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These 3 hidden Denver speakeasies will elevate your night

Inna D

Even though we're far from prohibition times, where people worked to hide their alcohol consumption, speakeasies today provide a unique and fun atmosphere worth exploring.

According to, "Although the exact origins of the term are unknown, it might have arisen because prospective patrons had to whisper—or “speak easy”—through a small opening in a door to enter the illegal establishments, providing the name of the person who had sent them."

Here are 3 exciting Denver speakeasies:

1. Retrograde
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This hidden speakeasy is tucked in the back of an ice cream spot called Sweet Action. The ice cream, while delicious, isn't the only yummy surprise here. Head to the walk-in freezer, flip the light switch, and you'll be transported to an out-of-this-world experience. You can order a number of stunning cocktails.

Location: 530 E 19th Ave, Denver, CO

Hours: Sun - Thu 5PM - 12AM ; Fri & Sat 5PM - 1AM

2. The Cruise Room
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Born the day after the repeal in 1933, The Cruise Room is Denver’s longest-running bar, and has remained open since its founding. This retro art deco style and vintage design will surely take you back in time.

Location: 1600 17th St CO, Denver, CO

Hours: Sun - Thu 5PM - 10PM ; Fri & Sat 5PM - 11PM

3. Green Russell
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This hidden bar is located through Russell's Smokehouse, just a staircase below. Green Russell is a "chef-driven cocktail joint" and features one of the largest rare whisky collections in Denver.

Location: 1422 Larimer St, Denver, CO

Hours: Sun - Thu 5PM - 10:45PM ; Wed & Thu 5PM - 11:45PM ; Fri & Sat 5PM - 12:45AM

Enjoy a drink at any one of these speakeasies that will elevate your experience from any regular bar around town!


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