A nice Houston beer bar with a bit of age. You can tell this place has been around awhile, but it gives a nice charm to the place. A nice combo of taps with some rarer beers coming through. Food is minimal and unremarkable. Staff is friendly and helpful. Value is solid. Worth a stop.
The rating system doesnít do this Houston landmark justice since the food is part of the judging. The Gman is the original beer bar in Houston. Great ambiance and character. It really is all about the beer with only a small, old TV in the corner. They only serve a few food items since that is not really their thing. My only knock on the place is that they donít serve enough craft brews but that may change as the craft brew market catches on.
I have been going to The Ginger Man for over 20 years. It always has ranked highly with me. Unfortunately, things do not seem as good as they used to be, but that is a function of how that whole area has changed, and it was inevitable.
Still, there are many good things about the G-Man. The selection still is very good, although it seems less diverse than it used to be. Part of that is their devotion to Texas breweries, which I can hardly fault them for. With all the new breweries, there just arenít enough taps to go around.
Service is variable and not particularly knowledgeable, but it is good that they have table service. If everyone had to cram in around the bar, that would be a problem!
Food is what it is. They only have snacks. Donít go there for a meal.
The ambiance still is what brings me back. I love sitting out front or in the back biergarten.
Joe, the manager, also does what he can to support the homebrewing and craft brewing scene. I also like that.
LinusStick (55) Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania | August 9, 2011
A nice small craft beer bar. Went to Houston on business and hit this place up hungry for good beer and a light dinner. The menu consisted of 5 or 6 appetizers. Thatís it. No big deal I was just hoping for something more substantial. The beer list was typical of a good beer bar. Lots of taps and lots of stuff I canít get at home in PA. Service was great as well.
Classic pub-style bar with the dim lights and smell of beer all over the place. The servers are always nice and exceptionally knowledgeable about beer and are always willing to make suggestions if you donít know what you want. They have many special beers and seasonal, rotating beers, and all beers are fairly priced. I think Iíve had just about every beer on the tap list in all the styles I like.
The granddaddy of H-Town beer joints. Great vibe in a cool neighborhood. They suffer from the same distribution limitations as every Texas beer bar. But they always have a handful of tasty choices. They are a little Texas-beer-centric for my taste. Other than Real Ale out of Blanco I havenít had too many Texas brews that did much for me. I know many of my fellow beer-loving Houstonians will want to beat me up for not bragging on Saint Arnoldís. But outside of their Divine Reserve series, theyíre pretty average. Anyway, a worthwhile stop in the Rice University area.
Awesome place! Great beers on tap. Plus the server was very knowledgeable about beers. She said they get 1 after shift beer so they can taste and educate themselves about the various beers they serve. Very limited food selection (thatís the only downside of the place). Overall, it had a great atmosphere and awesome brews.