So kudos goes out to my moms for suggesting my next featured spot (Thanks, Cecelia). Located in Uptown Denver, Frozen Matter is not only serving up creamy ice cream, but specializing in flavor pairings from scratch. Aside from handcrafted ice cream, Frozen Matter also has a hidden bar. They won’t mention it, so you just have to know and ask when you get there. This bar has a modern day speakeasy feel without breaking any laws. See how they ranked.
Atmosphere: 4 out of 5 bites
Price: 2 out of 5 bites
Quality/Taste: 4 out of 5 bites
Service: 4 out of 5 bites
Wow Factor: 4 out of 5 bites (creativity and low key)
Chocolate Ice Cream with a whiskey side shot. In addition to the ice cream, you can get a shot for $4. Each ice cream has it’s own shot pairing.
Black Forest (vegan) with an Amaretto side shot: Nice cherry and chocolate combo which paired well with the amaretto shot.
Now this is where it gets fun. After we got the ice cream, we asked about the secret bar. We were instructed to ring the bell next to the freezer door.
We walked in and were escorted into a small bar which was dimly lit, had an extensive amount of neon lighting, and had a total of about 5 tables. I did appreciate the string of lights that hugged the ceiling.
Once we got seated, we scoped out the drink menu which consisted of a laundry list of top shelf whiskey, bourbon, vodka, tequila, you name it. This posed a problem for me because I didn’t need top shelf, I just wanted some cheap whiskey (preferably Canadian). I asked the bartender which one was comparable and she pointed me in the direction of a $13 whiskey. Ok, fine. I ordered a 7 & 7 which was billed a la carte (yes, the soda was $1 extra). Ugh.
It didn’t taste any more top shelf than Seagram’s. Needless to say, we each had one drink and left. It’s not like prohibition was still going on! I didn’t understand why everything was so overpriced. Service was good and it was a cool concept, but it wasn’t that hopping. I did like that they served water out of old liquor bottles. This added character and attention to detail. They did play good music and the vibe was nice (the Beatles, the Rolling Stones). It just seemed like a little overkill for being a bar behind an ice cream shop. The ice cream was pretty tasty, though. Regardless, if you haven’t experienced a secret bar, stop in and see for yourself. There are a handful of speakeasy style bars scattered in the Denver area, but this one was the only one that serves up delicious frozen dairy goodness.