Durham's Underground Bar and Lounge

Arcana's third art show, Picturing Sound, will be on display through mid-July

One Track Mind returns this Friday! Soulful and funky tunes to keep the basement dance floor packed. 10pm-2am, donations welcome

Are you hungry like the wolf for a night of new wave hits, dancing, great cocktails, and good fortune? Durham Durham returns with PlayPlay and Chris Adamcik spinning all your favorites, from A-ha to Yaz! Saturday, 9pm-2am, $5 cover

This Sunday Aerial Ruin, knives of spain, and Divine Circles will play a mix of dark psychedelia, sparse folk noir ballads, and a beautiful collection of intimate and experimental songcraft filtered through the Appalachian dusk. Donations welcome. Tarot card readings by Destiny Hemphill

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.

  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

Sage Empress $10

rum, blueberry, lemon, sage

Isabella's Cup $10

vodka, basil, lime, soda

The Young Hierophant $10

bourbon, vanilla, cardamom, orange

The Hanged Man $10

tequila, vermouth, cilantro-cumin brine, habanero bitters

The Magus $10

black rum, black pepper, sugar, lemon

Beton $10

Becherovka, tonic, lemon

Grand Cardinal Cross $12

Cardinal barrel rested gin, blood orange shrub, lemon

Benny and the Bison $12

bison grass vodka, sweet vermouth, Benedictine

LoterĂ­a $12

damn fine chocolate, mezcal, habanero bitters

Events at Arcana