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%
 
 
Taps:
81
Bottles/Cans:
66
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
N
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vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

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Photo of Gaisgeil
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

I made it a point to seek this place out on a recent visit to the area, mainly to seek out Live Oak's Hefeweizen.

The place had a cool Texas feel to it, lots of dark wood adorning the place with various beer paraphenelia all around. A few skylights with ceiling fans slowly turning above. The place had ample seating at the bar, at tables and some booths, also a few couches and easy chairs as well. They had a pool table and a jukebox, nice. Selection was awesome, one cask tap available, always nice to see. Service was pretty quick and the food was good, fresh though a bit uninspired, but the place is mainly about the beer anyway.

Definatly a must stop for a beer-lover in the area.

Slàinte!

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Photo of rowew
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Had some time to kill on a slow afternoon, so I stopped in to the Ginger Man. I was the only person in the bar at first, and it slowly got more busy as the afternoon wore on. Very nice old school pub feel, with a long wall of taps. Good sized patio out back. Sat at the bar and enjoyed several offerings - nice selection of both local, micro, and imports. Bartenders were all very friendly and knowledgeable - they knew the beer and were willing to make suggestions and provide samples. Also had a couple cask offerings including a pecan porter that was very good.

I'll definitely be back on my next trip to Austin.

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Photo of BeerHonky
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5

The Ginger Man has quite a name for itself already, so there isn't much I can say that hasn't already been said about what a great bar it is for the craft beer enthusiast. However, I initially went to the Ginger Man in New York not really know what to expect, and while it has a fantastic selection of beers, he crowd and atmosphere in New York kind of ruins it. But once I walked from my hotel down West 4th street, I knew I'd feel much more at home at this one. I think I spent 3 out of my 4 nights in Austin at this place. The selection is just awesome, especially for an out of towner. There was no way I was going to be able to try all the beers I had never had before by the time it was time for me to head back to NYC. The local crowd is so friendly and conversational as well. Great pub, period.

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4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

The new location is great and has the same feel and ambiance as the old one. Well Done!

** Orignal Review***
The Ginger Man is located on the north side of Fourth Street. It is easy to spot due to some great signage.

This is a great older building. Nice well-worn floors, a copper wall of taps, darts, a neat broken-in bar and some cool memorabilia add to the charm. Being in Austin, you knew they would play good tunes. Note they had a copy of the Beer Advocate Magazine on display behind the bar and they were lending it out for customers to view.

The bar seats about 20. There are plenty of booths to share. There is a bit of outside seating in front and a much larger area in back. They also have a lounge area with comfy chairs and couches located in the back. Nonsmoking, which is a huge plus.

The have a massive tap selection (85 per the bar tender) that the menu breaks out by color (dark, amber, pale) and then further by country of origin.

Note they also have a cask, which was offering St Arnolds Bourbon stout while I was there.

They also offer a ton of bottles. You really have to check the website to gauge the width and depth of their offerings.

I took advantage of the local Texas offerings, which I can’t get back in Chicago.

Food choices are limited, but I did enjoy the beer snack (3 types of cheese, sausage, pickles, olives & grapes). They offer sandwiches, some pizza and some sort of filled pastry thing. I think you will find enough to keep the beer munchies at bay.

Friendly locals and nice bartenders add up to an enjoyable place to visit. If I could recommend only one spot in this enjoyable town, this is the one I would choose.

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4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

There’s over 40 beers on tap here by my estimation, including two on hand-pump. Located near the heart of downtown Austin, it has that vibe somewhere between a downtown afterwork hangout (at least, on the day I visited there were waves of happy hour haunters coming in) and hip beer geek hangout (until it got crowded I enjoyed sitting next to some fellow craft beer enthusiasts and musing poetically about hoppy brew).
The physical space is dark, quiet during the daytime but quickly turns lively. Lots of local options and a staff that was busy but didn’t ignore me when I was ready for another.

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

Photo of HardTarget
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

This is my third G-man to visit (Houston & Dallas already). Next time I make it up north, I'll have to complete the circle and catch NYC.
This one doesn't have the converted house look and public house feel of the other two. Much more of a restaurant set up, but does have the classic G-man back porch area. Is pretty dark but had a nice bar and some couches and stuffed chairs to relax on. Went in after the Texas Craft Brewers Festival basically across the street. My palate was definitely fatigued by that point, but the beers seemed fresh and were served appropriately (so this IS a G-man). Was very happy to see St. Bernardus Abt 12 on tap and ordered one for my friend. BTW, a new habit I'm trying to pick up in beer bars, order for someone else, they order for you. Forces you out of routine. Anyway...
Service was a bit slow, but it was full swing Saturday night and the place was fairly full. Great selection, there were a lot of beers I would love to go back and try, and so I believe I will! If you are in Austin, this is the right area. Hit the G, and Bitter End around the corner, but that's another review....

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4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
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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Photo of BeerBelcher
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

I had one night to spend in Austin, and at the advice of the BeerFly guide, despite a heavy work schedule I ensured I made it to Gingerman, and I was happy I did. This was a great place to get a glimpse of the Texas craft brewing scene, both by scanning the beer menu and talking to the bartender and several very friendly and knowledgeable patrons.

When I approached, I was afraid the place might be closed, with the dim lighting and substantial wooden front doors shut tightly. Thankfully, it was not, and I entered a dark room witha long bar in front of me, and tables to the left. The bar was long and a substantial brass back-bar punctuated with taps stacked about three high. There were maybe 80 taps in total (+1 beer engine) with a great selection of local beers from St. Arnold, Live Oak, and Full Moon. Decor was of heavly varnished wood. I didn't find the place to be too smokey. I found a seat at the bar, saw a rye beer on the menu of interest (Full Moon Pale Rye), and got my beer right as the bar started to get really busy (particularly for a Tuesday). I started chatting with the guy on my right ("Tim") who was a resident and had an interest in Texas brewing. He and another patron ("Eric") chatted with me during the duration of my visit to Ginger Man had a couple of good beer recommendations, which made my visit very pleasant. The bartender was also pretty helpful and conversant with Tim, Eric, and I about local beers, particularly given how busy the place was.

Tuesday was "Texas beer night," so all my Texas brewery drafts were $3. I was impressed!

I was very happy with my visit to Ginger Man.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Visited this place numerous times over a 3 day stop in Austin. This is unquestionably the best bar for craft beer in the city with what must have been 50 to 60 taps. There were some impressive selections, including numerous DFH beers not commonly found on tap.

The atmosphere was great, the service is friendly and the bartenders are all knowledgeable on the variouos offerings and more than willing to provide free samples.

The food was pretty good although the menu was somewhat lacking in selection.

If I am ever back in Austin, I will go out of my way to visit Ginger Man again.

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Photo of kcillini77
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

I brought my family on a business trip to Austin and last night for Valentine's Day we managed to get a coworker to watch my son and we headed to downtown Austin. I sought this place out for drinks prior to dinner after reading about it here on BA. Once I walked in I realized I had been in this place once before during a recruiting trip 8 or 9 years ago, but that's another story. One note to consider - the parking area adjacent to the building was a private lot charging 7 bucks to park. Not knowing what else was available in the area we went ahead and paid, but you may want to look for on street parking elsewhere if you want more money for brews.

This is the type of place I would love to live near. I don't know what it's like late night, but early evening it had the laid back atmosphere of a coffee shop combined with wonderful beer, authentic (non electronic) dart boards, and a lounge area.

We happened to get there during their "Thursday Thirsty Thirty Minutes" where from 6-6:30 ALL draughts were $3.00. Belgians too. During our visit I worked on brews not available in my neck of the woods: Maredsous #8, Lagunitas IPA, Stone IPA, and a cask conditioned St. Arnold's Elissa.

Selection was great, and service was good. My only complaint was that with such a wide selection of beers and a handy up to date list there was no listing of ABV, and the bartender I spoke to had no idea what the ABV on the Maredsous was. I think it's kind of important to have that info available to aid in responsible drinking. Also, I saw lots of people drinking from authentic glassware - Duvel tulips and other varieties, but all of my orders were served to me in standard shaker pints. Not sure whether the glassware is bring your own or on request.

All in all a very enjoyable experience and I will definitely return next time I find myself in Austin.

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4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Have been making the drive up from San Antonio to hit this venue the last month or so and plan to continue doing so. It's very cozy and the staff is super friendly and very attentive. They always have some unique selections on draft and very reasonable prices, especially if you make it in for happy hour. I have not actually eaten there yet, but my rating is based of the minimal food menu for the time being, once I try something I may adjust that part of the review. So overall, great selection, great value, they have glass nights each week, beer tastings, and I am sure other events as well!

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Photo of miskatonic
4.36/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

Spent a long weekend in Austin Recently and it seemed a no-brainer to go to the famed Ginger Man. All I can say is wow! Wow, wow, wow!!! As a New York City resident I am no stranger to the concept of the multi-draught-line beer bar, nor am I unfamiliar with a bar known to have a magnificent bottle selection, so I was holding high hopes when I visited here, and I was completely blown away by what I witnessed. The thing I like so much about the Austin location of the Ginger Man (and what I think the NYC location can take a lesson on) is their incredible selection of locally produced craft ales (often multiple selections from a single brewery), selections from Live Oak, Shiner, St Arnold, & Real Ale Brewing Co. dominated the selection of 39 american craft ales on draught. When you consider that US breweries represent 50% of the entire draught selection (something like 80 lines), you may agree that this is craft beer bar that favors the little guy over big Euro-breweries and their deep pockets (you listening NYC G.M.?). The remaining forty lines seem to be an evenly divided selection of German, British/Irish, and Belgian offerings of note (usually) and fine quality The bottle selection is also a lot more impressive with far more American selections than I remember seeing on the NYC list, and just a more well rounded selection in general. It's great to see a town like Austin (where American macros, Guiness, and Mexican Brew seem to dominate the bar/retail scene) support a major beer bar that should definitely be a vacation destination for all BA's and role model for beer bars across the US.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.36/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

I'm not the biggest fan of the ginger man in NYC, and I didn't know that their was three of these in Texas, but the Austin one was pretty awesome! Atmosphere is great, more small, with a hometown locals feel that the NYC one lacks. Dark wood all over the place with some nice booths, a good jukebox, and a small l shaped wooden bar. Service is standard friendly fare and selection is awesome, with quite a bottles list of micros and imports as well as damn-near-60 tap lines, with many local Texas micros on offer. The cask was St. Arnold Amber, which was nice, as was their IPA. The standout though was the live oak hefe, the best damn hefe in the world. Damn straight. A nice bar in a killer drinking/live music city...

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4.38/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

Austin is weird. They don't need any more damn shirts or signs saying "Keep Austin Weird" because it is already weird enough! Now I have that off my chest I can move on to the review.

This was my first visit to a Ginger Man and I must say I am impressed. 83 taps including a rotating cask selection, and I'm not sure how many bottles, but it was a lot.

The place is narrow with the bar running about half the length. Dark wood everywhere, 2 steel tip dart boards, one bar box pool table, not much interior seating. Very nice outdoor seating area with large picnic tables and trees for the grackles to make their sounds from.

The menu was lacking as far as selection goes. My wife and I shared a jumbo pretzel and spinach dip with tortilla chips. Nothing wrong with the food, but nothing great either.

The only service was at the bar, which kind of blew, but the tenders seemed reasonably knowing of the beers they carried and the last one I was served by made a nice suggestion.

All and all a great place to check out if you're in Austin, with the best selection of beer I saw in the area.

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Photo of JonathanL7890
4.38/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Another beerfly in the category of "I can't believe that I haven't reviewed this place".

The Ginger Man is one of the top beer bars in Austin, no doubt about that. They have a very solid lineup of locals, seasonals, and imports. The bartenders all have been there a long time and are very knowledgeable. They have a beer tasting usually once a month that is well done.

Inside is a little small and cramped but they have a nice patio in the rear and a porch in the front that you can hang out and people watch if you want.

If the weather gets nasty, there is usually a line to get in because the place is so small. This is because of the fire code.

My homebrew club meets here once a month and I have to give them points for that. They are really cool about letting us bring in all our homebrew and taking over the back patio.

The food is above average. Pretty good selection of bar food. I had a roast beef sandwich on swiss with tasty french bread. Sandwich was warmed and it had a tasty horseradish sauce with it.

They are moving just down the street in a week or two but I'm sure they the quality of the place will stay the same.

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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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