Welcome to Eating...Our Words' Bartender Chat, in which we sit down with local bartenders and get to know their style. Whether they're slinging beers or mixing complex cocktails, bartenders are our buddies and confidants, but we're turning the tables and the camera on them to find out what they're passionate about and what makes them some of Houston's best.
Photos by Kaitlin Steinberg Don't ask him to mix up something crazy and creative. He's all about the classics.
Alex Gilbert is really excited about his new job. Later this spring, he'll be moving from his post as a bartender at Grand Prize to a new cafe/bar called The Honeymoon, located on the rapidly evolving block of 300 Main downtown.
It's a partnership between Brad Moore and Ryan Rouse (of Bad News Bar, Grand Prize and Goro & Gun) and the folks behind Boomtown Coffee, Matt Toomey and Charlotte Mitchell. The idea is to create a New Orleans vibe by combining a coffee shop with a bistro/cafe and a bar. The space will be NOLA-inspired, and judging by the awesome look of Goro & Gun and Bad News Bar (you're okay, too, Grand Prize), it should be a pretty cool space in which to eat and drink the day away.
Gilbert has been brushing up on his classic New Orleans cocktails in preparation for the move. He's been working on perfecting his Sazerac, often thought of as the oldest cocktail in America. As of 2008, it's also the official cocktail of Louisiana.
In case you're wondering, Texas doesn't have an official cocktail. We don't even have an official beverage. But that's neither here nor there.
Part-time musician Gilbert is looking forward to the move downtown and the opportunity to flex his classic cocktail skills. Though if you ask him what he wants to drink, he'll probably just order a beer.More »