The Dead Rabbit
30 Water St, New York, NY 1000
An Irish bar for the modern age, Dead Rabbit is, conversely, a classic too. Now in its seventh year, the crowds still flock, feasting on the best Guinness in town and the venue’s famous Irish Coffee. If owners Jack McGarry and Sean Muldoon’s intentions were to recreate Irish pub hospitality in New York, they were triumphant, but Dead Rabbit can go up the gears too. Climb the stairs to the Parlour and you’ll see why bar manager Jillian Vose is one of the most respected cocktail makers in the USA. The drinks lists are always vast, but each cocktail is a masterclass in the harmonising of ingredients. The bar’s famous comic-book menus are something to behold and have evolved further this year, taking the Rabbit character into a darker realm. So this is a bar but also a brand, with extensions now running to merchandise, whiskey, action figures and also a film. Since last year, the bar’s knocked through to next door, doubling its size.