Normally, if a bar called itself The Dead Rabbit Grocery and Grog, as barman Sean Muldoon has, it wouldn’t be very appetizing. But, since Muldoon is paying homage to the notorious New York gang that used make their way through lower Manhattan in the 1860s, the name actually is quite appealing.
Also appealing is the list of 72 cocktails whipped up by head bartender Jack McGarry, who has tended bar at Milk & Honey London, and met Muldoon while working with him at The Merchant Hotel. Many of the drinks garner inspiration from mid-nineteenth century recipes, mainly by the father of mixology, Jerry Thomas. This means their Ale Flip gets Sixpoint Brewery’s cask conditioned “Dead Rabbit” Ale, and their Hot Toddy comes with a twist of pear nectar and mace tincture.
The Dead Rabbit Grocery and Grog also serves food, which leans toward the English pub style including steak and stout pie, fish and chips, ploughman’s lunch, and Welsh rabbit. All this can be enjoyed in the historic, five-story building complete with mural of the 69th Regiment from the Civil War. You can sit on the ground-floor taproom for beer, oysters, bottled punch, and whiskey; or pick up dried goods in their little grocery in the corner. For cocktails and small plates head up to the parlor on the second floor, just make sure your party is no more than eight people, it’s tiny up there.
For an added jolt of history to your experience, you can take The King of the Five Points walking tour with author Peter Quinn. Each whiskey-fueled tour is private and by appointment only, which you can book through the pub.