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4.64/5 rDev +21.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Located within spitting distance of the local homeless shelter, the neighborhood was sketchy, but the atmosphere was pure Delillah's/Bukowski's. Man, the darkness coming in from the Texas sun left me fumbling around. The long, snaking, wood bar with a chalkboard center ran the length of the back wall. Two green-felt pool tables were to the left and a couple of booths, a comfy chair, and a bookcase were right. Murals on both left and right walls. An eclectic mix of standard tables and chairs, booths, and a picnic table center. Free apples during Happy Hour. Todd Henry - the brewer; Catherine the Great, a gorgeous redheaded server with great ink. Where's Waldo and Davis?
Beers: Around 90 bottles; 30 taps, 4 house-brewed beers. Samsons English Pale Ale on cask (!).
Specials: ESB; IPA; Token Black-porter.
12-21-2009 22:05:12 | More by woodychandler
3.93/5 rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
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
4.14/5 rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
The Lovejoy was a nice stop in my Austin Pub crawl. It is slightly rundown and dark in the absolute best way. Long two section bar, comfy couches, a great juke box and a couple of pool tables add to the ambiance. I also liked some of that freaky artwork.
I liked the varied crowd and the fast and efficient bar keep.
The have just a great selection of beers. If you cant find multiple options here, you either arent looking or you dont like beer. The tap lines seemed to be in optimum condition.
If I lived in Austin, I would soon be a member of their Fez beer club. 100 beers is a great start!
Just a great, off the wall bar that is a cant miss destination on your visit to this nice town.
02-21-2006 16:49:10 | More by Redrover
1.84/5 rDev -51.8%
vibe: 2 | quality: 1.5 | service: 2 | selection: 2 | $$
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
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
4.2/5 rDev +9.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $
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
4.33/5 rDev +13.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $
Lovejoys, just off 6th street in Austin. Well, its 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, Id like to go back on a quiet weeknight or afternoon to really savor the beer.
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.
08-29-2004 21:03:37 | More by HardTarget
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
3.48/5 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
3.39/5 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
Lovejoy's Taproom in Austin, TX
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