The Ginger Man

The Ginger ManThe Ginger Man
The Ginger ManThe Ginger Man
Bar, Eatery

5607 Morningside Dr
Houston, Texas, 77005-3218
United States

(713) 526-2770 | map

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bigbeerfan from Illinois

5/5  rDev +18.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This place is fantastic. It’s small and rustic with all worn wood surfaces. The place doesn’t seat many people at all and only has a limited bar-bite style menu but the beer selection is outstanding and the vibe is perfect. Lots of local beers on tap along with a nice variety of high quality crafts from around the world. Definitely a favorite in the Rice University area.

Dec 29, 2017
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puck1225 from Texas

3.81/5  rDev -9.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3

This is nice place. Comfortable, homey, a bit rustic, right in the middle of the Rice University area. The service was a bit grudging but reasonable. Beer selection was good, even though my fist two choices on their list was not available. The food was pedestrian. Granted I got the beer companion which was mostly cheese (which I would bet came from the local Kroger). The hummus was good, needed a few more pita chips. Overall, enjoyed the draft Tank 7 and Chimay Dorsee.

Sep 07, 2016
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beerdrinker123 from Delaware

3.64/5  rDev -13.5%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.25 | food: 4.5

Was really looking forward to checking this place out...

Atmosphere is alright, patio out back with some space heaters with wooden tables and benches. Its alot like little woodrows, but less cozy.

For having 100+ taps I was really disappointed at the selection, there are very few *really* good beers on tap and in bottles. They have a diverse selection of mediocre stuff that you can find everywhere. No limited releases or rare stuff.

I got a chicken and spinach flatbread pizza that was pretty good, the spinach and artichoke dip was good too, no complaints in the food department.

Ginger man is like a little woodrows with a few more taps, I really expected a better beer selection.

Its a nice place to hit up in the rice village area but if you want the best selection, check elsewhere.

Dec 20, 2014
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dcloeren from Texas

4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

The Ginger Man is a hidden gem right in the middle of the Rice Village. Its right next to the other douchebag bars that make up the rest of the street. But the great thing about The Ginger Man is that most of the people that go in there for a beer realize how great of a place it is. Of course there are the people that go in there and even with all of the taps on the wall still want a BMC lite but for the most part theres a good mix of people that enjoy great beer and some good ol beer nerds. Good music, great patio out back and live music outside everyonce in a while.

The service is really great and they are always willing to help you select a beer. They have a good selection of the good Texas beers and alot of others from around the country as well. Probably about 100 bottles to select from that are predominantly German and Belgian. Bottom line is that you will definitely be able to find a beer to meet your craving once in side.

I went to college in Houston and lived about a mile away from here. It is/was one of my favorite spots to grab a beer around town.

Apr 26, 2011
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mariner22 from Hawaii

4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

I stopped by here twice during a recent visit to Houston. It was pretty loud and reasonably crowded late on a Saturday afternoon. My mom is not a beer drinker, but she had half of a Unibroue Don de Dieu (she was driving and has a low tolerance) and enjoyed it.

We returned on a Monday afternoon. The server was very patient and helped my mom find another beer (Timmerman's Strawberry, I think) she likes (possibly the only two beers she has ever enjoyed). We split the beer snack plate - olives, cheese, bread, mustard, pickles, etc. They have a very limited selection of food, it's not a restaurant. We brought books and spend a few chill hours reading and sipping beer on the patio. The service was great. The beer tasted great. Overall not a place I'd tell someone visiting Houston that they absolutely have to get to but it was a very nice beer experience.

Apr 10, 2011
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obrike from Texas

4.54/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Awesome place. We stopped in here the night before a Texan's game. The location is great...Rice University area, about 2 miles from Reliant Stadium.

Exactly what you'd want a pub to look like...a lot of wood, two outdoor patio areas, a small one in front, and a larger one in the back.

Fantastic selection of bottle and draught beers.

Kind of a young crowd, but seeing as the location was in the middle of Rice, that was not shocking.

The place was pretty packed by the time we left (11pm or so), so it made ordering or getting excellent service a bit difficult, but the staff was quite friendly.

Jan 28, 2011
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poonamibaxter from Colorado

4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2

One of the best beer bars I have ever been to. All the staff no beer and they always serve it in the proper glass at the proper temp. They usually gets some elusive brews. The clientele is mostly adults who appreciate good beers and make for good conversation and a relaxed atmosphere. They only serve beer and wine so no waiting or watching people make or drink shots. My only complaint is it gets a bit hot inside during the summer.

They just had their 25th annv party and had some amazing Belgians plus a keg of 120 from Sam's personal stash.

Sep 20, 2010
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youbrewidrink from Vermont

4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Just a short $10 taxi ride from Reliant Stadium in Rice Village.

Our server Nicole was awesome, an empty glass never lasted at our table.

A great little hole in the wall with a great beer selection. I must admit the Cuvee Renee in the small bottle was an unexpected suprise. Lots of local brews and a nice variety on the taps.

Enough food to take care of basic dining needs. If you can't find anything on thier menu, they have all the area menus that will deliver.

The patrons covered the full spectrum from beer geek, to out of town sport fan. If the place is busy, head to the back of the building, there is an additional large patio area.

Jan 05, 2010
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +18.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

The first thing that jumped out was their outdoor patio area, followed by the extensive wooden front porch with the entry in its center. Entering, the 1/2 octagonal-shaped bar was directly to the left with standard tables and chairs to the right. The back bar was a seemingly endless row of tap handles. The top of the overhead held a shelf of spent bottles that snaked around the entire interior. There was a CD jukebox 1/3 of the way aft on the right and an English dartboard all of the way aft on the right. Lots of fantastic colored chalk signage in the overhead. Glassware was also on display. They also had an extensive outdoor patio out back with picnic tables and an Oktoberfest mural to the right.

They had a great educated clientele, both in terms of beer and their collegiate specialties.

Food: The Brewers' Plate was an amalgam of tastes, textures, and colors. It was absolutely wild! I actually got tired of eating.

Beers: 69 taps, 125 bottles, 1 cask. St. Arnold's is always on cask.

Dec 21, 2009
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Spineypanda from Texas

4.21/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

The Ginger Man is located in Rice Village i Houston, and is quite an interesting place.

More than 70% of it is located outside, but that does not take away from the atmosphere which is that of a nice outdoor venue.
It reminded me of some of the concert locations on 6th street in Austin.

They had a great selection of the beers that are popular are only available for a limited time, which is great because it is always switching up. Service was wonderful, and I never felt like I needed someone to get me a beer. I did not try their food and have no idea if they even have food, but it was a great experience.

Oct 21, 2009
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CHADMC3 from Connecticut

3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

This place is very unsuspecting from the outside, just a few picnic tables and umbrellas outside of what look like a queiet little restaurant. Walking in to this place is like stepping back in time or somewhere else. The low ceilings, dark woods, old bottles and cans and dark ambience with subtle jukebox classics playing are really something to experience. We went on a Sunday afternoon, so it was a little subdued, but this place is awesome. By far, some of the best bar ambience I have experienced.

We tried one of their specialty pretzels, a nice compliment to a beer. Service was prompt, and one thing I enjoyed was listening to the ladies behind the bar talk amongst themselves about some the new beers they have tried. We sampled a Lone Star Stout, a Gnarleywine, and a Kwak. Their selection is good, but not nearly as great as other stops. Too many main stream beers here for me, but greatly varied regardless.

The small food menu had some unique offerings, but I didn't sample enough to create too much of an opinion.

If you're near Rice U, you gotta check this place out. Just a cool beer bar you won't soon forget.

May 08, 2009
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Onslow from Texas

4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

First discovered this gem when they graciously oped up there doors to the Houston BA's for our monthly tastings; awesome place and awesome people! .. . Selection is top notch, only beat out by the saucer, but this place has that cozy friends house kinda feel .. . always have a cask beer, a plus ... . they offer chips,pretzels and a cheese plate they will do in a pinch, or you can order a pizza or bring in a burger, they are cool about it .. . overall: fantastic beer selection for Houston, and they treat their rowdy BA's like kings!!! .. recommended for sure, one of my favourite stops...

Apr 27, 2009
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TurdFurgison from Ohio

4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

This is my third Gingerman (first Manhattan, then Greenwich CT), and it is probably my favorite of the brand so far. Apparently it's also the original, at least I get that impression. This location has a Texas feel to it, well-worn all wood floors which give the feel of an old west saloon, tons of beer bottles on shelves near the ceiling, and a generous number of taps. You can check the actual tap selection online, but I'll say it's almost a contender with the Manahattan location in terms of selection. Probably Manhattan is a little better, but it's subjective and in any case the atmosphere and pricing in Houston take the prize. There's a cask, serving St Arnold IPA while I was there. All other selections were solid if not mind-blowing. Definitely this establishment is worth checking out. My favorite in Houston.

Feb 24, 2009
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Bagman007 from Texas

4.14/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Went here in the afternoon on a Sunday when I was in Houston. Nice, cozy atmosphere near the campus of Rice University. They have a beer garden in the back and a patio in the front. Decent amount of people here for a Saturday afternoon, but it was not too packed. We parked in a nearby parking garage without exactly knowing where this place was, but when we walked out of the garage we spotted it easily. They have a pretty good selection of taps and bottles. The service is good and our bartender was very friendly. I have not tried the food, but it is a little above average price wise. The beer is also a little pricey too, but I guess it's basically what you would expect from a place like this. Great place to chill out and enjoy a brew.

Dec 02, 2008
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Beer-Zombie from Oregon

4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2.5

Definately my favorite place in Houston to go for a chill environment with a great beer selection. I'm pretty sure they only serve snacks but no biggy. They have maybe 50 beers on draft and even more in bottle. Always the latest good beer in the market on draft, too. They always have the Saint Arnold Elissa on cask. Every Christmas, they bust out a few kegs of some aged Anchor Christmas beers from different vintages. And most importantly, they let us BA guys have a regular beer tasting there once a month. Good people that work there, beer knowledgable, helpful. All in all, definately a hot spot on the map.

Sep 04, 2008
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ckeegan04 from Texas

4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Dropped in late on a Saturday night. There was a good crown but it was not packed and our group was able to grab seats at the bar. Huge wall of taps, I would guess about 50. Almost all craft or imports. They have an even larger bottle selection. Had a few of the Texas breweries represented (St Arnold, Southern Star, and Live Oak) as well as a wide selection of other crafts. I had a Live Oak Hefe, Vitus, and finished the night with the old standby, SN Pale Ale. Barteneder knew what she was talking about and made a couple of good recommendations to the friends I was there with.

Place has a few TV's, darts, and a real nice porch with tables. It is in Rice Village amongst quite a few more bars. Little 'upper class' but not pretentious by any means.

Sep 02, 2008
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azorie from Florida

3.09/5  rDev -26.6%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4.5 | service: 1 | selection: 4

Went early and found a place to park for 2 dollars. Very interesting place, why they choose to leave the door open in the Texas summer is a mystery to me, but what can I say. Your in the heart of Rice village, which is to say your surrounded by allot of Smart folks and money. The bar has nice outside area, again why you want to fry out there, one never knows but I guess if you smoke your going to have to live with the heat and humidity.

We did not at first run into any "problems" with locals as some have complained about, but then again we got here after going to eat lunch, so It was empty except for the bud guys giving a sales pitch, so we could not listen to the junk box, but it was ok.

Decent selection on tap, but after the flying saucer its a big let down, but again this is my kind of bar, small and quiet. Allthough another bar that is Quite expensive IMHO, but I see a trend here, if you want to drink imports from Belgium in a bottle at a bar, get ready for double retail prices and up. I got a 750ml bottle of La chouffe and it was 21.50 geez can you say super rip off, I sure can.

Service was the WORST I EVER SEEN. We was all ALONE and we could not get waited on, until I walked to the bar. ok they only had the manger and 1 bartender. After a while, like an hour late another person came in and THEY GOT WAITED ON!!

Sadly since we were not regulars we could not get the time of day from the bartender, she had others. No table service, so its just like a English bar. One assumes they get waiters later in the day, but we left before it got anymore crowded. Decent local hangout if you drink the cheap stuff, or have a large budget for beer every week.

I can see where if your not a local you get some funny looks, but as a fellow Texan I am used to noisy folks who ask your business out of the blue, just a Texas thing. I can stare back at assholes with the best of them. Still If I lived nearby I would revisit, as the manager on duty seemed very nice.One would hope the service would improve, being like we were IT for at least an hour. Needles to say NO FUCKING TIP!

Jun 27, 2008
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naterock from Missouri

4.38/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Iwas brought here by my cousin who lives in Pasadena. I agree with some other when I say there are a lot of schmucks here. if you know how to avoid them you'll be ok. We sat on the back patio and didn't have a problem. as far as the selection goes WOW I've never seen this many beer taps in one place. the beer selection was top notch and the food was excellent. The waitresses were friendly and fast. Glassware was correctly used when possible. all around a great place to go have a drink. I would probably go back at a different time though, maybe earlier before the "cool people" get liquored up.

Jun 08, 2008
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jwff from New York

3.68/5  rDev -12.6%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

I really don't know where to begin with this place except the past few times I've gone I've been extremely disappointed. The clientele is a mix of regular dudes who can keep to themselves and the drunk priveledged types that get too rowdy for their own good (even on the slower weeknights). Luckily the beer selection is good and always kept fresh with the exception of a few aged releases. Half pints are always a plus when you want to keep your head and try more than a few things. I don't really go anymore except when I have company in town or am in the area and have a hankerin for some St. Arnold from the cask. Also if you hear T. Rex - Raw Ramp playing then I'm probably there.

Mar 05, 2008
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armock from New York

4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

I went here on Wednesday night and its a damn good thing that the car had gps in it to let me know I was in front of the place. This place is a little hard to find at night as they don't have a lighted sign and the trees in front of the building hide it a bit. Wednesday nights are pint night that changes each week drink that selected beer you get to take home its branded glass. They even give you the glass clean which is nice. They have a great selection of taps I don't know the specific number but theres a lot and something on tap that you'll like. They have one beer on cask and when I was there it was Saint Aarnolds IPA. They do use the proper glassware as much as they can which is a plus. Theres not that much stuff on the food menu thats seemed worthwhile and it looked a little pricey for what was on it. The beer prices are normal for what you get. This is one cool place to go and have a few pints and hang out with some friends.

Feb 22, 2008
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skittlebrau from Texas

4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 1.5

If you can find parking, this is a good place to relax on a weeknight. Moreso on Wednesday which is glass night, both here and at the saucer. I'd say the atmosphere is just right for what it is, although it has a tendency to get crowded, like any place in the village. I think it's a better crowd than its neighbors though.

The only downside is don't come here expecting to eat anything. They don't have much in the way of pub grub and what they do have isn't worth spending your beer money on.

Jan 02, 2008
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TeeCee from Texas

4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

I visited the Ginger Man by recommendation from a Houstonian as my current job brings me to Houston often. I can't tell about the atmosphere of the entire establishment as I didn't get past the taps. I like to sit as close to center as I can at a bar like this so I can look for beers I haven't had yet.

I had all draught beers from micro brews, all by recommendation of the bartender. I wish I remembered her name. She was very knowledgeable about the beer they served and all of her recommendations were right on (about four). She took time the time to discuss my preferences and what they had to offer and her sample size was also commendable. She could not have done much more.

The selection seemed to be on the plus side for diversity and included Aventinus (bottled), Optimator (draught), and Salvator. This is a plus for me as Aventinus is my all time favorite beer and dopple bocks are my favorite brews. The one German made Dopple Bock I'm familiar with that I don't think they carry, Celebrator, is my least favorite.

I don't remember what my total was as I paid cash and I try not to think about such things, but the prices must have been inline with what I'm used to as they didn't scare me.

Dec 04, 2007
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champ103 from Texas

4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

A great place to chill and relax with some beers. The Ginger Man is a neat college hangout for Rice University. I think it has a great atmosphere and friendly patrons. Old house turned into a pub. Smallish bar inside, and best patio and outdoor drinking in Houston as far as I am concerned. I can sip on cask and people watch all day.

Service is as good and friendly as any bar I have been to. It can get slow when it is crowded, but that is not their fault. They don't really have food. Just a couple of "snacks." I had the spinach artichoke dip, but that was it besides chips and peanuts, and a cheese/meat plate.

The selection ranges from local Saint Arnold, Southern Star, and Real Ale to English beers like Fuller's and Belhaven. They also have a great selection of Belgian Trappist beers, German, as well as a wide US micro tap and bottle selection. They are always rotation new beers in as well.

There is also a good bit of history to this place. The first Gingerman, and claims to be the first multi tap bar in the Country. They are also extremely gracious to everyone on BA, and let us use the place for our monthly gatherings. On top of everything else, the late great Micheal Jackson the Beer Hunter called this placed one of the best bars in the world. If you like beer and are in the downtown/rice village area in Houston, it is a must.

Nov 22, 2007
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joedon from Minnesota

3.2/5  rDev -24%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 2

I stopped in here on a Thursday evening about 5:00pm. Very crowded and very loud. They have a patio which was crowded with smokers in addition to being hot and humid (this is Houston, after all). Inside is dark except for several loud TV's with football games going. I'm not sure what the decor is trying to achieve but it came across to me as a dumpy college bar (which it basically is).
Large selection of beers both on tap and in bottles. Small number of local brews (St. Arnold etc.). The beer was fresh and properly served.
Service is haphazard due to over-crowding and under-staffing. The bar was jammed with business suits so I had to take a chair and wait for a waiter to get served.
Almost nothing on the menu (like the NYC Ginger Man). Don't come here for the food.
I'm not impressed by this place. Brian O'Neill's was two doors down the block and much more my style for having a beer and a light meal.

Sep 28, 2007
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wolffman17 from Texas

4.36/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Stopped by on an early Saturday afternoon just after they'd opened the doors. Only a few other patrons walked in while I was there which made for a quiet, but enjoyable, weekend afternoon. My previous visit was on a Saturday evening; understandably, the place was packed, and I'm glad this time was a little more low key.

The Ginger Man is cozy and inviting; it's got that "old pub" feel. Not a ton of bar space, but there's plenty of tables including outdoor seating in the front and back. A seemingly never-ending bottle collection lines a shelf near the ceiling.

By my rough count, they sport almost 70 taps for our disposal and exploration. No complaints there! I was surprised (or should I be??) to see Heineken and Miller Lite taking up tap space, though. I took advantage of one of the few opportunities I've had to enjoy cask beer and ordered Saint Arnold Elissa IPA...excellent. I kept the local theme going and finished with Divine Reserve #5 (outstanding RIS, but I'm not sure why they served it in a shaker pint). Two top notch beers.

Overall, this is a great place to grab a pint, and I will no doubt visit again the next time I'm in the area.

Sep 25, 2007
The Ginger Man in Houston, TX
Place rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 78 ratings