Americans flocked to Cuba in the 1920s for the cosmopolitan culture, nightlife, and to keep the party going during Prohibition. Thousands of American bartenders made the move to Cuba to both continue plying their trade and leverage the demand for drink. Ever since then, we’ve had an romantic but strained relationship with the sovereign state.
And now you’ll have the opportunity to get a taste of Cuba from some of the best in the business.
Travel to Cuba is still limited. No, the president did not lift the embargo on Cuba – only Congress can do that. So, until we can all come and go as we please, we have to either creatively circumvent the restrictions on travel to Cuba or find a great facsimile.
Enter: The Dead Rabbit.
Or, more accurately, enter: Blacktail and The Dead Rabbit’s bartenders, proprietors, and investors. Sean Muldoon and Jack McGarry have announced their plans to open a Cuban-themed bar inside Pier A Harbor House in the Financial District (FiDi) of Manhattan. Pier A is the brainchild of restaurateur Peter Poulakakos, who saw the potential in the space (as did residential developer Dermot Company) and signed a 25-year lease from the Battery Park City Authority. Poulakakos is also an investor in The Dead Rabbit, the NYC bar that has made a momentous splash in the hospitality industry since opening its doors in 2013.
The new project, Blacktail, will be a 2,000 square-foot Cuban-themed bar located in the Pier A complex. Should everything go smoothly, Blacktail will be up and running in June of this year and feature Muldoon and McGarry cocktails inspired by 1920s Cuba. We’ll keep you updated on the progress of this project!