New downtown beer and wine bar, the Boiler Room, used to be a boiler room

Updated: Jun. 15, 2021 at 4:07 PM CDT
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WACO, Texas (KWTX) - The hundreds of thousands of shoppers flocking to Magnolia Market in Downtown Waco have a new spot to kick up their feet and grab a glass of wine or beer as The Findery, a popular home goods store nearby, has expanded.

The Boiler Room bar opened this past week at the rear of The Findery, which first opened its doors in 2015 and has continued to grow, even expanding into a second building nearby.

The bar offers craft beers from across Texas and wines from around the world in a unique setting.

The response in just the first few days has been incredible.

“It’s been fantastic, said Matt Koen, director of sales and operations.

“People when they’re in here they can’t believe that this is in Waco, Texas.”

The bar has been a longtime vision of the owners who wanted to offer a unique and elevated shopping experience.

They say, for years, customers have asked for something like it.

“Over the years we have definitely had a lot of customer feedback that they wished they had kind of an upscale place that they could sit and have a glass of wine, maybe a beverage of some sort, just so they could rest their feet,” Koen said.

The bar flows from inside the Findery’s shop with comfortable sofas leading into stairs which go to the bar area.

There is also a front entrance off Webster Avenue.

The Boiler Room is in a space that used to serve as a boiler room.
The Boiler Room is in a space that used to serve as a boiler room.(Courtesy photo)

The name reflects the rich history of the room itself.

“This was the original boiler room for Percy Medicine which built this original building back in 1908,” Koen said.

“Once they went to distributing their products worldwide, they expanded to this section and created this to be the actual place where the medicine was created in the boiler room itself.”

Koen says shoppers from around the world are already enjoying it.

Just this week, a man from Manchester, England called it a “great pub,” adding he would know a thing or two about that.

“It’s a great place for men to be able to have their own space and enjoy that time while their women do all the shopping,” Koen laughed.

But they’re also hopeful that the quiet tucked away bar will become a spot for local residents to enjoy, too.

“We want to be able to cater to our customers, of course, but we’d also love to become a local spot,” Koen said.

“A before dinner drink spot, or first date spot, or a meeting during the middle of the day spot for people to come.”

The Boiler Room is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.

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