Log in or Sign up
Extreme Beer Fest
returns to Boston on March 21 & 22, 2014.
Tickets are on sale now
BeerAdvocate mobile beta: Testers Wanted
. Give it a try and let us know what you think.
Android or Google Chrome user? Get a
14 day free trial to BeerAdvocate magazine on Google Play Newsstand
today! (AU, CA, UK, US only).
Extreme Beer Fest
Google Play Newsstand
The Ginger Man
Taps: 70 / Bottles: 97
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
2718 Boll St
phone: (214) 754-8771
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
next › last »
| Reviews: 50 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
This bar is great, if you don't ike beers on tap. Don't bother ordering the beers on tap, b/c they ALWAYS come out funky. The staff is really cool and they do have good beers in the bottle (although not a ton or anything way out there) but it has a good atmosphere and they make it as cool as they can. Would really like fewer domestics and more true brews, but not really the complaint here. The draft beer is undrinkable, but service is great. Also the crowd can be some snobby losers. Not all, but at lot. The staff is very knowledgeable and helpful.
12-25-2005 22:55:50 |
More by willgro
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $
I have to give Ginger Man fives across the board. Everything about this spot was good! Stopped in on a quiet afternoon during a visit with my brother, and was instantly in love with the place. The wall of taps made a nice centerpiece for the downstairs bar made from a gutted house. The upstairs bar was slightly better lit, and a better place to sti for a chat. It felt more like a coffee shop than a bar. Of course, I had to take a seat in front of the big wall of taps. :)
Being from Bama wher there's little good beer, this place was sort of like Valhalla. I opted for an Old Foghorn and a few other choice things, including a lovely pear cider. The bod behind the bar was VERY knowledgeable and attentive (not to mention on that day, rather cute). She was also more than willing to offer up a taste of something so you didn't have to commit to a pint of something you weren't sure of. If I could give higher than a five for service, I would.
Selection seemed VERY good, and it apparently rotates every month.
Soon as I'm back in Dallas again, I'll definitely be back *as soon as I get in town*! :)
06-22-2005 03:30:41 |
More by UncleFlip
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4
From the outside it doesn't look like much, but it has a nice cozy feel. The bar can get very crowded and it can get hard to get a beer. Theres a few small tables around, but the cool part is the upstairs. More chairs, and a few big fluffy couches. They also have a balcony on the 2nd floor, with park style bench tables. They also have another serving station on the top, but with a small tap selection.
All the beers I have had there have been good, no flaws or dirty lines. They do have a nice selection, but its very disappointing when the beer you want is sold out. Food also looks unimpressive. Saw some very plain cheese plates, and bare sandwiches.
It is a very good bar, but come early and don't expect to get good food here. There's a lot of ample parking nearby so no parking woes here.
02-23-2005 01:36:43 |
More by dauss
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2.5
I've been going to the Gingerman fairly frequently since I got a job in Downtown dallas in 2001. It's a nice, reasonably homey pub, with somewhat English styling: panelled in wood all around, nice little alcoves, dart boards available. There's a patio out back and a balcony up top, and a nice little room upstairs with sofas and tables, like one occasionally finds at English pubs. Parking is sometimes a problem, esp. since there's been construction on the nearby streets lately. There is a lot of beer memorabilia around: lots of bottles, including those of microbreweries no longer around; custom glassware, and different coasters each week; assorted old-fashioned signs, mostly of European beers. The music (by jukebox) is occasionally turned up too loud, annoyingly loud to my ears. And it's a little too smoky for my tastes, when crowded. I hate having my clothes smell like smoke for days later.
The selection is pretty good for Dallas: about 50 or 60 beers on draft, and about a similar number in bottles. Some of the ales are served a bit cold for my taste. They've had cask-conditioned ales a couple times, but when I've tried it (a St Arnolds beer, from the Houston brewery), it was past its prime. Prices are about what one would pay at other beer-aware bars in the area, like the Flying Saucer.
Service can be very poor when they're crowded. At times, I've waited at the bar for upwards of 10 minutes without service. Waitresses occasionally wander around taking orders, but some nights you can't count on them all to ever show up.
The selection is food is pretty limited: fresh pretzels (which are actually very good), a few sandwiches, or a plate of meats, olives, and cheeses. The cheeses are standard American grocery store variety: cheddar, swiss, pepper-jack.
On tuesday nights, they have 'free glass night', where they select one beer (occasionally 2 or 3), and give out a matching glass for that beer. Now most of the time the glass is a standard American pint glass, but I've gotten some nice glasses there over the years, like Duvel, Chimay, and other Belgian chalice glasses, and some high-quality German weizen glasses, like Aventinus.
With a few reservations, a very nice pub to visit after work, especially if you're downtown. Old Monk is nicer, but it's often impossible to get parking.
11-03-2004 02:13:06 |
More by allengarvin
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5
Stayed at a hotel within easy walking distance of the G-man on a recent trip and made 3 visits. A great setting, as others have mentioned, a nice old house with a great back and front porch area. Classic bar set up with lots of wood. The crowd was a casual laid-back group in the afternoon, and a bit more rowdy on Saturday night. I enjoyed a number of great beers on tap and a good number of bottles as well. They were out of the Cask conditioned St. Arnold's Amber which was a slight disappointment, but otherwise they were fully stocked. Selection was fabulous, but I never got any food, which appeared to be basic bar food. The only down side was service. Wait staff had no real hustle, and I had to ask my waitress for my change after about 20 minutes. I never got a waitperson on Saturday night, but I didn't mind getting my own beers, which were prompt and correctly served. Prices were reasonable ($4.25 for a pint of Bigfoot- no complaints). All in all, have to give a big ol' THUMBS UP to the G-man Dallas. It stood up well to my expectations given the Houston original.
04-11-2004 05:50:42 |
More by HardTarget
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I ended up at the Ginger Man on a recent business trip to Dallas. We had a helluva time finding the place because it is located on a small side street and looks like any other old house on the block.
Definitely not the nicest bar in town, but it was clean and homey. The booths up in the front are about the most uncomfortable things I have ever placed my ass in, so find a chair if at all possible. It looked like there was a lot of cool, outdoor seating behind the place, and even some cushy chairs upstairs.
The beer selection was great, and they even had a few little gems thrown in that I wasn't expecting. Tons of taps + tons of bottles = tons of great brews and good times.
I can't really comment on the food, because all I had was a meat, cheese, and fruit tray. This was good, but hardly spectacular.
The worst thing about the Ginger Man was the service. We sat around for a long time without even seeing a wait person when we first arrived. I finally went to the bar and even had to wait quite awhile there before the bartender finished her conversation that she was having with another person behind the bar. I ended up having to get my own beer twice due to the absence of the wait person, and both those times I had to wait excessively long for the bartender who was NOT busy serving customers. A waitress finally made an appearance late in my visit, and she was very nice and helpful from then on. She did make a mistake on the bill, but recognized it immediately when I pointed it out and was quick to correct it.
The Ginger Man is definitely worth the stop if you are close to downtown Dallas. I just hope that my experience with their service was an isolated incident.
03-09-2004 22:26:33 |
More by Quaffer
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3
Overall this is a great place for anyone that appreciates beer. I haven't been there when it's been packed, but I think that's the appeal in my case. It has a very quaint, "neighborhood" feel to it, and if you go up on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon, it will proabably be pretty quiet, so you can actually carry on a conversation with your friends (how novel! ;-) )
The bartending staff seems to know what they are doing - there is nothing worse than a bartender that butchers the beer by pouring it wrong, or serving it in the wrong glass (including *any* chilled glasses). They also seem very friendly and informative if you have a question about a particular beer. They also let you have a small sample of something if you are unsure about it - which I didn't take advantage of, simply because I like to be adventurous, but it's nice nevertheless.
The selection is great. Staring at all those tap handles, and trying to make a decision, I often feel like a kid in a candy store. Frankly, everything else that's good about this place is simply icing on the cake compared to the selection.
I've eaten there twice, and while the food was not bad, it was nothing to write home about, either. So, I would say if you are going to go there, save your money for another round instead of getting food.
I think the only reason I'm not there every weekend is that it's about 30 minutes away in good traffic, and it can also get kind of pricey. But, I think you get what you pay for, so, there's no complaint there.
If you live in the Dallas area, appreciate beer, and don't mind paying good money for good beer, then I would strongly recommend you check the Gingerman out.
02-23-2004 21:20:38 |
More by RasputinsRevenge
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 2
As this establishment is a converted old-style home tucked away minutes from downtown, this place still has a very homey look and air to it. You feel like you're walking into someone's redecorated living room with low lighting and wooden pub furnishings.
The bar includes a semi-spacious seating area with small tables but a larger patio exists out back, weather permitting. A large front porch also accommodates customers as well as some room upstairs, away from the main crowd. The main room can get noisy with the crush and music but not terribly so, as the customer base tends to be slightly older than your ubiquitous college kid.
The beer selection is impressive with 70 taps and 100 or so in bottles, rivaled locally only by the Flying Saucer. A rotating offering is kept on cask, something I woefully wish more local pubs would embrace. Primarily bar service with a knowledgeable staff but I did notice some table service beginning late in the evening.
Due to recent city smoking regulations, the food menu has been cut back to bare-bones to allow smoking inside. Typical bar sandwiches, not all that exceptional. But who has time for food when a fresh cask is merely a few feet away? Highly recommended on any visit to the Big D.
12-07-2003 17:31:34 |
More by assurbanipaul
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5
One of those really great spots you trip across on occasion without really trying. On a business trip to Dallas a group of us wound up here after some fine ribs nearby. We enjoyed this spot to no end. Tons of tap beers; something for everyone. This is a very busy spot and it is too noisy for quiet conversation or reflection on beer, but music and a nice outside area make this a very enjoyable venue.
07-12-2003 20:57:06 |
More by AtLagerHeads
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Hidden on a side street in the uptown section of Dallas, the Ginger Man is the most wonderful drinking establishment I have ever seen.
The Ginger Man is a converted house, inconspicuous and drab. The exterior camouflages the true essence of this place...an oasis of beerdom in the middle of shiny, trendy Dallas. I walked in with a friend and sat down at the bar, and what a bar it is. Dozens of beers on tap, numbering over 60 I'd guess. The choices were amazing.
The atmosphere was better than i had imagines. I was expecting that being in the presence of so many quality beers on tap would cancel out the cigar-smoking yuppies I was destined to encounter. Instead, I enjoyed a night of drinking and talking without so much as a cigar crossing my path. I'm sure this had as much to do with the Dallas smoking ban as anything else but hey, I give full credit to the power of beer.
The service was great, I had a short conversation with a bartender about some of the beers, and all-female...whch surprised me as well. I guess I was expecting a crusty old man doling out beer wisdom to all who entered. Not a bad thing, just a surprise.
I didn't have any food, although my friend did and said it was mediocre, or terrible, I can't remember. I can't remember much after the first hour.
In conclusion, the Ginger Man is paradise, a bright and shining gem that must be experienced if any BA comes to Dallas. Do not pass up this opportunity, especially if you are visiting from a state with alcohol limits on the beer you can buy. If that's the case, the majority of the beers on draft here will be new to you. You haven't lived until you've ended the night with an Old Foghorn.
05-19-2003 11:14:09 |
More by kindestcut
next › last »
The Ginger Man in Dallas, TX
Your name or email address:
Do you already have an account?
No, create an account now.
Yes, my password is:
Forgot your password?
Stay logged in
Top 250 Beers
Change of Address