510 Hudson Street, New York 10014
This enduring classic of the New York bar scene has always done things its own way. Employees Only is a cocktail bar but it does restaurant-standard food. It has a considered approach to drinks, but can bang them out at break-neck speed. And then there are the impeccably mannered and smartly uniformed bartenders who think nothing of smashing back a shot with guests. These contrasting qualities ensure EO is a serious bar that doesn’t take itself too seriously.
It’s many things to many people, including The World’s 50 Best Bars Academy, who have voted it among the world’s best for a 10th year out of 10. A visit is not complete without trying the bar’s Manhattan cocktail and, if you’re hungry, the Bone Marrow Poppers. If you’re feeling unsure of what comes next, visit the clairvoyant who sits in the small foyer of this forever-young speakeasy.