Only one bar in Texas ranked among the best in the country


Looking for weekend plans? Make sure you have the only Texas bar high on your to-do list!

The 50 Best Bars in North America is an annual list that celebrates the best drinks in the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. The 50 winners who made the cut found out during a live awards ceremony earlier this week. Here is some additional information about the list:

The inaugural awards program provided a unique opportunity to bring together bartenders, bar owners, cocktail enthusiasts and beverage journalists in a celebration of beverage, hospitality and the talent of the North American bar industry. The launch marked a crucial step in 50 Best’s ongoing drive to spotlight superb bar talent in specific regions, showcasing the subtlety and intricacy of bar craftsmanship from around the world.

Julep in Houston comes in at No. 46 on the list. Here’s why:

True to its name, Julep exudes the elegance of Southern Whisky. The flowers make the light and airy room even more welcoming and give a clue to the menu to follow. Owner Alba Huerta has mastered the art of creating unique flavors by incorporating herbs, spices, and even vegetables into drinks. Thyme and bell pepper infused tonic water is blended with white port, Manzanilla sherry and lemon to create the incomparable Nightshade highball. The vermouth is infused with tarragon and combined with elderflower liqueur, Pedro lemon and orange bitters to create a truly unique swizzle. A comprehensive menu also includes dozens of classic and modern classic drinks, including an entire section devoted to delicious riffs on the titular Julep. The end of the menu is devoted to one of the most impressive collections of rare spirits in the South; the focus is on bourbon, but there’s something for everyone, from tequila to brandy. The kitchen offers light dishes such as pulled pork sliders, oysters and the surprising sweetness of bourbon pearls. Each piece is tastefully plated, often with a floral touch…it’s the Julep way.

Here’s a look at the top 10 bars in North America:

  1. Attaboy, New York
  2. Speakeasy handshake, Mexico
  3. Licoreria Limantour, Mexico City
  4. Kitten Katana, New York
  5. Kumiko, Chicago
  6. Cafe La Trova, Miami
  7. Bar Baltra, Mexico City
  8. Dante, New York
  9. Love at first sight, Los Angeles
  10. Civil Liberties, Toronto

To read the full list, click here.


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