Bree of 13 Celsius Serving Crisp, Clean Bubbly Where Houstonians Picked Up Crisp, Clean Shirts for Over 70 Years

This week, over a delicious and refreshing Riesling (none of that crappy Blue Nun bullshazzy), we caught up with Bree at 13 Celsius. As other singles and groups trickled in to unwind with a post-work glass of wine in a decidedly low-key, non-Midtown-ish atmosphere, we got to know a little bit about the bar, Bree's affinity for bubbles and how she really wouldn't mind having a talented chef at her beck and call.

Where are you from? I'm from the Northeast side of Houston. Crosby.

How long have you been bartending at 13 Celsius? It'll be a year in June.

What are some other jobs you've held? I've waited tables, worked in retail...I'm actually also cleaning houses right now, which is a little different.

How would you describe the bar's aesthetic and the crowd? It's very relaxed. It's a great date spot, but we also get a lot of big groups, like for an engagement party, but since we don't sell liquor, it doesn't get crazy. Considering it's in Midtown, it's very laid-back. We have regulars, people that live in the neighborhood, service-industry people. Sure, we get random people that come in, curious to check us out, but then they become regulars. We've got such a great wine list, they keep coming back. As far as aesthetic, Mike studied in Italy and wanted to reflect that here. It's got an old-world, European vibe. People visiting from other countries will come in and say that it reminds them of some place back home.

Could you tell us a little about the building's history? It was originally a dry cleaners in the '20s...Jennings Cleaners. 13 Celsius doesn't have a sign out front, but the dry cleaners sign is still up. Actually, The Greater Houston Preservation Alliance gave us a Brick award in 2008 for preserving the structure of the building.

Fill in the blank: To work at 13 Celsius, you have to be able to ______. You have to be able to answer any question a customer might have. Our list is always changing and we have wine classes every week. You have to be able to keep up. We get a lot of people in here that know a lot about wine, so you have to stay on top of it.

At the end of my shift, I pour a ______. Any kind of delicious bubbly. My favorite right now is the Ca' Del Bosco. It's dry, creamy and really clean. It just always leaves you wanting more.

You get three songs on the proverbial jukebox. What do you play? I'd play Bob Dylan -- Hurricane, Bon Iver -- Skinny Love...and something upbeat. Something '80s.

On your off night, where do you go to get a drink? I like Leon's and Community Bar.

*Wildcard: What is the biggest advantage of being royalty? Well, it's not just royalty, but one advantage of being rich, I think, would be a personal...anything. Personal chef, personal trainer, personal driver. Those are the big three. If I had to choose just one, I'd pick the personal chef. I mean, I like to cook, I'm just not very good at it.

13 Celsius, located at 3000 Caroline Street (at the corner of Caroline and Anita), is open nightly from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. If you're lookin' for a good deal, I recommend Sunday nights when all open bottles are half-off. Follow @13Celsius for more info on upcoming wine classes, tastings, specials and events.

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Ginny Braud
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