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4.2/5 rDev +9.9%
Texas sun too bright for you, step in and remove those sunglasses, because this place is dark!
I am pretty sure the windows are painted black. Stop and look around and think - am I at the Mos Eisley Cantina? - cool!
I stopped in around 5 on Wednesday and house pints were only 2.50 - at least the porter I was drinking was - and it was good.
Service was awesome, even though they changed barkeeps it was seamless. This place reminds me of the neighbor beerhood and shot joint, it seems like 90% of the crowd knew each other.
Decor is unique, and not well polished. This place is what it is, and doesn't need to try hard. You are not going to come in here and be coddled, it is not that type of place. They have a very good beer selection, even though their house beers are limited they make that up with their 'guest taps'.
Austin is weird, this place lives up to the billing - I call it a must stop!
09-03-2008 02:50:50 | More by gixxerman
3.73/5 rDev -2.4%
a great bar to get away... good beers and some interesting music with a cool different vibe... the staff is great too... I always stop at lovejoys when I am even near Austin.. Keep Austin Weird, Lovejoys must have started that....The quality of the brews made by Lovejoys, I think is very high, I am always excited to walk through the door and see what new seasonal or special offering is up for grabs... if you can get around the somewhat grungy feel you will dig this place, great tap selection and good prices.. russ is a cool mofo..
08-15-2008 15:48:07 | More by Onslow
3.74/5 rDev -2.1%
Atmosphere: Definitely weird---in a good way. Ripped up booths, makeshift tables, a no smoking sign that was ignored and emblazoned with graffitti. Half a manequin adorned the wall. A dive in every sense of the word.
Quality: I sampled every beer in a shot glass, courtesy of the bartender. I decided on their dark beer. Nice and toasty. I enjoyed their pale ale as well.
Selection: 4 or 5 beers brewed there and about 15 other taps on a different wall.
Service: The bartenders were covered head-to-toe in tattoos and piercings, and best of all, super nice and friendly. The service was excellent. As I mentioned earlier allowed us to sample the beers in shot glasses.
Food: Didn't eat. I don't know if they have food.
Value: Beers were reasonably priced. I walked in their with my wife and my mother, who was in town, not knowing what to expect. What a suprise?! My Mom thought it was fun. We had a beer after sight seeing. A nice non-6th Strett bar in the 6th Street District. I will go back. It is an experience.
08-04-2008 04:59:33 | More by beersheppard
4.5/5 rDev +17.8%
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
3.86/5 rDev +1%
Lovejoy's is an interesting departure from the rest of the craziness on 6th street. We had seen it earlier in the day buy opted to come by at night instead. The first thing I noticed when walking in was the prevalence of tattoos and punk looking people. The second thing I noticed was the 60s motown/soul music blasting. The combination was pleasantly surprising. The decor is dingy at best, but I feel that also part of the charm. The beer selection is solid for what it is, probably 15-20 micros on tap (including Racer 5, several New Belgium Offerings, and three beers made in house) as well as a nice selection of bottles. At $3 a pint for good beers the price can't be beat!
06-04-2008 21:11:02 | More by TheBCrew
3.39/5 rDev -11.3%
This place is located just off of 6th Street, and if you have ever been to 6th Street, then you have a guess of what this place might be like. Fist of all it took me twenty minutes to find a place to park that was not right accross the street from a homeless shelter. When I walked in the door a girl was asking me for my ID and she had tatoos from her wrist to her shoulders. They have a few beer on tap they make. The beers are good, one of the better places taht make there own beer in Austin. The bartender had even more tatoos then the girl at the door, he had tats from fingers to his face. They have a widly mixed crowd, I had some puckish style group on one side and two college frat looking guys on the other, everybody was nice. Worth a vistit ifin Austin.
03-07-2008 03:54:44 | More by harpus
3.93/5 rDev +2.9%
Absolutely without question my favorite bar in Austin! This little place has all of the personality of Joe Strummer, Charlie Manson, Devine, and Betty Boop all wrapped up in one. (Maybe I didn't get that quite right.... :( It's a very casual, semi-underground tattoo scene with great beers and music. And maybe I'm weird, but Austin actually claims to be weird, and this is the ONLY place that even comes close to it. LOVE IT!!! That said, you'll either immediately settle in to the funky/dirty/cool vibe of it, or you won't. But the beers are very good! I unfortunately haven't reviewed any of them because I don't remember them! I was drunk! One night I could barely walk home! Thank god for those mobile food trucks!!! But I also met the brewers and they were totally cool too. There's no pretense here. Everything's right out there. So if you're into the scene, this is the place to go - and if you're not, you should probably still stop in just to check it out and have a brew.
12-26-2007 02:53:10 | More by NeroFiddled
3.86/5 rDev +1%
I like this place because of the atmosphere. When I do go in every once in a while, It seems like everybody else at the bar is a regular and knows eachother. It's like a group of freinds watching TV, literally, at a bar and drinking good beer. In the other parts of the bar, theres a pool table and some tables to sit at. The bartenders definitely have that old school Austin weird thing going on. Not much in the food department besides nuts. The beer that they brew are pretty good, but not awesome. The Old Vixen barleywine, a winter seasonal of theirs, is pretty damn good tasting and very awesome.
07-28-2007 11:04:15 | More by chadspivey
3.84/5 rDev +0.5%
Thought it was about time to update my 2-year-old review of Lovejoy's...
Two years later and LJs is still one of my favorite Austin locales. It's the place to go when you want to see a piece of Austin that you can't get in most good beer bars. And LoveJoys is definately a good beer bar- in addition to their normal house beer lineup (usually 2-4), they have another 15 or so guest taps with no crap on tap (you can get LoneStar and Pearl in a can though) and a large selection of Belgians and micros in the bottle cooler behind the bar.
The house beers range in quality from your average homebrew to really good stuff. Most of the heavy rotators, unfortunately, seem to be the easy drinking middle-of-the-road quaffs that keep the regulars drinking the housebeer. I have had some really great beer here, the FP Blueberry Porter and Old Vixen being two of them, but I wish he would put them on more regularly...
The house beer is really cheap here, during happy hour (which seems to be more often than not) they can be had for $2 a pint. If it wasn't so hectic for me to get to/from the downtown location I would visit more often for the value alone.
07-23-2007 16:37:31 | More by BeerZack
1.84/5 rDev -51.8%
Based on some rather polarizing comments that I read on this site, I knew I wanted to visit Lovejoy's Taproom, but I wasn't sure if I'd like it. The sort of campy decor didn't appeal to me and I was pretty unimpressed by the Lovejoy's-brewed beer I tried.
Decor was that of your friend's unfinished basement. There were some pretty beat-up tables and chairs, and a couple of ripped up booths. Clientele was a 20-ish hipster rockabilly crowd, that seems associated with a good number of craft beer haunts (like Stonefly/Onopa in Milwaukee) but who seem to drink mostly retro-"lost" beers like Pabst/Schlitz/Hamm's/Blatz (and in Texas, Lone Star). I have nothing against the hipster-crowd (they've always been very nice to me, including the crowd at Lovejoy's); I just don't understand their beer choices.
There were only three house-brewed beers on tap: Dr. Shock IPA (reviewed separately), another ale (my friend had this - it seemed much more like an IPA than my IPA did), and a porter that neither of us tried. In addition to this, there were a few other craft beers on tap (Fireman #4), but the hipster crowd appeared to be drinking mostly Lone Star bottles.
I tried the Dr. Shock, and I thought it very marginal. My friend had their special ale, which I thought was rather good when I took a sip. So I'm not sure what to take away from the quality of the beer, but I think the "thumbs down" on the IPA was severe enough to outweigh the weak "thumbs up" on the special ale when considering beer quality at Lovejoy's.
Service was two barmaids behind the bar. They were passably quick in their service, but not really helpful when it came to making beer-buying decisions.
02-02-2007 01:55:05 | More by BeerBelcher
Lovejoy's Taproom in Austin, TX
87 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.