510 Hudson Street, New York 10014
The evergreen Employees Only, beloved by almost everyone who visits, is the only venue to have appeared on all 11 lists of The World’s 50 Best Bars. Over the years it has come to occupy a hallowed place in industry hearts, centrally because of its operators’ forensic understanding of how to deliver a fun bar experience. EO, as it’s known to devotees, does not try to be the place for avant-garde cocktails or out-there concepts. It does the simple, rich and tasty with a swagger, a smile, and often a shot of your favourite spirit. Here a meal on the mezzanine can easily turn into a cocktail at the bar and any which way from there. The unexpected big night out is EO’s expectation. But before the revelry takes hold and you’re slurping on the bar’s legendary 3.30am sober-up soup, there are a few moves you need to make. EO’s Manhattan cocktail is one of the best in town and its steak tartare is fine fortification. One last thing: don’t be surprised to pass the resident psychic sitting in the entrance of this speakeasy. She’ll be expecting you.