Durham's Underground Bar and Lounge

Arcana's fourth art show, "Visions and Vistas" will be on display through mid-September

One Track Mind returns this Friday with another full night of cool 60's R&B, Soul, Funk and Reggae tracks. Mr. Mayorga, Craig Layabout and Selector 'B' Steady will be your DJ's bringing you a slew of heavy hitters for your dancing pleasure. 10pm-2am, donations encouraged

S√ČANCE returns on Saturday with another evening of goth, darkwave, industrial, and tarot! Put on your best black and your darkest despair, and join us for an evening of dancing and strange knowledge curated by 20th Century Boy and PlayPlay. 9pm-2am. $5

Real Dad continues their August residency at Arcana this Sunday starting at 8pm. Special guests Al Riggs and Spookstina. Tarot with Chanelle Bergeron

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 beverage 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


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

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


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 several doors to the left of Teaser's. 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

Queen of Cups $10

tequila blanco, hibiscus, lemon, lime

The Phoenix $10

gin, grapefruit juice, rosemary, lime

The Young Hierophant $10

bourbon, vanilla, cardamom, orange

Beton $10

Becherovka, tonic, lemon

Chicchan $10

reposado tequila, drambuie, smoked sea salt

Mademoiselle's Belle $10

prosecco, aperol, st. germaine

Grand Cardinal Cross $12

Cardinal barrel rested gin, blood orange shrub, lemon

Benny and the Bison $12

bison grass vodka, sweet vermouth, Benedictine

Siete de Espadas

amber rum, banana syrup, orange and chocolate bitters

Events at Arcana