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The Ginger Man
Taps: 70 / Bottles: 97
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
2718 Boll St
phone: (214) 754-8771
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
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vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$$
Stopped in for a bite of lunch and a few pints here...
I was the only person at the bar so I would expect service to be pretty good... Well, the bartender kept cutting her lemons while I was standing at the bar with money in hand... Strike!
After finally getting my order taken, things got better... I had a couple of local Oktoberfests and decided I was in the mood for a local IPA... I asked about some locals and she drew me up a DFH 60 Min... Huh? Hello?
While the beer I got was fresh, I had sort of a bad taste in my mouth about the experience so far... I ordered a pretzel dog which was good and finished up with another local but I will say that the Fort Worth location smoked this one... I wasn't impressed at all with the service... The selection and quality were fine...
10-02-2009 18:13:00 |
More by Tilley4
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Others have described the layout and I was also impressed with the front deck, two different bars, and the best part - the outdoor beer garden complete with long tables to share in the back. I guess the beer selection is pretty impressive for the area, but compared to other beer bars I'm used to in other cities, its about average at best. Good selection of locals - I noticed 3 Live Oak, 3 St. Arnold's, and 3 Real Ale taps - good for them for spreading the local love and of course no place that serves beer in Texass would be without Shiner Schlock. Lots of German selections from Paulaner and Spaten/Frasiskaner and Kostritzer black lager. 70+ taps is like shooting fish in a barrel - you are bound to have a few good beers, but the way I saw it there was about a half dozen good ones, and the rest split between half-crappy and crappy selections. And out the 6 that would have satisfied me, they were out of 3 of them. All beers (except wheat beers) were served in pints, even the Belgian beers- although they did have goblets and tulip glasses on the shelf - for show only apparently. Sure $6 for a 16 oz. pint of St Bernardus Abt 12 may seem like a good deal, but without a proper glass, its just another beer. Bigger doesn't mean better, it just means bigger. Odd prices on some bottles like Delerium Tremons ($9) and Allagash double/triple bombers ($16-18).
I knocked the atmosphere down a whole point for allowing smoking inside and a half of a point in quality since I couldn't really enjoy my beers. For christ sakes why do smokers have a lack of respect for those around them? Guy sitting next to me lights, up takes a drag, puts the fag in the ashtray, and walks away while the smoke is drifting up my nose. I put it out for him, he comes back and lights up another, takes a puff, and does the same again. So I move to where no one was smoking. Some other jackass does the same thing ten minutes later- heathens. Thank god for no smoking laws in other cities. Upped the selection score by a half point due to lack of selection in the area.
Gotta jump in the shower to cleanse myself of that disgusting smoke.
Unfortunately, I will be back to this place in about a month(and probably will have a welcoming committe to great me at the door after this review).
07-28-2006 04:02:19 |
More by Longstaff
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
For a place with this many taps, I thought I might find a few more interesting beers. I can't really knock the place on selection, even though I felt that the quality of the selection was uninspired (i.e., too middle of the road).
You know you must be spoiled when DFH 60, Stone Ruination and Leff Blonde just isn't exciting anymore. But those represented just about half the beers I would have considered ordering off their regular draught menu (out of about 60 taps). I'll admit that I wasn't familiar with the local brews, of which there were many. And as for their "Specialty brews," I was much more impressed. One can't argue with Harpoon Leviathan, Stone Verticle Epic, Monk's Cafe, Maredsous 8 & 10 and Chimay White.
There was also a much more interesting offering of bottles, but I typically don't go to a beer bar for their bottled beers. Service was good on a slow weekday night, decent music was provided via jukebox and this place definitely fit the comfortable category for me. I was a little put off by having to pay $5.75 for an 8oz pour of Monk's, and 8 ounces of Lindeman's Framboise went for $7.25. That seemed a bit steep, even for Dallas.
11-25-2009 06:27:11 |
More by 86sportster883
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped in as part of a Dallas pub crawl. Nice atmosphere, lots of seating options (at the bar, at a table downstairs or up, on the patio out front or the larger patio out back). 20 of us descended on the Gingerman and the only person staffing the place was one sole bartender. Needless to say we overwhelmed her and had to line up to get a beer. I would have tried an appetizer while there but didn't want to wait that long to put my order in. Will stop by again in the future to try it another time.
08-23-2010 18:55:13 |
More by schoolcb
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: 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 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
This bar is great, if you don't ike beers on tap. Don't bother ordering the beers on tap, b/c they ALWAYS come out funky. The staff is really cool and they do have good beers in the bottle (although not a ton or anything way out there) but it has a good atmosphere and they make it as cool as they can. Would really like fewer domestics and more true brews, but not really the complaint here. The draft beer is undrinkable, but service is great. Also the crowd can be some snobby losers. Not all, but at lot. The staff is very knowledgeable and helpful.
12-25-2005 22:55:50 |
More by willgro
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5 | $$$
Interesting place...not convenient unless you live in or near town. The majority of the seating is outside which helps dissipate the smoke. Beertenders have decent beer knowledge and are mostly friendly. Selection and quality are decent enough, this is certainly not a Capital Ale House, but they fall a little short of even the Flying Saucers in the area. A bit rougher in the evenings as the crowds move indoors and the smoke (they sell cigars too!) overpowers the air. Food is not even decent bar food. Eat before going there. Prices for bottles tended to be on the high side from what I've experienced in the area. Still it is worth a visit. Really, I'm happy anywhere a pint of Stone IPA can be found on draught.
05-07-2006 04:34:04 |
More by pentathlete
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
I picked an odd time, or so I thought, to visit this place. 1 on a Saturday. It just opened and by 2 the place was getting almost half full. Service was ok but there was only one bar tender since they just opened, so I can't blame her.
I started my Pub going life in Minnesota so coming into this place was like coming home. Very old feeling and cozy in a converted old house in a mature neighborhood of Uptown. The front patio is cool and unique but I didn't brave it on the 103 degree afternoon. Small downstairs with the main bar and about 16 tables. Nice selection of taps, not the largest in town but it has the standards plus plenty of the locals. Good selection of bottles but nothing you can't get elsewhere.
Upstairs is tight but the cool feature would be the Bier Garten in back. I agree with another reviewer that smoking should be limited to the patio and garten but it isn't so and it can't be very thick during busy times.
Food is rather limited which shouldn't surprise since the kitchen can't be too big in this place. Had the Brat with Kostritzer. Very tasty but small portion. Might go with the Beer Companion of cheese and meats next time.
If this place wasn't so outta the way for me, I would make it a point to hang here but when I get the chance I won't hesitate to stop by.
08-14-2006 15:45:00 |
More by teg8612
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
Beer selection is great (tap & bottle), staff is knowledgable and friendly, plenty of outdoor seating in the beer garden, intimate setting which can sometimes get crowded, food is basic but still good, prices are reasonable, beer tastings once per quarter, live music often, dart boards and a few tv's, crowd is usually 21-35 but there are some "experienced drinkers" in the mix, definitely worth checking out even if its a little out of the way (although the original one is in Houston)...its a local favorite!
06-24-2006 16:39:40 |
More by monarch
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