Employees Only

4.5
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58 reviews
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$40 and under
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Contemporary American
Top tags:
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Good for a Date
Employees Only Sydney is a New York-style cocktail bar and restaurant in the heart of Sydney's CBD. No bookings are necessary for cocktails or appetizers in the bar. We also keep a variety of tables available for walk-in dining. Table bookings are available for dinner only from 5pm till 10pm. Our extensive late-night dining menu is also available until 2.30am every night. Please contact us at reservations@employeesonlysyd.com for bookings of eight or more or to reserve private space for parties of 15 or more.
What 58 People Are Saying
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4.4
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4.4
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4.0
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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N
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Such an awesome please! We didn't know what to expect and we all loved it!

OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic atmosphere & great attentive service

GB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 1

Ridiculously loud for a dinner venue, we found ourselves shouting at each other to be heard. Food was poor with the meat overcooked and dry. Seating was poorly positioned with people constantly bumping into us and other tables. The couple next to us got into an argument with some drunks who the waitress could not control. Staff were very lovely and did their best but this is a cocktail bar and overpriced one at that. It is certainly not a place to dine.

LI
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Great spot, cool vibes and you can actually hear the conversation! Perfect!

CE
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Music was great!! i really loved the food and wine

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved it! It was my birthday & service, ambience, music was wonderful. I didn’t like the original table spot & was immediately moved to a better location. Amazing service will highly recommend this place

AK
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 3

A bit overpriced and too noisy. The service is good though and the online booking system is a plus, but not a great place to relax and have a conversation.

LL
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome cocktails and service. See you again soon

AH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Fantastic cool place. Will be back again soon. Awesome cocktails and so great to be able to book a table.

TM
London
11 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Too noisy for a meal, service pleasant but a bit scattery and cocktails (martinis) not worth the $25 price tag. We only had a quick bite to eat and ate more substantially elsewhere due to the noise.

OT
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Been to the Employees Only NYC and loved it! So excited they opened one in Sydney.. Was not disappointed! Great atmosphere, loved the music. Will definitely return with the girls for another catch up soon.

K
Sydney / NSW
5 reviews
Dined on 22 July 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

Came here on a Monday night; and while the wait staff was attentive, the service itself was hit-and-miss. One of the dishes we ordered was completely missed, and then when we ordered it again we got a completely different dish (with the waitress insisting that it was the same dish we ordered). The chef wasn't present because when we asked for what's in one of the dishes we were told that only the kitchen hands were available and they don't know the ingredients. Overall, I appreciate the concept of the restaurant and the atmosphere. But it could use with a little sprucing up in terms of the quality of the food and service.

A
Miami
41 reviews
Dined on 22 July 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 3

I booked based on reviews, but was disappointed in the service , lack of attention, messed up our order and the food was just so so.
Not worth the price either.

First and last time for me. Maybe a bad night??

R
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Was a great night, food was absolutely amazing and the staff were great!
Good vibes

OK
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great place! Very stylish, good atmosphere of 1920-30s pub

LL
Sydney / NSW
4 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Another amazing evening with fiends. Cocktails on point 👌. See you again EOS

SC
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great cocktail bar! Been here twice now and have loved the cocktails and atmosphere both times. It is a great bar for a date night or night with the girls.

LL
Sydney / NSW
4 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome venue and great vibes

GF
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 5Ambience 4

The cocktails and service are excellent and if that's what you're after then EO is a great place to visit. Unfortunately the food wasn't anything special, had a really chewy skirt steak so the focus seems to be on the cocktails. The space is nice but lacked a feeling of warmth, intimacy and energy, perhaps it was because my party was sitting in the middle of the dining area rather than the banquettes.

ZW
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great service and the best cocktail in Sydney forever! I love the music there . But they don’t have too much choice for main , so I will say it is a great place to have cocktail in such a nice bar but not enough place for fine dining.

ZH
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Finally got to Employees Only and it did not disappoint. From the great ambience, to delicious cocktails, good tunes and fabulous staff this bar is definitely a place to go back to time and time again. Thought it was good for both small and large groups to get together but what really impressed me was the staff. Service was impeccable and friendly. Can't wait to go back!

NC
Sydney / NSW
7 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great find, cool vibe and really good food!

W
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Good night, food was good. I like the way the menu was designed, some very thoughtful dishes. A couple of dishes were under seasoned. The 'Tuscan Black Cabbage Slaw' was a really boring dish, baby cavolo leaves with julienne of carrot and squeeze of lemon juice is pretty underwhelming, thought it would be more of a South Carolina style slaw. Crab Raviolo was a good dish, fennel nage was good, lacked a bit of seasoning, could have used some fennel tops to finish, crab lacked a bit of seasoning and citrus too but overall a nice dish. Cured ocean trout was a well put together dish, seasoned well and garnished well, could have been sliced a little thinner so it was a bit more 'fine bouche'.

Will definitely be back, ambience was cool and super friendly service staff. Hopefully a few more french drops on the wine menu next time !

A plus !

AM
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

The service was not up to the level for this kind of bar. It was almost impossible to get attention of waitresses as they were too busy running around and they didn't make us feel welcomed at all. We would have stayed longer and ordered more if it wasn't for this issue.

CK
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding customer service, amazing food & Cocktails. Would definitely return to Employees Only.

OT
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food, ambience and staff were fantastic.
It was great they had table service for drinks as well.
It was on the pricey side (guess that’s Sydney for you!) but I’d definitely go back again in the future, and I definitely recommend the cocktails!

OT
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 4Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

I didn't eat there... but was catching with a friend. It is a lovely cozy bar. I'll visit it again

N
Sydney / NSW
5 reviews
Dined on 18 April 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 1

Good for dinner on a quieter night but far too loud, even for drinks, on a busy night.

ES
London
4 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great service and food. Great drinks menu

OT
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Shout out to Cameron and Eleanor for a great experience!

l
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Great food, excellent cocktails, could be event better if they had smaller steak options for the 2 people who can’t eat that much!

C
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Exceptional service, great vibes and delicious cocktails!

LG
1 review
Dined on 25 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food service, the design of the place is amazing overall the price and the experience you get is an excellent deal

WW
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great atmosphere for drinks and fantastic service with very attentive staff. Can even hear each other talk despite the funky DJ music in the background. And not to mention the drinks are top notch. That's what you're there for isn't it?

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 18 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I had my birthday there
Everything was good
Tartare is amazing

AM
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We went after a tecommendation from a friend, and it did not disappoint. Although a little pricey, the cocktails were all fantastic (with the Amelia living up to the hype). Excellent decor and surprisingly not too noisy or crowded (although we did attend fairly early (8pm). Would definitely go again.

PB
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic cocktails and great ambience. Friendly service. Will definitely return.

A
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Do yourself a favor and get down to EO. Amazing cocktails, outstanding service and to top it all off the Bone marrow poppers are phenomenal !

AP
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 2Ambience 4

Food was amazing, however unfortunately the service not so much. More waitstaff was needed, as it took us over 30 minutes to place an order, and there were not waiters around to order more drinks throughout the night. Also the menu is not cheap, so for the price you pay, expected the service to be much much better.

OT
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Great cocktails, great staff and service. Tartare was excellent. Other dishes were ok. Great vibes but I was secretly hoping for New York style speakeasy - this was more of a noisy / busy Sydney cocktail bar.

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