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The Ginger Man
Taps: 106 / Bottles: 136
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
5607 Morningside Dr
phone: (713) 526-2770
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 37 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
The first thing that jumped out was their outdoor patio area, followed by the extensive wooden front porch with the entry in its center. Entering, the 1/2 octagonal-shaped bar was directly to the left with standard tables and chairs to the right. The back bar was a seemingly endless row of tap handles. The top of the overhead held a shelf of spent bottles that snaked around the entire interior. There was a CD jukebox 1/3 of the way aft on the right and an English dartboard all of the way aft on the right. Lots of fantastic colored chalk signage in the overhead. Glassware was also on display. They also had an extensive outdoor patio out back with picnic tables and an Oktoberfest mural to the right.
They had a great educated clientele, both in terms of beer and their collegiate specialties.
Food: The Brewers' Plate was an amalgam of tastes, textures, and colors. It was absolutely wild! I actually got tired of eating.
Beers: 69 taps, 125 bottles, 1 cask. St. Arnold's is always on cask.
12-21-2009 11:10:37 |
More by woodychandler
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
Houston probably has 1,000 bars, but this is the place to go. They have a fantastic beer garden out back with big, long tables that encourage intermingling of parties. The inside is small, but cozy and the place is rarely jam packed, but never empty. Selection is outstanding, and correctly served by temperature and glass. It was the first time I had seen a Chimay goblet, and after much haggling, they let me buy one off of them.
It also is in a nice area that has other places to go within a short walk, including TwoRows- a brewpub. If you are going to Houston, find The Ginger Man.
04-05-2003 20:09:40 |
More by HardTarget
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
Best beer-bar in Houston. Period. It's got great atmosphere; nestled in The Rice Village area of Houston (a retro-trendy location close to Rice University); it's got loads of character (you walk up to the front porch; nice interior that screams out "pub"; and it has a nice outdoor patio in the back; and it's got some of the best selections in Houston. I've been going to this pub for ages... and, sadly, I think I've sorely underestimated this put for all those years; it's only been recently that I get now that a bar like this in Houston is a shrine for beer-lovers; probably why it's survived and thrived (without changing an iota) for over two decades. If you're in Houston and you want a nice beer-selection and a nice atmosphere to drink it in... this should be your first choice.
03-24-2007 22:10:23 |
More by GregMcQ
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5
The best beer bar in Houston. No others need apply. So good that they've taken the concept to Austin, New Yawk City and maybe others that I'm not aware of. The first reviewer hit the nail squarely on the head. The choice of beers is huge and they serve them the way they're meant to be served. Service itself can be spotty, but it has been pretty good on my last few trips. The atmosphere is as good as it can be -- after all, we are talking about Houston. That means the beer garden out back is just about off-limits for 3-4 months a year. Inside can be pretty cramped. If you're in Houston, you've got to try this place out.
08-11-2002 18:51:56 |
More by BKotch
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I visited the Ginger Man by recommendation from a Houstonian as my current job brings me to Houston often. I can't tell about the atmosphere of the entire establishment as I didn't get past the taps. I like to sit as close to center as I can at a bar like this so I can look for beers I haven't had yet.
I had all draught beers from micro brews, all by recommendation of the bartender. I wish I remembered her name. She was very knowledgeable about the beer they served and all of her recommendations were right on (about four). She took time the time to discuss my preferences and what they had to offer and her sample size was also commendable. She could not have done much more.
The selection seemed to be on the plus side for diversity and included Aventinus (bottled), Optimator (draught), and Salvator. This is a plus for me as Aventinus is my all time favorite beer and dopple bocks are my favorite brews. The one German made Dopple Bock I'm familiar with that I don't think they carry, Celebrator, is my least favorite.
I don't remember what my total was as I paid cash and I try not to think about such things, but the prices must have been inline with what I'm used to as they didn't scare me.
12-04-2007 02:22:26 |
More by TeeCee
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2.5 | $$$
Definately my favorite place in Houston to go for a chill environment with a great beer selection. I'm pretty sure they only serve snacks but no biggy. They have maybe 50 beers on draft and even more in bottle. Always the latest good beer in the market on draft, too. They always have the Saint Arnold Elissa on cask. Every Christmas, they bust out a few kegs of some aged Anchor Christmas beers from different vintages. And most importantly, they let us BA guys have a regular beer tasting there once a month. Good people that work there, beer knowledgable, helpful. All in all, definately a hot spot on the map.
09-04-2008 05:08:42 |
More by stumac
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | $$
Awesome place. We stopped in here the night before a Texan's game. The location is great...Rice University area, about 2 miles from Reliant Stadium.
Exactly what you'd want a pub to look like...a lot of wood, two outdoor patio areas, a small one in front, and a larger one in the back.
Fantastic selection of bottle and draught beers.
Kind of a young crowd, but seeing as the location was in the middle of Rice, that was not shocking.
The place was pretty packed by the time we left (11pm or so), so it made ordering or getting excellent service a bit difficult, but the staff was quite friendly.
01-28-2011 17:28:17 |
More by obrike
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Just a short $10 taxi ride from Reliant Stadium in Rice Village.
Our server Nicole was awesome, an empty glass never lasted at our table.
A great little hole in the wall with a great beer selection. I must admit the Cuvee Renee in the small bottle was an unexpected suprise. Lots of local brews and a nice variety on the taps.
Enough food to take care of basic dining needs. If you can't find anything on thier menu, they have all the area menus that will deliver.
The patrons covered the full spectrum from beer geek, to out of town sport fan. If the place is busy, head to the back of the building, there is an additional large patio area.
01-05-2010 12:48:07 |
More by youbrewidrink
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5
Funny thing. If you've sat in the Ginger Man in NYC, with it's high ceilings, oak and polished brass, and it's midtown scotch drinking (thankfully no longer) cigar chomping suit crowd, you'll consider the Ginger Man, Houston to be the "Anti-Ginger Man".
Located a block or two from Rice University, it's one of many in a strip of "one after another" college bars. The structure itself is an old small house and it's tight. Small bar with a few small rooms with tables. The have some long tables located outside along the front walk and they've got a large enclosed backyard with picnic tables where (from what I've heard) they set up bands. How "not-like-the-midtown-Manhattan-location".
The beer selection houses 65 draught beers. The Euros were mostly standard with few surprises, and the Americans were mostly Texas and California entries with some decent choices. The bottled collection contains about 100 beers, strongly German and Belgian and the Americans were again mostly Texas and California. All in all, a good beer bar but a college crowd that probably can't appreciate it. Especially on this strip, where it's just another bar on the row.
05-03-2003 10:11:45 |
More by slander
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$$
Dropped in late on a Saturday night. There was a good crown but it was not packed and our group was able to grab seats at the bar. Huge wall of taps, I would guess about 50. Almost all craft or imports. They have an even larger bottle selection. Had a few of the Texas breweries represented (St Arnold, Southern Star, and Live Oak) as well as a wide selection of other crafts. I had a Live Oak Hefe, Vitus, and finished the night with the old standby, SN Pale Ale. Barteneder knew what she was talking about and made a couple of good recommendations to the friends I was there with.
Place has a few TV's, darts, and a real nice porch with tables. It is in Rice Village amongst quite a few more bars. Little 'upper class' but not pretentious by any means.
09-02-2008 20:16:39 |
More by ckeegan04
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