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Lovejoy's Taproom

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Lovejoy's TaproomLovejoy's Taproom
BA SCORE
87
very good

30 Ratings
Ratings: 30
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 15.71%
Active Beers: 0
Beer Ratings: 0
Beer Avg: 0
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

604 Neches St
Austin, Texas, 78701-3325
United States
phone: (512) 477-1268
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(Place added by: insomnboy)
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Photo of woodychandler
4.64/5  rDev +21.5%

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.

woodychandler, Dec 21, 2009
Photo of mpahnke
4.59/5  rDev +20.2%

The best brewpub in town if you are looking for excellent beer and an eclectic atmosphere. Local artists have their paintings on the walls, which adds to the atmosphere. The jukebox has a wide variety. The only downfall is it can be a bit smoky. This is a very relaxed atmosphere. Oh and the beer is quite inexpensive for the high quality.

mpahnke, May 02, 2003
Photo of Direwolf
4.53/5  rDev +18.6%

When I lived in Austin, having recently moved out, Lovejoys was my favorite place to start out and finish a night. It is conveniently located around the nexus of Austin nightlife (6th Street). The place draws interesting mixes of patrons who surrender to the more eclectic facets of social life, and the décor reflects that. Unlike most other bars in the area, one distinguishing feature of Lovejoys is that it tends to attract and older crowd, rather than college students that tend to dominate other bars on 6th.
As far as the beers go, they typically serve four microbrews on drought at any particular time and the have any impressive selection of imported bottles. The prices for pints of the microbrews, which are really the shining stars of the pub, are very agreeable, $2 during happy hour and $2.50 otherwise. These prices are quite good compared to the other bars around sixth, many of which fail to carry a good variety of beers. As far as the beers go, my favorites are the Old Vixen Barley wine, which isn’t available that often, the Enns River Stout, and the AJ Porter. If you are into lighter stuff, the try the Splender in a Glass. The Old Whore is also outstanding, and after patronizing it regularly for about 2 years, I never had to pay a cover!

Direwolf, Jun 08, 2005
Photo of insomnboy
4.53/5  rDev +18.6%

Located just off 6th Street in a neighborhood that makes you think "oh yeah, the movie Slacker WAS filmed in Austin". Lovejoy's is a funky and very cool little place with rather disturbing art on the walls and some really great beer on tap, brewed on the premises, as well as a ton of other brews, on tap and bottled, to satify any taste.

I went to Austin last March for the annual South by Southwest music festival and Lovejoy's was the meeting place for a rather large group of friends from all over the US (and the world, isn't the internet wonderful?) the first night there. We were having so much fun at Lovejoy's that a couple of us had to practically drag the rest of the group out of there to see some shows!!!

The beer:
They rotate what they serve on an almost daily basis. Check the website for what they're currently pouring and what's on deck. When I was there, I got hooked on the Espresso Stout that they had that night (had 3, they were yummy) and then tried the "Hop on Pop" IPA (had 2) which was a terrifically hoppy ale that was almost as good as Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye.

Needless to say, once we did saunter out for some rock, I was pretty well lubricated. I did see my favorite band of the week that night, which was cool. (The band in question? My Morning Jacket, from Louisville KY).

If you're in Austin, go to Lovejoy's, you won't be disappointed.

insomnboy, Sep 29, 2002
Photo of Durge
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...

Durge, Jun 14, 2008
Photo of TheChauffeur1
4.43/5  rDev +16%

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

TheChauffeur1, Feb 20, 2009
Photo of HardTarget
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%

08-29-2004 Review:
Lovejoy’s, just off 6th street in Austin. Well, it’s a bar. I went in with the wife on a Saturday night, probably not the best time, at least for us. Place was pretty crowded and it was a tough fight to get to the bar to order. Place was too loud for any real conversation, so we just read the Southwest Brewing News. Place is standard beat up wood décor with some nice art painted on walls, ceiling, duct work, etc. Selection was a mixed bag. They have a good number of taps, probably 25 or so, mostly micros and imports, and a large collection of bottles, many excellent brews. The thing that brought me in was the house brews, of which there were only two available, a mild ale and a bitter. I had the mild, “Serendipity in a glass” I believe, and it was really rather good. Great drinkability, good color, very nice taste (who could smell in a place like that?). Nice balance and a mild orange flavor that really fit well with the beer. All in all, great beer, I’d like to go back on a quiet weeknight or afternoon to really savor the beer.

03-05-2006 Review
Went back with Aaron, a fellow brewer, on a slow Sunday night. Much more enjoyable experience for me. Smoking ban has been in place for a little while, which makes the beer drinking much more enjoyable for me. Had a great cask conditioned brown ale and got a growler for pretty cheap ($8 / $4 filled). The barkeep was friendly and efficent, gave us samples without a care, and let us come in back and see the brew set up. Have to bump up the scores a bit due to this visit. It's a funky bar, but this is Austin, get used to it.

HardTarget, Aug 29, 2004
Photo of gixxerman
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!

gixxerman, Sep 03, 2008
Photo of BAbaracus
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%

[Edit: Ignore the first sentence. Lovejoys was taken over by another and continues on to this day]

Enjoy while it lasts. According to an interview in the Austin Chronicle, Lovejoy's will close following SXSW 2006 due to declining business exacerbated by the recent smoking ban. As one glance will quickly tell you, Lovejoy's isn't so much a traditional idea of a brewpub so much as a punk/biker/hippie hangout that just happens to make it's own beer. On your way to the restrooms be sure and check out the great anti-corporate non-conformist screed painted on the hallway wall. They have a carefully selected range of micro taps as well (I've had the pleasure of a Delirium Tremens draft there before) but these beers tend to be standard import/US micro prices (I think the DT was $6). House beers are usually around $2.50 a pint. Ultimately, if you decide to venture in to Lovejoy's, do it because you're in search of that legendary Austin funk and not because you're trying to cover all the city's brewpub bases. It really is kind of a love-it-or-hate-it kind of place: I've taken people in who instantly fell in love with the joint, and I've taken people in who wore a big scowl on their face the entire time we were there, the latter often using the mediocrity of the non-rotating brews as an excuse to leave before they got halfway through their pint.

BAbaracus, May 24, 2006
Photo of Redrover
4.14/5  rDev +8.4%

The Lovejoy was a nice stop in my Austin Pub crawl. It is slightly rundown and dark in the absolute best way. Long two section bar, comfy couches, a great juke box and a couple of pool tables add to the ambiance. I also liked some of that freaky artwork.

I liked the varied crowd and the fast and efficient bar keep.

The have just a great selection of beers. If you can’t find multiple options here, you either aren’t looking or you don’t like beer. The tap lines seemed to be in optimum condition.

If I lived in Austin, I would soon be a member of their Fez beer club. 100 beers is a great start!

Just a great, off the wall bar that is a can’t miss destination on your visit to this nice town.

Redrover, Feb 21, 2006
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Lovejoy's Taproom in Austin, TX
87 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.