Jillian Vose is Bar Manger/Beverage Director at The Dead Rabbit in Lower Manhattan. Named after a street gang of the era, The Dead Rabbit is the culmination of Belfast barmen Sean Muldoon and Jack McGarry’s lifelong dream. The bar has won seven Spirited Awards from Tales of the Cocktail, including World’s Best Bar, the industry’s highest accolade. Jillian was instrumental in creating the bar’s fourth drinks menu with Jack, which transports Dead Rabbit gang leader John Morrissey to 1970s New York City. She also collaborated on the third edition of the drinks menu, which won World’s Best Cocktail Menu in 2015.
Previously, Jillian was Bar Manager at Death & Co, where she was responsible for running the bar program, including menu development and maintaining a strong staff and a well-oiled bar. At the same time, she served as a Whiskey Ambassador for Campari America, co-managing its Women & Whiskies program. Jillian also won the 2013 Rising Stars award from Star Chefs. She joined Death & Co after a stint at Maison Premiere, which she helped open, as well as Clover Club, both in Brooklyn.
At the age of 24, Jillian received her Level One Court of Master Sommeliers Certificate in Boston and after a few weekend visits to New York, she knew it was where she needed to be. She subsequently took the BAR 5-Day Course. Acceptance was granted and the networking and education received from the course are still paying off to this day.
Jillian’s initiation into the world of hospitality and spirits began while working in the fine dining establishments of Elements & Jade Bar at the Sanctuary Resort in Paradise Valley, Ariz. There she was introduced to fine wine, food and craft cocktails. Her interest in elevated libations, technique and cuisine developed while studying Hospitality Administration at Northern Arizona University and working at Four Peaks Brewing Co. in Tempe, Ariz.