Owner of the World’s Best Bar crowns Belfast bartender winner of coveted prize

Nicole Kane from Muriels Caf� Bar, Belfast, is pictured with Sean Muldoon of the Dead Rabbit, NYC.
Nicole Kane from Muriels Caf� Bar, Belfast, is pictured with Sean Muldoon of the Dead Rabbit, NYC.

Sean Muldoon, one half of the duo behind the World’s Best Bar, has crowned a Belfast bartender winner of the prestigious Jameson NYC Experience competition.

Sean, who opened The Dead Rabbit in New York with Jack McGarry after meeting at Belfast’s Merchant Hotel where they worked as bartenders, helped judge the contest which saw eight of Northern Ireland’s best bartending talents pitted against one another. The finalists were tested on their taste, product knowledge and cocktail creation.

Winner Nicole Kane, of Muriels Café Bar in Belfast, will be given the opportunity to go behind the scenes at the world-famous pub in New York, which has become a legendary success story in the pub industry since it opened in 2012.

Nicole said: “You have no idea what it means to me. The Dead Rabbit in New York is every bartender’s dream, especially as Sean and Jack come from Belfast.”

Sean added:“Belfast never lets us down. There was an extremely high standard of bartending capabilities shown tonight. Some excelled in particular rounds, but Nicole was fantastic throughout the competition and impressed in every round. Congratulations again!”