Living It Up With Dead Rabbit Owner Sean Muldoon

This past winter, barman Sean Muldoon deviated from his past projects — he designed The Merchant Hotel’s bar in Belfast — and opened The Dead Rabbit Grocery and Grogin the Financial District. This two-story gastropub speaks to the time when revelers gathered around strong bowls of punch to discuss politics, love affairs and the current events of the day.

At The Dead Rabbit (a name that stems from one of the original Irish gangs who roamed New York in the 1850s), Muldoon, along with Jack McGarry, his business partner and the head bartender, serves up the same historical brews, including Captain Radcliffe’s punch with raspberry syrup and rosewater and Spider, a green-tea-infused gin drink. You can also order English-style nibbles off of the menu, like fresh oysters, Welsh rabbit and potted shrimp with toast. We caught up with Muldoon to find out more about his history-laced spot downtown and where his fascination with that era comes from.