Barrel Blends Wine & Spirits has opened a location in Affton
Mohit Patel, owner of Barrel Blends Wine & Spirits in Bridgeton, has opened a new location at 9325 Gravois Road in Affton in the same plaza as 9 Mile Garden. The liquor store offers numerous liquor options with a primary focus on bourbon, tequila, craft beer and wine. There’s also a small tasting bar and lounge seating.
When it came to opening a second location, Patel said he felt there was a lack of high-end liquor shops in the area and believed he could give the community unique and new things to try. It was important for Patel to find a strong community that would be welcoming and supportive, and Affton checked all the right boxes. “We feel all the support from the neighbors around here and we strive to provide that service to the neighborhood and community as well,” said Patel. “We wanted to really focus on hospitality and the customer education aspect of it.”
Barrel Blends offers roughly 10,000 products total. While about 70% of that is only available retail, the rest can be tried at the bar in sample sizes, including nearly 100 bourbons, 10 tequilas, and a rotating selection of eight local draft beers from makers like Narrow Gauge Brewing Co. and Civil Life Brewing Co. In addition, any of the wines can be sampled for a corkage fee.
The 6,400-square-foot space features indoor seating for roughly 30 people, as well as a lounge area with TVs and board games. Aisles are wide and easily accessible, and the space is open to keep customers from feeling too crowded during sports games and events. Floor-to-ceiling glass windows usher in plenty of natural light to lend an airy and open feel.
Events are regularly hosted such as food and wine pairings, various tastings, including some free tastings on weekends, and cocktail classes, giving customers plenty of opportunities to come visit and relax. Some upcoming events in September include Tequila & Taco Tuesday on Sept. 20. For $25, attendees will be able to sample four tequilas with knowledge on each provided by Zach Althaus of Vintegrity, while enjoying tacos provided by chef Ryan Maher, owner of Missouri Wild Edibles. On Sept. 28, there’s a double-blind whiskey tasting featuring four bourbons, ranging from rare to readily available. A list of events and tickets are available online.
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