Cocktails & Spirits

Employees Only Miami Opens Tomorrow at Washington Park Hotel

Employees Only will finally debut its South Beach location, just in time for weekend imbibing.

The bar is set to open Friday, February 17, at the Washington Park Hotel (1050 Washington Ave., Miami Beach). The 181-room property is composed of five art deco buildings built in the early 1940s.

The bar will be located in the hotel's Coral House and will offer Prohibition-style drinks, as well as an in-house psychic — handy in case you can't decide what cocktail to choose.

Employees Only opened in New York City's West Village in 2004 and quickly garnered numerous accolades, including being named World's Best Bar at Tales of the Cocktail's 2011 Spirited Awards.

The bar, which also serves rustic, Balkin-influenced food, draws long lines nightly at its NYC flagship, whose patrons seek a spot inside where white-jacketed bartenders turn out nearly 200,000 drinks per year.

In 2016, Employees Only partners announced the opening of three offshoots of the brand in Singapore, Austin, and Miami Beach — each owned and managed by an original partner in the flagship speakeasy.

The Miami Beach menu will include Employees Only classic cocktails such as the Billionaire and the Lazy Lover, along with food such as bone marrow poppers, bacon-wrapped lamb chops, and caviar. A complete menu with prices is not yet available.

In addition to opening Employees Only, the Washington Park Hotel will debut Swizzle, a lobby bar also operated by the EO team.

Employees Only will be open daily from 6 p.m. to 4 a.m. Dinner will be served from 6 p.m. to midnight; a late-night menu will be available from midnight to 3:30 a.m.
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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times. She has been featured on Cooking Channel's Eat Street and Food Network's Great Food Truck Race. She won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature about what it's like to wait tables.
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