We’re concluding our series featuring out-of-town whiskey bars by circling back closer to home: Julep in Kansas City, Missouri.
Julep Cocktail Club opened in 2014. And it’s nearing the point where we’ll wonder how we found a way to get along before it opened.
Julep is located in Kansas City’s Westport district. While the area is certainly not short on bars and pubs, Julep is hands-down the best whiskey bar in town. But that’s not to say it’s a one-trick pony. Julep features a variety of spirits, cocktails (and even offers cocktail classes), and some spectacular food as well.
We’re just going to focus on the whiskey for the moment.
First, the selection. Beind Julep’s bar is a nearly floor-to-ceiling shrine of whiskey. Included within the inventory are some of the most elusive bourbons on the market.
Julep has also begun carrying bar-pick single barrels. This past summer, I tried their Whistlepig 10-year rye pick and their Russell’s Reserve bourbon pick. Both were outstanding, but the Whistlepig really stood out.
The standard Whistlepig 10-year is good, don’t get me wrong, but this particular barrel pick had an extra layer to it. When I mentioned this to the bartender, he nodded his head and told me to look more closely at the bottle. When I did, I realized what he meant – not only was this a single barrel pick, it was bottled at cask strength (115.8 proof)!
Next, is the price. While some pours are unsurprisingly costly, patrons can enjoy 25% off of any whiskey Monday – Friday from 3pm – 6pm. This happy hour special also includes $5 sazeracs, manhattans, and old fashioneds.
Finally, Julep’s bar staff is quite friendly. During Lee‘s recent visit, he ordered a pour of their Four Roses Al Young 50th Anniversary Limited Edition Small Batch. Without being asked, the bartender brought over the bottle, arranged whatever Lee needed to enjoy his pour (the water eye-dropper is an especially nice touch), and let him take his time with taking pictures and handling the bottle.
The next time you’re in Kansas City, and in the mood for some whiskey, make Julep your next stop.