10 of the best Irish bars in New York

A New York Irish pub may have been voted best bar in the world – and be making an appearance in London this summer – but ‘old country’ boozers are in decline in the city. We raise a glass to both the classics and those reviving the tradition.


The Dead Rabbit

This “forward-thinking 21st-century Irish bar” in an 1828 building in the Financial District opened in 2013; just three years later it was awarded World’s Best Bar by Drinks International magazine. Created by two star bar-managers from Belfast, Jack McGarry and Sean Muldoon, the Dead Rabbit takes a time-honoured tradition of hospitality, a sense of history and young, dynamic staff and turns them into a modern Irish bar that is accessible, irresistible, even fiercely romantic. The long, narrow ground-floor Taproom can, with some justification, claim to serve “the best Guinness in New York”; it has the largest collection of Irish whiskey in the US, at more than 180 bottles; and it does proper, hearty daily specials such as lamb stew ($22) prime rib ($33) and, of course, braised rabbit ($21). An elegant upstairs Parlour offers 30 pre-prohibition-inspired cocktails ($16) with names such as Switchblade, Hush Money and Hunky Dory.
• 30 Water Street, deadrabbitnyc.com