’Tis the season for sipping creepy cocktails with the undead at these Halloween spookeasies slinging BOOzy beverages around town. Because are you even hardcore Halloween if you haven’t downed a Corpse Reviver mixed by a zombie while surrounded by fake cobwebs and blood? Here’s where to get a (scared) stiff drink this month, from a haunted house “shriekeasy” to a year-round horror/goth bar to, perhaps scariest of all, a game-lounge-turned-Halloween-pop-up-bar.
What’s better than a haunted house filled with vampire/werewolf feuds, creepy dolls, and frozen, microchipped zombies? A haunted house with all that and booze. The iconic 13th Floor haunted house has not one, but two bars this year, which means you can start with a shot at the house’s new Sub-Zero Secret Bar, then sip the shudders away with a “Coffin Crew” (vodka cran) at the Shriekeasy Bar post-spooking. 3400 E. 52nd Ave.; haunted house tickets from $19
This month, the normally mild-mannered Denver Game Lounge transforms into Apparition: Colfax, a nightmarish, corpse-, cobweb-, and Trivial Pursuit–filled bar. This Denver outpost of the Kansas-based Halloween pop-up bar bills itself as “for the dead, by the dead”—and apparently the dead like cocktails. The 13 (oh snap!) drinks include the Noseratu, a pitch-black mix of activated charcoal and mezcal, a pumpkin-spiced White Russian, and the Monster Squad, a cauldron full of dry ice and apple brandy. 1490 Eudora St.
OK we get it: Colfax is full of horrors. But this bar in the former Bellwether space dishes out frights year-round. While Slashers is always screening scary movies and rocking the horror/goth theme, the bar is doubling-down on gore, guts, and the living dead by hosting costume and theme parties all month. Sip on a Lychee the Killer (vodka or gin, lychee syrup, botanic bitters, and Champagne) while screening some bloodcurdling ’80s camp. 5126 E. Colfax Ave.
Bloodthirsty plants have taken over the Electric Cure! The Edgewater tiki bar has been transformed into the “Little Tiki Bar of Horrors”—and it’s absolutely perfect that a bar slinging Zombies would get all zombied out for Halloween. Stop in for piña ghouladas, flaming skull mugs, and a plethora of plants for sale—the non-bloodthirsty types, we hope. 5350 W. 25th Ave. Edgewater
For a more family-friendly Halloween drinking experience, head to Milepost Zero’s outdoor plaza at McGregor Scare. (Normally McGregor Square; get it?) The last two weekends in October will feature Halloween games, pumpkin decorating, costume contests, a trick-or-treat street, and screenings of movies like Hocus Pocus and Hotel Transylvania. Thirsty goblins and ghouls of a certain age can imbibe giant cocktails served out of the bright orange Jack-o-Lantern buckets normally reserved for trick-or-treating. 1901 Wazee St.
Retrograde, the clandestine, semi-hidden bar behind Frozen Matter ice cream, feels otherworldly normally, and with a Halloween-themed cocktail menu, it’s downright supernatural in there. Check out the Lawnmower Man, a slashing mix of gin, mezcal, crème de flora, pistachio, lime, and egg white, or the Braindead with its spiced pear, vodka, lemon, and honey blend. 530 E. 19th Ave.
On Saturday, October 23, Four Mile Historic Park invites you to drink with the dead at Spirits & Spirits. Get spooked listening to spine-tingling ghost stories paired with spirited sips, then spy on a Victorian mourning ceremony and learn your own fate with a palm or tarot reading. Don’t miss the lantern-lit tour of the haunted Four Mile House Museum—as Denver’s oldest standing structure, you know it’s got stories. 715 S. Forest St.; $50 members; $55 non-members
Beer lovers enjoy Halloween too! Arvada’s Luki Brewery will host a spooky Dark Circus event October 29-31, filled with a traveling circus, tarot and palm readers, illuminated juggling, the return of The Shining-inspired Blood Orange IPA, and guest stars that may or may not be (spoiler alert: they definitely will be) spell-casting sorceresses and warlocks. 14715 W 64th Ave Units A&B, Arvada