VIDEO: The Artesian takes on The Dead Rabbit

Simone Caporale Alex Kratena

The battle lines have been drawn. The latest list of the World’s 50 Best Bars is led by The Artesian bar at London’s Langham hotel, with our transatlantic cousins coming in at number five with The Dead Rabbit Grocery & Grog in New York City. It was only a matter of time before it turned dirty and, in May, Alex Kratena and Simone Caporale (pictured) from The Artesian headed to Manhattan to face up to Dead Rabbit’s Jack McGarry and Bobby Hiddleston.

Held as part of the Manhattan Cocktail Classic festival, the two teams went head to head in a competition sponsored by Martini vermouth and judged by cocktail gurus Gaz Regan and Simon Ford and Jim Meehan of another top New York bar, PDT. In front of a packed crowd paying $60 a head to be there, the cocktail combat was fierce but the Artesian boys were declared the winners. Look out for the rematch.

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