The Dead Rabbit is world renowned as one of, if not the best bar in the world. It does so through a number of factors, but chief among them are its effective juxtaposition of the new and the old fashioned. Their new proposed new digs in New Orleans' French Quarter is next door to Exchange Place, the idyllic mall, and across from the Louisiana Supreme Court.
The Historic New Orleans Collection's French Quarter said that the property dates back to the 1830s, but has been vacant for some time. The veteran NYC bar will open similarly to a pop-up before a grand opening in July.
Found by irishmen Jack McGarry and Sean Muldoon, the Dead Rabbit began as an evocative homage to drinking. The name comes from a New York street gang of the 1800s. The bar's first floor, dubbed the Taproom, has a dust strewn floor and specializes in Irish coffee, beer and batched cocktails. The second floor has a cocktail lounge with a drinks list that carries a narrative thread through cocktail history.
Drinks International, stated that the bar would take cues from the original location.
The New Orleans location is planned as the first of a national expansion for the Dead Rabbit in other cities. The Dead Rabbit isn't the only bar to win awards, however.