The World's 50 Best Bars 2019 were revealed with pubs from around the world chosen by experts... and not one of them was in Ireland, would you believe!
Last week in London, the World's 50 Best Bars 2019 were revealed with a New York bar named Dante crowned the overall winner.
Chosen by 500 drinks experts, we're pretty shocked that not one of the bars was Irish. Happily, a famous Irish bar in New York did make the list with the wonderful Dead Rabbit, in the Lower East Side, making the cut in at #22.
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Meet the crew: @shanemulvany Shane grew up working in pubs back in Virginia, County Cavan, which is where he learned the ways of Irish hospitality. He’s been spreading the word ever since – first in London and Toronto, and now here. When we asked, we found that in fact Shane has an interesting perspective on his duties at the Dead Rabbit. “Being an ambassador for Irish hospitality. Everything else comes from that – serving perfect pints and making exceptional cocktails, managing the work station, liaising with the floor staff. Everything.” We like that – focusing all your efforts on ways to make people feel welcome. Nice one, Shane. Nailed it.
The United Kindom has ten bars in the top 50, while the United States had seven, with six in New York and one in San Francisco.
About Dead Rabbit the World's 50 Best Bars website said:
"An Irish bar for the modern age, Dead Rabbit is, conversely, a classic too. Now in its seventh year, the crowds still flock, feasting on the best Guinness in town and the venue’s famous Irish Coffee.
"If owners Jack McGarry and Sean Muldoon’s intentions were to recreate Irish pub hospitality in New York, they were triumphant, but Dead Rabbit can go up the gears too. Climb the stairs to the Parlour and you’ll see why bar manager Jillian Vose is one of the most respected cocktail makers in the USA.
"The drinks lists are always vast, but each cocktail is a masterclass in the harmonizing of ingredients.
"The bar’s famous comic-book menus are something to behold and have evolved further this year, taking the Rabbit character into a darker realm. So this is a bar but also a brand, with extensions, now running to merchandise, whiskey, action figures and also a film. Since last year, the bar’s knocked through to next door, doubling its size."
Sadly, the New York bar dropped from its 2018 ranking of #16.
We're delighted they got a mention on the list but we're still surprised not one bar in Ireland made the list.
The overall winner, Dante, in New York, first opened its doors in 1915. It is owned by two Australians and is described as a "Greenwich Village Italian-style aperitivo bar". It jumped eight placed from 2018 to win the coveted top spot.
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We only just scrapped through our ‘renovation’ of Caffe Dante back in 2015. Over extended in our finances, we just had to get the doors open and stop the outflow of money. That meant the space wasn’t anywhere close to how we wanted it. But the bones were there. Over time we continued to add to the room, slowly, and as we could afford it. Looking at these two photos (swipe ), with over 4 years between them, I can see the sweat and tears that have gone into that bar, and created the truly special place it is. ❤️ Masterfully shot by @stevefreihon
The awards organizers said, "Dante serves superb coffee and cocktails, as well as high-quality food, becoming an international drinks destination at the same time as retaining a buzzing neighborhood bar vibe."
Here's a rundown of the top ten bars in the world:
1. Dante, New York
2. Connaught Bar, London
3. Florería Atlántico, Buenos Aires
4. The NoMad, New York
5. American Bar, London
6. The Clumsies, Athens
7. Attaboy, New York
8. Atlas, Singapore
9. The Old Man, Hong Kong
10. Licorería Limantour, Mexico City.
Check out a full list of the winners here.
What bar in Ireland would you have liked to see make the list? Let us know in the comments section below.
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