Denver’s Favorite Speakeasies

The places to see and (not) be seen in Denver; here's a collective list of the coolest places for a refreshing craft cocktail.

 

Cruise Room
1600 17th St.

As Denver’s longest running bar, born after the repeal of prohibition, the Cruise Room remains to be a chic evening getaway for their famous martinis and other well-appraised cocktails. It may be Denver’s most historic bar, but the Art Deco design and inspiration from Queen Mary boasts an ambiance inclusive of all time periods. Let this lounge sweep you away to another era.


Green Russell
1422 Larimer St.

Try something new at Green Russell in the cozy, mysterious, time-warped ambiance of dim lighting and soft conversation with your closest friends. Here at Green Russell, telephone booths and smart apparel are not a thing of the past, in fact they come highly recommended to indulge in the present experience.

 


Williams & Graham
3160 Tejon St.

Have you ever walked through a bookcase to find an exclusive cocktail bar? This hidden gem—quite literally—takes you back to when grabbing a cocktail was to be kept a secret. With original drinks from their creative bartenders and long-standing classics, you can easily find a drink to match your mood and personal preferences.

 


Golden Moon Speakeasy
1111 Miner’s Alley, Golden

Featuring pre-prohibition punches and long drinks, this speakeasy offers classic and modern craft cocktails using their own distilled spirits from Golden Moon Distillery. Small bites and desserts pair nicely with the drink menu along with this venue’s frequent live music performances. This is an experience you don’t want to miss.

 

Retrograde
530 E 19th Ave.

Photo: Thirst Colorado

For a true speakeasy experience, go to the Frozen Matter ice cream shop in Uptown, head towards the back, and follow the instructions. You may feel a bit out of place, but once you enter the chic space that is Retrograde—with its velvety booths, swanky atmosphere, and exquisite, handcrafted cocktails—you’ll feel right at home. Tip: Order the grilled cheese for a truly decadent experience.

Cooper Lounge
1701 Wynkoop St.

This lounge pays homage to the era of chic cocktail lounges, and it’s one of the most elegant cocktail lounges in Denver today. While being an intimate experience, you can still enjoy the views of Denver and the Union Station hall with a drink from the charming bartenders and a delicious bite to eat from their distinctive menu.

 

Millers & Rossi
3542 Walnut St.

Playing the roles of both a contemporary speakeasy and a retro ice cream parlor, Millers & Rossi packs a punch when it comes to a fun experience. The speakeasy is first an art gallery, but by stepping behind a painting, the hidden cocktail bar comes to life, and accessing the ice cream parlor through a refrigerator is equally as exciting.

B&GC
249 Columbine St.

Revived from what was formerly the Cherry Creek Post Office comes one of the most secretive bars in Denver. This cocktail lounge celebrates cocktailing for the elite and powerful, and invites you to be exhilarated and whisked back to lost ages of revelry. Reserve a spot for your party, ring the doorbell, and be instantly transported in time.

 

Edit by Callie Miller