Belfast Telegraph

Dead Rabbit bar owners tell of 'disappointment' after toilets trashed

By Claire Williamson

The owners of a bar in New York, which has been voted the best in the world, are on the hunt for a Belfast man who they say trashed their bathroom after being refused service for being too drunk.

It happened on Tuesday night in the Dead Rabbit in New York.

The pub is owned by two Belfast men, Jack McGarry and Sean Muldoon, who previously worked at The Merchant Hotel in Belfast before moving to America.

It has been crowned the best bar in the world among many other coveted accolades.

Mr Muldoon told the Belfast Telegraph: "In Belfast we've been through a lot. When you come to another country you need to know how to behave. We're very open armed to people from back home, we do our best to welcome them.

"This guy is not a good representation of Ireland. We cut him off for his own safety and the safety of others. These things are done for a reason. The last thing we want to do is throw a guy from Belfast out of the bar."

Mr McGarry added: "We're very disappointed. We're an Irish Bar, built for Belfast people based on the best things in Belfast and for someone to do something like that from back home is very disappointing."

Posting on their Facebook page they urged whoever was responsible to come forward.

They said: "We’ll always be proud of our ties to Belfast, and we’re grateful for the support the city has shown us over the years.

"But there’s always one, isn’t there? The one who won’t be told, the one who lets everybody else down.

"Well, he was here last night, over with a couple of mates. He got very drunk and so was politely refused service.

"He didn’t take it well. In fact, as you can see, he took it out on the sink in our bathroom.

"If you’re reading this, we know it was you. And if you’re ready to man up and put this right, we’ll be happy to hear from you.

"If not, know that you’re letting Belfast down. And Belfast deserves better."

The three-storey pub, which was opened in 2013 in New York's Financial District, is a fusion of Lower Manhattan and Irish heritage, serving up everything from luxury cocktails to Irish breakfasts.

The Dead Rabbit is named after the infamous Irish-American street gang that controlled much of Lower Manhattan during the 1850s.

The bar has been frequented by many famous names including Taken star Liam Neeson who visited last summer.

He arrived and handed over a famous item from one of his best-known films Gangs of New York as the pub is inspired by the film's real-life story.

Neeson starred as the leader of the gang in the 2002 film Gangs of New York, alongside actors Leonardo Dicaprio, Daniel Day-Lewis, Cameron Diaz and John C Reilly.

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