The Denver Licensing Department stripped a nightclub in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of its liquor and dancing licenses after employees were caught letting an underage police cadet into the club and swiping him serve a cocktail because she “looked quite old”.
The Viceroy Lounge at 778 Mariposa St. is to close by Oct. 30, the Excise and Licensing Department decided Friday. He was also ordered to pay a fine of $6,000.
The Viceroy advertises itself online as an “avant-garde rock and roll lounge” with craft cocktails and live music not far from the Santa Fe Art Walk. He has a recent history of infractions, which led to the city’s unusually harsh punishment late last week.
In May 2021, Viceroy owner Adam Crockett admitted the club violated Denver’s stay-at-home order the previous October and agreed to pay a $1,000 fine. He also agreed not to commit another breach within a year, a promise he and the club failed to keep.
At approximately 10 p.m. on April 22, a member of the Denver Police Department‘s vice squad arrived at the viceroy with an underage police cadet. According to officer Andrew Carman, a bouncer looked at their IDs, including the youngest’s which said she was underage, and told them they ‘looked quite old’. They were restless, according to a report written by Carman.
Once inside, the caddy went to the bar and ordered a Jack and Coke. His identity was not verified and he was served the cocktail, according to Carman.
Crockett was asked to appear at a hearing on June 9 and explain why the club’s liquor and dancing licenses should not be suspended or revoked. He didn’t show up. Due to his absence and the club’s past issues, a hearing officer recommended that Excise and Licenses either revoke the viceroy’s licenses or impose a $56,000 fine on him. The department chose the first.
It is rare for Excise and Licensing to revoke a liquor license. It is the first time he has done so in 2022 and only the third dismissal in the last three years. The others were Cabin Tap House and Beta Nightclub last year.
Several requests for comment from the Viceroy Lounge and Crockett went unanswered.
The building at 778 Mariposa, which is advertised as “The 778” on signage out front, was purchased for $595,000 in April by Regas Christou. Christou owns several nightclubs in the city through his company CoClubs.
Christou did not respond to an email requesting more information about his plans at 778 Mariposa. In April, he also purchased vacant land at 768 Mariposa, south of the Viceroy, and requested that it be rezoned for a mixed-use development of up to five stories. This request was unanimously approved by the Denver City Council on September 19.
This story was reported by our partner BusinessDen.