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Dead Rabbit: New York pub influenced by Belfast's Merchant Hotel and Duke of York named 'World's Best Bar'

Published 25/07/2015

The Dead Rabit in New York named World's Best Bar
The Dead Rabit in New York named World's Best Bar

A pub in New York City, owned by two Belfast men, has won the highest accolade in the bar industry.

The Dead Rabbit Grocery & Grog, owned by Jack McGarry and Sean Muldoon, serves up luxury cocktails and Irish breakfasts.

Dead Rabbit Grocery & Grog: Jack McGarry and Sean Muldoon
Dead Rabbit Grocery & Grog: Jack McGarry and Sean Muldoon

It was named the World’s Best Bar at the Tales of the Cocktail’s eighth annual Spirited Awards. The bar also won 'World’s Best Cocktail Menu'.

Opened in 2013, the three-storey pub in in New York’s Financial District is a fusion of history from Lower Manhattan and Irish heritage.

McGarry and Muldoon previously worked at Belfast’s prestigious The Merchant Hotel.

The menu includes bangers and mash, braised rabbit, shepherd’s pie, and an Irish breakfast.

You can even buy Irish groceries from behind the counter.

“Basically, Sean [Muldoon, co-founder and managing partner] and I wanted to bring together our two favorite styles of bars,” McGarry told the Daily Beast.

“It was the bar that we once worked in—a cocktail bar called The Merchant Hotel—and the bar that we drank in—an Irish pub called the Duke of York. But in order to do that it had to be relevant to New York.”

OVERALL WINNERS

Best Bar Mentor: Jim Meehan, Portland

Best New Spirit or Cocktail Ingredient: Amaro di Angostura

World’s Best Cocktail Menu: Dead Rabbit, New York

World’s Best Spirits Selection: Canon, Seattle

World’s Best Bar: Dead Rabbit, New York

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