Karaoke Night: Peacocking at Ginger’s

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When I told the guys that Ginger’s was the seediest dive bar in town, I might as well have said get in the GORUCK Truck let me show you your new home. In 2012, GORUCK HQ moved to Jacksonville (the beach side anyway). Growing up here, I drove by Ginger’s a million times and went in zero. When you’re young you judge a book by its cover. And if you do that, you’ll miss out on the best stuff and you definitely won’t go to Ginger’s. Something about nobody goes there and the ones that do are weird. Which is a way to say there’s nobody to impress and nothing shiny to look at. Hope and delusion combine to make for an interesting life view sometimes. I guess that’s where I was back then. But in the Ginger’s era of my life, aka now, everything I avoided then is everything I want now. Namely a place that attracts everyone except someone looking to judge a book by its cover. Or to judge anyone for that matter.

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It’s a rule or something. If you’re Ginger and you name your bar Ginger’s you have to show the world who you are. Either make yourself infinitely available or, the preferred technique, hang a classy picture up behind the bar.

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But when your door is always open, Ginger, you gotta be cool with the riffraff, too. If I didn’t love these guys I’d apologize for bringing so much with me in the push to Florida. Anyway, enter our two protagonists: Jack and Chris don’t call him Donnie he hates that. Two gingers crashing the karaoke night at Ginger’s. Irony or meant to be. Yup, both.

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But there was an antagonist, too. And his name was Michael, our faithful bartender. And by antagonist I mean that Chris don’t call him Donnie he hates that was at risk of being outdone – a total threat to his manhood. Even peacocks fight kind of deal.

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Ginger, thank you for creating the kind of place where judgment for ordering your 10th round of 4 tall boys comes as a question of whether you’d like whiskey shots, too.

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And then Michael switched sides of the bar. And even better things happened.

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Have I mentioned that Chris don’t call him Donnie he hates that is a combat diver Green Beret before? Well, he is. And that means he’s well versed in the game of escalation until victory is inevitable. But the shot above is a ginger peacock in disbelief at being outdone. By a lot. Not pictured are the scenarios running through his head on how to still win. Singing even worse would not be enough…

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And then… “Just lick me, bro” is all anyone heard.

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Regret is a powerful motivator and before you knew it Jack went to call his wife. Something about it meant nothing to me but I licked Donnie on the face and I love you.

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And when an uncomfortable silence with Mia Wallace or any kind of awkward moment happens, you’re wise to follow Vincent Vega’s advice: One drink and leave. Don’t be rude, but drink your drink quickly, say goodbye, walk out the door, get in your car, and go down the road. And that’s what we did. Live to fight another day kind of thing. And when I later asked Chris don’t call him Donnie he hates that about the night, he said with a lying smile he had no recollection whatsoever of getting licked. And I smiled back and said something about but I bet you remember winning the peacock war. And you’re welcome I found your new favorite place where they still welcome people like you, people like us.

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  1. Yami says:

    How did it take you so long to actually go in there? Ginger’s Place is an awesome spot!!! I was there not too long ago! Anyway, loving that you are in a “no judgement” stage in life and just being present! It is truly the best way to be!!! Hope to see you all there soon! Namaste!

  2. John says:

    There will be 2 challenges, July 12th and October 26th, in New Orleans this year. While you are in town check out Parasol’s Restaurant and Bar at 2533 Constance St.

    If you are really lucky you will get to see Frank and Leroy who frequent the place.


    I recommend the Firecracker Shrimp Po-Boy sandwich and a draft PBR.

    I look forward to seeing you guys down here!

    I had to bow out of the Austin Challenge on the 4th of May. With any luck I’ll get to do one of these challenges near my town later this year.

  3. Mike says:

    HA! i stumbled into this hole in the wall about 8 years ago…never imagined i would see it again…strange memories…blurry drunken memories.

  4. Ben says:

    While in Burlington, VT for a GRC…you should head to Franny O’s

    733 Queen City Park Rd
    South Burlington, VT

    Or Finnigan’s (known in town as Fin’s)

    You’re welcome!

  5. Patrick says:

    Jason, I’m a huge fan of the brand. Have a GR2, and just ordered a field pack and brick bag. Keep up the great work.

    Hoya Saxa!

  6. Chris says:

    Definitely digging Michael’s Punisher shirt [Frank Miller era artwork?] – that thing about clothing reflecting personalities.

    & have you ever been to Tradewinds, down the road in St. Augustine? Only been there once but the place has character.

  7. Todd says:

    Been there a few times… Lived @5pts for 3 years so I had plenty to keep me busy there. One of the best beach dives in Jacksontowne!!

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