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The Ginger Man

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

70 Reviews
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

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

(512) 473-8801 | map
gingermanpub.com

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PLACE STATS
Score:
94
Reviews:
70
Ratings:
118
Avg:
4.22
pDev:
6.64%
 
 
Taps:
81
Bottles/Cans:
66
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews: 70 | Ratings: 118
Reviews by peterjk:
Photo of peterjk
3.38/5  rDev -19.9%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Sorry to harp on what may be a common theme, but the Gingerman was a lot nicer in it previous location. I find the new spot to be cramped, especially when it gets busy on the weekends. It can be almost impossible to squeeze through the very thin space along the bar to get to the back patio. The selection of beer is still top notch, but I've been unimpressed with the service here even before they moved. I think that the demographic changes down town are to blame, too many condo ducebags tipping low and ... well being duce bags. I've waited along time to be served on relatively slow week nights. The prices are also some of the highest in town, understandable b/c I am sure that their rent is ridiculous. This used to be my go to bar in Austin and if I am down town it is one of the few places that I still like to go. But it no longer has enough draw to get me to deal with the parking and the crowds on the weekend.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of cadaugherty
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of dbannister
2.61/5  rDev -38.2%
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).

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Photo of stevoj
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
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....

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Photo of dwagner003
4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Hudson2508
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 2

Photo of NealioATX
4.05/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of Drogon
3/5  rDev -28.9%
vibe: 2.25 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5

Photo of PaleAleWalt
3.86/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Photo of therealJAYZ
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of mjstern70
4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of billab914
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of dmorgan310
4/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of mchengcit
4.04/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of ERMAHGERD
4.64/5  rDev +10%
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.

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Photo of ccapurso
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of Cynic-ale
4/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of evan35
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Devman171
4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Gavage
4.39/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of srletend
3.73/5  rDev -11.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

Photo of mamaraza
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of stumac
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of mbw314
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of ColSanders
5/5  rDev +18.5%

Best pre-game place for Downtown area Concerts in Austin, TX.

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The Ginger Man in Austin, TX
4.22 out of 5 based on 118 ratings.
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