visited 25.4.16, quite late at night. Quite big, nice staff, beer list’s a little dusty. We stayed for one round because we were tired. Not for beer snobs, but a good option when in the area and end up hanging out while other options are closed.
A really solid bar overall. They have a load of taps, which is great. But, a grizzled scooper might not find a lot to get his juices flowing. There is a pretty good range of local stuff on tap, and that’s where I found a few, but a lot of the lines are filled with ’the classics’. Which is not a bad thing, but also something worth noting. In terms of ambiance, this place is kind of funny. It has the dimly lit feel of a pub, but when you start looking around (like at the ceiling) you notice that it is a little rough at the edges. Anyway, the service was attentive and friendly (although it was a slow Thursday night when we visited). Overall, this is a good beer bar, and I would return. But I would also say that if you want to try lots of local TX beers there are better bars in the vicinity.
Neighborhood vibe, but then presented with wall of taps. Too many seasonals for even the website to keep track of. Nice selection of locals and sought after East Coast brews. Keep trying to focus on Texas....
Visited after dinner on a Monday. Long narrow bar, against an alley in Central Austin. Parking looks like it would be a pain, though I was on foot. Place is little run down looking, and there was a bit of an off odor. 60 or so taps, with a nice selection of national, local and import craft. The beer menu was annoying, as many of the breweries were listed as “varies” or “seasonal”. When I asked the bartender what seasonals were on, he basically said it’s December, so winter warmer kind of things. Not real helpful. Maybe they have a chalkboard or something, that would have been nice. I sat at the long and had a flat bread. Overall, felt like a place that used to be great but really isn’t at the top of the game anymore.
76 = ★★★ (Worth the visit, must for locals, and visitors with time)
I only use the total score, not the component parts.
Art (131) Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania | September 15, 2015
Aye here after watching "the bats." Ambiance is like an old English pub but with a bunch of beers on tap. I sat at the end of the bar and couldn’t see the list. I asked the bartender for local recommendations and he killed it. I got the French dip, it was a bit small but delicious. Prices seem a tad on the high side but still a worthile stop if in Austin.
Ginger Man reminds me something of the Brick Store in Georgia, in that perhaps it pioneered the craft beer bar scene a few years ago but has perhaps been surpassed in focus by newer competition. I don’t mean to say anything negative about the Ginger Man, the beer selection is fantastic. There are more than enough options, but there are a few taps of things like Stella or Miller LIght that beer snobs just wouldn’t drink. The ambiance is cozy and warm. The bartenders were great, helpful and knowledgeable. If I lived here, I’d be back whenever I was on this end of town.