Employees Only LA, located in West Hollywood at 7953 Santa Monica Blvd., is the sole west coast location of the world-renowned, award-winning “speakeasy” cocktail bar and restaurant Employees Only, which is based in New York and has other locations in Singapore, Hong Kong, and Miami. Since its founding in New York in 2004, Employees Only has been critically lauded and honored with awards by the global bar community, including Spirited Awards for “World's Best Cocktail Bar,” “World's Best Drink Selection,” “Best American Bar Team,” and “Best American High Volume Bar,” and has also gained a loyal following for its delicious New American fare with subtle European touches. The Los Angeles location not only offers EO classics from the New York menu, but also features many new cocktails available only in Los Angeles in a bar program led by EO co-founder Dushan Zaric and an expanded food menu geared for the Los Angeles market by Chef Sascha Lyon. Employees Only LA is owned by EOLA LLC and Midnight Hospitality Group LLC, which manages Employees Only LA and is owned by Steven Weisburd and Tom Sopit.
The Los Angeles Location
The design concept for EOLA centers on EO's original roots in NYC. The sense of community and belonging is felt in EONY from the moment you enter. We designed EOLA with this core ethos in mind.
Our space is post-modern architecture with Art Deco detailing. The folded ash wood planes of the walls wrap over head to expanding ceilings. The grain of the wood rises vertically on the walls and folds in line on the ceiling. The grain of the wood on the red oak floors follows this rigid direction of the ceilings; a sophisticated moment of architecture and design.
The light wall screen between the main dining room and private bar employs cherry wood and ebony edge detailing, gridded glass and reed glass, and warm tube lights to allow a glow of amber tones. The wall turns on a deco point, into a secret door imagined as a wall that opens to private guests.
The ambiance of the bar is boisterous and fun. The main room creates space for friends to gather and dine. The private room condenses the sound with accoustic treatments on the walls and ceilings; the dark tones give a feeling of intimacy.
Throughout the venue the direction of materials change to adhere to the strict architecture of the design. The space designed for a sophisticated dining experience.