30 Water St, New York, NY 1000
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.
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.