Westport craft cocktail bar Julep will close for good after Derby Day

The Kansas City whiskey and cocktail bar is a great place to get a drink.

Julep will be closing permanently on the Kentucky Derby day, May 6, which is considered one of Kansas City’s best cocktail bars.

Julep, founded by Beau Williams & Keely Egington in 2014, has received rave reviews from both national and local publications, including Food & Wine magazine, The Bourbon Review, and Kansas City Magazine.

In a post on Facebook, the decision was made to close the whiskey and cocktail bar at 4141 Pennsylvania Ave., in the Westport entertainment district. The bar also served contemporary American cuisine.

According to a previous Food & Wine piece, Julep is "somewhere between a sophisticated whisky den and a relaxing neighborhood pub -- albeit a one that stocks a ridiculously large amount of Pappy Van Winkle along with other boozy rareties."

Canary is a modern American bar and restaurant launched by the husband-and wife team behind Julep. The Netherland Building at 3835 Main St. is home to the rooftop bar and ground-floor restaurant.