UPDATED: Phoebe Esmon and Christian Gaal Organizing Drinkers (And Bartenders) For Sandy Relief

Ever since they left The Farmer’s Cabinet, things have been relatively quiet on the Phistian (that’s Phoebe Esmon and Christian Gaal to us non-celeb types) front, as they’ve flitted around the city and the country these past few months, gypsy bartending, writing cocktail menus and spending time with Esmon’s family in North Carolina. But now they’re back, at least for the moment, and they’ve arrived with a purpose: to harness their considerable bar cred to support Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.

Starting tonight, 15 bars and restaurants around the city will be pouring specialty shots, highballs and cocktails mixed with donated liquor and giving at least half of the proceeds to the Red Cross for Sandy victims in New Jersey. Bars will charge $10 per drink and participate until their supplies run out. Other charity efforts the pair are organizing on behalf of the Philadelphia chapter of the US Bartenders’ Guild include a “Battle for New York” cocktail competition at suave 1 Tippling Place on Sunday to raise funds for New York bartenders suffering from the effects of the storm, and an event (still in the planning stages) that will bring together bartenders from up and down the east coast on December 16. Plus, starting right now, Cantina Dos Segundos is acting as a collection point for baby items, cleaning supplies, blankets, winter coats, etc.

Add that to Don Russell’s proposal that we all donate the price of a six-pack each time we buy one, and we can do some pretty charitable drinking over the next week.

UPDATED: Here’s the full list of participating establishments and brands for the Red Cross charity drinking that begins tonight. Big thanks to all and sundry.

Bars/Restaurants
A. Kitchen
Square 1682
Franklin Mortgage and Investment Co.
Lemon Hill
Time
Southwark
PYT
Khyber Pass Pub
Cantina Dos Dequndos
Cantina Los Caballitos
Royal Tavern
The Trestle Inn
Alfa
Tequilas
XIX at the Bellview
Vedge
Hickory Lane
Fiume
Gunner’s Run
Kennett So. 2nd
Brands
Bluecoat
Buffalo Trace
Don Q
Jameson
The Balvenie
Jim Beam
Siembra Azul
Tullamore Dew
Root
Sage
Jagermeister
Absolut Orient Apple
Grants
Tito’s
Hendrick’s Gin
Barritt’s Ginger Beer

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  • Phoebe

    Hey guys, thanks for posting this. I wanted to update you guys with the new, expanded list of participating bars:

    Bars/Restaurants
    A. Kitchen
    Square 1682
    Franklin Mortgage and Investment Co.
    Lemon Hill
    Time
    Southwark
    PYT
    Khyber
    Cantina Dos Dequndos
    Cantina Los Caballitos
    Royal Tavern
    The Trestle Inn
    Alfa
    Tequilas
    XIX at the Bellview
    Vedge
    Hickory Lane
    Fiume
    Gunner’s Run
    Kennett So. 2nd

    Also, we were not responsible for the cocktail list at Han Dynasty. That was Katie Loeb.

    If you are planning to go out for a drink this weekend, please consider visiting one of the bars on this list.

    Participating Brands are: Bluecoat, Buffalo Trace, Don Q, Jameson, The Balvenie, Jim Beam, Siembra Azul, Tullamore Dew, Root, Sage, Jagermeister, Absolut Orient Apple
    Grants, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Hendrick’s Gin, Barritts Ginger Beer.

  • sphillygirl

    A bar by any other name probably wouldn’t be as fun… so, it’s “Cantina Dos Segundos” rather than “Cantina Dos Dequndos!” Thanks!