Bartenders Eliza Lovett, left, Nate Windham and Erika Mullett serve gin cocktails Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016, at Brooklyn's on Boulder. The speakeasy is open Thursday through Sunday. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Bartenders Eliza Lovett, left, Nate Windham and Erika Mullett serve gin cocktails Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016, at Brooklyn’s on Boulder. The speakeasy is open Thursday through Sunday. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Bartenders Eliza Lovett, left, Nate Windham and Erika Mullett serve gin cocktails Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016, at Brooklyn’s on Boulder. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

My speakeasy initiation in Colorado Springs began through a nondescript door tucked between downtown establishments.

In the foyer, my wife pressed the buzzer. “Just two of you?” Just two of us, yes, and there was indeed room in the small, dimly lit Brooklyn’s on Boulder, 110 E. Boulder St. You might feel you forgot your tie, as I felt, or you might get a compliment just as you are from the friendly concierge, as I did.

What’s better than carefully crafted, pre-Prohibition era cocktails? Feeling as if you’ve been let in on the secret.

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