Music icon Dean Ween, of the alternative grunge rock band Ween, recently opened one of Denver’s newest music venues, which doubles as a cannabis consumption lounge. The Honey Pot Lounge @ VP is located at 1753 South Broadway, appropriately located on Denver’s “Green Mile” stretch of dispensaries, funky shops and eateries. The Honey Pot Lounge fills the space where the Vape and Play consumption lounge operated for a very short time back in early March of this year. The Honey Pot Lounge absorbed Vape and Play’s license and the two have become one, which is where the “VP” comes from in the title.
The Honey Pot Lounge launched its grand opening to the public on April 6 (a members-only opening was on April 5). Ween, affectionately called “Deaner” by fans, shared his reasoning behind entering the cannabis industry in a statement. “Having traveled (and basically resided) in clubs, bars and lounges for the past 30 years, I’ve always wanted to start my own club—a place that specifically caters to my personal tastes and a public hangout space designed in my model,” Ween said. “The HPL will be a geographic extension of my living room, my studio and my man-cave. Being a man of impeccable tastes, I feel positive that it will serve your entertainment needs as well and make for a great hang. My mission statement and overall goal for the HPL is to recreate my personal happy place—rooms where there is something compelling are available to touch, smell, stare at or listen to at all times.”
So why did Ween decide to bring his cannabis lounge to Denver? Well, because Denver is awesome, according to The Honey Pot Lounge website. Plus, after Initiative 300 passed back in 2016, it makes Denver a unique area in Colorado that allows cannabis consumption lounges.
“Having traveled (and basically resided) in clubs, bars, and lounges for the past 30 years, I’ve always wanted to start my own club—a place that specifically caters to my personal tastes and a public hangout space designed in my model.”
If one thing is true, Denverites love live music—and cannabis. This is another great reason Denver was the perfect choice for this music and cannabis hub. The Honey Pot spokesperson said in the official press release, “Dean Ween’s Honey Pot Lounge started with the Dean’s vision of musicians and fans coming together, celebrating freedom, artistic expression, love and excitement. With the majority of live entertainment opportunities tending towards the stale, uninspired and predictable, Dean Ween’s Honey Pot Lounge @ V&P’s mission is to create one-of-kind experiences that fans of all music styles will enjoy.”
For those who are curious about checking out this new space, there are some important details to note. Guests must be 21 and over to enter. There are no cannabis sales onsite, so patrons are encouraged and allowed to bring their own cannabis. Consumption devices like water pipes will be provided, but it’s also permitted to bring your own paraphernalia. Bongs and water pipes must show up empty (free of liquid). An interesting rule is that guests can’t light their own product, and torches and lighters available at the bar for use. Finally, no alcohol will be sold or permitted onsite.
The first big event at The Honey Pot Lounge was called The Puff Ball, which took place on April 20. The night featured The Dean Ween Group as well as Color Red Allstars featuring Eddie Roberts of The New Mastersounds, Jeremy Salken of Big Gigantic and Gabe Mervine. Upcoming events include a comedy night, movie night, open jam night, a tea party, Saturday morning cartoons and more.
“[Ween] is committed to supporting and encouraging the area’s music and performing arts scenes by showcasing local talent,” the venue stated.
Considering Ween’s rock star background and music career success, it’s likely that this will be one of Colorado’s first successful cannabis consumption lounges. Upcoming decisions on proposed hospitality and public consumption laws could work in favor of The Honey Pot Lounge.