Lovejoy's Taproom

Lovejoy's TaproomLovejoy's Taproom
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Lovejoy's TaproomLovejoy's Taproom

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

604 Neches St
Austin, Texas, 78701-3325
United States

(512) 477-1268

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Photo of grumpy
2.96/5  rDev -22.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4 | selection: 2

Visited on June 10, 2006

Three words: YETI ON TAP!!!

Ok, that’s not fair. First off, Lovejoy’s lives on – evidently under new ownership. The place is largely unchanged since my last visit there in Nov 2004. Same hours, same atmosphere, similar looking list of house beers. Still a bank of twenty, or so, guest taps at the back bar. Nothing really outstanding other than YETI ON TAP!!! Still a classic, funky, hole-in-the-wall Austin hangout.

The house beers sampled this time didn’t seem quite as flavorful as my last visit. There were two different steam beers, a Porter, an IPA, and a couple others. We tried the IPA, which was not at all bold from a hop standpoint, and a little watery. Also tasted the Porter, which was a lot watery and too subtle in its roastiness. The remaining selections were not sufficiently intriguing to bother with.

But, it was just one visit. I’m sure they will rotate some other brews through the house taps and maybe some will be winners. I will certainly give it another shot the next time I’m in Austin.

Did I mention they had YETI ON TAP!!!??? Oh, I guess I did…… Did I mention that it was $3 a pint??!! That’s reason enough to patronize this establishment.

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Photo of BAbaracus
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

[Edit: Ignore the first sentence. Lovejoys was taken over by another and continues on to this day]

Enjoy while it lasts. According to an interview in the Austin Chronicle, Lovejoy's will close following SXSW 2006 due to declining business exacerbated by the recent smoking ban. As one glance will quickly tell you, Lovejoy's isn't so much a traditional idea of a brewpub so much as a punk/biker/hippie hangout that just happens to make it's own beer. On your way to the restrooms be sure and check out the great anti-corporate non-conformist screed painted on the hallway wall. They have a carefully selected range of micro taps as well (I've had the pleasure of a Delirium Tremens draft there before) but these beers tend to be standard import/US micro prices (I think the DT was $6). House beers are usually around $2.50 a pint. Ultimately, if you decide to venture in to Lovejoy's, do it because you're in search of that legendary Austin funk and not because you're trying to cover all the city's brewpub bases. It really is kind of a love-it-or-hate-it kind of place: I've taken people in who instantly fell in love with the joint, and I've taken people in who wore a big scowl on their face the entire time we were there, the latter often using the mediocrity of the non-rotating brews as an excuse to leave before they got halfway through their pint.

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Photo of Redrover
4.14/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

The Lovejoy was a nice stop in my Austin Pub crawl. It is slightly rundown and dark in the absolute best way. Long two section bar, comfy couches, a great juke box and a couple of pool tables add to the ambiance. I also liked some of that freaky artwork.

I liked the varied crowd and the fast and efficient bar keep.

The have just a great selection of beers. If you can’t find multiple options here, you either aren’t looking or you don’t like beer. The tap lines seemed to be in optimum condition.

If I lived in Austin, I would soon be a member of their Fez beer club. 100 beers is a great start!

Just a great, off the wall bar that is a can’t miss destination on your visit to this nice town.

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Photo of dauss
4.14/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Definitely a unique bar. Its really relaxed and laid back with an odd decoration. There were park benches inside. There are also 2 bars. One is for the Lovejoy's beer and other more popular beers. The other one is where they have more draughts. In between the bars is a big list of beers that they have. We asked the bartender for some samples of Lovejoy's beer, and they were all ok. Nothing special enough for me to get a pint though. The Pale Ale on the beer engine was especially bad.

The bartender was really nice and helpful. We asked if we could see their homebrew setup and let us in the back. It was more like a glorofied homebrew setup with a small kettle and a large plastic mash tun. To the right was their "walk-in" for the beers. I'm pretty sure its a insulated room thats cooled by AC window units. Also back there was a large selection of bottled beers, but they were just sitting of shelves, warm, and in the fluorescent light. They had a cooler out front with the bottled beers. They said that their turnover for bottle beer is high. I didn't get any though.

Overall I would definitely head back. Good service and nice people. My only complaint is the excessive smoking that the patrons condone.

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Photo of Direwolf
4.53/5  rDev +19.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

When I lived in Austin, having recently moved out, Lovejoys was my favorite place to start out and finish a night. It is conveniently located around the nexus of Austin nightlife (6th Street). The place draws interesting mixes of patrons who surrender to the more eclectic facets of social life, and the décor reflects that. Unlike most other bars in the area, one distinguishing feature of Lovejoys is that it tends to attract and older crowd, rather than college students that tend to dominate other bars on 6th.
As far as the beers go, they typically serve four microbrews on drought at any particular time and the have any impressive selection of imported bottles. The prices for pints of the microbrews, which are really the shining stars of the pub, are very agreeable, $2 during happy hour and $2.50 otherwise. These prices are quite good compared to the other bars around sixth, many of which fail to carry a good variety of beers. As far as the beers go, my favorites are the Old Vixen Barley wine, which isn’t available that often, the Enns River Stout, and the AJ Porter. If you are into lighter stuff, the try the Splender in a Glass. The Old Whore is also outstanding, and after patronizing it regularly for about 2 years, I never had to pay a cover!

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Photo of assurbanipaul
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

If you're looking for a brewpub, this probably isn't what you expect. It's really more a biker bar/slacker hangout that happens to brew four or five beers commercially and sell them along with a variety of other locals and imports.

It's right off of Sixth Street and it's more than a little counter-cultural. "Eclectic" does not really begin to describe the place. Murals on the walls, pool tables, couches, a coffin.... all the usually stuff. If you aren't visibly pierced or if you don't have *enough* tattoos (yes, one is not enough), you'll probably be looked at funny.

But true to Austin culture, Lovejoy's is a friendly and welcoming place, don't be put off by the atmosphere. The beers are pretty hit-and-miss, as there doesn't seem to be a schedule or standard offerings; I guess it's up to their brewer and what they feel like brewing. Some are great, others are so-so. A cask offering is available at times.

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Photo of HardTarget
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

08-29-2004 Review:
Lovejoy’s, just off 6th street in Austin. Well, it’s a bar. I went in with the wife on a Saturday night, probably not the best time, at least for us. Place was pretty crowded and it was a tough fight to get to the bar to order. Place was too loud for any real conversation, so we just read the Southwest Brewing News. Place is standard beat up wood décor with some nice art painted on walls, ceiling, duct work, etc. Selection was a mixed bag. They have a good number of taps, probably 25 or so, mostly micros and imports, and a large collection of bottles, many excellent brews. The thing that brought me in was the house brews, of which there were only two available, a mild ale and a bitter. I had the mild, “Serendipity in a glass” I believe, and it was really rather good. Great drinkability, good color, very nice taste (who could smell in a place like that?). Nice balance and a mild orange flavor that really fit well with the beer. All in all, great beer, I’d like to go back on a quiet weeknight or afternoon to really savor the beer.

03-05-2006 Review
Went back with Aaron, a fellow brewer, on a slow Sunday night. Much more enjoyable experience for me. Smoking ban has been in place for a little while, which makes the beer drinking much more enjoyable for me. Had a great cask conditioned brown ale and got a growler for pretty cheap ($8 / $4 filled). The barkeep was friendly and efficent, gave us samples without a care, and let us come in back and see the brew set up. Have to bump up the scores a bit due to this visit. It's a funky bar, but this is Austin, get used to it.

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Photo of mpahnke
4.59/5  rDev +20.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

The best brewpub in town if you are looking for excellent beer and an eclectic atmosphere. Local artists have their paintings on the walls, which adds to the atmosphere. The jukebox has a wide variety. The only downfall is it can be a bit smoky. This is a very relaxed atmosphere. Oh and the beer is quite inexpensive for the high quality.

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Photo of BeerAngel
3.14/5  rDev -17.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5

This is a place for "types". What exact types that is, I don't know for sure. My guess is maybe bikers or maybe goth. Tattoos and piercings are welcomed here. The atmosphere is different with artwork on the walls and odds and ends sitting around. One that definitely falls in the "odd" category is a coffin. Why??? The service was good, the beers were sub-par IMO. I think I can brew better beers. They have a decent selection of bottled beers to go with their own self-produced line-up. A strange experience. Once was enough for me. Cheers!

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Photo of insomnboy
4.53/5  rDev +19.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Located just off 6th Street in a neighborhood that makes you think "oh yeah, the movie Slacker WAS filmed in Austin". Lovejoy's is a funky and very cool little place with rather disturbing art on the walls and some really great beer on tap, brewed on the premises, as well as a ton of other brews, on tap and bottled, to satify any taste.

I went to Austin last March for the annual South by Southwest music festival and Lovejoy's was the meeting place for a rather large group of friends from all over the US (and the world, isn't the internet wonderful?) the first night there. We were having so much fun at Lovejoy's that a couple of us had to practically drag the rest of the group out of there to see some shows!!!

The beer:
They rotate what they serve on an almost daily basis. Check the website for what they're currently pouring and what's on deck. When I was there, I got hooked on the Espresso Stout that they had that night (had 3, they were yummy) and then tried the "Hop on Pop" IPA (had 2) which was a terrifically hoppy ale that was almost as good as Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye.

Needless to say, once we did saunter out for some rock, I was pretty well lubricated. I did see my favorite band of the week that night, which was cool. (The band in question? My Morning Jacket, from Louisville KY).

If you're in Austin, go to Lovejoy's, you won't be disappointed.

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