Winner of The World's Best Bar at the 2011, Employees Only ("EO") - Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards - took over New Orleans' One Eyed Jacks for one night of debauchery during the 10th Anniversary of Tales of the Cocktail.
It was for one night only that the gang behind this internationally renowned bar recreated the EO experience and brought to life our favorite West Village haven.
From the delicious cocktails and risqué party favors to the NASTY Bar upstairs it was an evening to remember.
Our favorite moments of the night were: The EO Tattoo Parlor: Over 36 industry professionals received n EO tattoo ( one girl got two!) which guarantees them a free first drink for life at the New York establishment and not to mention a badass looking tat!
Calamity Chang: EO flew down the illustrious sexy Calamity for an exciting and sultry cabaret show - bringing her NY style to the historical streets of the French Quarter.
NASTY Bar: When or where else would you get all the owners of EO behind the stick for one night? Billy Gilroy, Henry LaFargue, Jason Kosmas, Dushan Zaric and Igor Hadzismajlovic served up their favorite shots to close friends all night long.
Henry leading the funeral procession: As a New Orleans native, this night meant more to Henry than anything else. It was his chance to bring his two homes together. He led the funeral procession with a heaping pot of Chef Julia Jaksic's signature Chicken Soup - which if you happen to be at EO after 4 am - guests are served a complementary bowl of this soul-warming stew before heading home.
The EO team was humbled to be a part of this great cocktail festival and hope this night was their chance to give back to all those in the industry who supported them and a night to honor the staff and the entire spirits community as a whole.
It was an unforgettable evening (although I am sure for few it might be blurry) and an event that will go down in Tales History!
Published on Aug 31, 2012