On Sunday, November 7, Alba Huerta and the Julep team will celebrate the cocktail bar’s 7th anniversary with an all-star lineup of guest bartenders from around the country, a pop up from one of the Best Bars in the World—Licoreria Limantour—and, of course, drink specials all day!
“This year’s anniversary is really special,” said Alba. “The culinary energy in Houston is thriving, and our city is attracting food and beverage connoisseurs from around the world. I want to celebrate our seven years in this amazing city with beverage talent—nationally and internationally—that’s inspired me and Julep over the years."
Lynette Marrero, Meaghan Dorman, Nandini Khaund and Kellie Thorn will be guest bartending throughout the night, and the party will end with a bar takeover from Licorería Limantour, a Mexico City bar currently ranked No. 17 in the world. Owner Benjamin Padrón and bar manager José Luis León Martinez have not only put their bar on the map—a fixture on the World’s Best Bars list since 2014—and live by their motto “The Bar is Open and so is my Heart.” Their hospitality and inclusivity have awarded them the prestigious award of Best International Bar Team by Tales of the Cocktail in 2019, among many others.
4pm - Drink Specials All Day
6-9pm – Guest bartender shifts - Lynnette Marrero, Meghan Dorman, Nandini Khuand, Kellie Thorn and Alba Huerta
9pm-midnight - Licorería Limantour Pop Up
Old Forester Bourbon
San Cosme Mezcal
The Guest Bartender Lineup:
Bar Director, Llama San, NYC & Llama Inn, Bklyn
Co-Founder, Speed Rack
Lynette has been honored by the James Beard Awards as one of America’s Leading Female Mixologists 2009, named Food & Wine and Fortune magazine’s Most Innovative Women in Food and Drink in 2015, and Wine Enthusiast’s Mixologist of the Year in 2016. In July 2019, Marrero received the Tales of the Cocktails’ Spirited Awards, World’s Best Bar Mentors and the inaugural Philanthropy Award as the Co-Founder of Speedrack.
Bar Director, Raines Law Room & Dear Irving, New York City
Meaghan Dorman is currently the Bar Director of New York City’s Raines Law Room, Raines Law Room at the William, Dear Irving and Dear Irving on Hudson. Meaghan oversees the four bar programs, including cocktail creation, menu rotation, event menus and staff training. Dear Irving was a Top 10 finalist for Tales of the Cocktail Best New American Cocktail Bar, and listed by Esquire Magazine as one their “Best Bars in America”. Meaghan was a 2013 inductee in TOTC’s Dames Hall of Fame and co-founded the annual luncheon. Meaghan was named Imbibe Magazine 2016 “Bartender of the Year”
Driven by theories of magic and science, Nandini Khaund is a Chicago-based artist, musician and consultant focused on the experiential atmospheres of her drink designs/concepts. She currently serves on advisory committees for Tales of the Cocktail and Speed Rack, and her history includes the launches of Violet Hour, Big Star, Cindy’s at the Chicago Athletic Association, and 3 Floyds Distilling.
Kellie Thorn is the current Beverage Consultant for the Pihakis Restaurant Group, and you can find her cocktails at the new Rodney Scott BBQ in Atlanta, Georgia. Her previous post as the Beverage Director for \Empire State South lauded her many notable awards and also a consulting post for Hotel Effie in Miramar Beach, Florida. She is a spirits educator and holds certifications from the WSET, BNIC, as well as Bar Five Day. In 2018, Wine Enthusiast recognized her as 40 under 40 Beverage Professionals in the U.S. because of her knowledge in Cognac and Armagnac.
José Luis León Martinez
Bar Manager, Licorería Limantour
José Luis León has served in the service industry for over 14 years and has been positioned as one of the best bartenders at the national level, a fact that has been reinforced with two first places in the prestigious competition DIAGEO World Class Mexico in 2010 and 2021. At Licoreria Limantour, José Luis León is making liquid trends in the Mexican capital—part of the 50 best bars in the world since 2014, as well as recognition from Tales of the Cocktail as International Best High-Volume Cocktail Bar and International Best Bar Team in 2019 and 2020.
1919 Washington Ave.,
Houston, TX, 77007