The co-founders of New York City’s The Dead Rabbit— ranked number one in the World’s 50 Best Bars awards—share five of their favourite things and sources of inspiration.

Eliud Kipchoge

Jack: I’m in awe of Kenyan long distance runner and elite marathon winner Eliud Kipchoge. He just ran the fastest (unofficial) marathon in history at two hours and 25 seconds in Monza. l admire people striving for the impossible.

Irish Whiskey

Irish whiskey is the spirit that perhaps best represents us. We have the biggest collection —190 bottles—in the United States. Our personal favourite is called single pot still, which is made of a combination of malted and unmalted barley.

If we had to choose one label, it would have to be Redbreast 12 Year Old (Sean) and Powers John’s Lane (Jack).

Havana Nocturne

Sean: Havana Nocturne: How the Mob Owned Cuba and Then Lost It to the Revolution is the last book I read and I highly recommend it. It’s all about the mob in Havana during the 1940s and ’50s.

Jack: I love Cuban photographer Roberto Salas’ works. He had privileged access to Fidel Castro, and, in a sense, was his personal photographer. I picked up five of his iconic shots on a recent trip to Havana and had them signed. They are world-class—and now hanging in my apartment.

Psycho Killer

Sean: My favourite cocktail at The Dead Rabbit is the Psycho Killer, which was created by our head bartender, Jillian Vose. It’s an extremely clever take on a Boulevardier, incorporating 12-year-old pot still Irish whiskey, Campari, cacao and banana liqueur, and aromatic bitters.


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