510 Hudson St
Exquisite cocktails and delectable food in a sensual Art Deco atmosphere.
Even though Employees Only is a modern-day speakeasy (it opened in 2004), the building it occupies dates to 1827. Initially, it was intended as a simple residential structure for working-class families. As it changed hands, the ground floor was converted into a commercial space which was beautifully redesigned as a glamorous speakeasy.
The space is meant to evoke the glamour and excitement of the Roaring 20s, with its bold geometric art-deco detail and dim sensual lighting. Ironically, during the 1920s, it was anything but glamorous – it served as a funeral parlor! The marble floor is the only authentic element from the era. The bar is decorated with vintage pieces, but for a real treat make sure to check out the naughty collection of erotic photos in the bathroom!