The Dead Rabbit Is About to Make Travel Way More Pleasant

The famous Irish cocktail bar is expanding to transit hubs across the United States

The Dead Rabbit in New York City
The Dead Rabbit in New York City
Liz Clayman

Travel is always the most pleasant when there are solid food and beverage options to sustain you before boarding or to keep you busy if there’s an irksome delay. Now, The Dead Rabbit, one of our favorite bars of all time, is bringing their award-winning cocktails to airports and other transit hubs in the United States. Dubbed The Irish Exit, the chain of bars was developed by The Dead Rabbit managing partner Jack McGarry.

While most of The Irish Exit’s locations will be opening in 2024, the first outpost in New York City is set to start serving commuters later this year. It will open in Moynihan Train Hall, which is the 255,000-square-foot Penn Station addition that debuted two years ago. It will have 216 seats with a menu created by beverage director Aidan Bowie and director of Irish whiskey Mark McLaughlin. Staples from the original location, like the Irish Coffee, will be featured on the menu, along with other craft cocktails, frozens, draft beers and Irish spirits. 

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But even if you’re not traveling, you can enjoy The Irish Exit. While the Moynihan Train Hall location will be convenient for those traveling on Amtrak or the Long Island Rail Road, it’s also prime for after-work happy hours, and a press release noted that it will create an “escapist experience,” whether you’re commuting or not.

“Transit hubs lend themselves to simple and accessible venues, and there’s an opportunity and demand for a compelling new concept that does this in a thoughtful way through Irish hospitality,” McGarry said in the release.

Midtown Manhattan is becoming quite the drinking destination, and The Irish Exit will only add to the neighborhood’s pedigree. Although the rest of the locations haven’t yet been announced, the new bar will likely do wonders for those transit hubs, too.


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