Employees Only restaurant, widely recognized as one of the top cocktail bars in the world, and largely credited in the revival of prohibition era cocktails, is slated to open a Miami Beach outpost in September 2016 as part of a domestic and international brand expansion plan.
Situated in the historic Coral House at the Washington Park Hotel, the new location will bring key elements of Employees Only New York to Miami Beach. The design will closely resemble the warm and inviting setting of the original, modified to complement the existing architectural elements of the historic art deco building. Managing partner,Billy Gilroy, will carefully curate vintage and commissioned artwork, with rich, warm tones and prohibition era details. Lush landscaping and hammocks will surround the exterior, accessible to South Beach visitors and hotel guests alike as the hotel’s signature restaurant and bar.
“We have always planned to expand Employees Only and Miami Beach was a logical next step. The guests in Miami Beach are very much similar to New York – both figuratively and literally, as many New Yorkers have moved to Miami,” says Gilroy, a founding member of Employees Only. “Miami’s role as an international hospitality and leisure destination fits right in line with our ethos. We’ve built our careers in New York on serving the most successful people in hospitality and the arts and are looking forward to reaching further.”
The dinner menu will feature Employees Only classics – tableside steak tartar; bone marrow poppers; bacon wrapped lamb chops; caviar service and a seasonal selection of fresh oysters served with Employees Only’s signature Bloody Mary Mix. The food and drink menus also will include items unique to South Florida and inspired by Miami’s culture and cuisine. The cocktail menu will offer popular Employees Only’s mainstays, such as the Amelía – Aylesbury Duck Vodka and St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur shaken with puréed blackberries and fresh lemon juice – and the Billionaire Cocktail – Knob Creek Single-Barrel Bourbon shaken with fresh lemon juice, EO Grenadine and absinthe bitters.
Housed unobtrusively under a simple, green, New York City awning marked with the bold block letters “EO” since its opening in the West Village in 2004, Employees Only rose to prominence as a bar and a cultural phenomenon. Known for outstanding craft cocktails and in-house traditions such as daily psychics, burlesque shows and complementary chicken soup to nourish night owls near closing time, Employees Only has built and cultivated a reputation as a non-pretentious, nightly destination for hospitality professionals, top chefs, the creative class and food and beverage industry insiders.
Located at 1030 Washington Avenue in Miami Beach, Employees Only will be open 7 days a week from 5 p.m. – 4 a.m., serving dinner from 6 p.m. – midnight and offering a late night menu until 3:30 a.m. For more information on Employees Only, please visit http://www.employeesonlynyc. com/ or follow Employees Only Miami on Instagram @employeesonlymiami.
Employees Only opened its doors in 2004, tucked behind a nondescript, green awning in New York City’s West Village. Amongst its many awards and accolades, the bar was most recently named the World’s Best Bar at New Orleans’ esteemed Spirited Awards, in 2011 and Best Bar Team and Best High Volume Cocktail bar in 2015. Known nationwide for spearheading a resurgence in sophisticated cocktail culture; it also boasts a rustic, Balkan-influenced menu which has become a trademark of the brand. The owners have stayed true to their roots by providing top hospitality to their fellow service industry workers and fans alike. Employees Only is not just the name of the institution, but a true definition of the brand ethos and DNA. A second location opens in Miami Beach, September 2016. For more information please visit www.employeesonlynyc.com
Washington Park Hotel
The Washington Park Hotel, which opened in March 2016 after a full renovation that enhanced the Art Deco design of the property, is a modern boutique hotel inspired by the creative life. The beachy chic hotel sits in a prime location in the heart of South Beach, just two blocks from the ocean and seven blocks from Lincoln Road and the SoFi District. The Washington Park Hotel offers 182 guestrooms and suites, an outdoor pool deck, a play lawn and the award-winning Employees Only restaurant and bar, scheduled to open in September 2016. For reservations, or for more information, call 305.421.6265 or visit http://www.wphsouthbeach.com/. To connect on social media, visit the Washington Park Hotel on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter (@wphsouthbeach) #WherePlayHappens. The Washington Park Hotel is located at 1050 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139.