The Montauk Club atmosphere is like that of a cocktail party in a Venetian palazzo. The membership is diverse and friendly. The majority of our members are well educated men and women who stop in after work to decompress and enjoy a glass of wine or a well made drink, and a pleasant, often spirited conversation in a beautiful room. The club is steps away from the subway line, so it’s a convenient and civilized part of the daily schedule.
We approve new applications every month, and by far our largest contingent is members under the age of 35. The majority of our under 35s are unmarried – and in keeping with Brooklyn’s reputation – good looking. But our older members are holding their own and the mix of ages and the diversity of points of view make for engaging conversation. Many of the younger members take advantage of the age spectrum and the advice and mentoring opportunities it provides. Where else can you get unbiased, social, business, legal, and relationship advice from someone who isn’t a family member, office co-worker or close friend. One of the benefits of club life is its continuity. In an uncertain world, it’s comforting to know that one’s club is a steadfast oasis that continues even after nearly 120 years.
Our favorite rooms are the Venetian Lounge on the second floor with its large bay of stained glass windows overlooking Plaza Street – and its loggia and balcony with a Gothic quatrefoil screen decorated in terracotta ornament. Another favorite is the intimate Card Room decorated in 1960s green landscape wall paper – also with its own balcony – a refuge to cigar smokers.
Last year, our Halloween dance party was wild. The Victorian Clubhouse lends itself quite easily to being a Haunted Mansion, and the decorations were sublime. The event was very well attended and we were entertained by two bands and a tap dancing act. Our New Year’s Eve party’s theme was “The Golden Age of Hollywood” and featured big band dancing, a magician, and a burlesque act that would have been shut down under the Giuliani administration.
Our annual dues are quite low relative to other clubs and we have no initiation fee. Besides the annual dues, there is a nominal, monthly minimum usage; $15 for members under 35. And the member is only charged if their monthly usage in either the bar or dining room is less than the minimum. It’s standard in most clubs and serves to subsidize the bar and dining room – since we employ a full staff regardless of the number of members who may be using the club on any given night. As in most clubs members charge their usage to their account. Cash is never exchanged and tipping is not permitted – the staff salaries take this into account – and members receive a bill for their usage at the end of the month.
An application for Membership can be found here