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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
aus.gingermanpub.com

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PLACE STATS
Place 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 sprucetip:
Photo of sprucetip
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Had been to the NYC location, so was stoked that there was one in Austin when I visited. I became a regular for the week I was in town.

80 taps, no crap. Lots of Texas beers, and a solid representation from the east and west, as well as the other prominent beer making nations. Koeninshoeven Quad was on at the time, and that pleased me greatly. Proper glassware and the beer was not overly cold.

Service was exceptional. Barkeeps, Ben especially, were friendly when they had the time to be, but were always there when needed, and never blinked when a sample was requested.

Atmosphere is a bit upscale, but very comfortable. Couches in some areas, in addition to more standard seating at the bar and tables, and a patio outback. Only 1 TV, and it was kind of banished to an out of the way corner of the bar. Strong focus on beer at the Ginger Man.

Didn't try the food. Prices were totally reasonable, especially on Tuesdays night when all Texas pints are $3.

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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
94 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.
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