Hell or High Water is fun, whimsical, and inclusive, and calls back to the true roots of piracy being less about masculinity and more about frivolity, camaraderie, and matelotage (the civil union that was practiced between same-sex pirates back in the day.)
The concept is wild and kitschy with perfectly on-theme decor, but then what else could you expect from the owners of the same place that threw Krampus Drag Parties during Christmas, savvy? Lexi Healy and Veronica Ramos are the same dynamic duo who brought the Electric Cure to Edgewater and with it, brought one of the cities most exciting and crazy tiki bars that did a little of everything from Satanic Panic-themed drinks to all-out Christmas festivities. When tapped to bring a new bar to Denver, they jumped at the opportunity to bring a new, flourishing tiki concept to LoDo.
Set to dock in one of Denver’s most historic and haunted buildings, Hell or High Water will live up to its creepy, cool concept. The location was previously Brass Tracks but prior to that, it was Blake Street Vault also known as the most haunted bar in Denver. The place was a local watering hole around the 1860s where prostitutes would meet their clients. One of the building’s most famous girls is a woman named Lydia who was murdered when she was thrown headfirst down the mezzanine stairs and is said to haunt the building to this day. Another spirit that’s been seen is an old mariner who secretly lived in the basement of the building before passing away. His spirit has haunted the building for 150 years now, so maybe there’s a chance you’ll be able to shoot the breeze with a man of the sea while sipping on tiki cocktails.
A forewarning, There be danger ahead, as these brand new tiki drinks will pack a punch. As for the drinks, described as “sly as a sea serpent and twice as slippery,” you can expect classic Rum and Mezcal-based Tiki drinks that will be as strong as they are delicious.
While an exact opening day hasn’t been announced they’re hoping for an early summer debut. You can help support the vision with their crowd funder on their website created by Healy and Ramos, where there are all sorts of booty and prizes to be bought.
Where: 15th and Blake