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Dead Rabbit New York City pub owned by Belfast men crowned best in the world

By Claire Williamson

A pub in New York city owned by two Belfast men has been crowned the best in the world.

The Dead Rabbit, owned by Jack McGarry and Sean Muldoon, has earned one of the highest accolades in the bar industry, having been crowned World’s Best Bar 2016 and the Best Bar in North America.

The bar has come second on the prestigious list organised by Drinks International for the past two years.

McGarry and Muldoon previously worked at The Merchant Hotel in Belfast.

And the pair are no stranger to accolades as last year it picked up the world's best title at the annual Spirited Awards.

But now they have reached the top spot on both coveted lists.

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.

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The Artesian in London held the top spot on the list for the past four years.

London and New York took nine of the top ten places.

The Dead Rabbit posted on their Facebook: "Raise a glass, Belfast. This one is for you. This is for every bartender, in every town, who thinks he can't play with the big boys, just by virtue of where he or she is from.

"This is for the outcasts, the underdogs and the no-hopers. This is for The Dead Rabbits.


In the summer the renowned bar had a visit from the Ballymena-born Hollywood star Liam Neeson.

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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