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Proudly Representing the Ireland of Today

Founded in 2013, we’ve continued to grow and evolve over the last decade. ​​

From our beginnings as a Grocery & Grog with a 70-page cocktail menu and a focus on traditional music and 18th-century punches, our mission today is to proudly showcase the Emerald Isle and the talented people who call it home.

We work with Irish brewers, distillers, artists, musicians, writers, and more, flying the flag for contemporary Ireland from our bars in New York City, Austin, and Washington D.C.

At all of our locations, our commitment is to your shelter and refuge, nourishment and merriment, and above all, to ensuring that you leave happier than when you arrived. Everyone is included, and no one is excluded. From wherever you’ve traveled, Welcome to The Dead Rabbit, Welcome Home.

The Dead Rabbit Bar

Built in 1828, 30 Water Street was a run-down five-story townhouse located on a historic block notable for one thing – every business that opened on it had failed. And yet, it was perfect. Or, it could be. A ground floor for the Taproom, a first floor for The Parlor, and a third floor for events and private functions. It was all there.

Of course, we weren’t the first Irish immigrants to see potential in lower Manhattan. Fiercely territorial, The Dead Rabbit gang fought long and hard to defend their poverty-stricken slum back in the mid-1800s. Ostensibly formed to protect the immigrant Irish underclass against the nativist Bowery Boys, The Dead Rabbits were also a criminal organization with extensive connections in New York politics. Their leader, John Morrissey, lived 100 lives in one.

Known for his skills as a bare-knuckle boxer, he was a successful thug for hire. He climbed the ranks from gang boss and gambler to casino owner and world champion prize-fighter. By the time of his death in 1878, he was an acclaimed businessman, congressman, and politician. It’s said the entire New York senate turned out for his funeral, just to be sure he was really dead.

With the determination and tenacity of our namesakes, we opened the doors to The Dead Rabbit in 2013. Since then, we’ve seen a hurricane, a fire, and an expansion. In us, Morrissey’s fighting spirit lives on.

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Since opening, we’ve won eight Tales of The Cocktail Spirited Awards, including Best International Bartender, Best Bartending Book, World’s Best Cocktail Menu, World’s Best Bar – twice, and more. And for ten years, we worked to develop and perfect our concept in New York City.

Today, our goal is to share our passion for contemporary Ireland with a global audience, spotlight modern Irish makers, and share our platform with the talented people who call the Emerald Isle home.

Through every facet of our operations, we collaborate with Irish leaders in every field. On our walls, you’ll find artwork by hundreds of Irish artists – including photographers, painters, and illustrators, all framed in Belfast. We’ve furniture custom-made for us in Carrickfergus and Kinsale, glassware from Waterford, and bespoke prints from Dublin and across the country. With FieldDay, we’ve created a Dead Rabbit scent, as featured in our candles and handwash, and our Derry-based Director of Music curates our playlists and live events.

And then – there’s the food, cocktails, beers, and spirits. We work with the very best producers, brewers, and distillers, promising you a taste of home in all of our bars, delivered with our signature hospitality. And one thing we’re sure of? The best is yet to come.

Today, our goal is to share our passion for contemporary Ireland with a global audience, spotlight modern Irish makers, and share our platform with the talented people who call the Emerald Isle home.

Through every facet of our operations, we collaborate with Irish leaders in every field. On our walls, you’ll find artwork by hundreds of Irish artists – including photographers, painters, and illustrators, all framed in Belfast. We’ve furniture custom-made for us in Carrickfergus and Kinsale, glassware from Waterford, and bespoke prints from Dublin and across the country. With FieldDay, we’ve created a Dead Rabbit scent, as featured in our candles and handwash, and our Derry-based Director of Music curates our playlists and live events.

And then – there’s the food, cocktails, beers, and spirits. We work with the very best producers, brewers, and distillers, promising you a taste of home in all of our bars, delivered with The Dead Rabbit’s signature hospitality. And one thing we’re sure of? The best is yet to come.

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Having recently celebrated our tenth anniversary, we’re looking ahead to a new era of celebrating Irish heritage, bringing our signature modern Irish hospitality to new locations across the USA.

Opened in July 2024, our Austin outpost, our Austin outpost sits on the iconic Sixth Street in the Downtown Historic District. Predominantly pedestrianized, the area is known for its bars, clubs, live music, and comedy venues housed in 19th-century Victorian buildings, earning the street a spot on the National Register of Historic Places.

Next, The Dead Rabbit is coming to Washington D.C. Our 6,200 square-foot, two-floor space stands proudly in the center of the entertainment district at 910 F St. NW. Jack, Aidan, and Laura will be leading the charge, bringing our motto of Tradition Meet Tomorrow to the Penn Quarter.

And, as well as growing The Dead Rabbit, in 2023, we introduced our newest concept – The Irish Exit. Based at Moynihan Train Hall, our all-day transit bar combines modern Irish hospitality with world-class cocktails, exceptional service, and over 100 spirits, elevating transit experiences with a local Irish pub, no matter where you’re traveling.

So, stay tuned for incoming updates, and get ready for perfect pints, Irish Coffees, plenty of live music, and, of course – Irish Whiskey. The future’s bright, when the future’s Irish.

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History

Our Timeline

This isn’t History. It’s History in the Making

2024

The Dead Rabbit opens in Austin

2024
2024

The Dead Rabbit takes over the bar at Harry’s New York Bar, Paris

2024
2023

The Dead Rabbit opens The Irish Exit

2023
2023

The Dead Rabbit celebrates its tenth anniversary

2023
2022

The Dead Rabbit hosts its first-holiday pop-up ‘Jingle Jangle’

2022
2022

The Dead Rabbit teams up with creative agency Crown Creative on the launch of a new website, and new brand identity

2022
2019

The Dead Rabbit and Dead Rabbit Irish Whiskey donate $10,000 to Aware NI

2019
2019

The Dead Rabbit releases its third book ‘From Barley to Blarney’

2019
2018

The Dead Rabbit doubles in size with the opening of 32 Water Street

2018
2017

The Dead Rabbit takes over the bar at The Westbury, Dublin

2017
2017

BlackTail is named Best New American Cocktail Bar by Tales of The Cocktail

2017
2016

the Dead Rabbit is featured on the front cover of Forbes Magazine

2016
2016

The Dead Rabbit is named World’s Best Bar by World’s 50 Best Bars

2016
2015

The Dead Rabbit publishes its first book ‘The Dead Rabbit Drinks Manual’

2015
2015

The Dead Rabbit is named World's Best Bar and World’s Best Cocktail Menu by Tales of The Cocktail

2015
2014

The Dead Rabbit is named Best US Cocktail Bar and World’s Best Spirits Selection by Tales of The Cocktail

2014
2014

The Dead Rabbit is named World's Best Bar and World’s Best Cocktail Menu by Tales of The Cocktail

2014
2013

The Dead Rabbit is named Best New US Cocktail Bar, World’s Best Cocktail Menu, and Best US High Volume Cocktail Bar by Tales of The Cocktail, and Jack McGarry is named International Bartender of the Year

2013
2013

The Dead Rabbit opens

2013