Milk Bar Opens at Cosmopolitan and It’s the Ideal Time to Lower Your Expectations

There’s a new way to satisfy your cravings for sweets on the Las Vegas Strip, Milk Bar at Cosmopolitan Las Vegas.

Milk Bar opened amidst quite a bit of hoopla, but as with too many things in Vegas, the reality veers a bit from the hype.

We popped in to Milk Bar to give it a taste.

Milk Bar Cosmopolitan Las Vegas

Bon Appétit named Milk Bar “One of the Most Exciting Bakeries in the Country.” Yet another reason we probably shouldn’t trust the French.

Milk Bar is the brain child of owner and noted chef, Christina Tosi. And by “noted,” of course, we mean we also have never heard of her.

Milk Bar is part of a chain, with seven other locations in New York City, Washington, D.C. and Toronto, which we’re relatively sure is in another country.

Milk Bar Las Vegas

Milk Bar seats three people, so everything is grab-and-go. Like your sister.

Milk Bar is touted as being a “playful, approachable spin on familiar home-style desserts and savory snacks using quality ingredients and locally sourced dairy.”

Because if there’s one thing on your mind when you’re eating fattening treats, it’s where the milk came from.

Here’s a look at the Milk Bar menu.

Milk Bar Cosmo Las Vegas

Nothing says party like a six-inch cake for $56.

We tried a few of the items on the Milk Bar menu, and we can assure you they were all perfectly adequate. Please feel free to use that on your advertising, Milk Bar.

We dove headlong into the soft serve ice cream, and while adorable, it wasn’t anything spectacular. Here’s a look at the Fruity Cereal Milk soft serve with cornflake crunch.

Milk Bar Cosmopolitan Las Vegas

“Soft Serve” was our nickname in college. Long story.

Milk Bar serves four different flavors of soft serve, the aforementioned Fruity Cereal Milk, Cereal Milk, Crack Pie and Sweet Potato Pie.

The stand also offers “MilkQuakes.” They’re basically Dairy Queen Blizzards, but at a Las Vegas Strip price (an absurd $10).

We tried the Birthday Cake MilkQuake. Again, nothing to write home about, but then again, nobody has actually written home since 2004. MilkQuakes flavors include Strawberry & Corn, Crack Pie, Bkfst (sic) and Sweet Potato Pie.

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Milk Bar’s McFlurry was McCeptable.

Milk Bar also serves alcohol-infused “Fancy Shakes,” like the Cereal Milk White Russian, Fancy Fruity Shake and Fancy Chocolate Malt Cake Shake. We’re fairly sure we’ll be back to try one, or all, of those. Because fancy.

At this point, we figured we’d make a Hail Mary to ensure we found something to love, so we tried a cookie. Yes, they’re $3, but certainly a venue known for its desserts would make a killer cookie.

The closest thing we could find to a chocolate chip cookie was the Cornflake Chocolate Chip Marshmallow Cookie, and it was spectacularly meh.

Milk Bar Cosmopolitan Las Vegas

We have tried every known cookie in Las Vegas and this was certainly one of those.

What the cookies lacked in succulence it more than make up for by having a metric hell-ton of ingredients.

Milk Bar Las Vegas

Say that five times, fast.

Milk Bar is located on the second level of Cosmopolitan and is open 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. daily. This information is especially useful if you’re a time traveler.

If you give Milk Bar a try, we’d love to hear what you think, even if you disagree with our infallible opinion.

Milk Bar Las Vegas

When in doubt, merch.

We suspect Milk Bar would fare well anywhere else, but its competition in Las Vegas has set a ridiculously high (wait for it) bar.

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  • RustyHammer

    Not interested. Drop the prices in half and set up shot at Container Park, perhaps you’ll pry the wallet out of my dusty denim.

  • Photoncounter

    So I have to pay to park, then stare at the board to figure out how to order a black coffee and a choose an odd sounding cookie? If I get my math correct I’d have to budget over $20!


    There aren’t enough silly tourists to keep this silly idea open more than a year.

    • Bouldersteve

      Funny how people on vacation..not just Las

      • As it should be!

        • Bouldersteve

          Agree. I do the same. Eat Drink and spend too much. Life’s short.. Enjoy

  • Michelle

    Long time reader, first time caller…

    I absolutely agree with this review. Boozy hot chocolate was good, cookies were okay. The thing that wowed me more than anything was the birthday cake truffles from Milk Bar they gave me at Momofuku for my birthday. Try those or if youre lucky, get your hands on the actual birthday cake from there. It rich as hell but insanely good.

  • wanker751

    So I had a touch of heartburn… mostly due to eating too much and drinking to much (the pills didn’t do much, some stomachs can’t handle vegas.) Well the internets said try a milk shake so off I go to Milk bar to get a vanilla shake.

    I should have known I was in trouble when they said they don’t have Vanilla shakes, but “our take on a vanilla shake is the cereal milk”. At first I though how can one have a take on something as plain as vanilla, cause you know vanilla also can mean boring.

    So I figured sure, I’ll give it a try, since I was told it tasted like milk after you had cereal. To me it tasted like milk after cereal if you left it out for a few days. Pass. Take your money next door (almost) to Holsteins and get a shake there.

  • Bouldersteve

    Like most things on the Strip underwhelming quality at a overwhelming price

  • Bouldersteve

    Should be a law..cannot call it a bar unless you sell booze.Captain Morgan is a must.

  • DiceManiac

    Thanks for your honest review. So many places can’t help sugar coating (sorry, couldn’t help myself there).