The Ginger Man


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The Ginger ManThe Ginger Man

Type: Bar, Eatery

2718 Boll St
Dallas, Texas, 75204-1004
United States

(214) 754-8771 | map

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Photo of soupermirl
4.71/5  rDev +14.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.75

Fantastic place. Great old pub feel. Wood, wood, wood, wood. Taps, copper, beer garden and an upstairs lounge style laid back area. It's a great place. I don't smoke cigars, but they have them. The ladies behind the bar were great. Christine and Whitney... Thanks.

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Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.8/5  rDev +16.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

This place is absolutely a craft beer lover's dream come true. The atmosphere is amazing, dark lighting, dark lacquered wood, warm and lively company downstairs and quieter more relaxed atmosphere upstairs with armchairs and couches. The outside area with the overlooking loft effectively gives you 4 different locations you can sit down and drink at and I find myself moving around from beer to beer. The staff is SO knowledgeable and friendly, they will gladly let you sample any beer you like or help you choose a brew based on what you like. The selection is amazing, I've always been extremely impressed with what they have to offer, both on tap and in bottles. The food I gave a medium rating simply because they only really serve a small numbers of snack / appetizer items, its just not a food kind of bar. HIGHLY recommend this one to anyone in the area!!!!

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Photo of DallasRaider
4.7/5  rDev +14.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Great selection of beer, both on top and bottled. Love the way the menu is setup, listing draught beers by type and bottled beers by country. Ask the waitress about the seasonal beers they have not listed on the menu and she'll steer you in the right direction. The beer garden atmosphere in the back is hard to be matched in Dallas. The German style pretzels are amazing. Quality place right here.

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Photo of shivtim
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of gueuzer
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3

stopped in three times during a trip to Dallas. This is the place to go, though I didn't make it to the meddlesome moth.

very solid, large tap selection with a great focus on solid local brews. very friendly, attentive staff that is always willing to pour a sample of something you haven't tried before. prices were $5 a pint for about 80% of offerings. ask for beers that might not bee on the menu, as they seem to go through kegs faster than they reprint menus.

great beer garden in the back, except everyone smokes back there, which kinda ruins it for me. good laid back vibe

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of sweethome
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Hit this at happy hour - $4 beers.

Several Texas Octoberfest beers on tap. Enjoyed the St. Arnold O'fest. They had just run out of Live Oak - bummer. Also had Rahr O'fest.

I finally tried Live Oak Hefeweizen on tap - nice!

Really enjoyed the laid back vibe and dive bar feel of the first floor bar - out back there is an outdoor area with picnic tables and a big oak tree - very Texas feel.

Bartender (Courtney) was knowledgeable and very nice. She had a vibe gowing with the crowd.

Overall - a great place with well planned draft list and just a comfortable feel. Best draft list of TX beers I've seen.

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Photo of txbrew81
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Great beer bar in uptown. Not nearly as pretentious as other bars in the area. Great beer selection with good amount of taps and bottles. They do a good job of rotating their brews, ask the bartender for any new releases and hidden gems. Good atmosphere with plush couches and nooks to hang out with friends. Fantastic patio in the back for nice days. Food is pretty good, standard fare for bar food. Bartenders are great, waitstaff can be slow on busy nights. Overall a great place to get a good brew, not many places in this area offer this type of beer selection.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.08/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of busternuggz
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Passed through here on a road trip and stopped for a sandwich and a few pints.
It's got a quaint, beer-nerdy but approachable, pub-like atmosphere. It's pretty crowded on a Tuesday night but still enjoyable.
Got a roast beef sub, came with chips and a pickle spear for $7.75. Not too big, but good and with quality wheat bread and roast beef in it. Quality chips too, crunchy and not too salty, definitely not Lay's. The menu (sandwiches, salads, and snacks like cheese plates; its mostly a bar) includes pairing suggestions, and the 512 Pecan Porter went well with my sandwich as suggested.
Nice craft and import draft selection, including casks. Plenty of locals, they had DFH Bitches' Brew on tap too, which was nice. My waitress was knowledgeable about beer, and fast and friendly.
Very nice bar all around, great stop.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5

OK, mixed feelings about this place. What a beautiful bar and garden. Great setting, a dive bar that is clean and updated. Perfect place to hang out and drink some good beers. Everything was just good excpect the food selection. Decent tap selections and bottles, not mind blowing. Lots of local texas brews and some mixed rare bottles, but nothing crazy. Waitresses just float around and we got switched 3 times in a 4 hour period. I ordered the homemade chipolte potatoes chips figuring they made them there. No... i got a local bag of chips. dissappointment, but I guess I could have asked. Then i ordered the cheese appitizer plate. That was decent. They had sandwiches and stuff on the menu but this is a place to drink not eat. So dont plan on it. Otherwise great setting, good beer selection, not the best in town by far.

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Photo of schoolcb
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

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Photo of alemakesmestrong
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Very impressed with this place. Reminded me of being back in portland oregon. Very cool vibe in an old house. The wife and I hit up about five bars in the area and it was the only one with dfh 60 minute on the menu. The service was also top notch. I am adding this spot to my go to when in dallas along with flying saucer and the quarterbar. Just about any beer you would want is here. Also a really cool backyard patio with communal style wood tables. Munched on a tasty brat wrapped in a pretzel like bun, can't beat that! Can't wait to go back.

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Photo of baseballrock
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

I made my first trip to The Ginger Man this past weekend. The place was awsome, i think my experience was aided by the fact that it wasnt crowded, since i was there on a sunday afternoon. plus the weather was simpy amazing. The beer garden was very well kept, and the lounge was kind of cool. selection was as good as it gets in texas. Service was great, i been to flying saucers and the service here blows the saucers away. i was there in the month of may, and had a few Maibocks. couldnt get any better. It is the type of place i want to spend an entire day at with my good friends.

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Photo of GJ40
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of 86sportster883
3.7/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

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Photo of Tilley4
3.28/5  rDev -20.4%
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...

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Photo of dirtylou
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
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

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Photo of sleazo
4/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of stephens101
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

Quaint little building that appears to have been a house at one time. Sits on a nondescript shaded lane in a busy and affluent part of north downtown Dallas. If you're not paying attention you might drive right by it. Has a nice amount of parking, which can pose a problem in this part of town, so you don't have to worry about that.

Out front was a well shaded patio with 6-7 tables which were about half full with some bearded types, some normal types, and some suits and ties as well. Was a beautiful day in the high 80's and everybody really seemed to be enjoying themselves. Stepping inside you notice the bar to the right, with i'd say, from memory, had about 40 or so taps. The menu wasn't real extensive, and I notice a lack of bigger beers, but no biggie, as there were a decent amount of seasonals and a good amount of local brews from the likes of Rahr, St. Arnold, Live Oak and Real. I dug that, as I always like to get to the Texas brews when I'm down there.

The interior was almost completely wooded, and made for a very rustic feel. There were some regular dart boards to have some fun with. Out back was a Biergarten which was pretty spacious. My wife and I sat in the front and noticed all the locals going to the back, which filled up pretty quick, as did the front after 5 o'clock or so.

Service was exceptional. The girl that waited on us was quick to answer any question I had, and I never waited for a beer, even when the place filled up. I tried three beers, all on tap. I had the Live Oak IPA, the Real Fireman's #4 Blonde, and the Harpoon IPA. The St. Arnold Elissa IPA was noted to be on cask, which really excited me, as I love that beer. Unfortunately, the cask was broken, so no luck this go round. Also, none of the beers I had were close to full to the rim, a point that I'm not going to make a big hullabaloo over, but I do have to note. Either way, I'll go back to the Ginger Man the next time I'm in the area, as it was a pleasant experience overall.

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Photo of BigBry
4.44/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

I found this place using Beerfly, and was suprised it was so close to our hotel. Stopped in on a Friday afternoon, and the place was basically empty. There may have been 5 other people in the hour I was there. Very calm and inviting atmosphere, dark lighting with lots of wood. Small patio in front, and larger garden with picnic tables in the back. Some older beer advertising and posters, tastefully done.
Large selection of draft and bottles, with a beer menu that looks to be updated weekly - very nice touch - as well as chalk boards with any brand new selections. I went with a Dogfish Head Punkin' and was offered a Live Oak when asked for something local. Was offered a taster to make sure I would be happy with my choice.
The beers I had seemed fresh and proper temperature, poured with a nice head, also looked like a large selection of glassware for serving other special beers (I got standard pints).
Service was good and reasonably helpful. Bartender offered suggestions to another couple from Australia who wanted a Fosters. For me the selection blows away anything I have locally, though I am sure there are other places with the same or better choice. There was a good range of local micros, imports and lots of styles to choose from. Unfortunatley, I didn't have time for a bite, but next time I will try some food.
$4.75 for a pint is reasonable, if not cheap (compared to what I am used to) for a local micro brew.
I will be back the next time I am in town.

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Photo of timbro81
4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Went there in the middle of the day on a recent trip to Dallas. Really nice atmosphere. Lots of wood and breweriana (sp?) on the walls. Not that I go to beer bars for entertainment but there was only one dart board but the jukebox had a good selection. Bartender was knowledgeable about the beers. He used proper glassware and knew about the beers we asked about. They were out of some of my more desired beers, but I guess that means I'm not the only one that desired them. One of which was the St. Arnold's IPA on cask. The upstairs was great, very small and cozy. Like a private room if you have enough numbers. The selection looked good, especially the beer taster tray, cheeses, sausages, etc. Extensive outdoor area, upstairs and down. My only concerns are as follows. I can see it getting crowded at peek hours, especially with only one bar. There is a small bar upstairs but I don't know if they open it and/or what beers they would put on its very few taps. Also during peek hours I don't know how smokey it might get, I did see a lot of ash trays. The door to the men's bathroom is located outside, that is a bit weird. Overall a very nice, intimate beer bar. If you head there check out page 168 of the "B" World Book Encyclopedia 1965 edition located on the upstairs bookshelf.

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Photo of 2LBrew
4.74/5  rDev +15%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

I stopped in last night (July 8th) after going to see the Rangers vs. Angels. I was impressed with the selection they had and the variety of the selection. I had the cask St. Arnold and it was great. Darts were taken when I was there, and the patio/ garden was nice in the back of the house. I would definitely frequent this place if I lived in Dallas. The actual building is cool too, a converted house. They had an upstairs bar area, but I did not go up and check it out. The bartender was very friendly and efficient. She also gave me a little background on the Ginger Man in Austin and how it compared to this establishment.

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Photo of ckeegan04
4.39/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Dropped in on a Thursday night with some friends. Had a great spot on the front porch. A little small on the inside and can get uber-cramped on Fri/Sat night. Big open area out back as well. They have a great selection to choose from and the menu was rather up to date and organized nicely by style. Didnt have a waitress out front and the bartender was happy to serve me my beer but not interested in answering any question I had. The doorman was a real ass also. Prices are a little high, but nothing out of the ordinary for uptown Dallas. Overall, a must stop if you are in the area. Flying Saucer is the only other place that can compete on selection.

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Photo of elniko
4.53/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Visited this great bar on 6/20. Arrived at around 8:45 and left around 1:00. The atmosphere is pleasant, my main complaint involves the crowd as the evening got later. It was a Friday night so that is to be expected. As the night went on the clientele became more Uptown trendy as well which is not really my bag. I would to return on weeknight when things might be more laid back.

The beer selection is the best I've encountered in Dallas thus far. Very cool that they had Saint Arnold's Elissa IPA on cask. The food that I had was quite good as well although selection is limited. The artichoke dip was tasty and I can also recommend the pretzel and beer companion which has mainly cheese to go with the beer. The service was outstanding, I was amazed at how attentive our waitress was even though it seemed that she was the only server in the establishement. Overall I definitely recommend this fine bar just don't go on a Friday night if you can avoid it.

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The Ginger Man in Dallas, TX
4.12 out of 5 based on 86 ratings.
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