The Dead Rabbit Wins "Best American Cocktail Bar" and "World's Best Drinks Selection" at the 2014 Tales of the Cocktail's Spirited Awards, Saluting Groundbreaker That Continues to Set the Gold Standard for U.S. Bars as It Champions Irish Whiskey

Jul 22, 2014, 15:41 ET from The Dead Rabbit

NEW YORK, July 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Dead Rabbit, a tri-level mid-19th century style Irish/New York drinking saloon, today announces that it won "Best American Cocktail Bar" and "World's Best Drinks Selection" at the 2014 Tales of the Cocktail's Spirited Awards held in New Orleans.  The annual awards, presented at a gala ceremony at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, are considered the "Oscars" of the spirits and cocktail communities.  They highlight Tales of the Cocktail, the world's premier cocktail festival that attracts bartenders, media and spirits industry leaders from across the U.S. and the world.

The two Spirited Award wins reinforce the bar's achievements at last year's Tales of the Cocktail that included winning "World's Best New Cocktail Bar," "World's Best Cocktail Menu" and "International Bartender of the Year" for Jack McGarry.

"Winning two Spirited Awards fills us with great pride and affirms all of the effort we put in each day to make The Dead Rabbit experience unforgettable for our guests," says Sean Muldoon, Co-Founder and General Manager, The Dead Rabbit.  "We are grateful to Tales of the Cocktail for creating these awards that recognize the best in the business and to our partners, including Hanna Lee Communications, for getting the word out to the four corners of the globe."

"After taking home 'World's Best Cocktail Menu' last year at Tales, Sean and I decided to rethink our offerings from the ground up and salute Irish whiskey, with a definitive selection of rare and unique expressions and an unprecedented number of newly-created drinks to honor it," said Jack McGarry, Co-Founder and Bar Manager, The Dead Rabbit.  "As an Irishman, I'm proud to restore my country's spirit to popularity in the U.S. and I'm especially honored that our work has been recognized at Tales of the Cocktail."

"Having opened its doors less than two years ago, The Dead Rabbit can already boast five Spirited Awards from Tales of the Cocktail," said Peter Poulakakos, a member of The Dead Rabbit's ownership/management team.  "Winning even a single Spirited Award is a remarkable feat for bars that have been in business for years, so I'm overwhelmed with gratitude and delight by this recognition.  From the start, The Dead Rabbit set out to shake up the cocktail world and set new standards of excellence.  These awards show that it continues to do so."

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About The Dead Rabbit

The Dead Rabbit is a tri-level mid-19th century style Irish/New York drinking saloon located at 30 Water Street in Lower Manhattan.  In a first for a Financial District saloon, The Dead Rabbit won "Best American Cocktail Bar" and "World's Best Drinks Selection" at the 2014 Tales of the Cocktail, following winning "World's Best New Cocktail Bar," "World's Best Cocktail Menu" and "International Bartender of the Year" in 2013.

Housed in a landmarked building dating back to 1828, The Dead Rabbit combines a first-story neighborhood taproom serving craft beer, bottled punch, Irish whiskey and "pop-ins" with a refined second-story cocktail parlor that offers 64 cocktails, both newly created quaffs using Irish whiskey and 19th-century inspired tipples, as well as communal punches.  The third-floor's Occasional Room is available for private events, business meetings and parties.  Taking its name from an infamous street gang of the era, The Dead Rabbit is the brainchild of Sean Muldoon with Jack McGarry, both formerly of The Merchant Hotel, which earned the title of "World's Best Cocktail Bar" at 2010 Tales of the Cocktail.  For dining, The Dead Rabbit has an extensive raw bar and dishes inspired by the British Isles, the locality and the era.

The Dead Rabbit's taproom is open seven-days-a-week from 11 a.m. to 4 a.m.  Its cocktail parlor is open Mondays to Wednesdays, 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.; Thursdays to Saturdays, 5 p.m. to 3 a.m. and is closed Sundays.  The third floor's Occasional Room is available for rental seven-days-a-week.  For more information, please visit, "like" us on Facebook at and follow us on Twitter at @deadrabbitnyc.

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