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Arcana

Durham's Underground Bar and Lounge


Your favorite dark alternative party, Innocence and Lies, returns on Thursday. Tarot with Michael Williams


Friday! DJs PlayPlay and Gemynii bring you Freak Like Me: A 90s Hip Hop and RnB Party. Get here early! This party is going to be one of the biggest of the year. 8pm-2am, $5


Four on the Floor is back on Saturday, with the best house and techno in Durham. DJs 3ZKL and Strider will be holding it down, along with special guests Queen Plz & Marie. 10pm-2am, $5


On Sunday, Dec 17th, help us celebrate our Two Year Anniversary! We'll be celebrating with drink specials and food from our friends upstairs at Viceroy. Stick around afterwards for the conclusion of Incidental Exercise's musical residency, with special guests / Trippers&Askers / knives of spain / cen0te. Tarot card readings with Jameela Dallis


What is Arcana?

  Arcana provides a cozy, comfortable, intimate bar space, with a New Orleans-meets-Prague Art Noveau style. We not only offer delicious wines, craft beers, and modern cocktails, but we're also true to our name, highlighting the arcana of herbalism through a drink menu that uses herbs and an extensive collection of liqueurs. Arcana is a space for artists, live performances, theater, dance, intimate conversation, and unwinding.


Arcana is for patrons 21 and up. We do not serve food, but you are welcome to bring food in. Outside beverages are prohibited.


  Lindsey Andrews and Erin Karcher are the creative force and daily faces behind Arcana, Durham's new basement bar and lounge. For inquiries about booking private events or showcasing your art in our bar space, please contact us at arcanadurham@gmail.com

Press

"Arcana: Durham's Intimate New Tarot Bar" by Jess Dilday of the Clarion Content


The News and Observer's The best bars to find the perfect cocktails


"Do You Believe in Magic?" by Sayaka Matsuoka of The Indy Week


The music video "It's Only Love" was filmed at Arcana


"Why Durham, North Carolina, Is Worth a Weekend Trip — Long-Distance Lover or No" by Larissa Pham, featured in New York Magazine


The INDY's Arty Bars Ruby Deluxe and Arcana Cultivate Queer-Friendly Atmospheres in Raleigh and Durham

Location

We are located at the back entrance of 331 W. Main Street, Durham.


Our entrance is in the back of the Snow building, located at approximately 150 Ramseur, just a few doors to the right of Toast and Criterion's back doors, and one door to the left of Viceroy's back door. Parking is available in the lot directly outside of Arcana's door and can be accessed from Ramseur Street. Parallel street parking is also available on Chapel Hill Street, Main Street, and the Durham Downtown loop. Handicap accessibility is available- please give us a call at 919-973-1675

Signature Cocktails

April Fool $10

gin, basil-strawberry shrub, lime

Senza Nome

conniption gin, amaro montenegro, lemon garnish

Magus $10

rum, black peppercorn syrup, lemon

The Young Hierophant $10

bourbon, vanilla, cardamom, orange

Queen of Cups $10

tequila blanco, hibiscus, lemon, lime

Benny and the Bison $12

bison grass vodka, vermouth blanc, benedictine

Grand Cardinal Cross $12

Cardinal barrel rested gin, blood orange shrub, lemon

Lucky Strike $12

Mezcal, falernum, lime, chartreuse, angostura

The Oak Tree $10

scotch, bourbon, thyme, chartreuse, orange bitters

Events at Arcana