the dead rabbit

30 water street, New York



The Dead Rabbit was opened on February 12th, 2013 by two Irishmen, Sean Muldoon and Jack McGarry.

Sean and Jack came to New York after building a groundbreaking cocktail bar program at The Merchant Hotel in Belfast, which was awarded World’s Best Bar at the 2010 Tales of The Cocktail Spirited Awards. The Dead Rabbit has twice won that title. So far.

The bar is housed in an 1828 landmarked building. It is a mid-19th century style Irish/New York drinking saloon distributed over three floors. Each floor offers a slightly different experience. An extensive  ground-floor extension will open in Spring 2019. 





What does that mean? Essentially it means taking the very best of one of the great hospitality traditions and making it relevant for today, in terms of ambience, drinks range and quality, plus superlative levels of service.


• A eureka moment for every guest, where they realize: “So this is how good hospitality can be.”

• We deal only in superlatives: best drinks, best food, best service, best ambience, best crew.

• The Irish are renowned throughout the world for the warmth of their welcome. We honor that heritage every day.


the dream team


jack mcgarry

Jack co-founded The Dead Rabbit with Sean Muldoon in 2013. In the same year he was named International Bartender of the Year at Tales of the Cocktail, the youngest-ever winner of the title. Before The Dead Rabbit, the former boy wonder worked at Milk & Honey in London and The Merchant Hotel in Belfast, named World’s Best in 2010. Sure, he’s still a cocktail-bustin’ crusader, just without the cape.

sean muldoon

Sean co-founded The Dead Rabbit with Jack McGarry in 2013. He is admired/feared (you choose) throughout the bar world for his vision, drive and insane attention to detail. Before opening The Dead Rabbit, Sean was Bar Manager at The Merchant Hotel in Belfast in 2010, when it became the first bar outside the US to be named World’s Best at Tales of the Cocktail. Coincidence? Nuh-uh. 

JILLAN VOSE | Operating Partner

Jillian has regularly been named among the very best bartenders in America (which we think is much too limiting). Since joining in 2014, Jillian has been instrumental in designing our award-winning drinks programs. Her encyclopedic knowledge and phenomenal technical skills are revered throughout the world. But especially here.

JESSICA FRIEDMAN | Operating Partner

Jessica has been with the team since 2013.  She started as a server, quickly became maître d’ and is now an Operating Partner. By age 25, Jessica had received both her Level One and Two Court of Master Sommeliers Certificates. She has also been accepted on to the elite BAR 5 course, the world’s most intense spirits and mixology program. Looking for a role model? Here’s one.

MELISSA COUZENS | Operating Partner

Melissa has been with The Dead Rabbit since day one. Before joining us, she worked at some very good bars and restaurants in NYC. But the truth is, we were just waiting for each other. Melissa started as a bartender, then became head bartender, assistant general manager and is now an Operating Partner. That’s not just hard work. That’s destiny.

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