The Dead Rabbit | Photo Credit: Andrew Kist

The Dead Rabbit | Photo Credit: Andrew Kist

By Bartender Jack McGarry

I’m the type of guy that once I get out from behind the stick, I go to bars to relax and not to talk about cocktail shit. I like to hang out, talk about life and drink some Guinness and ensure my drams of Irish whiskey. My favorite, again I hate to talk about my own place, but it would be the Taproom at The Dead Rabbit. I'm totally head over heels in love with that room. I've had many a magical night here. But, here are a few other places I like to visit.

SWIFT HIBERNIAN LOUNGE - I love Swift in the East Village, they have a great pint of stout and with the right company a great night can be had there.

34 East 4th Street, New York, NY 10003
T: 212.227.9438 |

MCSORLEY'S ALE HOUSE - this is a bar I definitely like to take bartenders to. It’s one of the oldest bars in New York and is almost bursting with character.

15 East 7th Street, New York, NY 10003
T: 212.473.9148

MONA'S - I come here for the music. They have an amazing bluegrass session on Mondays.

224 Avenue B, New York, NY 10009
T: 212.353.3780

11TH STREET BAR - I head here if I'm in the mood for an Irish Session. At times, they can have well over 10 people jamming in that place on a Sunday night.

510 East 11th Street, New York, NY 10009
T: 212.982.3929 |

The Dead Rabbit

Photo Credit: Gabi Port

Photo Credit: Gabi Port

In all honesty, I like The Dead Rabbit for Irish / British food. We have the Fish n’ Chips with tartar sauce and mushy peas; a traditional Irish breakfast with Cumberland sausages, Irish bacon, Heinz baked beans; beef stew; shepherd's pie; corned beef sandwich; Ploughman’s lunch; and proper chips. All of which is the best I've had had in New York City.

30 Water Street, New York, NY
T: 646.422.7906 |

Bartender Jack McGarry

The Dead Rabbit’s head bartender won the honor of  International Bartender Of The Year at Tales Of The Cocktail. The Dead Rabbit was also named the World’s Best Cocktail Bar with the World’s Best Cocktail Menu that same year. Before opening the bar in New York with fellow Irish bartender Sean Muldoon, he tended bar at Milk & Honey in London and in his native Belfast at The Merchant Hotel. Incidentally, The Merchant Hotel was also named the World’s Best Cocktail Bar when he was behind the stick.


You can find all of Jack McGarry's eating and drinking recommendations in the Find. Eat. Drink. iPhone app.

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