Crafty Cocktails at RE:PUBLIC

Magical mixologists and high-end tequilas give this new uptown club a sophisticated twist
Chris Edwards
Mixologist Logan High mixes creative drinks like the Horny Toad featuring Sauza Hornitos tequila, St. Germain elderflower liqueur, honey, lime, and jalepeño.

Uptown’s newest club, RE:PUBLIC, has a lot of modern touches—like the hostess who checks the guest list on an iPad and a large dance floor with light-filled pillars. But its best effort to bring something new comes from its tequila mixology bar, where clubgoers will find unexpected ingredients in their cocktails, from egg whites to fresh herbs.

“A lot of research and development went into choosing the menu,” says Stefan Huebner, a veteran bartender and owner of Creative Beverage Consultants, who was hired to create the drink menu at RE:PUBLIC and to train the mixologists to create special cocktails like the popular Oaxaca Claret, which consists of Monte Alban Mezcal, Patrón Citronge, fresh sour, Peychaud’s Bitters, and a top floated with pinot noir.

Huebner says the approach to these cocktails is more like that of a chef than a bartender. Having a drink this sophisticated makes sense at RE:PUBLIC, which fills the large space that used to house Alley Cat and is part of the so-called District 300—the block of College Street between Sixth and Seventh that includes Cosmos Café and the new Phoenix nightclub (formerly The Forum). The area is poised to be the city’s newest nightlife destination, and with touches like RE:PUBLIC’s mixology bar, it’s likely to draw a crowd interested in a more upscale experience than what you’ll find at many local bars. “These drinks aren’t made to be slammed back, four or five of them and get drunk,” Huebner says. “These are cocktails that are meant to be enjoyed!”

314 N. College St.

Categories: Food + Drink, Nightlife, Now Open