3fourths (1561) Boulder, Colorado | February 22, 2005| Updated January 21, 2013
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.
t0rin0 (1529) Do Not Resuscitate, California | September 19, 2013
Visited October 2011.
This is a grimier Toronado with a lesser beer selection but also has some house beers. It’s a very dark place with a jukebox that has a ton of obscure stuff on it. Mostly punk sadly but also a little bit of metal. The walls are covered with concert fliers and the bartenders and regulars look that part as well. They make a ton of beers according to the database but they only had 3 on tap when I was there. The Half Wit wasn’t half bad but the IPA and the pale ale were pretty sub par. I spent more time looking through the juke box finding good music than I did drinking the beers. I need to get back to Austin for the music but not the Tex Mex (that stuff is crap) or the beer at this place.
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.
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.
a great bar to get away... good beers and some interesting music with a cool different vibe... the staff is great too... I always stop at lovejoys when I am even near Austin.. Keep Austin Weird, Lovejoys must have started that....
Is this place even still open? It is horrible. The self-made beers on tap tasted like an infection had made its way into the beers, or maybe the lines were never cleaned. I would bet on the lack of clean lines as this place is just dirty all around. Horrible selection of other beers beside their own. But the staff was at least somewhat friendly. At least Gingerman is close.
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.
I’ve literally tried to go to this place twice and both times they have been closed because their hours SUCK! Are they ever open? I’ve tried to go on a Saturday and Sunday afternoon. Until you get better hours my rating will stand.
My friends and I enjoyed our quick stop at Lovejoy’s. Can’t get more casual, more like grunge, than this. Bartenders were real nice and walked us through some of the different selections. Great prices. Most expensive was Bro Theleonius at $4. House $2, others $3. Good selection overall. Wasn’t super impressed on the house brews but take them for what they are. Was there on a Monday night so it was slow. I can imagine on busy weekends it’s full of a younger crowd. I would return without hesitation.