newshound (5) Minneapolis, Minnesota | May 14, 2007| Updated September 2, 2008
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
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.
(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...
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.
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.
The atmosphere is not what you would expect for a brewpub. The ambiance is that of a grunge or biker bar. The staff was knowledgeable of the beers brewed at the location. The house beers were mediocre but the establishment also offered many other choices.
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....
Best beer in Downtown Austin. Ambience is biker bar. Everybody smokes in here, even though it is against code.
The House beers have sucked but they have a great selection of locals and Euros. A nice spot to have a real beer when in the 6th street area.
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.
Love the ambiance! A great place to escape the college kids on 6th street - just shifty-looking enough from the outside that most people would pass it up... that’s what I love about it. Great patrons, great staff, laid back, friendly environment. Short lines at the bar. I always enjoy stopping by Lovejoys while in the neighborhood, and it’s not hard to convince friends to come with. Oh, and they sell cheap growlers to bring home their house brews. Not too incredibly impressed with their house beers, but they have a few that are pretty good.