Women Behind The World's Best Bar

Open since 2013, The Dead Rabbit has been a stalwart of the New York cocktail scene. Out of 20 bartenders over its three floors, 15 are women, a mean feat in an industry that has certainly been slow to get women behind the bar. Among them, are the General Manager Melissa Couzens, Assistant General Manager Jessica Friedman and Beverage Director Jillian Vose. With the festivities of New Year’s Eve fast approaching, we chatted with 10 of the ladies behind the bar about their careers, New York’s female-forward bar scene, and their creative concoctions that put your favorite French martinis to shame. Each of the ladies have shared one of their bespoke cocktail recipes with SWAAY. If you dare, take your favorite to the test and see how you fair as we enter into 2018. 

Photos courtesy of Gregory J. Buda.

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