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Arcana Bar and Lounge

4.6

331 W Main St
Durham, NC 27701
Phone: (919) 973-1675
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Photo of Danlade Osman Danlade Osman
Dec 22, 2018 5

This place is banging. Goat Samosas, great shepherd's pie and oxtail!!!! Not to mention the most beautiful staff I've ever seen. It is indeed a lovely place to dine. It has a romantic ambiance to it for those special nights.

Photo of Gracie Conte Gracie Conte
Dec 16, 2018 4

This is the best place I've found to go dancing. Their Super Secret Dance Parties are so fun. The people there are pretty chill. The drinks are fine but not outstanding.

Photo of Mark Darwin Mark Darwin
Jan 5, 2019 5

Staff is really nice and knowledgeable. Drink prices are reasonable and the decor is lovely. Music is at a level where you can actually hear the people you are taking to.

Photo of Kyle Faltisco Kyle Faltisco
Mar 2, 2019 4

Super cute. Super hipster. Completely agree understaffed for a busy and packed Saturday night

Photo of Eric L. Eric L.
Oct 8, 2018 5

Neat bar with an awesome, chill atmosphere and usually live music. Wish they'd give the tarot reader more space or some form of privacy screen -- the readings are too open for it to get to the personal level you'd want for a 10-card spread. But the read itself was nice!

Photo of Arla Kennedy Arla Kennedy
Jul 2, 2019 5

Had my first Tarot card reading and it was SPOT ON! I really enjoyed it! The atmosphere and ambience is unrivalled! The drinks were so delicious...I had the Paloma and it was gone before I knew it! I loved the jazz band and found it a very cozy underground hangout!! I will definitely be back!!

Photo of Eric Spear Eric Spear
Jul 5, 2019 3

Eclectic, not many beers. Hate they have tarot readings. Just a form of necromancy

Photo of Shoshanna Carroll Shoshanna Carroll
Oct 7, 2019 5

My favorite bar in Durham. They have amazing custom drinks and am amazing bar staff. They make an amazing Sazerac for those that love whiskey and absinthe! Also tarot readers are available almost nightly with decks throughout. And some fun dance parties. Just make sure to eat or bring food.

Photo of Adrian o Anellie Adrian o Anellie
Oct 5, 2019 5

Once a week me and my work group come here for a quick drink and great conversations! It is very convenient to work and we have always had very good service and drinks! I look forward to coming here to escape and unwind with friends.

Photo of Howie Howie
Oct 16, 2019 4

Very interesting bar/lounge. Comfortable and dark, the barkeep mixed great drinks and a wide variety of people were in and out during our time there. Nice quiet place that is hidden in downtown Durham.

Photo of Sean Bokhoven Sean Bokhoven
Jul 27, 2019 5

Loved this place. Nice dark, intimate vibe. Owner is really nice, get different than your normal bar in Durham.

Photo of Justin Hamilton Hamilton Justin Hamilton Hamilton
Oct 22, 2019 5

Food is hands down amazing 👍🏼 We often do a work dinner here once a month.

Photo of Kevin Mann Kevin Mann
Nov 23, 2019 5

My first time here. Fun little spot with a nice vibe. Friendly bartenders. I'd go back!

Photo of Eric Snyder Eric Snyder
Dec 13, 2019 5

Very cool little speakeasy bar with great, hand crafted cocktails, and a semi-occult atmosphere. Lots of interesting art on the walls, had a tarot card reader, and very good live music. Seating is somewhat limited but great place to grab a drink or bring a date.

Photo of Bob Johnson Bob Johnson
Feb 10, 2020 4

One reviewer mentions food - there is no food! But, they make up for it with wonderful atmosphere, fantastic barkeeping with a well-stocked bar, and encourage you to bring food from outside if you're hungry. Decor is wonderfully Victorian occult-ish, a couple of small booths and a variety of low and bar-height two tops, sofas, love seats, etc.. They curate excellent live music residencies and support local artists - great place!

Photo of Steve Wells Steve Wells
Nov 23, 2019 5

Favorite place to go in Durham. It leans into a New Orleans style mystic vibe with Tarot readings, live music ranging from Jazz to folk to the occasional goth/industrial DJ night. What's really nice is that it has a nice group of patrons. It's the kind of place you can hang out, have a drink, meet new people if you want or be left alone if that is what you prefer. Everyone is welcome except people who don't understand boundaries. The crowd tends to be more adult and eclectic than some of the other bars in Durham that cater to the tech bro and more traditional folks. The drinks are very good. Kind of like the place itself, the drinks are simple, good and easy to enjoy. The prices are reasonable and the bartenders are very nice and professional. It's just a great casual place.

Photo of Justin Shaw Justin Shaw
Mar 7, 2020 5

This place has the best cocktails on the eastern seaboard! The talent is always a surprise and original.

Photo of Faith O'Quinn Faith O'Quinn
Mar 8, 2020 5

Had an amazing night, served by Heather, who is a fantastic bartender. The music was fantastic (The Oblations-gaaaaaawd I love them!) Unfortunately, as the bar was closing, a large company party (obviously drunk) came in and verbally assaulted Heather multiple times, by multiple people. Was a disgusting display of priviledge and no one should have to deal with that behavior especially from adults-much less a company party crowd. I'll be back! Really loved the atmosphere-fingers crossed that that incident will be the last. Heather handled herself very professionally and I look forward to her making my drinks in the future!

Photo of Andrew Toig Andrew Toig
May 29, 2020 5

This is a really interesting place! It is set up kind of like a lounge so depending on the night it can be a really cool place to have a conversation with friends. On other nights they host dance parties air and have a wide variety of d DJ's come which can get pretty crazy. All in all this is a nice and very friendly place

Photo of Martin Brossman Martin Brossman
Dec 11, 2018 5

First time I have been here. I came to hear Shueh-li Ong perform. She plays a Moog Theremin and Synthsizer. Great show. Key thing to know about this place is you can not see if from the main street you must enter from what looks like a back service door off the parking lot. Go down a stairs then this wonderful room opens up with the bar and seating.

Photo of Steve Wells Steve Wells
Nov 23, 2019 5

Favorite place to go in Durham. It leans into a New Orleans style mystic vibe with Tarot readings, live music ranging from Jazz to folk to the occasional goth/industrial DJ night. What's really nice is that it has a nice group of patrons. It's the kind of place you can hang out, have a drink, meet new people if you want or be left alone if that is what you prefer. Everyone is welcome except people who don't understand boundaries. The crowd tends to be more adult and eclectic than some of the other bars in Durham that cater to the tech bro and more traditional folks. The drinks are very good. Kind of like the place itself, the drinks are simple, good and easy to enjoy. The prices are reasonable and the bartenders are very nice and professional. It's just a great casual place.

Photo of Julianna Perez Julianna Perez
Feb 4, 2021 5

Absolutely love and miss coming to this super cool underground bar in Durham. The women who own it are straight up badasses, and I loved going on night when one of them was tending bar. They had local musicians rotating on the regular, and the best exotic cocktails in town. Hope they reopen very soon. Miss you, Arcana crew!

Photo of Lana Parker Lana Parker
Jul 7, 2021 5

I absolutely love this bar. It is cozy and the staff are friendly. They make great drinks and do have non-alcoholic mocktails as an option. The bar itself is a little hard to find. The entrance is located on the back of the building facing a parking lot.

Photo of Hannah Rosenbloom Hannah Rosenbloom
Jul 15, 2021 5

Magus is maybe the best cocktail ever

Photo of Ashleyrosehannie Bluedevils4lyfe Ashleyrosehannie Bluedevils4lyfe
Jul 3, 2021 5

One of my favorite places to visit in Durham

Photo of Argus Vylke Argus Vylke
Jul 17, 2021 5

One of my favorite spots in Durham. It's weird, the people who go are weird, and they do cool off-beat shows there. Excellent cocktails and mocktails.

Photo of Tally Lassiter Tally Lassiter
Aug 19, 2021 5

Live jazz 👍 Can make a Last Word 👍 Smells of Indian food 👍

Photo of Lyndsey Campbell Lyndsey Campbell
Aug 30, 2021 5

This place is great! They have amazing drinks and great live music. The vibes are awesome and welcoming!

Photo of Michael Lufkin Michael Lufkin
Aug 29, 2021 5

Cocktails are fantastic, atmosphere is great. I also attend their figure drawing events and it's great to see them hosting events in addition to being a great, chill, speak-easy kinda bar.

Photo of Eva Bird Eva Bird
Sep 30, 2021 4

Cool spot for a cocktail. There are several artist's work displayed and they do tarot card readings. Drinks are pricey but definitely worth checking out. They require proof of vaccination.