Behind an unmarked door in the Cannery District lies a world that harkens back to the days of flappers, moonshine and jazz clubs.
Devil’s Toboggan, one of a couple new speakeasy-style bars in Bozeman, opened in October. With a line stretching out the door most weeks, the place has been a hit with locals, owner Chris Burgard said.
“It makes them feel like they’re not in Bozeman anymore,” he said.
The bar’s interior looks much different than most businesses in Bozeman, ornately decorated with red velvet chairs, crystal light fixtures and wooden shelves full of leather-bound books.
The bar certainly aims to bring back the days of Prohibition, with 1920s-inspired drinks like the Old Fashioned, Bee’s Knees Manhattan and French 75, bar manager Jay Quinones said. And the name “Devil’s Toboggan” comes from a poster circulated by those in the temperance movement, which depicts a man on a sled sliding down into hell for drinking.
Burgard said he wanted to do something fun, and he thought he could fill a niche in Bozeman. Though people are welcome to come as they are, he said the restaurant’s fancier theme gives people an excuse to get dressed up.
“You see a lot of first dates here,” Quinones said.
Though very different in style, Devil’s Toboggan isn’t the only speakeasy-themed bar to open in Bozeman. Across town, the Kitty Warren Social Club opened recently, located “20 steps below Main.”
A spokesperson was not available for comment by press time, but the bar offers pizza and cocktails, according to its Instagram page. Its interior is vibrant and also ‘20s-themed, with aquamarine-colored walls, plenty of leather furniture and palm trees.
Though owners couldn’t confirm where the name came from, the Chronicle reported in 2011 that Kitty Warren was one of the first people to open a brothel in Bozeman, expanding the town’s red-light district. There’s also a play by George Bernard Shaw about a brothel owner named Kitty Warren, titled “Mrs. Warren’s Profession.”
Kitty Warren can be found on Main Street and is open Friday and Saturday from 6 p.m. to close, according to its website. Devil’s Toboggan is at 113 E. Oak St. and is open from 4 p.m. to 12 a.m. seven days a week.