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The Ginger Man
Taps: 70 / Bottles: 97
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
2718 Boll St
phone: (214) 754-8771
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
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vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Dropped in on a Thursday night with some friends. Had a great spot on the front porch. A little small on the inside and can get uber-cramped on Fri/Sat night. Big open area out back as well. They have a great selection to choose from and the menu was rather up to date and organized nicely by style. Didnt have a waitress out front and the bartender was happy to serve me my beer but not interested in answering any question I had. The doorman was a real ass also. Prices are a little high, but nothing out of the ordinary for uptown Dallas. Overall, a must stop if you are in the area. Flying Saucer is the only other place that can compete on selection.
07-02-2008 20:32:06 |
More by ckeegan04
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Visited this great bar on 6/20. Arrived at around 8:45 and left around 1:00. The atmosphere is pleasant, my main complaint involves the crowd as the evening got later. It was a Friday night so that is to be expected. As the night went on the clientele became more Uptown trendy as well which is not really my bag. I would to return on weeknight when things might be more laid back.
The beer selection is the best I've encountered in Dallas thus far. Very cool that they had Saint Arnold's Elissa IPA on cask. The food that I had was quite good as well although selection is limited. The artichoke dip was tasty and I can also recommend the pretzel and beer companion which has mainly cheese to go with the beer. The service was outstanding, I was amazed at how attentive our waitress was even though it seemed that she was the only server in the establishement. Overall I definitely recommend this fine bar just don't go on a Friday night if you can avoid it.
06-21-2008 14:14:47 |
More by elniko
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Walking in the front door of this converted residential house, I was brought in to the wall of taps. Great selection and presentation. Both stories of the former house have seating, as well as the front porch and the backyard. The backyard, with its long picnic style wooden tables reminded me of a Czech beer garden I visited in Queens, NY. Excellent atmosphere, open air kept the noise from echoing all over the joint. Inside, there are a couple dart boards that are hung in recessed areas in two corners of the room. Great idea to keep the traffic flow from interfering with the dart throwing, brilliant. The bartenders seemed a little aloof, but the server we had was excellent, knowledgeable, and attentive. I am a big fan of conversions and restorations, this is a place I will most certainly return to on my next visit to the Dallas area.
05-29-2008 20:40:24 |
More by Ben4881
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
I went here on March 22, 2008 with my brother, his buddy (both frequenters living in the area) my girlfriend and myself (both not of the area, but have been to the New York City establishment).
Atmosphere: Awesome, very friendly, clean, lots of room, both inside and outside.
Quality: The NYC quality was better, the staff, however friendly, wasn't to knowledgeable, the people there seemed to be there because it is cool not because of the beer.
Service: I don't know how they did it, but we moved places four times and they still got everything right, very impressive, but as I said before they weren't to knowledgeable about the beer.
Selection: Certainly better than the vast majority of bars, even beer bars, but again I felt NYC was better.
Food: Artichoke dip was out of this world.
Value: Overall pricey, but considering the area not too bad.
Don't drink and review.
05-03-2008 22:22:37 |
More by treehugger02010
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
What a wonderful purveyor of malted beverages! I have had the honor to visit the GM in NYC & Austin and can say that all the locations are consistent in great selections and good quality along with knowledgable staff. It is situated in the Uptown District and right on the McKinney Avenue Trolley. Not bad given that the pub is located in what appears to be a converted house with minimal parking - but then responsible beerophiles don't drink and drive anyway. A great place for great beer when in the Big D.
02-08-2008 22:45:56 |
More by jjboesen
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | $$
The Ginger Man is a hidden gem and should be on any beer lovers radar while visiting Dallas. The G-man has long been a favorite beer stop for many a weary traveler. It's located in a charming old two-story house that's been converted into a bar with a nice little beer garden out back. The proprietors go to great lengths to bring in some of the best variety of beers in the world. The draught selection is very extensive, so check the website for upcoming arrivals and specials. The place can definitely get packed on weeknights & weekends, so I recommend stopping by early for comfortable chair or a spot at the bar or in the beer garden. The service can be spotty at times, but the selection can't be beat. Stop by... if you can find the damn place!
02-01-2008 17:03:19 |
More by Beertracker
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
Although the location is obscure, visiting the G-man is worth the effort. The building's architecture has been described in many reviews, so I will just omit that. The atmosphere felt more like a neighborhood coffee shop than a bar: very relaxing! Amazing selection, and it helps that the bartenders were very friendly, and more than willing to pour samples and answer questions. I got to try the cask conditioned St. Arnold's and it was excellent. Price is average.
Easily the best beer bar in Dallas, and definitely deserves fives across all marks. I strongly recommend checking it out!
09-18-2007 23:18:54 |
More by air
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2.5 | $$
I just moved back to LA from a 2-year stint in Dallas. Hands down, one of the best PLACES in Dallas (not just bars) is Ginger Man. It was my local watering hole. The beertenders (only beer & wine there; no hard alcohol) are all very knowledgeable and even on a busy night, they are willing to take the time to explain a beer and pour you a sample to try.
They have something in the neck of 80 on tap and even more in bottle (according to other reviewers, that is--I was going to guess around 30-40, but to be honest, I rarely ever bought a bottle since the tap selection was so strong, and they always had a couple of newbies to try). Oh yeah, and it's the ONLY place I've been to outside of London to have cask-conditioned kegs, which was always a St. Arnold brew.
Over my numerous visits, I learned that their #1 seller was Bud Light. Funny (and sad). But that's the ONLY crappy-assed macro brew they have, so I guess it makes sense. It's the only tap of theirs I never tapped!
Nice outdoor beer garden in the back when the weather is neither too hot nor too cold. Food isn't BAD per se; just that they don't have but a microwave to make anything hot. Definitely NOT a place to go if you want to 'just eat.'
I don't really miss Dallas, but I sure do miss Ginger Man.
06-25-2007 04:57:50 |
More by chadlebald
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
This place has atmosphere written all over it. It is a great wooden floor pub with dart boards, a long bar, a comfy lounge upstairs, and a tree-shaded biergarden out back that begs spring & fall to last all year. The quality is great, as they know their beers, how to keep them, and how to serve them. The service often leaves something to be desired, and is the weak point here. The staff is great, there just aren't enough of them. The selection is wonderful, really one of the two best in town. There is a goodly selection of taps and a larger selection of bottles with constant new brews to try in each format. The food is good but very limited. The cheese platter is the way to go to stem the munchies. All in all a fantastic place & I'd recommend it any time you're near downtown Dallas.
04-03-2007 23:44:10 |
More by roblowther
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
The minute I got into the rental on my business trip this week I programmed "Neverlost" to take me to the Texas version of the Manhattan beer bar I know and love so well. Kind of out of the way in that yes, you're in the city, but the bar itself is in a two story former residence, which was kind of interesting. Smallish dining room on the first floor with room for about a dozen or so at the bar, which was decorated with dozens of tap handles behind it a la NYC. The selection was wonderful, which is what I expected anyway. Though I usually go out of my way to taste the local brew (or in the case of the enormity of the state of Texas, "regional" is more like it), I just can't pass up Belgian when the selection is good and Grottenbier in particular is available, so I stuck with the tried and true on both visits. Partly because the selection is so solid and partly because Dallas does not offer a beer bar with this level of variety, I ended up visiting twice this week. The first being pint glass night on Tuesday, which was very cool since Youngs was the glass of the day. They make a mix called a truffle, which is Youngs anything mixed with framboise. Since I'm somewhat of the adverturous type and of course, wanted the free glass, I did the chocolate stout mix. Not bad really, but the lambic framboise still overtook the already spectacular flavor (as anyone who's had one knows) of the chocolate stout. Regardless, I enjoyed the Mardseous 8 and 10 offerings as well. I did try the St Arnold they had on cask, which is a Houston area offering and was quite pleasing. Not to beat the proverbial dead horse, but as my beer comrades have already opined, the smoking thing is a real problem for someone like myself who has grown to love the smoke-free environment in NY and Connecticut. Tuesday night was particularly difficult since I was subjected to a cigar smoker for a solid 30 minutes which did a number on the 'ol sinuses. Nice guy, but only after the cigar died. Anyway, stop in if you're in the area. The turkey and cranberry sandwich is worth the price too, (though a tad thin as to content) but don't plan on a hearty meal to go along with your super beer choices.
02-18-2007 03:21:48 |
More by jim102864
The Ginger Man in Dallas, TX
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