As a Colorado wedding photographer, I love to tell genuine stories of couples who believe in living in the moment. One of my favorite ways to live in the moment is by capturing date nights, engagement sessions, and even uniquely themed weddings, at speakeasies throughout the state of Colorado. This resource lays out every unique Colorado speakeasy that I love and is full of fun date night ideas for you and your partner.
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What is a Speakeasy?
Originally dating back to the Prohibition era, speakeasies were originally created as secret, often underground, bars that would allow patrons to consume alcoholic beverages despite alcohol being illegal. However, they have remained a pillar of modern society despite alcohol now being legal. Speakeasies today are often hidden or not as they originally appear, nodding to the original hidden nature of these types of establishments.
To get into the B&GC Denver speakeasy, you’ll first need to head down the alley between Second and Third Avenue. You will then come to staircase number 3 that features B&GC’s logo and a doorbell. This historic speakeasy was originally home to Cherry Creek Post Office carrying with it early historic elements from the Denver area. Reservations can be made for your exclusive Denver date night by texting B&GC to reserve your time.
Address: 249 Columbine St, Denver, CO 80206
Phone: (720) 925-8598
Millers and Rossi
Millers and Rossi describes itself as a contemporary art speakeasy. Located in the RiNo arts district of Denver, this speakeasy combines art gallery and speakeasy all into one. They also offer private events in either their main lounge or the Ohana room, making for an ideal bachelor or bachelorette party space.
Address: 3542 Walnut St, Denver, CO 80205
Phone: (720) 257-5342
Five Nines Denver
Although not a traditional speakeasy, Five Nines Denver is a modern and elegant cocktail bar tucked away in the Clayton Members Club & Hotel. The name of this Denver speakeasy is meant to represent purity (99.999% is the purest form of silver). In the same way, Five Nines aims to provide the purest cocktails for guests. This also is a great spot to celebrate after a wedding, with numerous ballrooms to say ‘I do” in at the Clayton Hotel.
Address: 233 Clayton St, Denver, CO 80206
Phone: (720) 245-6055
Meatball Eater and Libations
Meatball Eatery & Libations is a family owned Italian restaurant with a unique prohibition era, speakeasy. The restaurant and bar are full of prohibition-era pieces as well as authentic 1920’s drinks. Being a large restaurant also means they are a great place to utilize for a rehearsal dinner in Denver, or just a classy night out on the town.
Address: 9220 E Arapahoe Rd, Greenwood Village, CO 80112
Phone: (720) 420-0254
The Arvada Tavern
Just outside of Denver, in the heart of Olde Town Arvada, is the Arvada Tavern. The history of the tavern is rich, dating all the way back to 1933 and being the first tavern license issued from the city after prohibition had ended. In addition to the upstairs speakeasy, they also have a full restaurant downstairs as well as an outdoor patio to make for a fun date night all in one spot.
Address: 5707 Olde Wadsworth Blvd, Arvada, CO 80002
Phone: (303) 690-6269
Williams and Graham
As you enter through the doors of Williams and Graham you appear to arrive in a corner bookstore. As you go deeper, however, you are immersed into one of the best speakeasies in Denver. Behind the bar carries on the bookstore vibe, but instead of books, you’ll find over 500 different bottles from all over the world which are used to make a variety of unique and classic cocktails and spirits.
Address: 3160 Tejon St, Denver, CO 80211
Phone: (303) 997-8886
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Speakeasy Downtown Denver
Green Russel (Closed 2023)
While you peruse the shops along the streets of Larimer Square, it may be easy to miss the inconspicuous stairwell leading down to Green Russell. As you enter, you are immersed into what appears to be a pie shop. A host then greets you and leads you through a door immersing you into an authentic downtown Denver speakeasy experience.
As of 2023, Green Russel has closed.
Hidden behind the freezer door of Frozen Matter is Retrograde, otherwise known as the ice cream speakeasy of Denver. This speakeasy offers a futuristic space-like feeling bar with delicious signature artisan cocktails.
Address: 530 E 19th Ave, Denver, CO 80203
Phone: (720) 772-7843
One of Denver’s longest running bars is the Cruise Room Denver. This historical speakeasy has remained in operation since its first day open, a day after prohibition had officially ended. It also is located in the depths of Denver’s oldest running hotel, The Oxford Hotel. With so much history in one location, the Cruise Room Denver is arguably one of the most historic speakeasies in Colorado.
Address: 1600 17th St CO, Denver, CO 80202
Phone: (303) 825-1107
Run For The Roses Denver
Hidden beneath the third floor of the downtown Denver Dairy Block establishment, is Run For
The Roses Denver. This intimate cocktail bar offers a seasonal cocktail menu as well as classic cocktails year round. They also have a private event room, called Garland Room, making for an elegant and unique cocktail party or even an intimate wedding reception.
Address: 1801 Blake St #10, Denver, CO 80202
Phone: (720) 573-9155
Union Lodge No. 1
Since 2015, Union Lodge No 1 has been immersing guests into the early 1800’s in their speakeasy style bar. The decor, drinks, and even the American flag are meant to be as they were back before Prohibition in the early 19th century making for a historical and exciting date night experience.
Address: 1543 Champa St, Denver, CO 80202
Phone: (720) 389-0447
Peaks Lounge Denver
27 floors above the busy downtown streets is Peaks Lounge Denver. This bar is located inside of the Hyatt Regency and offers some of the most breathtaking views in all of Denver. Because of its convenient location, it is ideal to visit for sunset before dinner or the nearby theater.
Whatever the occasion, this speakeasy will make for an incredible date night experience with sights that will blow your partner away.
Address: 650 15th St 27th floor, Denver, CO 80202
Phone: (303) 436-1234
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Speakeasy Colorado Springs
Known for their elaborately themed immersive experiences, Allusion Speakeasy is a revolving pop-up bar. Between their two locations, you can find elaborate themes, switched out quarterly, including past themes such as Harry Potter, Stranger Things, Marvel, Jurassic Park, and more. With things always changing, Allusion Speakeasy stands out as a regular date night spot in Colorado Springs with something new to discover each visit.
Address (Downtown): 323 N Tejon St, Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Address (Powers): 3317 Cinema Pt, Colorado Springs, CO 80922Website: https://www.allusionbar.com/
Brooklyn's on Boulder Street
Though to the naked eye, Brooklyn’s on Boulder Street may look like the place to get a custom suite or a new tie, this facility is actually a Colorado Springs speakeasy. After entering through a door marked employees only, you will find yourself in a quaint yet elegant bar that really captures the essence of a classic speakeasy.
Address: 110 E Boulder St, Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Paying homage to the early gold prospectors of Colorado Springs, is the Fifty-Niner. After exploring what appears to be a game store, you will find much more than games. The Fifty-Niner offers some of the best cocktails and cuisine allowing guests to, as this facility puts it, “sit, sip, munch, and play the old fashioned way”.
Address: 2409 W Colorado Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80904
Phone: (719) 375-0201
The Archives Underground Libations
Located underneath the Colorado Craft restaurant is The Archives Underground Libations. This speakeasy is focused on refining and celebrating the art of tending a bar. As a result, they offer up some of the best drinks from classic drinks of the past as well as from modern originals.
Address: 15 S Tejon St, Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Shame & Regret Colorado Springs
As you walk down the alley near Bijou Street, you will come across a bright neon sign indicating the entrance for Shame & Regret. Inside, you will find over 100 different types of both whiskey and scotch. In addition to the wide variety of drinks, you also will find yourself immersed in a classic Victorian era decor often classified as a gothic sanctuary.
Address: 15 E Bijou St suite c, Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Phone: (719) 308-5508
Although not a traditional speakeasy, the spirit of the prohibition era is at the heart of everything that Lee Spirits does. Lee Spirits specializes in distilling gin for the purpose of complimenting original prohibition era cocktail recipes the way they were originally intended to taste. In addition to operating Brooklyn’s on Boulder Street, they also operate a tasting room in downtown Monument, Colorado.
Address: 303 E Hwy 105, Monument, CO 80132
Cork and Cask Colorado Sprints
Cork and Cask Colorado Springs has been voted one of the best upscale bars in Colorado Springs, making for an elegant and fun date night. They specialize in offering a wide variety of wine and whiskey while immersed in a classic speakeasy environment with antique decor and old-school brick work. They also have an outdoor patio with fireplaces making for an ideal place to snuggle up close to your special someone on a cool Colorado night.
Address: 60 E Moreno Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Phone: (719) 434-8949
Provisions Castle Rock
The aim of Provisions Castle Rock is to provide patrons with peace, intentionality, and clarity. Located right in between Colorado Springs and Denver, Provision also offers numerous events throughout the week as well as a private speakeasy style Bookshelf room to give you the full speakeasy experience.
Address: 302 Wilcox St, Castle Rock, CO 80104
Phone: (720) 617-1292
Speakeasy Golden Colorado
Golden Moon Speakeasy
Located in the heart of downtown Golden Moon is the Golden Moon Speakeasy. This speakeasy style bar offers prohibition-era cocktails and drinks all made from Golden Moon Distillery spirits. They also regularly feature live music for an added element to your speakeasy experience.
Address: 1111 Miner’s Alley, Golden, CO 80401
Phone: (720) 638-1155
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License No. 1
Tucked away inside of the historic Hotel Boulderado, is License No. 1. This historic underground speakeasy bar allows you to step back in time, while also enjoying the numerous comedy and musical acts that perform here weekly. License No. 1 also offers buyout of the facility, making for the perfect spot for a rehearsal dinner or a bachelor/bachelorette party.
Address: 2115 13th St, Boulder, CO 80302
Phone: (303) 442-4560
The Speakeasy Longmont
Beneath the streets of downtown Longmont is the Speakeasy Longmont. This speakeasy transports guests not just with their classic cocktails, but also with classic blues and jazz music. The space is also full of history; where once people walked underground on sidewalks, they now relax in the snazzy Speakeasy Longmont for drinks and music.
Address: 301 Main St, Longmont, CO 80501
Phone: (720) 684-4728
Dark Horse Boulder
The Dark Horse Boulder has been a landmark restaurant and bar in Boulder, Colorado since 1975. This establishment is not a traditional speakeasy, but rather brings in numerous speakeasy elements with their floor to ceiling immersive decor as well floor to ceiling movie props and antiques. In addition to their classic drinks, they are also known for their burgers and wings for a more laid back date night atmosphere.
Address: 2922 Baseline Rd, Boulder, CO 80303
Phone: (303) 442-8162
South Boulder Next Door
Adjacent to the Tandoori Grill Restaurant, is the South Boulder Speakeasy. This neighborhood bar is a relaxed atmosphere which regularly hosts comedy shows and local Boulder musicians in the establishment. As an extension of the Tandoori Restaurant, they also offer authentic Indian cuisine.
Address: 619 S Broadway, Boulder, CO 80305
Phone: (303) 543-7339
The Bitter Bar
Housed inside of one of Boulder’s oldest historic buildings is the Bitter Bar. This tucked away lively bar focuses on delivering quality cocktails, delicious eats, and a passionate staff experience. They also offer private events allowing you the opportunity to have the place all to yourself.
Address: 835 Walnut St, Boulder, CO 80302
Speakeasy Fort Collins
Social Fort Collins
Social Fort Collins is a locally-owned underground speakeasy in Old Town Fort Collins. After taking the stairs, marked by an old-fashioned clock, you enter into the main bar area. This relaxed atmosphere is perfect for a date night with handmade drinks, delicious food options, and a one-of-a-kind aesthetic.
Address: 1 Old Town Square #7, Fort Collins, CO 80524
Phone: (970) 449-5606
Speakeasy Western Colorado
The bookcase and the Barber
What appears to be an inconspicuous barbershop, actually has a hidden bar when you roll away the large bookcase. As you enter the bar, you are immediately immersed in a prohibition style environment as well as historical newspapers and prohibition era decor. The Bookcase and Barber has also been rated one of the best in Durango by the Durango Herald for six years in a row.
Address: 601 E 2nd Ave B, Durango, CO 81301
Moody’s Lounge is an intimate speakeasy inspired bar in the heart of downtown Grand Junction, Colorado. This stylish bar offers a large selection of cocktails as well as a food menu. All of this is wrapped together in a historical setting with an elegant atmosphere.
Address: 546 Main St, Grand Junction, CO 81501
Phone: (970) 314-7984
Take a step back in time by visiting the Montrose neighborhood speakeasy Phelanies. In addition to the speakeasy classic drinks, Phelanies also differentiates itself by sourcing local herbs and syrups to compliment each drink. They also have a rotating password for the speakeasy which can be found on their website or social media pages.
Address: 19 S Junction Ave, Montrose, CO 81401
Phone: (970) 275-7953
In addition to being a great spot for a date night, another unique idea to wow your partner is having a speakeasy wedding. Whether you’re a cocktail enthusiast or have a love of the 1920’s era, this allows you to have a unique immersive experience on your wedding day. Plus with a speakeasy, many of the decor elements are already built in and ready to go for your special day.