Employees Only

Employees Only

Speakeasy and Cocktail Bar$$$$
West Village, New York
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  • It might be Memorial Day, but it looks like this place is open!
  • New York Habitat
    "Try the West Side or the Ginger Smash with the Bone Marrow Poppers."(34 Tips)
    Kathryn Y.
    "Don't miss the bone marrow poppers or the bacon-wrapped lamb chops."(15 Tips)
    Q Events
    "Love the steak tartar and presentation is impressive."(37 Tips)
    Linda N.
    "Steak tartar and a lazy lover are my faves."(8 Tips)
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  • Susie T.
    Susie TrujilloFebruary 8, 2014
    Get there early or make a reservation as they fill up fast! Dev is THE MAN. Order ginger fizz and the charcuterie and cheese plates. Seasonal and nightly rotations- honey pistachios, orgasmic bread!
  • Jen R.
    Jen RiosSeptember 5, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Always has been my go to place for THE BEST oysters & tartar and of course cocktails and interesting crowd.Gets packed prepare yourself for a line,don't wear shorts if you're a guy and no flip flops.
  • AFAR Media
    AFAR MediaMay 4, 2015
    The bartenders wear lab coats with the title of “Apprentice” embroidered on them, and they concoct some of the best and most unique drinks in the city, with quality liquors and fresh ingredients. Read more
  • AFAR Media
    AFAR MediaAugust 12, 2014
    Table service is primarily available for dinner, especially on weekends, and if you find yourself in New York on a Sunday night, be sure and stay for the Burlesque show that commences at midnight. Read more
  • Jacob B.
    Jacob BriarsNovember 16, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    This is a fantastic spot and one of the best bars in the world. Try the Amalia w vodka, St Germain and berries or the Daiquiri with Bacardi Heritage rum. You'll have a blast with this bar team!
  • Jovana O.
    Jovana ObradovicApril 6, 2015
    Cozy setting, amazing cocktails & even better service. The bartenders are fun, easy-going and know what they're doing. Definitely a good place for drinks & tartar :)
  • Eric V.
    Eric VenkerJanuary 23, 2015
    The all around famous bar in nyc still delivers, but the ambience brings it down several notches. Over crowded always. Attaboy and Angel Share have them beat hands down unless a food menu is a must.
  • D&A Travel: A.
    D&A Travel: AndersDecember 29, 2013
    [Restaurant/Bar] Art deco-themed cocktail bar with solid menu and special late-night menu (midnight to 3:30am). Try their Ginger Smash, Lazy Lover or classics like Manhattan. Fireplace lit in winter.
  • Ed K.
    Ed KavisheMay 19, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    What can i say? We love everything, the cocktails (simply the best) the Steak Tartare (amazing) Bone Marrow poppers (if you into them) plus Hemingways. Take care of your bar tender....and security.
  • Stephanie Z.
    Stephanie ZhongOctober 29, 2014
    What a fun place! Good for groups before going out! There are tables and food services in the back, and a bar / dancing floor-ish space in the front. Drinks range from the classics to more edgy ones
  • John E.
    John EFebruary 23
    Consistently the top cocktail bar in NYC and one of the best in the world. Outstanding speakeasy-style cocktails served by NYC's most talented mixologists. Great crowd, beautiful decor / ambience.
  • Karen P.
    Karen PhilipsJuly 6, 2013
    Amazing steak tartar.Had the Bloody Mary, Pimms cup&a jalapeno cocktail on multiple visits&every drink seemed to taste better than the previous order.The parmesan fries with truffle oil was delicious
  • Lori L.
    Lori LuoSeptember 4, 2014
    Arriving earlier in the evening for dinner will allow guests to make a reservation, and skip the crowded club-like atmosphere that later ensues. Make sure to get an order of the bone marrow poppers.
  • Elsa H.
    Elsa HNovember 8, 2014
    Worth the wait for the line and drinks. Friendly bartenders, good cocktails, and bone marrow poppers.....!!! The playlist was dancey but not cheesy. Vincent can dance and mix a bad ass cocktail!
  • Bruce H.
    Bruce HaydonDecember 30, 2016
    Best get there really early to stake out a place at the bar, as this place is packed even during weeknights. Craft cocktails are (of course) great, but surprised by the amazing chocolate cheesecake .
  • Guest of a Guest
    Step inside into Employees Only and you'll find a speakeasy-like atmosphere with sweet drinks and large plates of food. Read more
    Upvoted Apr 25
  • New York Habitat
    New York HabitatNovember 29, 2011
    Enter through the unassuming fortune teller entrance and be transported into a speakeasy serving up great mixed cocktails and food. Try the West Side or the Ginger Smash with the Bone Marrow Poppers.
  • Nicholas B.
    Nicholas BeckJuly 17, 2013
    Go right when it opens at 6 p.m., sit at the bar, and let the very talented and personable bartenders lead you in the right direction. Try to get there before "douchebag parade" arrives.
  • Danyel S.
    Danyel SmithDecember 28, 2013
    sit at the actual bar, by the fire. the marrow puffs = amazing. lamb chops are delish but arrive super rare. the skate is great. and: the giant ice cubes in the scotch, rule.
  • Katherin S.
    Katherin SonJune 3, 2012
    Bone marrow appetizer was amazing. I also highly recommend the pork chop..it comes on top of a bed of delicious bacon-y black eyed peas. MMMmmmm. Definitely gets very crowded after 9.
  • Gustavo M.
    Great drinks and food - overall great bar. Try to go in the weekdays instead of the wknd. It's usually super crowded over the wknds, if you are planning on going make a reservation.
  • Grayson D.
    Grayson DunningAugust 8, 2014
    Best cocktails ever. Don't go here to drink beer. Don't go here to drink mixed drinks. Go here to fall in love with the cocktail again. These guys seriously care about the art that is the cocktail.
  • Vania S.
    Vania S.October 22, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    My favorite cocktail bar in the city. Cozy and surprisingly unpretentious. If you're looking to have a bite, the beef tartare is yummy - the bartenders make it at the bar!
  • Eater
    EaterOctober 30, 2013
    Employees Only was designed to be an industry hangout -- the kind of place where chefs, servers, and bartenders go when their restaurants close to enjoy a serious cocktail and food.
  • Sara Grace
    Sara GraceJuly 30, 2015
    Very cool vibe. Great drinks + mixologists. Ordered the bacon wrapped lamb shanks with a side of sautéed kale- absolutely delightful!
  • Percy M.
    Percy McFarlaneFebruary 6
    By now you know that this underground hole is the best place for cocktails in town. A little heavy on the pocket though - so go during happy hours unless someone is giving a treat. 😌
  • Michael F.
    Michael Fox-RabinovitzFebruary 8, 2015
    Great date place, wonderful atmosphere and cocktails, appetizers try the lamb in bacon, pasta is solid, as is butterscotch desert
  • William O.
    William OrellanaApril 4, 2012
    Love this place and the drinks r amazing!!! Food awesome!!( the only negative and Disappoint is the bartender with long hair and tattoos is a douche bag!! And always drunk with a nose problem!!)
  • The New York Palace
    The New York PalaceMarch 26, 2012
    Our staff’s favorite after work hot spot, located in the Meatpacking District. Have a drink and for late night nibble, we like the mixed green salad & the steak tartar with crostini.
  • Siovonne
    SiovonneAugust 26, 2014
    Best Speakeasy Bar around. I love the ambience and the art of cocktails meticulously produced each night from these experts. The place has an infectious vibe to it.
  • David 🎉 L.
    David 🎉 LasterMay 18, 2012
    A large selection of cocktails with high-quality ingredients although often dissonant flavors. Great scene on weekdays and the food is worth trying too (3 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Party Earth
    Party EarthApril 4, 2012
    “Ask for a table in back + order the steak tartare, which is prepared at your table. Or to save cash for drinks, get the Staff Meal for $13.” More at http://www.partyearth.com/venues/employees-only.
  • Linda N.
    Linda NguyenApril 8, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Steak tartar and a lazy lover are my faves. Excellent staff from the door man, bartender, hosts, to the kitchen staff. Love this cozy spot in the west village!
  • Sameepa S.
    Sameepa ShettyFebruary 11, 2015
    Steak Tartare, cocktails including Common sense, ginger smash & vodka w cucumber are must haves. Always crowded. Great music.
  • Ania B.
    Ania BańczykAugust 6, 2015
    I just love this place. They have this good vibe that keeps you coming back again and again. Good food, perfect cocktails, friendly bartenders. It's maybe irrelevant but their logo is great 👍🏻
  • Arie
    ArieJune 16, 2015
    You're in the hands of some of the most talented and creative mixologists in the city, so this is not the time for a gin and tonic. Order one of their specialty cocktails and let them impress you.
  • Lauren M.
    Lauren MacAugust 30, 2015
    This place knows how to do cocktails, and you certainly pay for their expertise. Hemingway daiquiri is a refreshing citrus on a summer evening. Lively even during the week nights.
  • GourmetLive
    GourmetLiveOctober 11, 2011
    Food blogger Laura Sullivan recommends Employees Only, in the West Village. It recently won the coveted 2011 Best Cocktail Bar in the World honor at the Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards.
  • Conrad G.
    Conrad Greiner-Bechert2 weeks ago
    Been here 5+ times
    Burlesque on Sundays at midnight. Quality varies but drinks are always top notch. This is the place where I ate an Oyster for the first time in my life.
  • Syndicate Media Group
    Syndicate Media GroupSeptember 20, 2011
    NYC [Drink] You'll likely be wooed by the menu, but if you're looking for your own creation, tell their top-notch bartenders what flavors you like and they'll create something off the menu.
  • Allisamy
    AllisamyNovember 6, 2012
    GREAT spot, GREAT atmosphere & music, somewhat a secret spot. This is the real New York! They made a tourist like me feel at home... Though nowhere home is this amazing.
    Upvoted Apr 26
  • Sam C.
    Sam CAugust 17, 2013
    Cool space, good cocktails and music, a little crowded even on a Fri in August, but if you want to schmooze, this seems like a good place. Bouncers are a little uppity
  • Audrey L.
    Audrey LoMay 27, 2013
    Was there for a friend's 30th. It was a rare treat, considering the price. However, the food and drinks were amazing. Need a special occasion place to go? Try this place!
  • Piril S.
    Piril SekerApril 11, 2013
    Great place for chillin and maybe if you're on your lucky day you might able to bump into some awesome people! Delicious coctails, good management!
  • Sanja D.
    Sanja DelcevOctober 25, 2014
    Place with great music but sometimes it can get too loud. Cocktails are great! Grab a few while you wait for a table because it might be a long wait.
  • Tobias O.
    Tobias OtteNovember 12, 2014
    I love this place. The food and the drinks are amazing which is quite rare when you look at famous cocktail places. Try the Billionaire.
  • Kathy L.
    Kathy LiuJanuary 8, 2016
    Really good cocktails! If you're not sure, ask the bartenders- they know exactly what you should be drinking.
  • Paul
    PaulJuly 31, 2012
    It's a zoo some times but they know their stuff. Worth it. I want to be critical but if by chance something goes wrong then it's the kind of accident that could happen anywhere.
  • Jessica K.
    Jessica KimSeptember 12, 2013
    The mixologists are legit - the Lazy Lover (cachaça and jalapeño chartreuse!) is the best cocktail my boyfriend and I both have ever had. Yum!
  • Andrea Z.
    Andrea ZilioJuly 24, 2015
    6pm on a Friday: already enforcing a no-shorts dress code... I've been to plenty, plenty of other cocktail bars in the city and no other enforces it this early!
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