5 Hidden Bars You Need to Find

BY Gabriela Reyes

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We aim to keep you up to speed on the hottest food and beverage establishments in and around Denver to ensure you’re your crew’s “in the know” representative. Speakeasies are fun as you walk through hidden entrances and are teleported into dimly lit intimate settings so that we will do a quick nod to our favorites: Get the inside scoop on the hottest hidden bars in Denver! From Williams and Graham, B&GC, Retrograde, Millers & Rossi, and Golden Moon. We recommend you venture into the secret locations and be sure to know the password if needed. This is not, however, a story about speakeasies. 

Today we are going to share some discreet and cozy bars that you may not have heard of or are unknowingly right under your nose. Though there is secrecy about these spots, their felicitous bar programs keep their mixologists shaking and stirring all night. Grab your libation-loving crew for a new thrilling, and memorable adventure.

Marmalade Lounge & Boutique

Alley Entrance, 5665 Olde Wadsworth Blvd, Arvada, CO 80002

Ladies and gentlemen are invited, but ladies, this is the place to treat yourself and hang with your girlfriends. Marmalade Lounge sits under Clementine’s Salon in Olde Town Arvada, and is accessible via the alley (look for the blue neon sign). Get your hair done, go shopping at the Boutique, all while enjoying a cocktail from the Lounge. Sounds like the perfect day that I need to book for myself. Who’s joining me?

Luci’s Shambles & Provisions

1553 Platte St Ste 110, Denver, CO 80202

With the tagline “If You Know You Know”, Luci’s has a lot more than just cocktails for you to sip on. To know, visit their Dungeon and catch a Burlesque or Comedy show on their special nights. How do you and your friends locate this hidden bar? “Look for the neon hearts next to the Highlands Bridge.” 

Ghost Donkey

1750 Wewatta St #140, Denver, CO 80202

While many search for The Cooper Lounge for an elevated cocktail experience overlooking the bustling waiting room of Union Station, Ghost Donkey sits tucked away throwing an exclusive fiesta. If you are wanting an energetic atmosphere to get the party going with some cocteles, vino, y cerveza find one of the entrances. There are, in fact, two ways to enter the bar one being the most direct exit to catch the G-Line. To access the main entrance head inside of The Coloradan from Union Station and into the fiesta through the marked door on the right hand side. 

Noble Riot

1336 27th St, Denver, CO 80205

If you are in the mood for wine then this hidden wine bar sitting in the alley behind Denver Central Market is the perfect place to visit. Along with their bottle selection, they have unassumingly won awards for their Fried Chicken that can be ordered in small or large bucket servings. If you’re a wino, they have both a Flight Club and Wine Club to satisfy your palate. Walk yourself over to find their entrance, most conveniently accessed through 27th Street in RiNo. 

Hell Or High Water Tiki

Upstairs Mezzanine, 1526 Blake St, Denver, CO 80202

A tiki bar inside a bar was devised from the creative minds of Honor Farm and The Electric Cure. Hell or High Water Tiki is located on the Mezzanine inside Honor Farm, and can be located by going up the stairway. There you will experience the synced theme of hauntings and mystery accentuated with skull mugs and otherworldly decor, all the while having time pass you by as you immerse yourself in the cursed ambiance and cocktails. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Gabriela Reyes

Gaby has been part of the Denver/Boulder food scene since 2015 when she moved to Colorado. While gradually losing her ability to eat due to six years of misdiagnosed food allergies, she became fascinated with the culinary scene. Gaby, aka The Restaurant Encyclopedia, has been DiningOut’s restaurant coordinator for food festivals since 2017 and joined the editorial team in 2022.

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