The Ginger Man Pub Crawl
The Ginger Man Pub on Fenian Street is a pub that we’ve always had a fondness for. Over the years, as we’ve come to darken its door more and more, we eventually queried its name to discover that it was the namesake of a book written by author J.P Donleavy. The book, set in Dublin in the 1940s, follows a hard-drinking, womanising American Trinity College student – Sebastian Dangerfield through the trials and tribulations that he finds himself encountering as he schemes his way through life.
If you haven’t managed to get around to it as of yet, it’s a superb read and comes highly recommended not just by us but by countless others far more qualified to say so.
So having scrubbed through the book again we’ve compiled a list of the pubs that we’ve identified in it, one or two may take a bit of artistic licence and could be better labelled as educated guesses.
So if you want to take to the streets of Dublin and drink ‘really big lashes of Gold Label’ just like Dangerfield did, consider this to be something of a guide to do so – but leave it at that. We won’t be held responsible for any bottles of brandy that happen to get smashed over the heads of any barman who refuses service.
A pub crawl through the remaining Dublin drinking locations featured in JP Donleavy’s masterpiece – The Ginger Man
1. The Gingerman
3. JJ Smyth’s
4. The Bleeding Horse
6. O Donoghue’s.
8. The International
So that’s it for our Ginger Man Crawl. Our knowledge of London is non-existent so you’ll need to get onto a London Pub Blog to see where Sebastian went boozing across the pond.
Be sure to go easy on the Gold Label if you’re thinking of doing all of these boozers in the one day and do give us a shout on email, in the comments or on social media to let us know how you got on if you do do the crawl.
Oh and any clarifications or recommended amendments are welcome too.