A bar in New York which is owned by two young Irishmen has been named as one of the best bars in the world.
The Dead Rabbit pub consists of three floors and is located near Wall Street. It is owned by Jack McGarry and Sean Muldoon.
The floors separate into a traditional Irish pub, a sleek cocktail bar and a venue for private functions.
It was named in 16th place in the World’s Best Bars rankings 2018, which is owned and organised by William Reed Business Media.
The Dead Rabbit is a historical pub and was redesigned by McGarry and Muldoon in 2013 to evoke a traditional Irish scene – while remaining modern and sleek.
As well as being the 16th best bar in the world, it also took the number one spot for best Irish bar.
The judging panel had high praise for the Dead Rabbit, saying it achieved excellence on several different levels.
They said; “From décor to drinks to service, few bars are as meticulously thought through as The Dead Rabbit, the former world’s best bar that is fast becoming a classic.
“You can appreciate it on many levels. It’s an Irish bar and the best of its genre, a cocktail bar with some of the tastiest mixed drinks around, or a brand steeped in narratives – not least its comic book menus, books, merchandise and now self-titled Irish whiskey.
“But as owners Sean Muldoon and Jack McGarry would say, all that wouldn’t matter if the bar wasn’t busy.
“Whether it be after a belly-full of the best Guinness and Irish coffee in New York or Jillian Vose’s cocktails in The Parlour upstairs, The Dead Rabbit is nothing if not popular.”
It has been quite a turnaround in fortunes for the Dead Rabbit. In July this year, the bar had to close after a fire caused excessive damage.
The World’s Best Bars team further complimented the owners on their impressive recovery from the setback.
The site said: “Having experienced a fire in the summer of 2018, The Dead Rabbit swiftly bounced back. The coasters at the bar now read ‘Born in a hurricane, forged in a fire’ and will take their place in the Dead Rabbit 2.0 extension next door, which supplies the only thing this bar was missing – capacity for the crowds.”
The bar was named the best bar in the world for two years in a town in 2015 and 2016. They say the key to their success is working hard and keeping things simple.
They website says: ““The taproom is an informal ground-floor pub is our take on the great Irish tradition: No-nonsense, no airs and graces. Just your honest, everyday extraordinary.
“The Parlour is the cocktail cathedral, a testament to the golden age of all things mixed. Well, that was our starting point anyway. Truly we stand on the cocktail shakers of giants.
“Of course, it didn’t happen overnight. In all, it took us six years to breathe life into the phenomenon that is The Dead Rabbit. Six years of planning and dreaming. Of failing, then failing better.
“Finally, we got exactly what we wanted; three floors of welcome, with serious cocktails.”
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