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U.P. boutique resort unveils unique speakeasy-type bar

HOUGHTON, MICH. — A new subterranean bar in the U.P.’s Keweenaw Peninsula is aiming to woo people with its distinctive ambiance and future-stage attention to element.

The Counting Home a short while ago opened as an amenity at The Vault Hotel, a boutique inn located in an 1887-built former lender setting up in downtown Houghton. Playing off the location’s historical past, The Counting Space — tucked away in the building’s former basement vault and boiler home — was intended to exude a cozy, private, speakeasy vibe.

“It feels like you are likely into a definitely higher-conclude financial institution of the 1800′s,” suggests Jen Julien, The Vault Hotel’s proprietor, who labored with auctioneers and antiques sellers to outfit the space.

With a potential of about 25 folks, The Counting Place is open only to hotel visitors and group residents who obtain a membership (which, in trying to keep with the bar’s themes, arrives with a gold-plated, faucet-to-enter vital card). After inside, website visitors will locate unique architectural things, such as century-outdated sandstone walls, intermingled with refurbished antiques, ornate framed artwork and mirrors, a bar-top inlaid with stacks of pennies, and even a reconstructed 1800′s financial institution teller booth.

The cocktails, much too, also showcase a lot of imagined and precision, Julien suggests, with home-designed syrups, hand-slash ice, and a menu that ranges from classics, like the gimlet, to beverages that might be set on fireplace.

“We genuinely considered it was crucial that the cocktails are finished appropriate,” Julien states. “All of our mixologists are there since that is their passion. The drinks are very inventive and effectively performed.”

The Counting Area was intended to open not prolonged following The Vault Hotel’s grand opening in the slide of 2019, but it was delayed by the Covid-19 pandemic. Immediately after a prolonged wait, the bar and its team of mixologists were last but not least able to welcome the initial Counting Home visitors this summer months.

Discover additional about The Counting Area and The Vault Resort at

The Vault Hotel

A nighttime look at of The Vault Lodge in Houghton, Mich. Picture by Brockit Inc. | Adam Johnson

The Vault

The Counting Area incorporates thematic details tied to the building’s history as a lender, like a bar prime inlaid with stacks of pennies. Picture by Adam Johnson | Brockit, Inc.

The Counting Room

The Counting Home mixes industrial and antique touches with historic architectural aspects, these as the 1887-designed building’s unique sandstone walls. Image by Adam Johnson | Brockit Inc.


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