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mmmbeer (54) Austin, Texas | April 6, 2008
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
(Personal note- this place looks and feels EXACTLY like a bar I frequented when I lived back in Michigan- talk about deja vu). After traversing the drink 3 beers and puke fratboy wasteland know as 6th street on a Saturday night, my wife and cousin both said,Hey, what’s Lovejoy’s? I saw it and made a b-line for it. Ambiance- beat to hell booths and chairs with fine various graffiti on the walls, music is nothing top 40 at 120 dB, which is fine by me. Selection- 4 house brews on tap (had a stout and IPA, great, but lost my rating sheet for the evening so no ratings this time) for 2.50 a pint, with other guest beers on tap, roughly 30 bottles. Service- great. Bartender was very friendly, kind of looked like DAC in this younger days, and liberally eyeballed mix drinks for my wife and cousin. Side note- you can smoke at your own risk here- while management won’t ask you to put it out due to the Nazi smoking ban in Austin, if you get caught while it’s being enforced by the city, you and the place both get into trouble from what the bartender told me. I just went outside as a matter of respect. Overall- very biker/rockabilly joint, didn’t let me down personally. While it’s not for the lamestream, don’t judge a book by it’s cover- rough around the edges but friendly people who just want to have a good time on the inside. I’ll be back again, and again, and again...
newshound (5) Minneapolis, Minnesota | May 14, 2007| Updated September 2, 2008
92 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 19/20
LOVEJOY’S HAS A NEW BREWER. NO MATTER WHAT YOU’VE EVER HEARD ABOUT THIS PLACE - IT IS TOALLY WORTH REVISITING.... BREWER TODD HENRY HAS RE-INVENTED THE HOUSE BEERS HERE AND IT IS A VERY VERY GOOD THING HE IS DOING!!!!!!! II love Lovejoy’s. Dark and secluded behind black plexi-glass. A mix of punkers and hippies makes this quite the place for Austin brewhounds. Keeping Austin beers weird, y’know?!Four homebrews generally on tap. Fun names like ’Folsom Prison Blueberry Porter,’ ’Hyper Atlas Espresso Stout,’ ’Dennis Hopper IPA,’ and ’Amber Waves of Pain.’ Other Austin, Texas, and national brews on tap. Tons of bottles. Join the Order of the Fez: they keep a scorecard as you drink 100 beers in a year and get your name on a plaque.
Amazing jukebox - from Johnny Cash and Lead Belly to Fugazi and Modest Mouse. Nice beers, heavy pour on mixed drinks. Art pieces on display fairly often. Cool place to get away from the 6th Street Party Kid vibe.
Most Suggested: Old Vixen Barleywine, Jenn’s Addiction Barleywine
BeerBelcher (134) Columbus, Ohio | February 1, 2007| Updated September 2, 2008
40 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 4/10 SELECTION 5/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 9/20
Based on some rather polarizing comments that I read on this site, I knew I wanted to visit Lovejoy’s Taproom, but I wasn’t sure if I’d like it. The sort of campy decor didn’t appeal to me and I was pretty unimpressed by the Lovejoy’s-brewed beer I tried.
Decor was that of your friend’s unfinished basement. There were some pretty beat-up tables and chairs, and a couple of ripped up booths. Clientele was a 20-ish hipster rockabilly crowd, that seems associated with a good number of craft beer haunts (like Stonefly/Onopa in Milwaukee) but who seem to drink mostly retro-"lost" beers like Pabst/Schlitz/Hamm’s/Blatz (and in Texas, Lone Star).
There were only three house-brewed beers on tap: Dr. Shock IPA (reviewed separately), another ale (my friend had this - it seemed much more like an IPA than my IPA did), and a porter that neither of us tried. In addition to this, there were a few other craft beers on tap (Fireman #4), but the hipster crowd appeared to be drinking mostly Lone Star bottles.
I tried the Dr. Shock, and I thought it very marginal. My friend had their special ale, which I thought was rather good when I took a sip. So I’m not sure what to take away from the quality of the beer, but I think the "thumbs down" on the IPA was severe enough to outweigh the weak "thumbs up" on the special ale when considering beer quality at Lovejoy’s.
julrey (22) Austin, Texas | December 9, 2005| Updated September 2, 2008
86 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
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.
sbburris (7) Austin, Texas | July 15, 2005| Updated September 2, 2008
64 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 13/20
This place is pretty funky. The first time I went in there, I felt like I was maybe going to see a heroin deal go down or something. There are some interesting characters in here. Kind of punky/hippy, etc. Strange tattoos to say the least. Once you get past that, though, this place can grow on you pretty fast. The people, albeit different, are quite friendly. The beer selection is pretty decent and they have some of their own beers on draft, which I like. I generally find the prices to be surprisingly nice.
Two pool tables. Sometimes kinda hard to get to the bar, especially if you look really normal.
Walt (189) Austin, Texas | June 11, 2005| Updated September 2, 2008
50 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 11/20
I accidentally found this hole in the wall...and was not better off after that...very hippie-esque atmosphere with less than mediocre beers...
3fourths (1083) Helsinki, Finland | February 22, 2005| Updated January 21, 2013
60 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 13/20
A smoky hippy bar and lounge. The house brew was pretty poor, and the crowd were pretentious college art students with bad taste. Everyone kept ordering bottles of Lone State when they had better guest taps. Oh well.
PorterPounder (244) Tallahassee, Florida | December 20, 2004| Updated January 21, 2013
72 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
The place is scary to look at from the outside and some ungainly characters are walking about - just a block from ARCH (Austin Resource Center for the Homeless) but once you get inside it is a warm and friendly and eclectic place. Have about 4 rotating house beers which are hit and miss - however one has been excellent - their Old Vixen Barley Wine. Have a few local taps - only place I have seen Independence on tap yet and about two dozen decent imports. The jukebox is great - lot of obscure artists. Always someone at the bar to chat with and the serice is prompt and friendly.
fly (207) austin, Tejas, Alabama | January 12, 2004| Updated January 21, 2013
76 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
When I feel like coming home smelling like an ashtray after having my eardrums assaulted, this is where I go. (Hell, go to any bar here and you'll smell like an ashtray). I like the place. Bal'more bud and local biker Chip Tate is a friendly sort and all the piercings and tats are show. Love the jukebox. I think their brews can be hit or miss, but have had a few that I REALLY enjoyed. The Old Vixen is such. Sit at the coffin table and wait for me, I'll buy you a pint.
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