Beating out 651 other shortlisted bars, New York’s Dead Rabbit has just retained its title of Best Bar in the World in the World’s 50 Best Bars 2016 rankings. Run by Belfast natives Sean Muldoon and Jack McGarry, this is a massive accolade for an Irish bar which has definitely made its mark on the New York social scene, located on Water Street in the Financial District.
Inspired by Muldoon and McGarry’s time working in Belfast’s iconic Merchant Hotel, the Dead Rabbit brings a little bit of Belfast to New York City, mixing all the best elements of the bar at The Merchant and Belfast stalwarts Kelly’s Cellars and The Duke of York.
The Dead Rabbit itself is dotted with wall-hangings of Irish people in New York and its owners sought to “challenge the status quo of what an Irish bar can and cannot be” by serving world class cocktails in a relaxed but inviting setting, creating a memorable experience for the visitor. With no less than 72 historically accurate libations served up here, the Dead Rabbit doesn’t do anything by half measures.
Recently teaming up with Stephen Toman for Ox Meets the Rabbit, a pop up bring Michelin-starred Ox cuisine to New York paired with Dead Rabbit drinks creations, Muldoon and McGarry are keen to keep their roots alive across the Atlantic.
The top 5 included three London bars – The American Bar at the Savoy, followed by Dandelyan London and The Connaught Bar, with 5th place going to another New York establishment, the Lower East Side’s Attaboy.
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