Durham's Underground Bar and Lounge

Tuesday, February 20th, join us for a special night of live acoustic music with Olivia Blu. Tarot with Joy Carter.

Wednesday! Join us for the second in our series of NC tap takeovers, this time with our friends from Mystery Brewing! Jon from the brewery will be on hand from 8-10 to talk about the four beers we'll have on hand, including Six Impossible Things (which includes coffee from our friends at Joe Van Gogh) and Chance of Rain. We'll also have Umbra (a black Mexican lager) and the new Orbiter (a Belgian white ale) available in cans. Multi-instrumentalist Louis Landry will be playing original compositions, classic pop, jazz standards, and your requests starting at 9pm. Tarot card readings with Devon Pelto

Danny Grewen concludes his musical residency at Arcana on Thursday, with the Oblations and Griffin & Grewen. 8-11pm, donations encouraged

Friday, sip a cocktail or two while performers Kenneth Stewart and Billie Feather join forces for a salon of Moody Preludes, Songs and Such. 9pm-1am, donations encouraged. Tarot with Philip Young

Tescon Pol returns to Arcana on Saturday for an evening of exploration and atmosphere. 9pm-midnight. Tarot with Devon Pelto

Hyacinth brings their unique brand of earworm synth rock to Arcana on Sunday with a stripped down acoustic sound. 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


"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


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