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#16 Employees Only (New York, New York)

The award-winning Employees Only was the focal point in the documentary Hey Bartender, the first cocktail-bartender-focused movie of its kind, but the accolades aren’t the only reason to grab a drink or two at the Art Deco-style, speakeasy-esque New York bar, which serves more than 180,000 cocktails annually (not including beer, wines, shots, highballs, and so on). The neighborhood joint serves exceptional drinks with impeccable hospitality. The speed and precision of the bartenders here is a testament to the bar’s apprenticeship training program; it takes a minimum of three years to achieve the rank of principal bartender. There are 22 cocktails on the menu, including EO Classics, eight cocktails that have defined the bar over the past decade; Aperitifs; Cocktails & Long Drinks; and Fancy Cocktails. The New American with Eastern European-influenced food menu features dishes like hand-cut steak tartar with crostini and mixed green salad, which is available until the wee hours of the morning. (Melanie L./Yelp)


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