Archetype Distillery opens this month in former Kitty’s South in Denver

Archetype is set to open to the public 4:30 p.m. Feb. 24.
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A rendering of Archetype Distillery at 119 S. Broadway. (Courtesy of Wade Murphy and Michael Chapyak)

Archetype Distillery on South Broadway, Feb, 13, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

The team behind Archetype Distillery is ready to show off its transformation of the former Kitty's South adult theater along South Broadway.

Archetype is set to open to the public at 4:30 p.m. Feb. 24. The distillery at 119 S. Broadway plans to offer classic vodka and gin cocktails as well as classes for those who want to get into the world of spirits and mixed drinks.

The owner and developer of Archetype, Wade Murphy, dropped $2.6 million for the 102-year-old building in 2015. The space previously held Kitty's South from the 1970s until  2007. Prior to that, the building served as the Webber Theater.

A view of the Webber Theater, at 119 S. Broadway, in the Baker neighborhood of Denver circa 1948. (Lloyd Rule/Denver Public Library/ Z-10221)

“We wanted to renovate this building by looking back a hundred years in order to look forward to the next hundred years,” Murphy said in a statement.

Murphy kept the theater-look on the outside for his building. The inside is now two stories and includes an operating distillery and tasting room as well as an event center and gallery.

“Our goal is to raise Denver’s spirits one drink at a time,” said Michael Chapyak, president and master distiller, in a statement.

Archetype is set to be the second distiller that opens along South Broadway this year. Denver Distillery opened at 244 S. Broadway last month.

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