Star Union Spirits occupies about 6,000 square feet inside Peru’s historic Westclox building.
Westclox, one of Starved Rock Country’s largest employers in its heyday, was founded in Peru in 1885 and closed in 1980. In recent years, several new businesses have opened in the former factory, with Star Union Spirits being one of the most recent.
Westclox is a part of Peru’s history Star Union has embraced, with touches of the clock factory found throughout the space.
You just have to know what you’re looking at. The bowling pins on the bar are from the from the factory’s employee bowling alley. The bar itself is made out of the bowling alley lane floor. Old window frames were repurposed as foot rails.
One thing you won’t find are TVs. The focus is on the music and the cocktails.
“We purposely did not not incorporate any TVs in here, so that people would interact. It’s evolved into a great music room,” Windy said. “We get calls from musicians all the time wanting to play here. They love the acoustics,” said Windy.