“We came upon we had been very a lot alike so far as type, music, so we turned pals fairly shortly,” Taylor says.
Now, the 2 are on the point of open their first bar venture as homeowners, which they describe as an “underworld speakeasy” known as the Satan’s Drink. They’re aiming to open in mid-August at 3330 Mariposa Road, beneath the 25-room Kasa Comma lodge in LoHi. “I am tremendous excited. That is what I’ve all the time wished to do,” Taylor notes.
The deal with was beforehand house to the Comma Cafe, however the proprietor of that idea “wished out actually, actually unhealthy,” Harris says, so issues moved shortly after he first seemed on the area in late June. In only a month, he and Taylor have reworked the place with darkish, moody vibes, crimson lighting and devilish design touches. “If this satan was within the underworld and had a spot to drink, this might be it,” Harris provides.
The theme is one which “does not exist an excessive amount of in our metropolis,” Harris notes. “I am excited to be opening an area Alisha and I are each actually captivated with, from the music to the decor. Our motto is, ‘The Satan’s Drink, all are welcome.’ It is a spot to come back be your self.”
Harris describes himself as “a metallic head, lined in tattoos. Generally I really feel misplaced,” he provides. “I wish to take pleasure in good cocktails, and I need folks that may really feel misplaced to have an aesthetic place they’ll go to.”
Taylor, who’s designing the smoke and fire-inspired cocktail program, was instantly on board with the idea. “I imply, I obtained married on Halloween,” she says.
Visitors can count on “Vegas present drinks with extraordinary garnishes on them,” Harris says, with names like Succubus in a Crimson Costume, Coronary heart of Darkness and All Black Every part. “It is excessive.”
“We would like it to be a really visible expertise for our company,” Taylor explains. “So it isn’t solely good cocktails, however enjoyable for folks watching the method, too.” There may even be beers from Ratio and Bruz on draft, plus a pure wine program. The homeowners have plans so as to add happy-hour specials as properly.
The meals menu consists of on-theme canapes like deviled eggs and steak tartare (dubbed Hannibal’s snack), together with caviar served with potato chips and bottomless truffle popcorn. The Rock N Lobster Roll truck will pop up on the bar weekly, too. That enterprise is “removed from gone,” Harris notes. “It is simply altering.”
When it makes its debut, the Satan’s Drink will likely be open from 5 p.m. to midnight Sunday by means of Thursday and 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday. From 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. every day, one other enterprise will function out of the area: Procession Espresso, which was Readers’ Selection for Greatest New Coffeehouse within the Better of Denver 2023.
Procession was began by longtime pals Joshua Bosarge and Stephen Ashley as a cart in early 2022; final November it moved into Zeppelin Station, the place it would proceed to function. “The chance will get us nearer to that finish of aim having our personal bric-and-mortar,” Bosarge says.
It would additionally give the Procession crew an opportunity to broaden its choices, including choices like espresso cocktails, pastries and grab-and-go meals objects. However it does not plan to broaden its minimalist espresso menu; in actual fact, minimalism is a core perception of the Procession model, influencing every little thing from its design to its product. “We’re strictly no decaf,” Bosarge notes, and the store solely affords complete or oat milk and carries its housemade syrups in simply two flavors, vanilla and chocolate. Whereas it does add specialty drinks “right here and there,” he notes, it isn’t the form of place the place you will discover a lengthy record of choices.
Procession will certainly have its personal id on the Mariposa area. “Our ideas couldn’t be extra totally different,” Bosarge says. At evening, he notes, the Satan’s Drink “will have the ability to add sure components to make it theirs, then we’ll begin recent within the morning with a clear slate.”
In the end, Procession’s aim is to not solely transfer into an area that’s “100% ours,” however to broaden into different cities throughout the nation within the subsequent decade. “We’re making an attempt to construct Procession as not solely actually good espresso,” Bosarge concludes, “however a model.”