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1.84/5 rDev -51.8%
vibe: 2 | quality: 1.5 | service: 2 | selection: 2 | $$
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
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
2.96/5 rDev -22.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4 | selection: 2 | $
Visited on June 10, 2006
Three words: YETI ON TAP!!!
Ok, thats not fair. First off, Lovejoys lives on evidently under new ownership. The place is largely unchanged since my last visit there in Nov 2004. Same hours, same atmosphere, similar looking list of house beers. Still a bank of twenty, or so, guest taps at the back bar. Nothing really outstanding other than YETI ON TAP!!! Still a classic, funky, hole-in-the-wall Austin hangout.
The house beers sampled this time didnt seem quite as flavorful as my last visit. There were two different steam beers, a Porter, an IPA, and a couple others. We tried the IPA, which was not at all bold from a hop standpoint, and a little watery. Also tasted the Porter, which was a lot watery and too subtle in its roastiness. The remaining selections were not sufficiently intriguing to bother with.
But, it was just one visit. Im sure they will rotate some other brews through the house taps and maybe some will be winners. I will certainly give it another shot the next time Im in Austin.
Did I mention they had YETI ON TAP!!!??? Oh, I guess I did Did I mention that it was $3 a pint??!! Thats reason enough to patronize this establishment.
06-12-2006 13:53:05 | More by grumpy
3.14/5 rDev -17.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5
This is a place for "types". What exact types that is, I don't know for sure. My guess is maybe bikers or maybe goth. Tattoos and piercings are welcomed here. The atmosphere is different with artwork on the walls and odds and ends sitting around. One that definitely falls in the "odd" category is a coffin. Why??? The service was good, the beers were sub-par IMO. I think I can brew better beers. They have a decent selection of bottled beers to go with their own self-produced line-up. A strange experience. Once was enough for me. Cheers!
04-06-2003 16:02:47 | More by BeerAngel
3.39/5 rDev -11.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 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
3.48/5 rDev -8.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $
This is the Best beer in Downtown Austin.
The Ambience is biker bar. Everybody smokes in here, even though it is against code.
The House beers have sucked ( I had their Saison and IPA) but they have a great selection of locals and Euros.
The bartenders are great and will provide a good recommendation if you're unsure what to order.
The furniture is a strange collection of stuff that you would find at a yard sale. All the tables have graffiti carved in them.
A nice spot to have a real beer when in the 6th street area. But, I wouldn't bring my parents here.
02-14-2009 01:30:11 | More by JonathanL7890
3.48/5 rDev -8.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4
If you're looking for a brewpub, this probably isn't what you expect. It's really more a biker bar/slacker hangout that happens to brew four or five beers commercially and sell them along with a variety of other locals and imports.
It's right off of Sixth Street and it's more than a little counter-cultural. "Eclectic" does not really begin to describe the place. Murals on the walls, pool tables, couches, a coffin.... all the usually stuff. If you aren't visibly pierced or if you don't have *enough* tattoos (yes, one is not enough), you'll probably be looked at funny.
But true to Austin culture, Lovejoy's is a friendly and welcoming place, don't be put off by the atmosphere. The beers are pretty hit-and-miss, as there doesn't seem to be a schedule or standard offerings; I guess it's up to their brewer and what they feel like brewing. Some are great, others are so-so. A cask offering is available at times.
11-01-2004 05:08:23 | More by assurbanipaul
3.5/5 rDev -8.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Love the atmosphere at this place. Dark, dingy, a little bit metal, a little bit punk. A much welcome escape from the frat and party girl vibe on 6th. The bartenders are super friendly, as is brewer Todd, who I spoke to. As far as beer goes, however, I must say that it needs some work. Maybe a lot of work. There is a certain funk to their beers that I cannot place, but it cannot be intentional. Others have suggested perhaps it is lines that need cleaning, better brewhouse sanitation, or something along those lines. Score may improve as Todd brings the beers back to life. Lots of great guest beers to keep me going back in the meantime, however.
02-22-2009 19:51:45 | More by spaceycasey
3.55/5 rDev -7.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | $
I'll admit, i'm a little biased, as Lovejoy's is my hideout when my friend's drag me to 6th street but a great little divey beer bar none the less. 20+ taps, almost all american micros with a texan focus (512, live oak, rio blanco, st. arnold), with a respectable belgian/ bottle selection. Definitely representing all ends of the spectrum with Maredsous and Chimay in the fridge along side Pearl and Lonestar cans. There are usually 3 or 4 house beers (brewed off site im pretty sure) that are always great, and usually the cheapest draft. as a farmhouse lover, ive been treated to both New Belgium La Folie and North Coast Le Merle on tap my past few visits. The smoke, tats and motorcycle/ hot rod apparel of the patrons and staff adds a little lawlessness to the ambiance. Definitely the best beer bar in the 6th street area, and one of the best in the city.
12-23-2009 17:31:32 | More by soviettelecast
3.7/5 rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
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
Lovejoy's Taproom in Austin, TX
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