Duck past a velvet curtain into a WeHo storefront marked with a neon PSYCHIC sign to enter Employees Only, a glam ’70s-ish speakeasy helmed by acclaimed bartender Dushan Zaric. The newest location of a budding empire (there are EO outlets in Singapore, Hong Kong, and Miami), the up-tempo spot sports mahogany trim and leather booths along with straightforward cocktails crafted by designated “principal bartenders” in white chef’s coats.
A young Burt Reynolds wouldn’t look out of place in the corkceilinged dining room during dinner.
Go for classics with a twist, like a Manhattan mellowed with Grand Marnier, or the gimlet-esque Hope Monkey: Spanish gin, clarified lime cordial, and nose-tickling absinthe bitters.
Employees Only, 7953 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood
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