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Reviews by Durge:
4.5/5 rDev +17.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $
I think that Nerofiddled captured the charm of this place in his earlier review, and I have to say that this place is one of the best brewpubs I have ever been to. Keep in mind that I relish an atmosphere that avoids the commonplace or fashionable commentary. After an hour or two at the smashface college bravado of the Coyote Ugly Bar just a block or less away, I happened to catch a glimpse of Lovejoys on a side street, remembered it from BA, and zeroed in. Yes, there are tatoos and black tee shirts and odd goatees, oh the humanity! They were playing a Gun Club song and had pale ale on cask, say no more people, I'm pulling up a stool! They have a handful of their own brews on tap, I had the pale ale which was creamy good. They also had near twenty other good brews on tap including a good variety of Texan originals and a solid array of other micros available in bottles. They had two pool tables which we were easily able to monopolize for most of our visit. They have free wi-fi available so several folks were on their laptops, perhaps doing hoemwork from one of the local colleges or whatever. It was an eclectic crowd, the feel was like a coffeehouse except substitute brews. I'm not sure if they even offered food, didn't seem like it. But no need. It is quite dark, I think I noticed some smoke but it wasn't bad at all. I really did not think this place was dirty as some reviewers have suggested. I think they are stereotyping because of all the "tatoos" & emo/punk garb evident in the clientelle. But quite the contrary, I found the dark den to simply be, in some respects, a typical college bar with carvings and some graffiti, and maybe it wasn't spic and span everywhere, but it was simply very comfortable, not dirty in my mind. I love this place and can't wait to go back on my next business trip to Austin. The crowd to me was really more of a fun but laid back bunch of beer lovers and "intellectuals". People generally kept to themselves within various groups but it was definitely a friendly atmosphere. The bar staff was also great, friendly, reasonably prompt, definitely knowledgeable about what was on tap, although I didn't ask any deep questions to really test them, and I got a great tee-shirt to proudly display to my curious neighbors here in Watertown, CT, for which I received several unsolicited recommendations from nearby patrons. The bar is pretty small but big enough with two separate bar areas, side by side. Oh, and the prices were college level, $3-ish a pint I believe. I have certainly seen bigger brewpubs, more taps and perhaps wider selection, more common crowds of custromers. But this place was a breath of fresh air with a very solid selection of quality brews that more than qualify this place for some sort of special award among brewpubs, like "My Favorite Brewpub in the World!". Austin just moved even higher up the charts for fun places to visit...
06-14-2008 15:36:35 | More by Durge
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2.81/5 rDev -26.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $
It appeared to be alright except for one thing...it stunk so bad that I bought a beer and tried to bare with it and couldn't do it. I took two sips of the beer and left because it was that bad and couldn't understand why others were dealing with it. I will not return and don't recommend. Hopefully they fixed the smell but it wasn't a pleasant first impression. They had a band playing and they appeared to be good and I am assuming thats why the people were staying. This place could have good potential if given the right care.
01-19-2012 09:19:47 | More by mixnslam
3.7/5 rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $
Hole in the wall bar off of 6th street in downtown Austin. Stumbled in here to discover a run down spot with excellent atmosphere and great beer selection. Three homemade beers on tap/cask and a decent selection of other beers on tap and in bottles. Watched a great punk band play live while having a couple house made cask pale ales. Best place I visited in Austin. The crowd was punk/biker types but that made for great atmoshere. Dark inside with pool tables in the back. Definately a bit of a departure from the rest of the 6th street scene but thats what makes it great.
03-11-2011 21:13:44 | More by BeerisfoodLLC
3.55/5 rDev -7.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | $
I'll admit, i'm a little biased, as Lovejoy's is my hideout when my friend's drag me to 6th street but a great little divey beer bar none the less. 20+ taps, almost all american micros with a texan focus (512, live oak, rio blanco, st. arnold), with a respectable belgian/ bottle selection. Definitely representing all ends of the spectrum with Maredsous and Chimay in the fridge along side Pearl and Lonestar cans. There are usually 3 or 4 house beers (brewed off site im pretty sure) that are always great, and usually the cheapest draft. as a farmhouse lover, ive been treated to both New Belgium La Folie and North Coast Le Merle on tap my past few visits. The smoke, tats and motorcycle/ hot rod apparel of the patrons and staff adds a little lawlessness to the ambiance. Definitely the best beer bar in the 6th street area, and one of the best in the city.
12-23-2009 17:31:32 | More by soviettelecast
4.64/5 rDev +21.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Located within spitting distance of the local homeless shelter, the neighborhood was sketchy, but the atmosphere was pure Delillah's/Bukowski's. Man, the darkness coming in from the Texas sun left me fumbling around. The long, snaking, wood bar with a chalkboard center ran the length of the back wall. Two green-felt pool tables were to the left and a couple of booths, a comfy chair, and a bookcase were right. Murals on both left and right walls. An eclectic mix of standard tables and chairs, booths, and a picnic table center. Free apples during Happy Hour. Todd Henry - the brewer; Catherine the Great, a gorgeous redheaded server with great ink. Where's Waldo and Davis?
Beers: Around 90 bottles; 30 taps, 4 house-brewed beers. Samsons English Pale Ale on cask (!).
Specials: ESB; IPA; Token Black-porter.
12-21-2009 22:05:12 | More by woodychandler
3.7/5 rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Been meaning to visit Lovejoy's for a few months now, and stumbled upon it Friday night while downtown. As others have mentioned, the setup is a little dirty/divey, but that's part of its charm, and the smoke in the air just seemed right. It was pretty busy, but we snagged a table and enough chairs after about ten minutes.
At the far-left bar, we had a few minutes' wait, but the bartender was nice enough while serving up a Live Oak Pils and a Hefe. The other taps I noticed seemed decent, but not exciting, such as Real Ale offerings, Magic Hat #9, etc. Didn't get the chance to try any house beers.
I wouldn't mind going back some afternoon when things aren't quite so busy, and I'd like to try the house beers.
04-13-2009 04:31:17 | More by Riccymon
4.08/5 rDev +6.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
I have to say, this is the type of place that you read about but never get the opportunity to visit. Well, I finally visited it!
The atmosphere was amazing! There was the token alcoholic drinking bottle after bottle of Miller Lite (directly from the bottle) by himself. There was more leather vests than a Harley Davidson store and even the one-off intellectual who likes to come into bars and read novels. Eclectic, to say the least. It was a dark, suspiciously cold and smokey and you had to let your eyes adjust to the darkness when you entered from the brightness outside.
I am not one for cigarette smoke, but I made myself tolerate it to enjoy the overall ambiance. I came very close to purchasing a Love Joy's t-shirt to prove my attendance.
There was a large, chalk board menu of beers written in multi color chalk which could keep you occupied for a while. I was very impressed with the selection of local Texas breweries on tap; a shining example of supporting local businesses.
Ripped up booths, graffiti on the walls, tables and total disregard for the No Smoking placards will sum it up. This all added to the ambiance of the place. It was too dark to tell whether is was dirty or just pretended to be that way.
The best part was when I asked for a water, the tender points to a big orange 5 gallon gatorade jug with little plastic cups next to it. He misunderstood me, because I wanted to DRINK the water, not use it as an ash tray. You see, since there is a not smoking law in bars and restaurant in Austin, Love Joy's can't have ash trays on the tables. So, for a place to ash and extinguish you butt, you use a little plastic cup and water from the gatorade jug, instead of the floor, which might just add that much more character to the place.
I was very interested to try their own brews, so I ordered the Farm House Belgian Blond Ale which was hazy, lacking in taste and totally on the skunky side. So much so that I had to return it and say, "I think this has gone off!" The bar tender was really helpful, friendly and talkative and allowed me to sample all of their own brews (they were all skunky and suffered some sort of sanitation problem). The tender was a really nice guy and seemed to love his job even though he might die from second hand smoke inhalation in the not to distant future. I finally settled on the HUG ESB, a deep amber, well balanced hop and malt offering and enjoyed by time at a bar with rare character. A must visit!
04-08-2009 17:29:18 | More by SaintPeter
3.7/5 rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $
The best thing about Austin, aside from the music, is the happy hours that seems to run all night long. 2 microbrews for $4.50 is awesome.
No doubt a funky atmosphere. People say "divey" but I disagree. It has character. Go in there and you will find an assortment of characters. Young and old. Bikers next to beer geeks. To be honest, though, had I not read the good reviews, I might have passed upon first view. It is a dark, little place located right off of the hustle bustle of 6th street.
The beers were pretty good. We tried to Samson and Resurrection. I also had a cask pale ale. All pretty good. Their calkboard highlighted the other micros available.
Don't expect anything fancy, be open to something different. A truly unique brewpub as compared to any of the others I had visited. This is actually a great place to get away from the clubby bars just steps away.
02-28-2009 14:11:44 | More by Nutleybeer
3.5/5 rDev -8.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Love the atmosphere at this place. Dark, dingy, a little bit metal, a little bit punk. A much welcome escape from the frat and party girl vibe on 6th. The bartenders are super friendly, as is brewer Todd, who I spoke to. As far as beer goes, however, I must say that it needs some work. Maybe a lot of work. There is a certain funk to their beers that I cannot place, but it cannot be intentional. Others have suggested perhaps it is lines that need cleaning, better brewhouse sanitation, or something along those lines. Score may improve as Todd brings the beers back to life. Lots of great guest beers to keep me going back in the meantime, however.
02-22-2009 19:51:45 | More by spaceycasey
4.43/5 rDev +16%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | $
Hey wait a minute Dorothy em I in Texas. You would not believe it when you come to LOVEYOYS or Austin for that matter. Nerofiddled hit the nail on the head with his review. What I can say is it's a melting pot of all kinds with the punk tattoo people most prevalent. I had a blast with Kate the Great serving up our brews. The coolest redhead on planet Earth. I was sad when her shift was over. She was replaced by a huge bald man (damm I can't remember his name tiny or Hugo no matter) and he was awesome. Good beer, great crowd what more do you want.
This is the kind of place you would meet Jim Morrison, Janice Joplin, or Kurt Cobian. This placed remided me of the Kyber Pass in Philly and the old Red Light Red light in Florida. Just plain cool and lots of fun. Later
02-20-2009 20:09:19 | More by TheChauffeur1
Lovejoy's Taproom in Austin, TX
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