Jack McGarry

Age: 23

Place of birth: Belfast.

Where you live: New York.

Name of Company you work for: Dead Rabbit LLC.

City you work in: New York.

Profession: Managing Partner.

Why I chose this career: I made the decision very early on in my life that bartending and the bar industry as a whole was my playground and I wasn’t leaving it to go to university. Bartending has since become my life. It’s in my blood and I can’t wait to see what the future brings.

Status: Single.

Family: Mother Donna O’Connor father Jack McGarry Sr., sister Grace McGarry.

The proudest moment of my career: Winning three Tales Of The Cocktail awards in New Orleans in 2009. Worlds Best Hotel Bar Worlds Best Drinks Selection Worlds Best Cocktail Menu And following that up in 2010 with: Worlds Best Cocktail Bar

Biography: I started working as a barback when I was 15 to earn some pocket money in a place called the Hunting Lodge. Later I worked in night clubs but eventually had enough of that scene. It was during this time that Sean Muldoon called me and offered me the job at the Merchant. I still didn’t feel ready for it. Later he offered me the job one final time before he looked for someone else. I took it and started in the hotel. I had just turned 18. I never looked back. I loved being an integral part of the Merchant operation. When Sean set off to find a site for the Dead Rabbit in New York, it was agreed that I would move to London for a time and work in Milk & Honey London, which was one of the most award-winning bars on the planet, only beaten by the Merchant. Every job to date has shaped my passion for cocktails and for bartending.

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