Medical marijuana dispensary review: Bud Cellar on Santa Fe has bud, but no cellar

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This dispensary has closed.

Given the cellar part of the name Bud Cellar (and my stoned imagination), I had grand visions of the shop. I imagined being led down a spiral staircase to a dank, stone-walled, dimly lit basement filled with chilled, curing jars of cannabis sitting next to aging cheeses and expensive wines. No such luck.

Bud Cellar

Location: 1450 S. Santa Fe Dr. (unit 102)
Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Phone: 303-777-6644
Owner: Ray Aguilar
Opened: January 2011
Raw marijuana price range: $35 to $50 per eighth.
Other types of medicine: edibles, hash, BHO, tincture
Handicap accessible? yes

The shop is in a newish strip center off Santa Fe, surrounded by quick eateries and a liquor store. There's still a few vacant storefronts, so parking wasn't an issue even during rush hour. Employees should probably change the dispensaries carbon filters, because the smell of fresh cannabis being grown did more to lead me to the shop's back-corner location than the huge "Bud Cellar" sign hanging over the liquor store did.

A woman greeted me from behind the glass, took my card and handed me a clipboard of paperwork to fill out. The small waiting area was bare bones, with earthy matte blue and green paint on the walls and a small flat screen rotating images of herb in one corner. The only thing that didn't work was the loud, smooth saxophone jazz playing overhead; it was like Kenny G playing on the far side of the room. The Bud Cellar's obviously going for an upscale feel, but you can still be classy while listening to KBCO.

I wrapped up the paperwork quickly and was buzzed through. The shop is all on ground level; it's well lit and features walls painted the same earthy blue as the waiting room. Stained concrete floors and minimal artwork on the walls give it a contemporary/industrial look. Behind the bud bar, several thousand watts of light poured out of an open doorway, illuminating the chest-high ganja plants responsible for stinking up the rest of the shopping center.
The custom wood bar has three glass display areas, two filled top to bottom with the shop's regular herb in jars and one with edibles, pipes and tinctures. Bud Cellar had a wide range of prices from $35 to $55, with members paying about $5 per eighth less than nonmembers. Prices were displayed on two flat screen TVs hung behind the bar, although my budtender made sure to tell me the price breakdown of every strain she showed me. The herb is kept in pop-top mason jars, so what you see is what you get. There was also strain-specific and micron-specific bubble hash selling for $25 a gram and one type of BHO earwax selling for $50 a gram.

The shop set aside separate rooms for "primo" grade herb as well as lower-shelf strains just to the left and the right of the bud bar. The idea, I guess, is to offer a sit-down, private consultation over the choicest nugs. But this must have sounded better in planning than execution, because the "Primo Room" was dark and closed off and all of the $50 to $55 top-shelf strains were out on the counter. Everything I saw, including the cucumber-green Pickle, was decent but no better quality than the regular strains; if anything, they'd been cured for a few more days. Fifty dollars I could pay, but I wouldn't spend $55 on any of the strains given the market out there right now. Unlike the top-shelf strains, the bottom shelf did not make the move to the main counter, but were kept in their own room. I didn't really venture over to see them until after I made my selection from the main counter. Even then, I only got a look at the leafy Triple Diesel selling for $35 an eighth at member prices.

For the most part, the strain selection was average -- with decent Blueberry, Island Sweet Skunk, Sour Diesel and several OG cuts. Everything looked like well-grown, warehouse-quality smoke, albeit without the super-distinct strain smells I hope for. What did catch my eye were the more unique strains they had, including several landrace strains -- ones that have grown naturally, without much human interbreeding. Back in the "old days," when marijuana in the U.S. was largely imported, locations stood in for strain names. But these days, with so much interbreeding of strains to create perfect indoor plants, you just don't see shops carrying true Cambodian, Mexican and Thai genetics of the sort Bud Cellar claims. The reality, is seeds from these strains are available online from breeders, and it's hard to guarantee their authenticity. But still, it's cool to see something different on a clinic's shelves.

Page down to see what old-school smoke William took home this week.

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1450 S. Santa Fe Dr., Denver, CO

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I picked up some AK cherry lime at Bud Cellar. It smelled great, looked good, and was very cheap. Unfortunately, it tasted like nothing and the buzz was similar. Not a total waste of money, but close. Maybe their other meds are better quality, but with other dispensaries having no lame smoke on their shelves, I will shop elsewhere instead of taking my chances here. 


sounds like they have an interesting selection.  all looks very fresh with no cure.

pretty stupid that's called acapolco gold, being that it doesn't look anything like it.

landraces are real hit and miss and there are no such mexican landraces, cannabis is from the old world.  old time breeders like haze brothers, sam, neville, shanti, and ben grew out thousands of old world seeds to select the basis of what we know today.  most warehouse growers aren't going to select something awesome to clone from thousands of plants.  i wish more would because there would be way more cool shit to choose from.  let us make a law banning clones!!  lol!

i would like to to try some real thai but the problem is thai isn't meant for growing indoors and that looks no more than 25% thai to me.

nothing wrong with a good diesel or OG, maybe you are just sick of them. 

modern genetics are bred for those who are growing them, that's why they kick so much ass.  neville's haze is worth sourcing if you're looking for a powerful mind expanding sativa dom., hybrids these days are getting the best results for growers and those seeking full on potency and flavor.

Michael Moffett
Michael Moffett

User Rating: 5 out of 5 stars by Michael M 06/16/2011 I have been a patient for SEVERAL years and have been to more dispensaries then I can tell you. When this place opened or took over from Cannamart I was totally BLOWN AWAY! First they have the BEST selection I have ever seen, with that said it's all of truly amazing quality.

The staff and VERY knowledgeable about every thing they carry and really do take the time to know their members and clients you're NOT just a customer but rather a friend or member of the family. They will and have spent a all the time you need showing just about every strain they have.

The daily deals are unbetable, Honestly, several places offer a deal to get you in the door and then nothing. Every single day they have some special!! I have and will continue to take everyone I know in personally to meet them and get registered there as this is, in my opnion a five star establishment and the BEST ONE IN DENVER!!

The SUPERIOR service friendly, Knowledgeable staff, deals and overall experience is what keeps me coming back and sending everyone I know in need of a TRUE CAREGIVER in addition to the amazing selection!!Comment on Review Delete Review

William Breathes
William Breathes

"nothing wrong with a good diesel or OG, maybe you are just sick of them."


William Breathes
William Breathes

Glad you enjoyed the place too, Michael. Thanks for your comment.

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