Julien Calella

Julien Calella

Bar Director Wish You Were Here Group: Élephante, Kassi Club & Eveleigh

Originally from Marin County, CA, Julien’s curiosity for mixology began at a very young age. He grew up in a strict vegetarian household and would often be in the kitchen with his father who was a chef. He was exposed to many different fruits, vegetables and combinations of flavors that helped him to quickly understand the balance in cocktails and the skill set behind cocktail creation.

His introduction into the bartending world was at age 19 in Amsterdam at the Chicago Social Club. When he returned to the US, he worked at Raven Bar in San Francisco, The Tasting Kitchen in Venice, CA and was the offered the position of opening Bar Director at Élephante in Santa Monica. 

Julien was most recently a finalist in the 2018 Heaven Hill Bartender of the Year Competition, had one of his signature cocktails featured in SF Weekly and was highlighted as a Drink Expert in Locale Magazines May 2019 edition. Julien is currently the West Coast Bar Director for the entire Wish You Were Here Group that owns some of the top restaurants including Élephante, The Kassi Club, The Eveleigh and many more restaurants throughout the US. He continues to work with the group on exciting new projects.