Around the back of Halcyon, Cherry Creek's hot new hotel, is an unmarked door with a light above it. Stair 3 says the sign located in the alley between Second and Third avenues, and a golden antique-like door bell is visible under it. Press the button and a hostess will come out to ask if you have a reservation. It is much easier to get into B&GC, the grown-up speakeasy set in the basement, if you made a reservation but it isn't impossible without one.
How to make a reservation? Text, don't call, 720.925.8598, on the day you wish to go, after 3 p.m. The number is the only thing you will find on the bar's landing webpage, set over a photo of that doorbell we just mentioned.
When you arrive, you will be ushered down the unremarkable back of the house that serves as storage area for various things and as an out-of-sight for some of the mechanical parts of the building. Once you get to B&GC though, the lights are low, the room is welcoming, and the drinks are some of the best in the city.
The Mad Men era is an easy way to describe the low key yet thoughtful and detail-oriented design. Led by Daryl Pryor, the cocktail-making team includes Brittany Wangsness, Tom Lagae, Chris Cleary, Scott Teague, and Marcelo Petrone. They will create a unique drink based on your preferences or will mix one of the many options available on the menu. Speaking of the menu, the photo gallery reveals the second edition of the playful book listing beverage and food options, plus a dose of rules and other notes.
The bar is open nightly and its motto, a quote from aviatrix Florence Lowe "Pancho" Barnes, reiterates the mid-century vibe and tone: "When you have a choice, choose happy."