, ask the bartender for any new releases and hidden gems. Good atmosphere with plush couches and nooks to hang out with friends. Fantastic patio in the back for nice days. Food is pretty good, standard fare for bar food. Bartenders are great, waitstaff can be slow on busy nights. Overall a great place to get a good brew, not many places in this area offer this type of beer selection.
05-28-2011 23:18:56 | More by txbrew81
The Ginger Man in Dallas, TX
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