The Dead Rabbit, the celebrated mid-19th century style Irish drinking tavern based in New York, voted No 1 on the World’s Best Bars 2016, will be making its first appearance in London this summer with an exclusive week-long pop-up at Claridge’s in Mayfair.
The brainchild of Irishmen Sean Muldoon and Jack McGarry, who describe it as ‘an Irish bar for the 21st Century’, The Dead Rabbit has also scooped the ‘World’s Best Bar’ and ‘World’s Best Cocktail Menu’ at the prestigious bartenders festival the ‘Tales of the Cocktail’ in 2015, making its landmark three-floor building
dating back to 1828 in Lower Manhattan, a place of pilgrimage for cocktails lovers from around the world. The bar is named after a notorious Irish street gang that controlled much of Lower Manhattan during the mid-19th century, with the story of gang leader John Morrissey told through its graphic comic style cocktail menu.
The Dead Rabbit pop-up at Claridge’s Bar, from August 15-22, will recreate the second floor ‘Parlor,’ serving many of their innovative signature cocktails including their renowned Irish Coffee and the contemporary classic Psycho Killer plus specialities from their food menu such as Lobster devilled eggs, Cumberland sausage rolls and The Irish lamb stew. Essential atmospheric elements of The Dead Rabbit from the ragtime piano playing, the welcome drink, comic book cocktail menu and New York style service from Beverage Director Jillian Vose will all work to create a little bit of Manhattan in Mayfair.
Commenting on their upcoming venture in London McGarry said ‘We both used to work at The Merchants hotel in Belfast, so hotel life is in our blood. We’re looking forward to taking up residence in London and bringing some Dead Rabbit magic to such a prestigious address as Claridge’s.’
Denis Broci, Director of Bars at Claridge’s said ‘We are honored to be welcoming Sean and Jack and the Dead Rabbit team for their first pop up in London. We are sure they will create their own distinct level of excitement and New York edginess not often seen here in Mayfair!’