Join other Event Planners & Industry Friends for Happy Hour, Mingling, & Venue Tours!
435 W Colfax Avenue
(Downtown between Glenarm & Tremont)
Special Thanks to our Industry Partners:
Join us and view all three (3!) of our distinctive private event spaces available in the building with some cocktails & conversation.
Light fare & heavy libations.
Fancy Pants welcome but not required.
We’ll nosh, we’ll drink, and enjoy live entertainment and the delightful company of fellow friends in the event industry!
A Special Thanks to:
Images provided by:
(Interior & Rooftop, Respectively)
Column & Photos by J.L. Shultheis Price
The Denver Speakeasy & The Wine Dispensary
You never know. That perfect date could lead to a wedding, a baby shower or a 20th anniversary gala. It’s not too late to schedule your big holiday bash either. A new speakeasy space is eager to host that event.
Speakeasies are definitely hot right now, so Capitol Hill residents, Nell Roberts, and spouse, Rob MacKenzie, decided to give their new, upscale events center inside an 1890’s building the speakeasy theme. You have to know where you’re going to get there. You won’t see much signage.
The duo believes that two heads are always better than one so they jointly opened the Denver Speakeasy, along with the Wine Dispensary at 435 W. Colfax Ave. Roberts has been in the event planning business for over 13 years; [executive sommelier] MacKenzie has been [in the event industry for 30.]
“It’s actually really fantastic working in such a close proximity. In fact, really fun! We do pretty well tag-teaming and have always been the kind of couple that spends a lot of time together, works well together, and relies on one another for a lot,” said Roberts.
The front of the space holds a 1300-square-foot room that can accommodate sit down meals for 70 and cocktail parties or wine bashes for 115. Don’t overlook additional space that features a game room. It can double as a babysitting area or another meeting room.
“Our space has done the wine and event industry one better. [We at the] Denver Speakeasy have worked tirelessly to handpick features and finishes that offer a truly distinctive look and feel for events; while next door, the Wine Dispensary is delivering custom experiences in wine tastings, entertainment, and pairings to their clients as well,” Roberts added.
She said her ideal client is “looking for a convenient, yet ornate, downtown space. This lavish space is adorned with historic exposed brick walls and glossy tin ceilings, but with all the contemporary audio/visual offerings clients could hope for.”
MacKenzie is proud of his first-in-Colorado wine and spirit store that focuses on wine tastings, wine events, and wine experiences instead of daily [walk-up] retail sales. His philosophy is ‘try before you buy’ and his goal is to provide [personalized services and “edutainment” for clients.]
“We like to call the Wine Dispensary the smallest wine store in the world,” he said.
In reality, there’s quite a lot packed into the Dispensary’s footprint, with wine racks running up each wall to meet the building’s lofty ceilings.
The Wine Dispensary serves as a private wine club where members attend new tastings every 60 days to explore [10-20] new vintages and blends, and folks using the event space will tap its services for the alcoholic portion of their menu.
You can [schedule a tour of the space by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 720-749-4948.] For wine consultations or concierge services, contact email@example.com [or call 303-832-8007.]
That's right, we have electricity!
It’s very important to us to have a venue, not a white box, where all the design details are considered and executed to perfection. This space should be unique, elegant, and speak to the vintage aspect of, not only the 130-year-old building that houses it, but the concept of the Speakeasy, where the private wine club Wine Dispensary lives inside.
We had an incredible mason come in and install the brick. It is comprised of real brick, about 1” thick, so as to be able to insulate the space behind it and not becoming too heavy for the studs behind it.
The next special touch is the ceiling. Made from real metal, stamped in the same way it would have been more than a century ago. And this is no cut-corners, modernized drop ceiling! These tiles were measured, placed, and screwed directly into the ceiling in a process reminiscent of the late Victorian Era and the birth of Art Deco.
And… the Wine Dispensary has finally taken shape!
Probably the smallest “liquor store” in the world, this is the home of Colorado’s premier private wine club. We plan to procure libations from the Wine Dispensary for every event we hold here,
The Wine Dispensary is a unique place where clients try wines before they buy, enjoy the personalized service of an entertaining sommelier, and the convenience of order delivery to your home or office.
Now that we have final touches in place – lights, fans, a savvy audio/visual system, our doors are open!
Stay tuned for some professional shots of the entire space!
Don’t wait too long to come check us out! We are busy booking the holiday season right now, so to reserve your next fall event or holiday party, please come tour the space by contacting our event planners at Stellar Events or at our contact form here.
Finding the space was one long process – years in the making! We finally uncovered an excellent location and size in Downtown Denver, but the adventure to opening our doors has only just begun!
Polishing concrete is a tedious and, ahem, very messy affair indeed! It took my husband and a week to complete the 1700 square feet.
Once the dust settled, we got our first big shipment – heating & cooling equipment! Definitely an odd thing to get so excited about when you’re a team of event planners, but we are learning the ropes day by day! We’d like to thank Mark Davis at Squareroot Construction for lining up our workers and getting this thing going quickly!
A thousand pieces of metal studs have to be put in place in the exact specifications dictated by Denver building code. Not an easy feat by any stretch of the imagination! Some late, late nights took place, I have to say.
We are watching the progress every day, and we are so close to opening our doors!
Don’t wait too long to come check us out! We are booking for the holiday season right now, so to reserve your next fall event or holiday party, please come tour the space by contacting us or Stellar Events, our partnering event planning company.
Stellar Events Founder Nell Roberts is finally taking her passion and expertise to the next level and building from scratch the newest and most unique event venue in Denver: the Speakeasy. The space is conveniently just a couple of blocks from the Convention Center, and housed next door is the local wine scene's newest concept – The Wine Dispensary.
Our space has done the wine and event industry one better. Where many event venues in Metro Denver limit what they can offer patrons and how they can bring partners into the mix to better benefit their clients, the Denver Speakeasy has worked tirelessly to hand-pick features and finishes that offer a truly distinctive look and feel to their clients’ events; while next door, the Wine Dispensary is delivering custom experiences in wine tastings, entertainment and pairings to their clients as well.
Take a look at this blank canvas!
Our doors will be opening on September 1st to clients looking for a convenient, yet ornate, downtown space, accommodating 70 people for sit-down dinners, 115 for cocktails and receptions, and space enough for daytime meetings and retreats. This lavish space will be adorned with historic exposed brick walls and glossy tin ceilings, but with all the contemporary audio/visual offerings clients could hope for.
Wedding couples and planners, social event hosts, and corporate or nonprofit clients can all enjoy:
To tour the space, please contact the Denver Speakeasy online. For wine consultations or concierge services, please contact the Wine Dispensary online or email firstname.lastname@example.org.