Employees Only

4.4
164 reviews
$41 to $100
Contemporary American
Employees Only Sydney is a New York-style cocktail bar and restaurant in the heart of Sydneys CBD.

Only Dinner Bookings will be seated in the Dining Area, All drink bookings will be allocated to Bar or High Top Table Seating.

CANCELLATION POLICY.
THERE WILL BE A $50PP NO SHOW FEE, ALL CANCELLATIONS NEED TO BE MADE 24 HOURS IN ADVANCE

Our extensive late-night dining menu is also available until 2.30am

Please contact us at reservations@employeesonlysyd.com for bookings up to 30 people.

PLEASE NOTE:
MANAGEMENT RESERVE THE RIGHT TO REFUSE ENTRY ON THE DOOR.

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Drinks Only

Dine in
Starting Jun 24, 2020·Wed-Sat 15:00-23:30

Award winning cocktails, with bar food menu available.

Dinner & Drinks

Dine in
Starting Jun 24, 2020·Wed-Sat 15:00-23:30

A la carte menu available until 10:00pm. Late night dining menu available 10:00pm to close. Award winning cocktails available all night.

Offers

Around The World Promotion

Starting Nov 18, 2020·Wed-Thu 16:00-22:30

Take your taste-buds on a trip around the world with four delicious cocktails for $50 ($12.50 each) and four corresponding sliders for $25. Inspired by France, Italy, Cuba and Vietnam. Available Wednesdays and Thursdays!

What 164 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
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Moodles
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food3service3ambience2

To be honest I was pretty disappointed with our experience. We booked a table on the Tuesday of that week for the Saturday at 9:00pm. When we arrived we were shown to the end of the bar, where the bar hatch is, which is right at the back in the corner away from any of the vibe of the main area bar and also by the bins. An hour in to our stay we asked if we could move seeing as a few tables in the actual main area looked to be emptying but we just got frowned at saying it was busy. Being mindful of social distancing measures, it was by no means "that" busy and still quite early in the night really. At that point we decided to leave, I just got bored of looking at the rubber mats on the floor behind the bar as well as the dishwasher, and so wasn't really getting the full experience of the bar. The doormen also came across as a bit to cool for school, functional but not exactly welcoming or friendly, so all in all a bit of a let down really, we had great expectations having been to the NY version but this was mediocre on that night to say the least!

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Breezie
Jackson Hole
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Great music and atmosphere, come for great cocktails not for wine, food is fine

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Discodisco
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the absolute best night for my birthday, seated at the bar and well taken care of by “apprentice” the entertainment and dance late in the evening was a lively surprise. Recommended to all my friends

Employees Only
Responded 20 hours ago

Hi, thanks for reviewing Employees Only! We're so glad we could make your birthday extra special and loved having you!

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MatthewC
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible, as always. Employees only is outstanding.

Employees Only
Responded 20 hours ago

Hey Matthew, thanks so much for your review! Can't wait to see you back at Employees Only.

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Robs
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my partner for a little Thanksgiving meal at EO.
Loved the service, the food, decor and atmosphere (the playlist was great)
It’s always nerve racking trying a new place- will it be good? Will she enjoy it? Have I chosen poorly?
Happy to say that EO is a venue I will return to. Great choice. The speakeasy vibe is fun and different.
If your reading this and not sure- do it! And if your reading this after booking... your in for a treat.
We took some pics of the lovely decor on an old film camera. Hopefully they turned out as great as the night.

Employees Only
Responded 20 hours ago

Hi Robs, thanks for leaving us such a lovely review! We couldn't be happier to have made a special night even more enjoyable and would be honoured to see you back at EO!

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Igood
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great place. Good value and good cocktails.

Employees Only
Responded 21 hours ago

Hi, we're so glad you enjoyed your evening with us! Thanks for your review.

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EMMAA
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, fabulous show, amazing cocktails, we will be back

Employees Only
Responded on 24 November 2020

Hi Emma, we so appreciate such a kind review! We'd love to see you back to serve you another cocktail at EO anytime.

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RamzaB
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

It wasn’t to bad but the food wasn’t that great for the price. The service was pretty good and the atmosphere was pretty good. All in all we enjoyed our evening.

Employees Only
Responded on 24 November 2020

Hi, thanks for reviewing us! We're so glad you enjoyed your overall experience with us at Employees Only. We appreciate your honest feedback, and if you wanted to chat to us about how we can improve that for next time, feel free to contact maddison@tropicool.life. We'd love to turn 4 stars into 5 and want to ensure your next evening with us is perfect.

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OpenTable Diner
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely recommend this place for a date night.. we sat in a private booth which was lovely and intimate. The service was friendly and attentive and each dish and cocktail we had were delicious. Loved the burlesque show too. So much fun and will devo at be back.

Employees Only
Responded on 24 November 2020

Hi, thanks for leaving us such a lovely review! We can't wait to see you back to enjoy dinner and a show with us soon.

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JASandcompany
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience5

The ambience is lovely. The food was below average, except for the oysters which were delicious. Drinks were pretty average and inconsistent.

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RebeccaF
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place, great staff, amazing cocktails! Would reccomended.

Employees Only
Responded on 17 November 2020

Hi Rebecca, thanks for leaving us such a great review! Our staff would love to serve you more cocktails anytime!

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Slim
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Fun place with a cool vibe centred mostly for the young at heart. Slick presentation, good service.

Employees Only
Responded on 17 November 2020

Hi, thanks for taking the time to review Employees Only! We hope to see you enjoying your time with us again sometime!

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Jodie
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best bar in Sydney. We hope to visit again soon!!!

Employees Only
Responded on 10 November 2020

Hi Jodie, thank you for taking the time to review EO! We can't wait to see you back to enjoy another evening with us.

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JodyH
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience3

A venue more suited to a younger group, was very loud & felt out of place. Lovely furnishings.

Employees Only
Responded on 10 November 2020

Hi Jody, thanks for taking the time to review us. We're sorry that the vibe wasn't what you were after! If you had any further feedback on how we can make you feel more welcome at Employees Only please contact maddison@tropicool.life. We'd love to see you back again someday!

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Disco
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Cool subterranean hideout; the burlesque dancer on the bar really launched the night; killer cocktails and music. Winner!

Employees Only
Responded on 10 November 2020

Thanks for your feedback! We hope to see you back to enjoy our music, entertainment and drinks again soon.

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Foodfromaus
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2020
Overall5food5service2ambience5

Good food and entertainment

Employees Only
Responded on 17 November 2020

Hey, thanks for the kind review! We're so glad you enjoyed your time with us at EO.

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AngeliqueT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall4food3service2ambience5

One of my favourite bars in Sydney! I do not like the host. He does not have good customer service skills

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PaigeA
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Amazing service and atmosphere, we need more bars like this in Sydney.

Employees Only
Responded on 4 November 2020

Hi Paige, thanks for taking the time to leave such a kind review!

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Touristof
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great Place - Amazing cocktails staff and ambience, worth every cent and an excellent attention to detail thought from service to decor.

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GenaT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always happy to support
The local, especially when staff are amazing!
Keep doing what you’re doing guys.

Employees Only
Responded on 4 November 2020

Hi Gena, thanks for the support! We really appreciate it and hope to see back for a good time again soon.

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TammiB
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous Venue, Gorgeous Lighting...Stunning ambiance....

Employees Only
Responded on 4 November 2020

Thanks so much for your review, Tammi! We're so glad you enjoyed your time with us at EO.

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LILIPUTLILIPUT
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience2

bad food for the price
worst music and ambiance
worst and tiniest toilets ever

Employees Only
Responded on 26 October 2020

Hi, we're extremely sorry to hear about your recent experience. We usually take a lot of pride in what we do at EO, so we will look into this. If there is anything we can do please do not hesitate to contact maddison@tropicool.life. Thank you for taking the time to review us.

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audreyb
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Ambiance is great, the cocktails are excellent, but we got our main dish before the starters...

Employees Only
Responded on 26 October 2020

Hi Audrey, thank you for leaving us a review! We're glad you enjoyed the ambiance and cocktails at EO. Thanks for letting us know about your meals, we usually don't make mistakes but of course things happen and we will make sure it doesn't happen should you join us again!

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stephm
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great cocktails, food and awesome vibe! Loved the show as well!

Employees Only
Responded on 26 October 2020

Thanks for the review! We're so glad you had a great experience and can't wait to mix you up another cocktail.

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DONY
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Enjoyed the dinner there with my girlfriend

Employees Only
Responded on 26 October 2020

Thanks for the review, we are so happy you enjoyed your night with us and hope to see you back soon!

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TasnuvaRaidah
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service, great suggestions on starters, mains and drinks.
Loved the energy of the place and appreciated the complimentary drink for our first night out since the pandemic.

Highly recommend!

Employees Only
Responded on 20 October 2020

Hi, thanks for the kind review! We can't always do so but we do try to go the extra mile for our guests where we can. We'd love to see you back for another cocktail or more menu suggestions soon!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely staff. A good variety of cocktails to pick from. Overall a great experience.

Employees Only
Responded on 20 October 2020

Thanks for reviewing us! We're so glad you enjoyed your time at EO and our cocktail list, and hope to see you back soon.

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VeronicaW
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice cocktail br. Very professional staff as well. The cocktails were amazing.

Employees Only
Responded on 20 October 2020

Hi Veronica, thank you so much for the kind review!

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KayI
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Atmosphere is eclectic, music on point, wait staff always ready to help. Its a familiar friendly vibe with an edge.
Dinner, there is something for everyone, meat, vegan, amazing bar food.
The drinks are the pinnacle of why i go....amazing mixologists who know how to serve up classics and create new gems.

Employees Only
Responded on 20 October 2020

Hi Kayl, thanks for reviewing us! We appreciate the positive feedback so much and can't wait to mix up another drink for you soon.

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JacquiD
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service, ambiance, food & cocktails. I cant wait to come back

Employees Only
Responded on 13 October 2020

Hey Jacqui, thanks so much for reviewing us! We're glad you enjoyed your time at EO! And we hope to see you back again soon.

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AmandaS
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had and amazing time and the food/drinks were fantastic. Highly recommend.

Employees Only
Responded on 13 October 2020

Hi Amanda, thanks for leaving us such a nice review! Hopefully we get to serve your more of our delicious food and drinks again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again we decided to have some drinks and finish off our day at Employees Only. The staff greeted us with enthusiasm and a warm friendly smile. We enjoyed the new menu of cocktails.

Employees Only
Responded on 13 October 2020

Hi, we're so glad you enjoyed your time at Employees Only! And thanks for noticing our new cocktails, we hope you liked them as much as we do!

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RonMox
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super amazing cocktails and the most delicious food!!! Can’t wait yo go back!!:)

Employees Only
Responded on 13 October 2020

Hey, we're so glad you enjoyed your time at Employees Only! We loved having you and can't wait to see you back again!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Nice and friendly.

Employees Only
Responded on 13 October 2020

Thanks for the 5 star review!

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DHQL
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Employees Only is a fantastic restaurant where everything is done with care, from the food to the service to the ambience. Highly recommend!

Employees Only
Responded on 9 October 2020

Wow, thanks for such a great review! At Employees Only we definitely always try to go above and beyond, so hearing that our customers enjoy their time with us is so rewarding. We hope to see you back again soon!

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SarahA
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience2

First in bookings and we were sat at the bar right near the door. Was not a great atmosphere in that spot especially seeing the rest of the venue was primarily empty at the time.

Employees Only
Responded on 9 October 2020

Hi Sarah, thanks for taking the time to review us! We're sorry you had an average time with us when we usually take pride in being much better than average. We'll definitely ensure we look into this, and hopefully we see you again one day to provide you with our regular, great service!

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RenaiV
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great vibe would definitely recommend. Music is great the little show is a nice added touch, food is very tasty.

Employees Only
Responded on 9 October 2020

Thanks for the review! We're so glad to hear you had a great time here with us, and enjoyed the show with your food! We hope to see you next time, Renai!

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CindyM
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyable. Fun. Yummy cocktails.

Employees Only
Responded on 26 October 2020

Thanks for leaving us a review, we're so glad you enjoyed your time with us at Employees Only!

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OpenTable Diner
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall1food2service2ambience4

Was told 4 times our booking was ending, starting 40mins into booking we had a hour, 40 mins
30min, 15min
Made our experience a disappointment
Went to The Gidley the next night, your Management should go there to learn what good Service is...

Employees Only
Responded on 9 October 2020

Hi, we are really sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy your time with us at Employees Only. Our staff usually take great pride in how we tend to our customers and to learn that we have disappointed a customer is really important to us. We hope that you do choose to visit us again eventually, and we will make sure any issues you have raised are addressed internally so it does not happen again. Thank you again for the feedback.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Sydney / NSW
21 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ‘Around the World’ cocktail and taco experience was delightful

Employees Only
Responded on 20 October 2020

Thanks for taking the time to leave us a review! We hope you had a great time with us at EO!

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Employees Only is rated 4.4 stars by 164 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.