Openings and Closings

Does the Gin & Sin Speakeasy have a ghost of a chance?

The 120-year-old building at 3862 High Street is rumored to be haunted -- and while we can't guarantee that the spirits of onetime human inhabitants hang around, there are definitely the remnants of previous business occupants.

The most recent victim: Jezebel's Juke Joint & Brothel, which opened in January and only lasted a few months. Before that, it was Marco's Place; before that, the wonderful High Street Speakeasy, where several Westword writers once spent a spooky night.

Now the space has been resurrected again, as the Gin & Sin Speakeasy. The bar is already pouring, and there are plans for a big costume party September 24.

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Patricia Calhoun co-founded Westword in 1977; she’s been the editor ever since. She’s a regular on the weekly CPT12 roundtable Colorado Inside Out, played a real journalist in John Sayles’s Silver City, once interviewed President Bill Clinton while wearing flip-flops, and has been honored with numerous national awards for her columns and feature-writing.
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