Milk & Honey (bar)

Milk & Honey was a cocktail bar originally founded in New York City on 31 December 1999, with another location in Soho, London, founded by Sasha Petraske. The New York location was first located on the Lower East Side and later moved to the Flatiron District.[3][4][5] The London branch was operated as a private members' club, although non-members could visit before 11 pm with a prior reservation. In September 2020 Milk & Honey London closed permanently due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Milk & Honey
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Milk & Honey Logo
Restaurant information
Established1999 (1999)[1]
Closed2020 (2020)[2]

The New York bar started the global speakeasy trend at its opening.[6]

House rulesEdit

The club operated a set of "House rules",[7] which were:

  • No name-dropping, no star fucking.
  • No hooting, hollering, shouting or other loud behaviour.
  • No fighting, play fighting, no talking about fighting.
  • Gentlemen will remove their hats. Hooks are provided.
  • Gentlemen will not introduce themselves to ladies. Ladies, feel free to start a conversation or ask the bartender to introduce you. If a man you don't know speaks to you, please lift your chin slightly and ignore him.
  • Do not linger outside the front door.
  • Do not bring anyone unless you would leave that person alone in your home. You are responsible for the behaviour of your guests.
  • Exit the bar briskly and silently. People are trying to sleep across the street. Please make all your travel plans and say all farewells before leaving the bar.


  1. ^ Simonson, Robert. "The 21st-Century Cocktail Is Born". Punch. Retrieved 2 January 2022.
  2. ^ Richards, Laura. "London's original speakeasy bar Milk & Honey closes for good". Time Out London. Retrieved 2 January 2022.
  3. ^ "Milk & Honey". Retrieved 28 May 2014.
  4. ^ "London's top five Soho cocktail bars". The Guardian. 27 July 2012. Retrieved 28 May 2014.
  5. ^ Simonson, Robert (29 May 2012). "Moving On, Adding a Sign Out Front". The New York Times. Archived from the original on 10 August 2014. Retrieved 1 January 2022.
  6. ^ Felten, Eric (14 April 2007). "Speakeasies With a Twist". The Wall Street Journal. Archived from the original on 2 January 2020. Retrieved 1 January 2022.
  7. ^ "House Rules". Milk & Honey. Retrieved 21 August 2015.


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