Employees Only

510 Hudson St
NYC 10014
Dinner Only
(212) 242-3021
Photography: Emilie Baltz
Website Design: Warren Red

The World's 50 Best Bars5 October 2016

Legends List
THE EIGHT EDITIONS of the World’s 50 Best Bars behind us, it’s worth highlighting those that have consistently proven their excellence over the years. This league – which will keep running as long as we create the World’s 50 Best Bars lists – we call Legends of the List. As of 2016, there are only three bars with uninterrupted presence in The World’s 50 Best Bars. All hail Employees Only and PDT from New York and Black Pearl from Melbourne – to be named in the pantheon of best bars eight years straight is a special achievement. While these three venues have steadfastly maintained their greatness, we have seen many others come and go – in total 171 bars have featured across the eight lists. Employees Only is this year’s Legend of the List, taking the no.1 spot from last year’s Legend PDT... Read The Article >>>

New York Times11 April 2016

Employees Only, a New York Cocktail Bar, Has Global Plans
Employees Only has been one of New York’s most popular cocktail bars since it opened in the West Village in 2004. By the end of this year, it will be an international brand. The bar plans to open branches in Singapore, Miami Beach and Austin, Tex., in the next several months. Each will be called Employees Only and reflect the character and design of the original, which is known for its Art Deco décor, undulating bar and white-jacketed bartenders... Read The Article >>>

Robb Vices26 March 2016

His And Hers: Spring Cocktails With Employees Only
Behind New York’s most revered red curtain, Igor Hadzismajlovic buttons his white lab coat. Light pours in through the dining room’s skylight -- a sight enjoyed largely by the staff with its patrons privy mainly to moonlight. Tables, chairs, and barstools are rearranged neatly in place, surfaces polished, and garnishes cut with precision in anticipation of the unlocking of the doors at 6 o’clock sharp... Read The Article >>>

Town And Country Magazine22 February 2016

The Drinks at This Airport Lounge Actually Make Travel a Pleasure
A lot of drinking gets done in airport bars. And while a lot of it might be drinking to forget, Virgin Atlantic is the latest airline to begin offering drinks that you'll really want to savor. The British airline is introducing a menu at its JFK lounge—dubbed the Clubhouse—that includes three drinks created by Manhattan's Employees Only, which has been named Best Bar in the World at Tales of the Cocktail and was featured in the documentary Hey Bartender... Read The Article >>>

Wall Street Journal22 July 2015

New Yorkers Shake Things Up at Tales of the Cocktail
New York’s top cocktail talent last week stowed their shakers in carry-ons and traveled south to Tales of the Cocktail, the annual booze conference in New Orleans. As in previous years, it was worth the trek for many of the city’s bars and bartenders, who picked up some of the top honors at Saturday’s Spirited Awards, the industry’s version of the Oscars and the culmination of the alcohol-soaked week. Ivy Mix, who co-owns the recently opened Leyenda in Brooklyn with Julie Reiner, was named American Bartender of the Year. She is the second woman to win the title. Employees Only picked up two awards, including Best American Bar Team... Read The Article >>>

New York Observer14 January 2015

At 10 Years Old, Employees Only Is the New Yorkiest of Cocktail Bars
The crowded bar seems to be spinning out of control. The bartenders are tossing back shots and screaming lyrics to “Come Sail Away” by Styx, which is blaring through the speakers, as one grabs a hammer of Thor-like proportions and starts slamming away on the back bar to the rising beat. The crowd, mainly bartenders themselves because this is an insider’s joint, is going off, screaming toward the bartenders like they were rock stars as the pounding of the hammer grows louder and louder. When the chorus finally arrives, the well-dressed and unruly patrons sing a deafening rendition while tossing napkins into the air like confetti. Read The Article >>>

New York Times9 December 2014

A Seasonal Absinthe Cocktail Recipe From Employees Only
Tucked away behind a psychic readings storefront, Employees Only, the West Village memorial to the speakeasy, celebrated last night not just the 81st anniversary of the end of Prohibition, but also its own 10th anniversary. Between the libations, the jazz band and the burlesque dancers, revelers might have forgotten what decade it was. And there was a distinct element of yuletide cheer about the night’s knockout drink, the absinthe punch. Read The Article >>>

Wall Street Journal9 December 2014

New Decade for Prohibition-Era Bar Employees Only
Many people dressed in Prohibition-era attire on Monday to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Employees Only, a West Village bar created in the spirit of the 1920s and ’30s. There were so many people there, in fact, in flapper dresses and old-timey vests, that you wouldn’t have been surprised to learn that a) this was the last night anyone in New York might be able to have an alcoholic beverage, or b) this was the first night they’d been able to have one in quite some time. But the truth is that a lot of people are fans of this throwback kind of bar, on Hudson Street between West 10th and Christopher streets. Read The Article >>>

CNN13 October 2014

And the world’s 50 best bars are ...
Sure, it’s a great feeling when you randomly stumble on a fantastic new bar while you’re out exploring a city. But when you’re there for only a few days, you sometimes want a guarantee that you’re going to be getting a well-made drink in a venue with character and style. That’s where this 2014 list of the world’s 50 best bars comes in. Announced by Drinks International magazine during a recent ceremony in London, the list is based on the votes of more than 330 international industry experts. Read The Article >>>

Drinks International13 October 2014

the world’s 50 best bars 2014
Speakeasies and luxury hotel bars were joined by saloons, clubs and classic drinking dens. Read The Article >>>

The Village Voice10 July 2014

Why It’s Important to Take Pride in What You Do
For Employees Only (510 Hudson Street, 212-242-3021) bartender Steve Schneider, pouring drinks began as a side gig. The New Jersey native joined the U.S. Marines after high school, but when an injury put a halt to his military career, he revisited the bar with the same purpose and orderliness that his infantry days had instilled in him. Read The Article >>>

Thrillist27 April 2014

The NYC secret bar primer
With the opening of a couple hidden bars recently (namely, The Garret above the West Village Five Guys and Nitecap underneath Schapiro’s), we thought it was time to revisit a few of the other bars around town that are above, below, or behind something that makes them generally less-than-easy to locate. Here’s our beginner’s guide to all the secret bars in NYC. Read The Article >>>

Thirsty NYC5 December 2013

The 8 Best Places to Drink in the West Village
This one is obvious. Since opening, Employees Only has been synonymous with inventive, creative cocktails prepared in a speakeasy-ish environment by a good looking staff. This place serves serious cocktails but the vibe is still fun and, even though it’s been open since 2004, it’s still nearly impossible to snag a bar stool on any night of the week. And while new cocktail trends have come and gone, Employees Only is still one of the top mixology destinations in NYC – for good reason. Read The Article >>>

Buzzfeed4 November 2013

9 NYC Storefronts With Secret Identities
The secret life of NYC’s hidden speakeasies, clothing stores, and after-school tutoring programs. Read The Article >>>