Visitors to the new below-ground Honey lounge, 201 East Hennepin Avenue, will find a decidedly mellower atmosphere than that of Jitters, the boisterous Cabaret bar preceding it.
With its candlelight and speakeasy vibe, Honey might best be described as a place to chill. The owners of Ginger Hop above added some chic furnishings to the former Jitters space including leather upholstered benches, twisted metal light fixtures, and a sleek, cracked-mirror bar.
On its opening night Saturday November 14th, Honey was a popular destination for diners waiting for tables at busy Ginger Hop. Customers wandered down to Honey to order a pre-dinner cocktail and listen to mellow jazz music. DJ dance music was scheduled to start at 10 p.m.
Honey serves classic cocktails, wine, and eight tap beers including regional and craft brews averaging $5. But the menu reflects the name, featuring small plates, desserts and chocolate locally produced by B.T. McElrath, Organic Green and Black, and Honey’s own truffles.
One of the menu items is a chocolate flight with pieces of milk, dark and very dark chocolates for $3.25. Other featured desserts include Absinthe Crème Brulee for $6.50, Pumpkin Mousse for $5.50, and Spicy Molten Chocolate Cake for two for $10.
Staff was still working out a few kinks on opening night. My friends and I noticed that table seating was limited and bartenders and wait staff, though friendly, were still familiarizing themselves with the menu. I also miss former Friday night Jitters regular Erin Schwab who now performs at Hell’s Kitchen in Minneapolis.
However, Honey should provide a unique destination for folks who like to combine sweets with their cocktails.