If you've sipped a rum drink called the Raggle Taggle Gypsy, or a shaken scotch whiskey concoction called the Hit and Run, congrats — you can now tell your friends that old-timey (somewhat inappropriate) sounding $15 drink is from the best place to drink alcohol on earth.
How do we know? Because Water Street's Dead Rabbit, the bar that serves up those cocktails, as well as others inspired by New York's Irish pub culture of the 1800s, was just given a Spirited Award for world's best bar. It also won the world's best cocktail menu.
The awards are like the "Oscars" of the bar world, according to a statement from the Dead Rabbit.
But the Dead Rabbit is no stranger to accolades. Sean Muldoon, and his co-founder, Jack McGarry, both from Ireland, have been racking in the Spirited Awards since they opened in 2013.
Last year, they won Best American Cocktail Bar and Best Drinks Selection. And, in 2013, McGarry won International Bartender of the Year, and the bar took home World’s Best New Cocktail Bar and World’s Best Cocktail Menu.
Other New Yorkers to win at the Spirited Awards this year include cocktail bar Employees Only, which came away with Best American Bar Team and Best American High Volume Cocktail Bar, while Brooklyn bartender Ivy Mix, the co-owner of Cobble Hill bar Leyenda, won American Bartender of the Year.
“We are elated and humbled to win ‘World’s Best Bar’ and are filled with gratitude,” Muldoon said in a statement. “It is the culmination of a five-year journey to bring to life our best hopes of what a bar could be."