The Dead Rabbit to pop up at Claridge’s

Gritty, New York-based Irish tavern The Dead Rabbit is to pop up for a week in the rarefied realm of Claridge’s hotel in London this August.

The former World’s Best Bar will be transported from lower Manhattan to Brook Street in Mayfair for a week from 15-22 August.

To give guests the feeling that they’ve been transported to the Big Apple, the bar’s second floor ‘parlour’ will be as faithfully recreated as possible, with its ragtime piano and comic book-style menu travelling with the bar across the pond.

The Dead Rabbit founders Sean Muldoon and Jack McGarry

At the pop-up, cocktail lovers will be able to try some of the bar’s signature sips, including its famous Irish Coffee made with Powers Signature whiskey, demerara coffee and cream, alongside comforting bar snacks like lobster devilled eggs and Cumberland sausage rolls.

Founded by Belfast-born Sean Muldoon and Jack McGarry, The Dead Rabbit is named after a notorious Irish street gang that patrolled Lower Manhattan during the mid-19th century led by gun-toting rapscallion John Morissey.

The tap room on the ground floor has a sawdust-covered floor and serves a selection of craft beers, bottled bunches and Irish whisky, while the cocktail bar resides upstairs.

“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,” McGarry said.

In 2015, The Dead Rabbit scooped World’s Best Bar award and World’s Best Cocktail Menu at the Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards in New Orleans.

Dead Rabbit’s Claridge’s residency follows on from a successful month-long pop-up at seafood shack and meat mecca Big Easy in Covent Garden last summer.

The pop-up pitted six cocktails from The Dead Rabbit against six created by Big Easy’s Csabi Toth in a battle of the bartenders. Among the Dead Rabbit cocktails on offer was the Pub Thug, made with Bulleit rye, Pierre Ferrand Cognac, Blandy’s 5yr Madeira and cinnamon syrup.

Earlier this year we reported on the growing trend for bar residencies in key cocktail cities around the world, from Bar Hemingway at The Ritz Paris popping up at The Connaught in London to New York Speakeasy PDT enjoying a month-long residency in Barcelona.

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