Bethnal Green is heading West! About 3,000 miles west, as New York’s hottest drinking den The Dead Rabbit arrives for one night only at Bethnal Green’s Sun Tavern.
The takeover, part of London’s Cocktail Week, will see The Dead Rabbit’s beverage director Jillian Vose join The Sun for the one-off event where he’ll be curating a bespoke cocktail menu based around Ireland’s Slane Whiskey.
The Sun Tavern has made a name for itself with its incredible whiskey collection, original cocktail menus and local microbrews (Handbook tip: head down on a Wednesday for ‘Whiskey Wednesdays’). They arrived in Bethnal Green, brought to us by the same folks that brought us the Discount Suit Company. The Dead Rabbit is set over three floors in Lower Manhattan and has won ‘World’s Best bar’ and ‘World’s Best Cocktail Menu’, not to mention ‘International Bartender of the Year’. With this pairing you know you’re in safe hands.
Both bars’ Irish heritage will be celebrated with a selection of cocktails including The Dead Rabbit’s ‘God is a DJ’, a concotion of toasted sesame infused Slane Irish whiskey, sherry, banana and maple syrups, lemon cinnamon and bitters and ‘The Sham Rocker’, which mixes Slane Irish whiskey with sherry, lemon, gooseberry, elderflower and ginger beer.
All of this will be accompanied by a célildh band and a DJ playing classic throwbacks from acts who have played at Ireland’s Slane Castle, which is basically everyone that’s awesome from Bowie to the Stones. The festival there is nearly as good as the whiskey, Slane whiskey hails from the same village, deep in the Boyne River Valley but is the brainchild of the Brown-Foreman family who have been making Whiskey in Kentucky, USA, for 147 years.
This is set to be a night to remember, a brilliant pairing and well worth trecking to Bethnal Green for, even if you’re coming 3,000 miles!
The Dead Rabbit will be at The Sun Tavern on Wednesday 4th October 2017
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Phil is Deputy Editor at The Handbook. A Northerner cast away in South London he loves to write about food and travel. He also has a black belt in scotch egg eating.