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 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 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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Photo of SimcoeKid
4.25/5  rDev +1%

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

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 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 Hibernator
4.8/5  rDev +14%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

My final night in Austin and I saved the best for last. The Ginger Man was clearly the craft beer bar highlight of my time here.

As you walk in the vibe and atmosphere is chill and relaxed. The lights are dim and the crowd is enjoying themselves, whether at the spacious bar or at one of the comfortable looking couches all over this ample-sized bar.

I really enjoyed the brewerania that decorates this place including the vintage beer can collection - very cool. I bellied up to the bar and began to read the extensive craft beer menu. It takes me several minutes to finally decide and I order a Stone Old Guardian. To my pleasant surprise, it was served in a full pint glass.

The selection here is spectacular with highlights that include Stone Ruination, Stone IPA, Avery Hog Heaven, Anchor Foghorn, New Belgium Lips of Faith, Victory Golden Monkey, Bear Republic Racer 5, (512) IPA, Wit, Pecan Porter and other local favorite Independence Brewing (including the Imperial Oatmeal Stout that was delicious).

They also offer 3 cask conditioned ales. On tap during my visit there were Saint Arnold Elissa IPA, Avery IPA and (512) Pecan Porter. I had several rounds here and found it difficult to leave. Bonus point for the jukebox stocked with great music and the dartboards. Every beer I had was fresh, tasty and enjoyable. The quality at Ginger Man is exceptional.

An excellent craft beer bar and highly recommended when in Austin.

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

Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of 86sportster883
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

The Ginger Man beer bar in Austin has a huge number of taps (about 80) against a copper backsplash extending across the back wall of its single long wooden bar. More than half the taps are dedicated to US micros with good representation from local SE TX area brewers (St. Arnold, Live Oak, Independence, and Real Ale). Belgian, German and UK beers make up most of the rest of the draft beer offerings. In addition, there are about 100 bottled beers offered with a large majority being either US or Belgian, and the remainder being mostly German, British, Canadian and Mexican.

You'll waste more time trying to find parking on the street than it's worth, and I would recommend simply pulling into one of the public lots or garages in the area. I stopped by late on a Sunday night and was greeted by a live version of Talking Heads' "Stop Making Sense" as I walked in the door. The music was loud, but not in any way annoying. I suspected, and later confirmed, that the music was being driven from a jukebox.

The place is bigger than my initial impression led me to believe. Dart boards up front, a pool table in the back and a single TV above one end of the bar. The place is nicely laid out to accommodate small groups looking to hang out in what is, no doubt, a very crowded place during peak hours. But if you get there early enough you can probably score one of the small nooks furnished to make you feel like you're hanging in a friend's den or basement. Add in some quality beer, a game of darts or pool, and this is about as good of a hang out bar as it gets.

I started with a half pint draft of Old Stock Ale, blackboard listed as a new arrival. This was followed by a pint of the Collaboration not Litigation Ale. Both beers were $4.75. The CnLA is a spicy amber Belgian-style strong ale with tremendous lacing and a creamy smooth mouthfeel.

The clientele is mixed, but mostly a crowd of 20-30 somethings. The barmaid is quick, attentive and easy on the eyes. A raspy voice adds to her overall allure, but it's her genuinely pleasant nature and disarming smile that makes me feel warm inside when I order a beer from her... OK, maybe it's the high abv beers getting to me, but one should never let realty interfere with a warming sense of delusion.

The last draft I ordered was the Full Moon Pale Rye from Real Ale. It's a local TX brew I've never had, but it was fresh and I really enjoyed it.

Across the States you'll find a number of bars with a large number of draft beers on tap. What makes the Austin Ginger Man a cut above the rest is its well thought out selection (both on tap and in bottles).

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

Photo of Gatordaddy
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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 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 LittleDon
4.63/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Summary: One of the best Austin has to offer. Great location and outside seating. If only parking wasn't such a bitch.

Come here toward the end of the week, particularly on Friday or Saturday and be prepared for a hike. Stopped in on a Tuesday night and was able to find a lot about 2 or 3 blocks away. The only negative to the night. A handful of people were there, not empty, but by no means a lively crowd. Very comfortable atmosphere, lots of overstuffed chairs and sofas and a nice beer garden in the back (not as nice as the old place, but still very adequate). Irish pub feel inside, dark wood and brass. Tons of taps, but no cask available. Service was outstanding. The beer tenders know there stuff and I was given samples based on my beer discussions without having to ask (makes 'em a 5 in my book). Food was passable, but I wasn't there to eat. Half pints available, for those of us who can't (or don't want to) manage a third or forth pint.

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

Photo of elNopalero
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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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 DrJay
4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

I stopped in here twice on a recent visit to Austin. It worked out great because my hotel was across from the convention center, only a few blocks away. My experience both times was great -- first time I sat at the bar and had fast, attentive service all night and the second time found a table for myself and a few colleagues. It was busy during my second visit, but it was still easy to get service at the bar.

Deciding what to have was more difficult. With 80 taps (and a couple of beer engines) staring at you, it can take a while to figure out what to have. The printed beer menus helped, but weren't up to date with the most recent changes. Sitting at the bar helped, since it was easy to chat up the bartenders and hear what kegs had just been put on. The selection was impressive, with plenty of national and regional craft selections, quite a few limited release beers, and one beer engine running during my visit -- I mostly stuck with locals like St. Arnolds, Live Oak, and 512, but did end my first visit with a Victory Storm King.

Decent vibe overall, quite dark inside the bar area with an open air patio in the rear of the building. Good tunes on the jukebox too. Definitely a place I would go out of my way to visit again if I'm in the Austin area and highly recommended.

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Photo of cfrobrew
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

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 CraigTravor
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of Durge
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

Stopped here for a couple of hours on a Wednesday night while visiting Austin. I didn't count the taps but there were as many as I can ever recall seeing and all the ones I sampled seemed very fresh. I stuck with local brews of which there were many to choose. Bar tenders were very friendly and prompt. Quick to inform on every selection and accurate by my experience. The atmosphere is dark and relaxed but even on a Wednesday, which was not very busy, the clientele were generally buzzing and friendly. There was a pool table inside and a nice outside "beer garden". The juke box offered some decent blues & rock tunes with a good sound system. They apparently have bands there some nights, being downtown in Austin, but there was no entertainment that Wednesday. A few screens available for viewing sports, primarily from the bar. Decor was sort of old brick warehouse variety with some interesting beer items displayed. It's a fairly large place with a few coffee house type sitting areas (plush chairs and sofas) if you have a small group to be with, or a hot date perhaps. I didn't try any of their food but it did not seem to be a significant part of their business. Beer was the deal here and the varieties were really beautiful, a little of everything and many rare ones on tap to sample (cask ales, Imperial IPA's, etc., etc.). Only wish I could have stayed longer or come back again before leaving town. Take a taxi here and enjoy the beer. An excellent place to get your beer on!!

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Photo of JamLand
4.25/5  rDev +1%

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