Dr. Rick Gray and J.P. Donleavy

Dr. Rick Gray and J.P. Donleavy

The first in the family of pubs was created in Houston in 1985 by Bob Precious. Certain aspects of Bob’s history bore resemblance to the main character, Sebastian Dangerfield, in J.P. Donleavy’s 1952 novel The Ginger Man*, and this provided the name of the pub. The blossoming appreciation of fine imported beers and the excellent level of service provided by the Houston pub led to overwhelming success and a desire to expand to other cities in Texas. The Dallas pub opened in 1992 and the Austin pub followed in 1994.

Around this time Bob and his family left Texas and moved to the Northeast. Not being content to have New Yorkers suffer from lacking the experience of Texas hospitality and a fine selection of beer, Bob built a pub in the Murray Hill section of Manhattan in 1996. As with all the pubs, it was overwhelmingly successful.

As the Manhattan pub required a large percentage of Bob’s time, he felt he was ignoring the original Texas pubs. He knew that running a proper pub requires a great deal of work to maintain the quality of both beer and service, and sought out buyers in Texas who would be able to run them with the proper level of diligence. In 2000, after a long vetting process, the three existing Texas pubs were sold to Steve and Christy from Dallas. Bob was confident they would maintain the Texas pubs in the style he had created them, and he was right. Steve and Christy have changed little in the spirit of the pubs, while streamlining the back-of-the-house operations to remain competitive in an ever more difficult economic climate.

Early in 2007 Steve and Christy put their own mark on the Texas family of pubs and built the first new Texas Ginger Man in many years in Ft. Worth, where it has been greatly loved by those who appreciate good beer and good service. Last year (2009) the boom in downtown Austin high-rises led to the need to move the Austin pub to a location just a block away.

There has been no lack of energy on the East Coast either. There are Ginger Man pubs in Greenwich and Norwalk, Connecticut run by Bob’s longtime colleague, Christian, and the Manhattan pub remains under the stewardship of Mr. Precious. There is no business connection between the Texas and East Coast pubs, but we remain good friends based on our shared histories and similar goals.
And that brings us to the present day in Texas and two brand new Ginger Man pubs in Plano and Southlake. We have full confidence you’ll love them as much as the others.

Rick Gray, Ph.D.
Spiritual Advisor and Ombudsman
The Ginger Man

*Set in Ireland just after World War II, The Ginger Man relates the bawdy, picaresque misadventures of Sebastian Dangerfield, a young American studying at Trinity College, Dublin. Time magazine called Dangerfield “one of the most outrageous scoundrels in contemporary fiction, a whoring, boozing young wastrel” and predicted correctly that readers would come to love him for his “killer instinct, flamboyant charm, wit—and above all for his wild, fierce two-handed grab for every precious second of life.”

Sebastian is a source of inspiration for many of us.

To kick off our traditions, each year The Ginger Man pairs unique seasonal beers with exceptional chocolate at our Annual Valentine’s Day Beer and Chocolate Tasting. Join us to listen to expert speakers from breweries, taste this season’s best beer and chocolate, and create bonds over a common love of beer! First Saturday of February

In celebration of Texas Independence Day, come show us your cooking skills while benefiting a local charity!

Teams compete to take on the title of #1 “Best of” at The Ginger Man; whether you are a novice, an expert, or just wanting to celebrate your Texas Independence by sampling an array of dishes, this is an event you won’t want to miss!

So bring your family and friends and join us for live music, beer, and Texas pride while supporting a competition that benefits the community! Check date and time at your favorite Ginger Man.

Saint Patrick’s Day is known for parades, shamrocks, all things colored green, and of course your local pub! Join us for live music, bagpipes, and traditional Irish food. Come kick off the celebration with the blessing of the beer at your favorite neighborhood pub, The Ginger Man! March 17th 

Our way to kick off summer! What says summertime better than a backyard party? For this three-day holiday weekend, we put our beer garden to good use with live music, food specials, and of course beer! Bring your friends and family to The Ginger Man and let’s welcome summer in the proper way! The Sunday of Memorial Day Weekend

To honor the monumental contributions the Belgians have brought to the beer world, we commemorate Belgium Independence Day with a unique tasting!

Join us to hear expert speakers share a journey back through the history and origin of beer, while sampling an array of different Belgium brewing styles and tastes. Experience why these beers have earned their place as undying legacies.Belgium Independence Day, July

Summer is over and autumn is here, but there is still time for one more backyard party! Come to The Ginger Man to celebrate cooler weather, malty beer, live music, and food specials with friends and family! The Sunday of Labor Day Weekend

Join us for a great day of family and friends getting together, to hoist steins, hunt pretzels, dress in Oktoberfest costumes, listen to authentic German music, and sample the wide variety of Oktoberfest beers we have on tap! What better international tradition to celebrate than the world’s largest fair since 1810, Oktoberfest! Saturday before Munich’s official opening ceremonies.

In this festive tasting, gather with others to sample this season’s best beers, listen to expert speakers from breweries, and nibble on holiday goodies! Come celebrate the holidays with your Ginger Man family.First Saturday of December.