Williams & Graham, a new speakeasy, will open in Highland in June

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Lori Midson
For the past several months, behind the walls of a two-story, converted apartment building in Highland, Todd Colehour, a former executive with Kona Grill, along with his business partners and startender Sean Kenyon, who works behind the bar of the Squeaky Bean and writes our weekly "Ask the Bartender" column, have been secretly plotting a new bookstore that will be a false front for what they're really planning: a Prohibition-inspired speakeasy.

"It will be a working bookstore strewn with modern cocktail books, replications of cocktail books and cocktail recipe books from the 1800s, and there will be a hidden handle inside the bookcase the will open into a hallway that leads to the speakeasy," explains Kenyon, who's building the cocktail and ice program and training and educating the staff, while continuing to pour cocktails at the Bean. And once you've entered the speakeasy, he says, there won't be any rules to aide by. "A house of rules isn't our thing, and if we do have any rules, they'll be tongue-in-cheek," Kenyon asserts. "We want this to be a fun zone -- not a no fun zone."

The speakeasy will be fronted by the name Williams & Graham Booksellers, and, according to Kenyon, neither the facade nor the sign will provide any indication of what lurks inside the brick building at 3160 Tejon Street. "There will be no signage that even remotely suggests that there's a bar in here," notes Kenyon of the 62-seat watering hole that, he says, "will transport patrons back to the 1920s" with regard to the design and cocktails. "The decor will be deep woods, burgundies and velvet curtains," and the cocktails, insists Kenyon, "will stay true to the methodology of that era," which means "no molecular mixology, no freeze-drying, foams, or anything else like that." You won't, he promises, "be eating your gin and tonic."


Location Info

Williams & Graham

3160 Tejon St., Denver, CO

Category: Music


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9 comments
Courtney
Courtney

awesome. i am excited about this. i went to a rad speakeasy in downtown LA that was in an otherwise scary industrial complex. hope this one is as cool. they even had an absinthe fairy selling vials out of a cart and burlesque dancers.

Jrllert
Jrllert

Sounds like you are making another Sugar House. "Private roooms"? what are they for?

Like the idea, but sounds like another swingers club.

Hope I am wrong.

Bigskrimping
Bigskrimping

Sound super sweet! But really why tell people about it on this blog, let it get around by word of mouth. It could have been one of the best underground places in denver, just hope it doesn't get filled with delta bravos!

Michael Casey
Michael Casey

Awesome! Sounds fun! Sounds, so not...pretentious, amazing concept.

Sean Kenyon
Sean Kenyon

It will be open in a couple of weeks...

Sean Kenyon
Sean Kenyon

Jrillert,Dirty mind....

Our private rooms will be for private events, birthday parties, meetings etc.

cheers,

Sean

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