Keeper of the Plans

Popular Old Town bar is closed — at least to the general public

Wheat State Distilling, the popular specialty cocktail bar at 244 N. Mosley, is no longer open to the public.

It turns out Distillery 244, the event venue adjacent to the bar, was just too popular to justify keeping the bar open, said Emalie Gutierrez, who is general manager of both spaces.

“We made the decision that, since the venue side is growing so much, we wanted to expand it to the bar side,” Gutierrez said. “There’s such a high demand (for events) that we had to expand on it.”

The bar, which opened in December 2016, served drinks made with Wheat State Distillery’s own alcohols — vodkas, rums, gins and more.

It had a rotating set of seasonal cocktails on a chalkboard — and it quickly became a popular spot for people looking for a hand-mixed cocktail in Old Town.

The bar was still getting a “steady crowd coming in” whenever it was open Wednesdays through Sundays, but “with such high demand we’re getting, we would have more revenue coming through if it were rental space.”

Wheat State Distilling will continue to brew its own spirits like usual, which are available at area liquor stores.

Distillery 244 could seat 480 before — now, with the bar addition, it can seat an additional 180.

Gutierrez said the bar does plan on opening to the public for a few tasting events around the holidays — details of which will be forthcoming on Wheat State Distilling’s Facebook page.

She said she hopes transitioning the bar to additional event space will be a boon for the venue, which is “booking out almost seven days a week.”

The bar side can be rented in addition to the event space, or it can be rented solely by itself for birthday parties and other events.

For more information on renting the bar, call 316-201-1260.

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