When talented 'tender Beau Williams and his beautiful bride, Keely Edgington, decided to open Julep in Westport the crowds cheered that there would be another excellent place to land for a brown drink and a tasty nibble in Westport.
There is no denying that Westport is now the hottest food and drink spot in the entire city right now. The area is just teeming with great indy-owned, Chef and Mixologist-driven, food and drink places on every corner and every block of what used to be considered the bar district of KC. Julep may be working to bring back the bar district status to Westport, but in a more sophistcated and grown-up sort of way.
You walk into Julep during the day and it feels airy and light, and although the overall atmosphere comes across as modern, there is something inherently retro about the vibe in here as well. It is an inviting and intriguing space. You get the feeling that ANYONE might just stroll through the door next. Traveling salesmen are meeting their clients here for drinks, a group of women are brainstorming a fundraising idea at the table behind you, and in the corner are two tourists who feel so damn lucky to have discovered this place just walking around Westport. Score!
Weekend nights are another animal. The lights are low, the candles lit. This is a sexy place to drink at night. There is a nice young man checking I.D.'s at the door. The crowd gets younger and louder, and the tables are a little harder to snag, especially as the hour gets late. The bartenders at Julep are more than happy to make you a drink while you wait for a table to open up. Once one does, you can settle in and order the pimento cheese plate to snack on while you slowly sip your signature Julep cocktail, that can be made three different ways. You gotta try each one of them, right? Okay, maybe not all in one night.
The list of sipping whiskeys is as long as your arm, and there is a cocktail menu that highlights this golden brown spirit, but truth is, they will make you almost any drink you want at Julep.
Get in here . . .and drink.