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Hot mixologist to shake up the Washington Avenue scene with a new bar with Bobby Heugel ties

Hot mixologist to shake up the Washington Avenue scene with a new bar with Bobby Heugel ties

Alba Huerta, Julep, August 2012
A peek inside Julep, coming to Washington Avenue in 2013. Courtesy Photo
Alba Huerta, Julep, August 2012
Alba Huerta has made a name for herself at Grand Prize Bar and Anvil Bar & Refuge; now she's opening her own space. Courtesy Photo
Alba Huerta, Julep, August 2012
Vintage details at Julep Courtesy Photo
Alba Huerta, Julep, August 2012
Alba Huerta, Julep, August 2012
Alba Huerta, Julep, August 2012
Alba Huerta, Julep, August 2012

Whether you've seen her pouring drinks at Grand Prize Bar, running the show as GM at Anvil Bar & Refuge or shaking it for Houston as the national Speed Rack finals runner-up, there's no denying that Alba Huerta is one of the most skilled mixologists in town.

Now she's branching out to create her own bar, Julep, in the former Corkscrew/Sugarcane space on Washington Avenue, backed by Anvil's Bobby Heugel, Kevin Floyd and Michael Burnett.

"There’s just something special about a finely crafted classic mint julep that strikes a cord with people. It never fails to bring out a smile,” Huerta said in a press release.

 Is Julep a great bar name or the best bar name ever? 

Julep will feature an extensive bourbon selection and a menu of classic cocktails that "embraces Southern drinking culture," plus table service, a covered patio created from the current garage space, private event space and a "dynamic" food menu.

Huerta is planning an extensive build-out and restoration of the historic building, in keeping with the philosophy behind other Anvil-related projects, including Hay Merchant and the forthcoming Blacksmith coffee shop. With an opening set for January 2013, Huerta will be working with Heugel in the meantime to create a new catering operation for Anvil, which will offer cocktail service at events, weddings, and at pop-up bars on weekends at some of Houston's more interesting spaces.

Are you excited to see Huerta in her own space? And is Julep a great bar name or the best bar name ever?