Owners of the ‘World’s Best Bar’ are coming home to Belfast.
Yes that’s right – owners of famous ‘The Dead Rabbit‘ bar Jack McGarry and Sean Muldoon are coming to Belfast’s ICONS Festival in what promises to be an unforgettable experience.
The Belfast natives hit headlines across the world earlier this year after their wonderfully eclectic establishment won the World’s Best Bar award (twice).
They can now boast an impressive list of accolades, including World’s Best Bar 2015, World’s Best Cocktail Menu 2013/15 and World’s Best Drink Selection 2013 to name but a few of their 16 industry awards.
The Dead Rabbit owners promise to add unique hospitality experience at ICONS Festival, which runs September 24-27 in the Titanic Quarter.
Belfast-natives Jack McGarry and Sean Muldoon worked together at The Merchant Hotel Belfast, before relocating to New York to establish the award-winning and critically acclaimed Dead Rabbit Grocery and Grog.
The lads, who were convinced by a regular customer to build their own business in New York, have said before that they miss Kelly’s Cellars and the Belfast people (we don’t blame them, obviously), but added that their business is thriving.
As you can see in our featured image (which really makes us want to go, btw), they also make the place as homely as possible by covering the pub’s walls in artwork that tells the story of Irish people in New York.
Adding to the sense of home, the menu features meals like bangers and mash, braised rabbit, shepherd’s pie and – of course – an Irish breakfast. Even better, you can buy Irish groceries over the counter.
Co-founder Jack McGarry said: “Sean and I wanted to bring together our two favourite styles of bars, cocktail bar The Merchant Hotel—and the bar that we drank in—an Irish pub called the Duke of York.”
Dedicated to advancing the art and practice of hospitality, The Dead Rabbit crew will be recreating their unique experience for attendees at the ICONS Festival VIP party at Cafe Vaudeville on Thursday September 24. Jack McGarry – the man behind the world’s best cocktail menu – will be unveiling the ICONS Cocktail, which has been specially crafted for the event.