The Ginger Man

BA SCORE
93
outstanding

120 Ratings
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
Ratings:
120
Reviews:
70
Avg:
4.21
pDev:
6.41%
 
 
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Photo of Citadel82
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 3

Another Gingerman in another city and this one does not disappoint - at least in the beer department. The atmosphere was dark and rather noisy with a charming dive like feel to it. The beer Garden out back looked nice but the cigarette smoke was off-putting for most of my party so we stayed indoors on both nights we visited. On the first night we were right opposite the bar and on the second night we were in the back just inside from the patio. Crown was a mix ofyoung and old and early some families. As the evening wore on it became more hipsters. The brews were great. Tried several locals including a porter on cask. Also had some Ommegang BPA. All came in the same shake pint and were on the cold side. Service was spotty. Bynthe bar it was bad in the back it was better. Food was passable and rather limited, bu it was not the reason for the visit. Selection of beers was great with the locals very much in evidence as well as some standouts from west and east coasts. Victory and Oscar Blues come to mind. Value was quite good, though I am from the East Coast and used to higher pricing. If you are looking for good beer and food better eat before you get here. But as I said its about the beer...

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Photo of coldmeat23
3.78/5  rDev -10.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

This is essentially one long room, which is fairly dimly lit, with an outdoor patio at the back end of it. The physical bar itself was rather nice looking. Some kind of deep polished wood.

When we got there at around 5:00pm, it was relaxed, but most of the barstools were full, along with a couple of tables. Our first couple of beers were no problem to get. By 6:00pm it began to get packed, and we were still taken care of, just not so quickly.

The tap wall had around 80 different bers to choose from and most all of them seemed to be very good selections. The bottle selection had to be over 100 and also looked to have some nice ones. They had a couple of cask engines, but nothing was on while we were there.
Locally, they had a good represention of beers. This was one of the only spots that we found that actually had Jester King. Saint Arnold, Live Oak, Ranger Creek, etc. were all represented.

The food menu was limited (which is no big deal), but seemed to be on the pricy side. We tried a 'big pretzel' and knew that we'd made the right decision. It was very tasty! We split it four ways, then ordered a couple more. We even got a few other people at the bar to order pretzels, as well, because we were talking about how good they were.

I kind of get the feeling that people go to Flying Saucer to get wasted and come to Ginger Man to be seen by others in the craft beer community. (Austin, please forgive me if this is wrong. It's just based on what we saw while we were there for a few days.)

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

Photo of Mickelswit
3.86/5  rDev -8.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Some friends and I stopped in on a cool Sunday evening for beers and some pool. I was impressed with the selection of taps - fifty or so - and the bartender's obvious knowledge of the individual beers. There was a nice mix of local brews, Belgian-style ales, and microbrews from across the country.

The decor was nice without trying to hard. There was a lot of dark wood and exposed brick inside, and nice wooden tables in the beer garden outside. Antique beer cans surrounded the Guinness mirror on the wall by the pool table.

The beer menu was well organized with lots of explanations for non-beer people. There were easily two dozen beers I wanted to try, but I had to save some for the next trip to Austin.

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Photo of jdense
3.91/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Went into The Ginger Man on a visit to Austin. Being a frequent visitor or Beervana, I was looking for a big selection at reasonable prices. After reviewing the website, I was looking forward to trying the Left Hand Twin Sister DIPA. Voila, $7.50 for an 8 oz. glass, which seemed a bit unreasonable after seeing a bomber at Grapevine Market for $8.99. Settled on tasting several of the local brews (St. Arnold, etc). Pretty good selection, but as evidenced above, some of the prices were a bit unreasonable.

The service was hit and miss. My first visit the barkeep was more interested in sharing career plans with the female musician wannabe sitting at the bar, reveling her in tails how he wanted to score movies. Good luck to you buddy. The second visit the bartender was extremely accommodating, allowing me to try a full rank of local brews before ordering.

Be leery of visiting during the daytime, finding any free parking within shouting distance is a longshot at best. Probably worth a visit for BAers on a beer sojourn to Austin is search of local brews, especially during a hot summer night out on the back patio, though my advice would be to go to Grapevine Market and grab a few brews and find a big old oak down by the river.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.91/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

Atmosphere is pretty good. There's plenty of restaurant-like seating, a long bar, a lounge type sitting area, and plenty of outside sitting...which is pretty cool. It's one of those dimly lit pubs though, which makes it difficult to view your beer well...and if your mighty tired, the low light makes fighting sleepiness a bit of a challenge lol Selection is monstrous though, and most is good quality stuff, with some more run of the mill stuff in the mix as well...but fantastic over all. Service was good, though with how crowded it gets, it can make for some slow beer purchases though. Small price to pay in the end for one of the most exceptional tap lists in the city.

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

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

Photo of beerdiablo
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

One of the best beer bars in Austin featuring 70 taps and as many bottled beers. There’s a great selection of Texas brewed beers, especially on tap, which are well maintained by an accommodating staff, featuring cute college women.

Depending on your mood, you can sit on the front patio, a front shop dart area, a private booth, at the bar or the beer garden in the back.

The food is simple bar fare – no real cooking going on. It’s all about the beer.

Free Wi-Fi, darts and an eclectic jukebox will help make your stay more relaxed.

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Photo of BeerAngel
4/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5

This place's strong suit is the draught selection. Taps upon taps upon taps. That part is really nice. It seems to attract the younger crowd which is okay and to be expected from such a college town. The atmosphere is kinda loud on the inside on this particular Saturday night anways, so we got a beer at the bar and moved out to the patio. The patio was pretty nice, with picnic benches and tables. The service was lacking as out of at least 100 people on the patio, there was only 1 waitress. It was simply not enough. It was a fun place though for our BA-Austin gathering. I had a blast all in all. Cheers!

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Photo of Jame515
4/5  rDev -5%

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

Photo of mgr78704
4/5  rDev -5%

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

Photo of n00blar
4/5  rDev -5%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of JYF8389
4/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Its a great place, even though its always crowded. The atmosphere is great and the staff knows about beer and are always willing to help.
They have an amazing beer selection.
Food is not that good, but its all about the beer anyway, right?
The only thing i didnt like is that sometimes they are out of some beers.
Its a must if you are in Austin.

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Photo of charleslueg
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of champ103
4.01/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

I love the Gingerman in Houston. I did not get a chance to visit the first Austin location (now the Ghost Room). Lets see how this goes...

A large and open room as you first walk in. A very long stone bar runs almost the length of the right hand side. Several areas with couches and wood tables along the left hand side. There is a smallish beer garden out back. Hm, the tables look familiar, I think I know who made those. The downtown location, and newish look to the place does not do it for me. I like the worn in homey feel of the original in Houston better.

The quality, selection, and service is much the same as in Houston. They have two casks here, one for Saint Arnold one for Real Ale. Lots of local Texas beer, US micros, and Imports. Excellent as always. The bartenders are on top of their game as well.

Overall I do like this place. Though I think it suffers just because it is not the original, and not my local Gman. That is just my bias though. If I lived in Austin I would be here all the time.

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Photo of mltobin
4.01/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

When on a trip to Austin last month, I made a point of stopping into the original Ginger Man. I was a little surprised that at 1:30pm on a Thursday that they were closed...had to grab some tacos from one those food trucks and come back after 2pm. When I made it back, it was very quiet, only a few other patrons. Their beer selection was in a similar format to the locations in CT/NY, but tailored of course to the distribution in Texas. So, it was nice that I was able to order something from Deschutes and the local, Jester King. The food menu also looked similar if not identical to CT/NY locations...upscale pub grub. You will spend more money here than some other watering holes, especially for Texas, but its worth checking out and hopefully ordering something that you have not had before.

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Photo of LeeMarvin
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

I did some research on BeerAdvocate before visiting Austin, and I ended up at the Ginger Man because it was down the street from the hotel I stayed at. The selection of beers was the best I encountered in the city, with many beers I don't usually have access to in the Boston area. The beers tasted very fresh and clean.

Atmosphere is great, with a tall ceiling (to absorb cigarette smoke), a long bar, and couches and chairs at either end of the room. I didn't get a chance to check out the back "deck," but it looked nice out there. The jukebox was great there as well, featuring an ecclectic mix. The speakers were never turned up loud enough to interupt a good conversation. The barmadiens weren't the friendliest, but they got the job done.

Overall, I have to say that the Ginger Man is a great place to sit down for a good beer alone or with friends. I was so impressed with the place that I bought my only souvenier t-shirt here.

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Photo of SunDevilBeer
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Visited on a Tuesday night - the place was pretty empty and quiet. The interior is similar to that of the GM in CT, minus the pompous know-it-all hipster douchebags that are employed there.

Was greeted promptly at the bar with an eager, friendly barkeep. Told him I was from out of town and he steered me towards samples of local beers (Live Oak, 512) which BTW happened to be on special that night. Good selection of Belgians and national brands also.

Beers all tasted good and were in proper glassware at the right temperature. Prices seemed reasonable for Austin...save for a peculiar Harpoon Leviathan IIPA for $8 an 8 oz pour (which I can get alot more reasonably at home in Boston).

Limited food menu. Looks like they do pizza slices from a local place and small plates which seemed over-priced. Decided to eat somewhere else.

I had a good experience and I will visit again when I'm in town (for beers only).

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Photo of Gagnonsux
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

This is my first Ginger Man to visit, even though we have one in Houston. The best thing about this place is the amazing selection, I counted roughly 75 beers on-tap and 115 in bottles. I've never been to a place that has anywhere near that many different varities of beer. The atmosphere is also nice, very casual with lots of choices of places to chill. You can go outside on the backyard beergarden, chill in a booth, at the bar, and even in a couch. Seems like a great pub to hang out at. The service was adequate, but nothing special. Food wasn't a big component here, only appetizer-type snacks were available. I had a pretty good time at the Ginger Man, but the $4.50 I paid a pint was a little steep for me. Maybe if I weren't a college student it wouldn't seem so high. Still, my expirience in Austin makes me want to check out the Ginger Man in Houston.

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

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