While it’s surrounded by the non-stop South Beach nightlife scene, the grounds of Washington Park Hotel are both an oasis of repose and a scene unto themselves. With our lobby bar, pool deck, gardens and newly opened Employees Only restaurant, we’d suggest spending at least one of your nights in South Beach not going anywhere at all.
NYC’s beloved speakeasy, Employees Only has recently opened its second foray outside of Manhattan at the Washington Park Hotel, becoming the hotels’ signature restaurant. Employees Only is nestled into our historic coral house, inhabiting the intimate essence of its NYC renowned counterpart in its new, tropical outpost.
In addition to Employees Only classics, such as the Billionaire Cocktail and Lazy Lover, a comprehensive food menu is also available with dishes like hand-cut steak tartare, bone marrow poppers, bacon wrapped lamb chops, and caviar offerings. Employees Only is open daily from 6 p.m. to 4 a.m., serving dinner from 6.pm. to midnight and offering a late night menu until 3:30 a.m.
Located in the lobby of the historic Kenmore building, Swizzle is Washington Park Hotel's tropical cocktail bar. Named for the popular rum-based drink originated in the Caribbean, Swizzle is the brainchild of Danilo " Dacha " Bozovic. A high profile member of the cocktail community for many years, Bozovic bartended at Employees Only in New York and is now head bartender and partner in Employees Only Miami and recently released a book, Barkeep: The Guide to Becoming a Professional Bartender. The Swizzle menu includes signature cocktails such as the South Beach Swizzle and the Hollywood Swizzle as well as casual eats including the WPH Burger with Muenster cheese; Avocado and Crab Toast; and Swizzle Cocktele with shrimp, calamari and avocado. Guests can drink and eat on the hotel's sprawling lawn, sit down for table service or enjoy while participating in Washington Park Hotel's host of outdoor activities including dominos, ping-pong and chess.