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Contained within what was originally a saloon and boarding house built in Denver's first business district, the Blake Street Vault is now home to an extensive menu of stomach-sating dishes. Served amid repurposed whiskey barrels, snug booths, and exposed brick, selections such as hot wings slathered in the Vault's secret sauce ($8), Rocky Mountain oysters with lemon mayo and cocktail sauce ($9), or cowboy-style fries with green chili, sour cream, jalapeños, and pico de gallo ($8) quell rumbling tummies and prevent abdominal quakes.
Ambitiously carnivorous humans and average sharks can sink incisors into bigger bites, such as the half-pound barbecue steak burger, with applewood bacon, cheddar, and whiskey barbecue sauce ($10). While noshing on tasty eats and learning the true meaning of friendship, rehydrate with more than a dozen draft beers ($4–$9.50), whiskey straight from the barrel, or traditional drinks such as the Moscow Mule, a cocktail of vodka, ginger beer, lime, and miner's tears, served in a copper mug ($8).
Originally built in 1836 and then renovated in the 1880s, the historic structure that houses the Blake Street Vault was raised off street level to build the secret basement vault and elevator. With a private tour visitors can view the vault, original elevator machinery, and entrances that once led to tunnels under the streets of Denver, and braver souls can try to sneak a peak at the vault's resident ghosts and ask them questions with a Ouija board or megaphone.
Blake Street Vault
Named for the basement vault hidden beneath the historic building for more than a century, the Blake Street Vault embraces its history. The dining room bears the original tin ceilings and exposed brick walls, and the menu is inspired by the food of early Denver immigrants. Dishes such as smoked green chili, burgers made from Colorado buffalo, and flaky chicken pot pies hearken back to campfire cooking, while only slightly more modern treats such as the restaurant's signature moscow mule cocktails impart an old-fashioned touch by being served in copper mugs. After eating, guests can explore the 150-year-old building, venture into its mysterious vault, and track down Lydia, the ghost whose high heels have been heard clicking across the saloon floors when the eatery is empty and trying in vain to start a conga line when it's full.
1526 Blake St.
Denver, Colorado 80202Get Directions