The Ginger Man

Bar, Eatery

301 Lavaca St
Austin, Texas, 78701-3936
United States

(512) 473-8801 | map
gingermanpub.com

Notes:
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.23
Reviews:
70
Ratings:
120
pDev:
8.98%
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Reviews by DrJay:
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DrJay from Texas

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

I stopped in here twice on a recent visit to Austin. It worked out great because my hotel was across from the convention center, only a few blocks away. My experience both times was great -- first time I sat at the bar and had fast, attentive service all night and the second time found a table for myself and a few colleagues. It was busy during my second visit, but it was still easy to get service at the bar.

Deciding what to have was more difficult. With 80 taps (and a couple of beer engines) staring at you, it can take a while to figure out what to have. The printed beer menus helped, but weren't up to date with the most recent changes. Sitting at the bar helped, since it was easy to chat up the bartenders and hear what kegs had just been put on. The selection was impressive, with plenty of national and regional craft selections, quite a few limited release beers, and one beer engine running during my visit -- I mostly stuck with locals like St. Arnolds, Live Oak, and 512, but did end my first visit with a Victory Storm King.

Decent vibe overall, quite dark inside the bar area with an open air patio in the rear of the building. Good tunes on the jukebox too. Definitely a place I would go out of my way to visit again if I'm in the Austin area and highly recommended.

Jun 05, 2011
More User Reviews:
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Spaceman_Jer from Colorado

4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Jan 31, 2017
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mig100 from Texas

3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Jan 07, 2017
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cadaugherty from Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

May 12, 2016
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dbannister from California

2.61/5  rDev -38.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 3

I have to preface this by saying I've been going to this bar for almost 20 years. It had been several years since my last visit, and I was pretty disappointed. The beer selection was average at best, but even worse was the service. I won't harp on my experience, but the place could use a more mature staff (at least based on the night I was there).

Mar 30, 2016
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stevoj from Idaho

4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Neighborhood vibe, but then presented with wall of taps. Too many seasonals for even the website to keep track of. Nice selection of locals and sought after East Coast brews. Keep trying to focus on Texas....

Feb 12, 2016
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StoutSnob40 from California

4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Jan 28, 2016
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Hudson2508 from Texas

4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 2

Jan 18, 2016
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NealioATX from Texas

4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I'm going to be "that" guy right now. The Ginger Man used to be AMAZING. Wonderful vibes abound in the old place. It felt like THE PLACE to drink beer. Real Estate in Austin happened and they moved to a tiny place with a nice indoor area but the outdoor 'patio' is miserable. You're surrounded by skyscrapers and terrible music. If it's Summer time, forget it. You'll DIE outside it's so damn hot. Is it a bad place? Not at all. Was this within their control? Hardly. Do I have to like it? Nope.

Jan 05, 2016
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Drogon from Texas

3/5  rDev -29.1%
vibe: 2.25 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5

Sep 21, 2015
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PaleAleWalt from New York

3.86/5  rDev -8.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Jul 19, 2015
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therealJAYZ from Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Jul 18, 2015
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mjstern70 from California

4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Jul 14, 2015
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billab914 from Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Jun 18, 2015
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Taphouse_Traveler from Florida

4/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Jun 06, 2015
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mchengcit from Massachusetts

4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Mar 21, 2015
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ERMAHGERD from Texas

4.64/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Personally, I miss the old location. It had a more quiet and relaxing feel to it, like a true pub. The current location still captures a lot of the same feel, but with a more commercial and open feel. The beer and service, however, remains spot-on.

Mar 11, 2015
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ccapurso from Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Feb 13, 2015
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Cynic-ale from Texas

4/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Feb 09, 2015
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evan35 from North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25

Jan 21, 2015
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Devman171 from Maryland

4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Dec 30, 2014
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Gavage from Nevada

4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4

This place has a huge L shaped bar with a grey stone top and can easily seat about 20 or more patrons. Very dark interior as the lights are kept very low. Some dart boards line the walls, and there are a bunch of tables off the bar area. There is also an outdoor seating area where a bunch of people were taking their drinks.

They had to have about 80 beers on draft, so you will find something to your liking. I had several pints over two days, and each one was fresh as the beer seems to move here despite the large number of drafts.

The bartender was very friendly and prompt with her service. She also seemed to understand the styles she was serving. Only had an appetizer here which was good. This is a worthwhile stop in the downtown area.

Dec 29, 2014
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srletend from Texas

3.73/5  rDev -11.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

Dec 24, 2014
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mamaraza from Texas

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Oct 19, 2014
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Beer-Zombie from Oregon

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Oct 13, 2014
The Ginger Man in Austin, TX
Place rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 120 ratings