...of the Arvada Tavern starts with the end of prohibition with Franklin D. Roosevelt’s signing of the Cullen-Harrison Act allowing the sale of beer and wine nationally. A new era had started in the United States. On April 7th 1933, the town of Arvada issued their first Tavern license to the owner of the Arvada Tavern, Adrian Kline allowing the legal sale of alcohol to the public in the town limits of Arvada for the first time in history. For the people of Arvada, this was a day of liberation.
Adolf and Marie Siepp bought the Arvada Tavern from Klein and began a longstanding relationship with the Tavern. Shortly after their purchase, the Siepp family remodeled the Arvada Tavern with inspiration from the 1934 Chicago’s Worlds Fair. This included the glass-block front and the “art modern” style. The terrazzo floors and the glass block entry are all that remain of this remodel, but the color scheme and overall theme of the interior architecture are all created to emulate the 1940 remodel.
During their stay, the Siepps cultivated a genuine bar experience, and employed a young woman by the name of Mable Gramm who would come to define the Arvada Tavern as a classy establishment excelling in customer service. Gramm is pictured in many of the photographs around the bar today, an homage to her hard work and genuine commitment to the Tavern.
Mike Huggins and Lenka Juchelkova put forth a great effort to return the Tavern to its roots and resurrect the experience cultivated by past owners and team members. Today, we emphasize the craft side of mixology, making as many syrups, bitters, and tonics from scratch and specializing in pre-Prohibition style cocktails that put America into the spotlight before 1920.