New York’s The Dead Rabbit bar – an Irish cocktail tavern located across a three-floor Lower Manhattan pile, named after an infamous street gang – is considered the world’s finest in some circles (the World’s 50 Best Bars and the Tales of the Cocktail among ‘em). It’s easy to see why: gallons of inventive cocktails, muscular Oirish-American interiors, a self-conscious lack of pretence and ‘New York’s best Guinness’ (so they say).
But hold fire on Skyscanner for just a second – for The Dead Rabbit is hopping over to London. Specifically, to host a week-long pop-up at sumptuous old Claridge’s this August. The residency at Claridge’s Bar will recreate the NY joint’s second floor ‘Parlour’, serving up a host of signature cocktails (including the Irish Coffee and Psycho Killer tipples), British/Irish-influenced food (lobster devilled eggs!), ragtime piano playing and their signature comic book cocktail menu.
They’ll be bringing, says Claridge’s bar director Denis Broci, a ‘distinct level of excitement and New York edginess not often seen here in Mayfair’ – which might be something of an understatement. Either way, it’s enough to get booze-hounds and upmarket barflies the city over pretty damn excited.
The Dead Rabbit launches on Tuesday August 15, but the organised/impatient can register their interest at the Claridge’s website.
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