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Jillian Vose
Jillian Vose
Bar Manager/Beverage Director
Jillian Vose

Jillian Vose is Bar Manager/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 eight 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, fifth and sixth drinks menus, which transport 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. In 2016, The Dead Rabbit was named as World’s Best Bar by 50 Best Bars and in 2017, Jillian was named as one of the 10 Best American Bartenders in the Spirited Awards from Tales of The Cocktail.


Since joining The Dead Rabbit in 2014, Jillian has travelled the world representing the bar, running seminars, managing pop ups, and guest bartending. Over the past three years she has bartended in London, Edinburgh, Tel Aviv, Athens, Tokyo, Paris, New Orleans, Shanghai, Oslo, Beirut, Dubai, Belfast, Iceland, Hong Kong and more.

 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.

 illian grew up in a small beach town in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.