The Archives is accessible from Colorado Craft or a door in the nearby alleway.
Dylan Currier, formerly of Cowboy Star and Sakura Speakeasy, now owns his own bar. Located downstairs from Colorado Craft
, The Archives soft-opened on Saturday, Aug. 25
by reservation only. And from the decor to the drinks menu, the spot’s focused on honoring the past.
Though Currier’s wanted his own place for some time, he says this opportunity fell into his lap. He was contacted by Colorado Craft co-owner Bryan Bradigan, who offered him the spot earlier this year.
Currier plans to pull archival photos from all throughout the Springs’ history to decorate the walls. And the cocktail menu’s divided among classics, modern classics like the paper plane and original cocktails — Currier says that while it’s great every bartender worth their salt has a play on a daiquiri or old fashioned, it can be hard to find a to-specifications preparation of the original in town.
“We really want to be that late-night downtown cocktail bar for people who want to get away from the noise,” says Currier — the spot will be open until 2 a.m., Tuesday through Saturday, with an alleyway door providing access after Colorado Craft closes.
He’s also sourcing various amaros from the mid-20th century, such as a vintage ‘70s fernet and hard-to-find Amaro 18 Isolabella, both higher-dollar options for fancy nights out or amaro nerds. There will also be an appetizer menu provided by Colorado Craft, as well as a range of beer and wine. By winter, Currier hopes to have a different appetizer menu than what’s offered upstairs, and he’ll be working in seasonal cocktail and punch bowl specials.