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LoDo’s Historic Saloon Opens a Trap Door to Denver’s Golden Past

Depicted on the earliest map of Denver, the building that now houses Blake Street Vault is practically as old as Denver itself.  The building actually dates back to 1863, just five years after gold was discovered in Cherry Creek.  It originally served as a boarding house and saloon in the center of the first business district in Denver.  Today, it houses a hip and slightly swanky classic saloon located in the neighborhood known as “LoDo.”

Blake Street Vault was named after the historic vault that was discovered in its basement.  The rather ornate vault, that is now available to be viewed by the general public, had been previously hidden under a trap door for over a century.  Blake Street Vault has put the vault to good use, storing privately owned bottles of Jack Daniels Single Barrel inside.

Blake Street Vault also prides itself on having LoDo’s longest happy hour spanning from 11 am ’til 7 pm on Wednesday through Saturday.  Just $4 will buy you the well of your choice, Sweet Tea Vodka, or Long Islands.  $5 wine served beside the $5 Burger Lunch special makes for an affordable and tasty combination.  You might just have extra money left over for their $3 house-cut fries with ranch.

Bloody Mary’s, Red Beers, Fireball, PBR, and straight up Jack or Whiskey can all be found at the Blake Street Vault, along with their signature drink, the Moscow Mule, considered one of Denver’s best.  Served in a chilled copper mug, the Moscow Mule is a medley of double-strength Russian vodka, sweet ginger beer, and a squirt of fresh lime juice that together offers a sweet and sour punch.

Denver’s Best Moscow Mule

No matter your drink of choice, the Blake Street Vault proves that not all things lose their luster with age. An aged backdrop offers diners with a saloon experience from the old wild west, complete with an ornate vault that exposes part of Denver’s golden past.