Jack McGarry Is One of the World’s Best Bartenders. He’s Also a Recovering Alcoholic.

At the age of 23, Jack McGarry was
named
International Bartender of the Year by Tales of the Cocktail

(the bar industry’s equivalent of the Academy Awards). It was 2013,
and as co-founder of The
Dead Rabbit
, a cocktail bar in New York City’s Financial
District, he was the youngest person to ever receive the honor. And
he, along with the bar, would go on to receive pretty much every
award the industry has to offer:
the world’s best bar
, best
whiskey bar
, best bar team, and
many others.

But it was never enough. No matter how many accolades he took
home, “My bar wasn’t good enough. Nothing was good enough,” he
wrote in
The Daily Beast
. So he turned to alcohol to fill that
emptiness. “Things began to spin off the rails at that point. The
warning signs were there in the months and years ahead, but I
didn’t listen,” he wrote. Then one morning, in 2016, he woke up
in the hospital; his stomach had been pumped and he had no
recollection of the night before. He had wanted to end it all, but
thankfully, he made a 911 call that saved his life. His friends,
family, and colleagues rallied around him, and that’s when he
decided to make a change for good.

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Jack McGarry Is One of the World’s Best Bartenders. He’s Also a Recovering Alcoholic.