The latest outing on our quest to find the best pint of Guinness in NYC takes us down to new territory, (or do we mean old…) the historic district on the Frances tavern block to what Forbes magazine lists as the worlds second best bar, The Dead Rabbit Grocery and Grog. A bold claim by any standards. So, is the Guinness at the worlds second best bar any good… It damn well should be, let’s see.
On entering the taproom on the ground level (the he upper lounge was closed) on a chilly, Sunday afternoon our eyes, and ears are immediately drawn to the trad session in full swing, what a great start. Next we shuffle our feet over the fresh sawdust on the floor. Not necessary in a bar as new and spotless as this, but definitely a nice touch. After finding a spot at the busy bar we are quickly welcomed by one of the bartenders and we order up our first round. Holding each 20 ounce tulip glass at the correct angle in turn, the first pour is left to settle up on the bar to tease us and mesmerise us as it settles. The second pour is completed with a slight push backwards on the handle and the finished pints are set up on the bar to settle again before they are served. We always think that a nice touch rather than serving a pint not yet fully ready to be devoured. With a quick clink of our perfect looking pints we dive in. The taste was both light and fresh with a nice smooth head which left a nice wake down the glass as we pushed on with the tasting. To ensure continuity you understand, we were forced to sample a second and third. Each pint was better than the last. In between the enjoyment of the music and the black stuff we did notice the leather apron clad bartender hard at work making a variety of cocktails that the bar is famously known for. Perhaps this is why there was a difference between the first and third pints. Still only a small observation as we would want to take anything away from the first pint.
Overall we loved our dead rabbit experience. The music was superb, the Guinness was good, the overall atmosphere was nice with a lot of customer interaction and last but by no means least our surroundings were great. We really loved all of the attention to detail in the decor with the sawdust on the floor, all the old family photos pinned the the rafters, we will definitely be back!
So is the dead rabbit the second best bar on the world? I don’t think we’ll let some journalist tell us what is the best bar in the world, I think we all have our favourites and nobody will ever tell us otherwise! Some great publicity though, but hey all of your favourite bars are listed right here on bestguinnessnyc.com
Weekdays between 4 and 5 p.m. in the Taproom we offer a free snack, your choice of boiled egg, fried clam, or fried oyster, with every liquor purchase
The Dead Rabbit Grocery and Grog is located at 30 Water Street, near Broad Street, in New York City.
Taproom hours: 11 a.m. – 4 a.m. seven days
Parlor evening hours: 5 p.m. – 2 a.m. Monday through Wednesday, 5 p.m. – 3 a.m. Thursday through Saturday
Lunch served 12 noon – 3 p.m. weekdays
Brunch served 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays
Dinner served 5 p.m. – 2 a.m. seven days per week
No reservations. They operate on a first-come, first-served basis. In the Parlor, it is suggested groups of six or less. Larger groups can be accommodated in the Taproom.
Phone: (646) 422 – 7906