Visited on Tuesday 21/05/13 around 3.30-4.30pm.
Smallish bar with wooden floors, scattering of tables and chairs, bit of a dive bar feel.
L-shaped bar, breweriana, mirrors, bottles and the like fill the venue.
Patio garden at both the front and rear.
Fairly quiet when we arrived but started to fill up as we departed.
Service wask OK but not overly attentive.
Average tap selection for me, a good dozen or so TX ticks for me but the choices from the rest of the US including the bottled menu were a little lame.
The flights were useless at best. A European flight, a Belgian flight and a TX flight - their choice of beers not yours. For instance on the TX flight 2 of the 4 beers were pils!
Had some bar snacks, pretzel and dips which were adequate.
Overall not massively impressed, not a patch on the Manhattan Ginger Man, I’d budgeted on 2 to 3 hours here but we left after 75 minutes or so.
Ginger man is located right next to Rice, which makes it potentially a college hangout, but it wasnt too bad when I was there. Parking is a bit of a challenge but I parked for free a few blocks away. Place is not large, but gets the job done. Smallish bar is right in front. Large taplist, but fits the Yardhouse model pretty well - loads of macros and common craft, toss in a bunch of staple locals and you pretty much are done. Certainly stuff worth drinking but not really a place to slay a whale. Half pours available. Flights as well but only pre-determined ones, which is a huge turnoff for the beer ticker.
(Visited 07/2013): Ginger Man’s Houston location is near Rice University south of the city on Morningside Drive. Street parking is available in the neighborhood and I believe I saw a garage as well.
The place looks like a house from the outside, complete with a fence. After walking up and past the porch, the interior opens to a cozy and dark bar that features wood decor, beer bottles lining shelves near the ceiling and a bar along the back wall. There is a board above the bar listing the available beers.
As for the beers, there are around 50 taps, featuring many Texas craft breweries like Real Ale, Karbach, Rahr & Sons and Franconia. Other craft breweries like New Belgium too. Extensive bottle list as well, again featuring many TX breweries.
Service on a relatively busy weekday evening was good. The bartender was knowledgeable about the beer list and made good recommendations.
I did not try any food on this visit.
Overall this bar is clearly one of those quintessential local spots. Despite technically being a chain they clearly focus on the right things and I would definitely visit again.
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.
I had a nice time at this version of the Ginger Man. It was small and a little warm. It isn’t that easy to find hidden in the Rice Village area surrounded by some larger spots. Good stop though. Nice selection of TX beers especially.
Nice ambiance and local feel. The bar is like an old rustic house with wooden floors, beams, and dimly lit. Beer selection is good, but not as extensive as the Flying Saucer. The bartender I had was a b. Otherwise a great experience and place worth checking out.