Durham's Underground Bar and Lounge

Tuesday, Feb 28th, join us for a special night of Mardi Gras celebrations. Tall Mountain and Brian Burns bring their standards and brass at 8, followed by sets of basement funk & classic dub, old soul & rare groove, boogie rock & beat-heavy pop. Tarot card readings with Rachel Moon

The Triangle Area Pagan Alliance hosts their monthly meet-up at Arcana on Wednesday. Tarot card readings with Philip Young

Innocence and Lies returns to Arcana on Thursday. Twentieth Century boy brings you all the darkest of goth music

The Super Secret Dance Party is back this Friday! Resident DJs Rang and Forge hold it down with a magical musical roulette that will be sure to keep you dancing ALL night. 9pm-2am, $5

Join us Saturday for Nym's Live Performance and DJ set. Some of the best Downtempo Instrumental Electronica. 8pm-midnight. Tarot card readings with Philip Young

Sunday, Arcana will open its doors from 10am to 4pm for Building a Commune, a weekend convergence organized to spread the tools and knowledge for self-defense and self-reliance throughout our community in Durham, NC. Click the link for further information, and to view the full schedule

Join us Sunday for a special night of live music with Evil English/Silent Peace/Ashes [RVA]. Tarot card readings with Kathleen Ibis

Our first art show of 2017, "What You Miss", will be on display through mid-March

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


"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

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


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

The Muse $10

rye whiskey, luxardo & amarena cherry, orange, vermouth

Magus $10

rum, black peppercorn syrup, lemon

The Young Hierophant $10

bourbon, vanilla, cardamom, orange

Queen of Cups $10

tequila blanco, hibiscus, lemon, lime

Knight of Wands $10

Caperitif, sweet vermouth, grapefruit

The Oak Tree $10

scotch, bourbon, thyme, chartreuse, orange bitters

Grand Cardinal Cross $12

Cardinal barrel rested gin, blood orange shrub, lemon

Senza Nome $10

montenegro, Conniption, lemon

Events at Arcana