Cocktail bars are catching onto the taste-bud-travel trend, and the latest just happens to be one of Sydney’s best.
Employees Only has introduced a new travel-themed set of four cocktails, a tightly curated menu for customers to traverse the various tastes of popular spots like Japan, Mexico, Hong Kong, and New York, simply by sipping on some sumptuous drinks.
The “Around the World in Four Drinks” set, priced at $50, with the option of a $25 taco special tacked on top, will be available at the subterranean bar every Wednesday and Thursday from now until October 8th.
“Employees Only Sydney is part of a family of clever mixologists around the world – with EO’s located in New York, Miami, West Hollywood and Singapore – and our mixologists are used to travelling to bars around the world to inspire our cocktails creations”, said Head Bartender Christine Wei Lam. “This is a great chance for us to share some of the flavours and styles we’ve tasted on our cocktail research trips with our Sydney patrons”.
The set, which is served with a passport-style placemat hand-illustrated by Melbourne artist Tom Clapin, will include a brush through the zen gardens of Kyoto with the “Kyoto Sour”, a night out in New York with “West Side”, a sit down at a Hong Kong tea ceremony with the Chinese tea-infused “Eau de Ambre”, and a dip in the rich flavours of Mexico with the “Oaxaca Express”.
For a bar that usually prices each cocktail at around $20, having all four for $50 is a shoe-in for the best deal around town right now.
As for those aforementioned tacos. Slap an extra $25 on top and open your perfectly planned journey up to tacos, one paired to each cocktail and waving the flag high for its respective country. Mexico’s taco will have marinated wagyu striploin dancing with charred corn salsa, pico de gallo and hickory smoked hollandaise; Japan’s switches it up with panko dusted chicken tenderloin wrapped with spicy kewpie mayo and green apple cabbage slaw; New York’s gets indulgent with the Katz-worthy wagyu pastrami reuben; and lastly the Hong Kong taco brings in crispy braised duck and pairs it with cucumber, chilli, hoi-sin sauce, shallot and coriander.
Walk-ins are available but if you want to book ahead head on over to employeesonlysyd.com.