The Ginger Man
Taps: 70 / Bottles: 97
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
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4/5 rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Went to bed at 2:30, got up at 4:00, got on a flight at 6:30, transferred to another flight, bad weather, horrible flight... finally arrived in Dallas late and destroyed. Beer please!! So our first stop is the Ginger Man. Yup, straight up.
This ain't like the Gingers I know in New York and Connecticut. Less upscale and more divey, but also friendlier and more "familial", if you know what I mean.
Empty on a Wednesday at 1pm right after it opened, we were welcomed and immediately felt at home. Super friendly bartender! She knows her beer and is passionate about it. My kind of beer girl. The joint apparently gets packed at night, but we sure did love it at lunch with nobody around.
Now, the selection is not what I expected. A lot of taps, sure, but not amazing like in New York. I did like the emphasis on locals- I had a Real Ale Coffee Porter, 512 IPA, 512 Cream Ale with Mole on cask. Also Southern Star (Buried Hatchet Stout), although I didn't try that.
They don't offer flights, but they do serve half pints. Prices are generally reasonable, although the half-pint option is a little expensive ($4 for half Modus Hoperandi, $5 for half Cascabel Cream Ale on cask). Food was great bar food, Bratwurst, pesto sandwich, preztel dog... hit the spot.
So yeah, the selection is not what I expected. Didn't see any crazy barleywines, imperial stouts or rarities, but it's alright. It won't be my first choice next time I'm in Dallas, but it ain't bad.
01-28-2012 06:13:55 | More by DoubleSimcoe
4.06/5 rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
cool spot in what struck me as a pretty fun Dallas bar district - located directly off the free trolley that moves lost tourists like us throughout the arts district
stopped in twice on a recent night, once before an epic dinner at Craft (about a mile away actually) and then once after dinner and a stop at the idle rich pub
for the first visit, we ducked in before 5pm and there was plenty of room to sit on the outside front porch. on our 2nd visit, we grabbed a corner table in the dark wooden interior and didnt notice the huge beergarden in the back until we left. There were some dart boards and tons of beer schwag.
the beer list is carefully laid out and features 70 taps or so with an additional large selection in the bottle. My travel partner and I settled on IPA's from Saint Arnold and Real Ale on both stops. The Saint Arnold Elissa was offered on cask. They were in the process of setting up their oktoberfest tap lineup which looked to highlight about 15 different oktoberfests on tap! We gravitated towards the basic Saint Arnold and Real Ale offerings since we wanted to drink local - i also noted some stuff from Live Oak and a couple other texas breweries.
Other taps featured some basic belgians, a couple of Stone, DFH and Boulevard Beers, and some German fare.
Food looked to be "pubby" but we didnt eat anything.
Cool place - we both enjoyed. Service was just fine and most taps ran $5-$6
09-17-2009 23:21:22 | More by dirtylou
4.22/5 rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
I stopped in while in Dallas on business.
The atmosphere is rustic and comfortable. The main area downstairs has a large bar, tables and a fair amount of space. But they also have a small, more intimate area upstairs along with outdoor space in front and behind the building. We were there on a Tuesday night and the place was pretty busy with a very lively crowd.
They pack a huge number of taps (maybe 100) in a very small space behind the bar. I went with an Anchor Liberty Ale and a Live Oak IPA.
The Ginger Man is a great place to find a great beer.
12-16-2009 12:14:36 | More by GJ40
4.3/5 rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5
One of those really great spots you trip across on occasion without really trying. On a business trip to Dallas a group of us wound up here after some fine ribs nearby. We enjoyed this spot to no end. Tons of tap beers; something for everyone. This is a very busy spot and it is too noisy for quiet conversation or reflection on beer, but music and a nice outside area make this a very enjoyable venue.
07-12-2003 20:57:06 | More by AtLagerHeads
4.08/5 rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$$
Much like it's New York City counterpart, this is a place for beer drinkers. About 50-60 beers on tap, and a very decent bottle selection. Unfortunately--much like in NYC--not much of a food menu. I did sample the food here, and it was a bit disappointing for the price. Mainly just pricey snack food. It was much smaller and laid back, but every bit as good as its east coast counterpart, therefore the atmosphere was much more pleasant, and contained less of the preppy, annoying crowd that you'll find in NYC. Staff was busy, but still generally attentive.
04-29-2011 14:01:01 | More by Rifugium
4.64/5 rDev +11.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
What a wonderful purveyor of malted beverages! I have had the honor to visit the GM in NYC & Austin and can say that all the locations are consistent in great selections and good quality along with knowledgable staff. It is situated in the Uptown District and right on the McKinney Avenue Trolley. Not bad given that the pub is located in what appears to be a converted house with minimal parking - but then responsible beerophiles don't drink and drive anyway. A great place for great beer when in the Big D.
02-08-2008 22:45:56 | More by jjboesen
4.19/5 rDev +1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Stopped in on a Sunday afternoon while visiting a friend in Dallas. Found easy street parking, then saw that they had a parking lot. Either way, plenty of parking (at least in the afternoon).
The weather was nice so we sat on the front porch, where there are a few tables. It's a neat spot. It's a converted house. We didn't hang around inside, but the bar looked good and there were more tables out back. Definitely a fun, cozy atmosphere. Saw multiple people wearing Deep Ellum Brewery T-shirts, and random friends meeting up. The bartender knew some people by name. Dogs are welcomed.
It was unclear weather we would have table service or not, because there were menus on the table and we saw a few employees walking around. After waiting for a while we figured out we needed to order at the bar. There was one bartender, so it was a bit of a wait even though the place wasn't crowded.
Selection was very good. Wide variety of styles, and some Texas beers. I actually was surprised there weren't more Texas beers, based on the reviews that said they had a lot of locals. One from Deep Ellum, two from (512), and multiple from St.Arnold's. Still a solid list overall.
I would definitely stop here again next time I'm in Dallas.
02-21-2013 13:18:20 | More by shivtim
3.7/5 rDev -10.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
For a place with this many taps, I thought I might find a few more interesting beers. I can't really knock the place on selection, even though I felt that the quality of the selection was uninspired (i.e., too middle of the road).
You know you must be spoiled when DFH 60, Stone Ruination and Leff Blonde just isn't exciting anymore. But those represented just about half the beers I would have considered ordering off their regular draught menu (out of about 60 taps). I'll admit that I wasn't familiar with the local brews, of which there were many. And as for their "Specialty brews," I was much more impressed. One can't argue with Harpoon Leviathan, Stone Verticle Epic, Monk's Cafe, Maredsous 8 & 10 and Chimay White.
There was also a much more interesting offering of bottles, but I typically don't go to a beer bar for their bottled beers. Service was good on a slow weekday night, decent music was provided via jukebox and this place definitely fit the comfortable category for me. I was a little put off by having to pay $5.75 for an 8oz pour of Monk's, and 8 ounces of Lindeman's Framboise went for $7.25. That seemed a bit steep, even for Dallas.
11-25-2009 06:27:11 | More by 86sportster883
4/5 rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
I had half a day to kill after a conference in Dallas and was looking for a place to grab some brews. As Dallas is not really a manageable pedestrian city, my choices were limited without a car. With the help of some Texas BAs I was directed to the Ginger Man. It was close enough to the Hyatt Regency where I could take the hotel shuttle or walk it. Being such a nice day I figured it would be a good way to see the city. With a slight detour to the Book Depository and Grassy Knoll, I was at the bar in about 40 minutes.
After that walk I was a bit parched and sat down for a Real Ale Full Moon, my first ever and it did not disappoint. Over the course of the next couple of hours I enjoyed beers by Live Oak(another winner), Real Ale and a St Arnold's Cask IPA which was put on near the end of my stay. Texas brews were well represented as were harder to find imports and the normal range of US micros. A steady stream of happy hour and regulars strolled through and were good to talk with. The young ladies who were serving me were very nice and the one doing the training was very knowledgable about beer. The rest of the crowd was a mix of hipsters and suits which skewed younger as the night wore on. Not quite as douchey as their NYC location.
The cool part about the place is the amount of outdoor space . There is a full back with plenty of benches and a nice front porch area with tables to overlook the sleepy little street. The insiode had full AC which was a nice respite to the hot Tejas sun. Prices were reasonable but definitely on the expensive side for the city.
I would definitely recommend this to tourists and locals alike. Had I not been traveling this might have gotten a lower selection score. The range of TX brews unavailable to me were the only ones I drank but other than those there wasn't anything earth shattering. Still that was enough for me to enjoy myself.
06-06-2009 13:38:17 | More by sleazo
3.55/5 rDev -14.5%
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
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The Ginger Man in Dallas, TX
92 out of 100 based on 52 user ratings.