The Dead Rabbit Grocery and Grog
Despite its unappealing name, Dead Rabbit is one of the most popular bars in all of New York City. In fact, it's also one of the most popular bars in the world, according to the World's 50 Best Bars list, which currently lists Dead Rabbit in the second best spot. The judges cited extreme attention to detail and a thirst for constant improvement of the customer experience as the rationale--along with the drinks, of course--for the bar's top ranking. And what about those drinks? They're served in two discrete spaces. The first is the downstairs Taproom, where you can have "craft beer, bottled punch, and whiskeys of the world"; the second is the upstairs Parlor, which features "72 historically-accurate cocktails dreamed up by the 19th century’s most celebrated bartenders." The names, however, aren't very 19th-century (and frankly, not all of the ingredients are, either). Take the Snake Charmer, for instance, a concoction of mezcal, New York and Oregon gins, blanc vermouth, yellow chartreuse, and gentiane. Whatever time and place they're trying to evoke, no one who comes to drink here really seems to care; the cocktails and service are just so great, that's all that matters.
By Julie Schwietert Collazo, AFAR Local Expert
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30 Water St, New York, NY 10004, USA
Sun - Sat 11am - 4am