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The Milton Club: New Private Members Club For MCR

New club opens for 'professionals over 25'

Published on November 4th 2013.

The Milton Club: New Private Members Club For MCR

WE'VE had this intriguing press release at Confidential.

'Named after the poet and free-thinker John Milton (who penned the famous poem – Paradise Lost) the Milton Club is located in the heart of the city at 244 Deansgate in the historical Milton Hall, once home to the BBC Northern Orchestra.

'Offering exceptional service within its elegantly designed amber and charcoal grey interior (created by top interior designer Bernard Carroll, remember Reform, now Room) the Milton embodies the style and warmth that is the signature of this great city.'

This all sounds ok but Confidential hopes that there's a good door and admissions policy in place. We've been assured there will be. 

The press release goes on to describe 'a classic drinks menu (including rare whiskies and cognacs) juxtaposed with modern cocktails and, of course, a superb wine/champagne list from the separate champagne bar'.

The capacity is 250 and membership will be via registration (no fees), for professionals over 25-years-old. The perks package will include priority reservation of booths, guest-list, invites to parties/events and a concierge service working with hotels and venues. 

There's a private bar within a 'premier booth'. 

This all sounds ok but Confidential hopes there's a good door and admissions policy in place. We've been assured there will be to quote, 'a good ethos, a strict policy'.

Private members clubs in Manchester, especially those with 'VIP rooms' tend to be a problematical proposition. There's something about them that attracts 'bad uns' with 'issues'. Let's hope the club management knows how to weed out the threatening types and let elegant fun reign.

What is beyond doubt is how good-looking the place will be - as long as the CGI images are realised.

It has good bones too. The building was originally built in 1909-11 in a confident Baroque style by Bradshaw and Gass, the same architects of the Royal Exchange. It has a cutesy domed tower on one end. It was the Congregational Church's prime meeting place in the North West, one of loads of church halls on Deansgate and Peter Street - Gaucho Restaurant occupies one hall, Albert Hall (above the old Brannigans) another. 

The Congregationalists of the time were teetotallers.

Would-be members of Milton House needn't fear about maintenance of the 'dry' policy -  as the above quotes prove. For Milton, that sober God-fearing poet, the building named after him might become a Paradise Lost, for others, as long as the door-policy is good, it might well become a Paradise Regained.

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23 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

Lord AlmightyNovember 4th 2013.

Oh dear, another. Please tell me Arnie Hira isn't involved. "private members" 'separate VIP bars', 'limited membership'. Dear oh dear, haven't people learned about crash and burn and these supposed VIP's who either don't exist, have grown up, actually (in the case of footballers) realised they are athletes and should go to bed early? They know they are prey to every bird in the room who is ready to kiss n tell at the very best? The last to go was Lounge 10. Before that Arnie Hira, Barca, Circle and on and on... What mentalist has money in here?

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AnonymousNovember 5th 2013.

Awesome. Cut it to shreds before it launches. Nice touch.

AnonymousNovember 5th 2013.

The Circle was dire.

AnonymousNovember 12th 2013.

Although this seems to be a completely different concept to the other venues stated

Charlie ButterworthNovember 5th 2013.

Just a thought people, what about giving it a chance before condemning it. A good door policy has been promised. It may work out fine.

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AnonymousNovember 12th 2013.

Indeed, fully agreed!

AnonymousNovember 5th 2013.

Hi....out of interest, can Confidential clarify what "good" means when it talks about the door/admissions policy?

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AnonymousNovember 5th 2013.

It means we wouldn't be allowed in, but the knucklehead with his X5 parked outside will.

CasNovember 5th 2013.

Subsequent to the thretening, "We will block all negative reviews", comment on ManCon recently; how come that lovely write up from "Lord Almighty" has been allowed in? Maybe he knows people on the "inside"..... Anyway, what constitutes as an "over 25 professional??".

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Graham ReevesNovember 8th 2013.

Usually means over the age of 25 and has a job.

CasNovember 5th 2013.

Oops, "threatening" spelt incorrectly.....!!

Poster BoyNovember 5th 2013.

Another London affectation that has no place 'up North'. Excepting the original Press Club, of course.

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AnonymousNovember 12th 2013.

Seems like Manchester is actually in desperate need of a place like this

Tyson the BeerhoundNovember 5th 2013.

Wot no beer?

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AnonymousNovember 6th 2013.

A lovely building like that should serve ale!

AnonymousNovember 5th 2013.

Great,really looking forward to being with the ace faces in a booth,or a bar within a bar within a bar..... I would love to see this idea taken to it's logical conclusion and watch the last hep cat sitting on his own in the coolest one man gin joint in town.

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AnonymousNovember 12th 2013.


shiveringgoatNovember 5th 2013.

Funny, Milton Hall was where Les Dawson got his big break on TV/Opportunity Knocks in the late 60's, he didn't win but Hughie Green told him he'd never sell vacs again….after that his fame took off. Opportunity Knocks was filmed here in the 60's.

Graeme MorleyNovember 7th 2013.

Will they sell WKD??? Not bothered which flavour, I love them all and so do all my mates!!!

Paul ConnorNovember 8th 2013.

Is it too much too ask that these clubs employ door people who have actually set foot inside a school at some point in there lives and can actually think for themselves.

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AnonymousNovember 12th 2013.

This could be just what they have done!

AnonymousNovember 8th 2013.

EDITORIAL COMMENT. Jonathan Moran, stop posting this story again and again. It makes you look like the worst sort of obsessive troll. Good Lord man go out, have a drink, read a book, take a nap, find help.

AnonymousMay 6th 2014.

Suede's owners? Suede's DJs? Suede's marketing girl? Suede?

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