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E96: From Belfast to the World with Jack McGarry, The Dead Rabbit

Belfast native, Jack McGarry, is Managing Partner of The Dead Rabbit, Manhattan, New York. It is one of the world’s most awarded and globally recognised pubs, winning eight Tales of the Cocktail awards and five World’s 50 Best Bars awards, including World’s Best Bar twice.


Opening in 2013 with a bold vision to be the world’s best, Jack reflects on his journey, his struggle with alcohol and what his recovery taught him.


He emphasises the pivotal role of self-belief in achieving “one of the best bars” globally and shares unique insights into the recruitment process with a no-nonsense approach.


With plans of expansion to New Orleans, Texas and beyond, Jack discusses the importance of breaking Irish cultural misconceptions, therefore bringing the representation of what Irish culture is today.


Exploring the concept of the ‘Irish Exit’ and the launch of ‘That’s Deadly,’ Jack sheds light on his brand’s deep dive. He talks about the importance of collaborations, navigating business partnerships and how to scale.


Jack ends the episode discussing the role of AI in the future of hospitality.


An episode not to miss!


E96: From Belfast to the World with Jack McGarry, The Dead Rabbit

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Books Mentioned:


  • ‘Grit’ by Angela Duckworth

  • ‘Mindset’ by Dr Carol


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