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Milk and Honey – worth the membership?

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I've never been to M&H, but I have heard people singing its praises for years.
So that leaves me with two questions:

1) Is it still possible to get in without being a member?
2) Is the membership fee worth it?

Thanks!

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Milk and Honey
134 Eldridge St, New York, NY 10002

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  1. Huh?

    Is it still possible to get in without being a member? YES. Just make reservation, know the address and arrive on time. Cash only.

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    1. re: thegforceny

      i havent been to milk and honey since 2004. do people still go here?

      1. re: sam1

        Sure, the drinks are some of the best and I love the bartenders. Why not?

        1. re: loratliff

          because what was once an interesting concept has spawned reality tv shows and has convinced people that bars are meant to have men wearing 1920s garb and bowties rather than enjoying quality spirits and enjoying the moment.

          1. re: sam1

            Apart from what TV networks choose to air and what some other people are convinced of, do you find that quality spirits and enjoying the moment are no longer what M&H delivers? Honest question; never been there. If the cocktails are still good, I couldn't care less what's trending at the moment.

            1. re: sam1

              I've never been in a bar that has more of a focus on quality spirits than M&H. Their bartenders are more dedicated to their craft than any others I've met, and have also mentored and produced other up and coming bartenders. I don't see how it's a fault that people want to emulate that.

              1. re: loratliff

                i drink red wine and scotch...of good quality so i dont need to have it watered down with sugar and bitters and all sorts of funny stuff.

                if you like it, then thats great. for me, these types of bars fly in the face of what i seek in drinking culture. a place where people and connection comes secondary to frilly drinks and costumes from the 1920s.

                1. re: sam1

                  "i drink red wine and scotch...of good quality so i dont need to have it watered down with sugar and bitters and all sorts of funny stuff."

                  ...it sounds to me like you just don't enjoy cocktails? That's fine, but it's not the fault of M&H.

                  re: old-school dress, I'd chalk that up more to recent style trends than anything else. Go to any number of the more trendy drinking establishments (including coffee *ahem* Stumptown) and you'll see the same...or hipster culture in general. Doesn't detract from the quality of the drinks, or the atmosphere inside.

                  The speakeasy thing is gimmicky and silly, but it's also a trend that a very large number of cocktail bars are following for the time being.