The Ginger Man

BA SCORE
93
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:
93
Reviews:
70
Ratings:
120
Avg:
4.21
pDev:
6.41%
 
 
Taps:
81
Bottles/Cans:
66
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews: 70 | Ratings: 120
Reviews by stephens101:
Photo of stephens101
4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

The Austin Gingerman has the same dimly lit, dark wood and brass decor atmosphere as its northern sibling in Dallas, including a nice outside area that my friends and I made great use of on a temperate Saturday evening. The keep Austin weird contingent was full-on represented, replete with superman caped mullet-man who was ruling the dart boards.

Placed throughout are beer signs from the usual suspects, and of course you have a few dart boards for when you're feeling lucky. The bar is exceptionally long, with a somewhat impressive tap lineup. To my buzzed and vociferous excitement I noticed the Live Oak Old Treehugger and a few other seasonal/limiteds were flowing from the taps. A nice array of bottles from the corners of the good beer world are to be had.

When we arrived it was fairly empty, but by ten or so it was filled to the rim. A few people had to stand, and toward the end some unapologetic vultures were circling our table. Service was good, waitress was nice, but when it started hopping things got a bit slow. This annoyed the couple I was with, but didn't hinder my experience in the least, as I was sipping on the Old Treehugger, which kept me warm as the night began to cool.

I dug the Gingerman in Dallas, but after my visit to the Austin location I've got to say this one has got Big D beat. If you're downtown and want to enjoy a decent lineup of good brews and experience a laid back time with a bunch of mellow hippies, yuppies, punks, emos, suits and norms, then I highly recommend stopping by.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Spaceman_Jer
4.04/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of mig100
3.94/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of cadaugherty
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of dbannister
2.61/5  rDev -38%
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 -2.6%
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 -0.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Hudson2508
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 2

Photo of NealioATX
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
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 -28.7%
vibe: 2.25 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5

Photo of PaleAleWalt
3.86/5  rDev -8.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Photo of therealJAYZ
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of mjstern70
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of billab914
4.25/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

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

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

Photo of ERMAHGERD
4.64/5  rDev +10.2%
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 +1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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

Photo of evan35
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Devman171
4.46/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Gavage
4.39/5  rDev +4.3%
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 -11.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

Photo of mamaraza
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of stumac
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

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The Ginger Man in Austin, TX
4.21 out of 5 based on 120 ratings.
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