Photo by Jason Varney
On a recent unseasonably warm March afternoon, I stopped in to Sansom Street’s Oyster House to try out several of the restaurant’s new cocktails. Head bartender/bar manager Lindsey Krueger, a Franklin Mortgage and Village Whiskey vet has been at Oyster House for four years and has built up quite the selection of gins behind the bar, a collection that is put to good use in the latest Oyster House cocktail list.
Bartender Colin O’Neill, himself a Franklin Mortgage alum mixed up the cocktails as I sampled the day’s oysters, house-cured gravalax and decided to wear the delicious barbecue oysters.
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Phoebe Esmon and Christian Gaal, bartenders and couple about town are heading out of town. The pair is North Carolina bound but before they leave, they’ll be popping up at three bars before they bid us “ta ta.”
First up for the pair who oversaw the drink program at Emmanuelle is Neuf. This Wednesday, March 16th, the couple will be the guests of Joncarl Lachman and head bartender Jesse Cornell. Esmon and Gaal will join Cornell behind the bar starting at 9 p.m.
Esmon and Gall will also be at Ashton Cigar Bar on Sunday, March 20th and at Franklin Bar Tuesday, March 22nd.
Christian & Phoebe’s TTFN Tour, First stop [Facebook]
When Fitler Dining Room was just a rendering and a concept, the team that brought us Pub & Kitchen agreed to initially only offer beer and wine as a concession to the neighborhood association. But now, just after three years of brightening the corner of 22nd and Spruce with seasonal plantings and flowers, the restaurant is now offering a cocktail list including original and classic cocktails. Included in the list is FDR Tiki Rum Punch served in a traditional tiki mug and a very traditional Vesper Martini, “stirred, not shaken.”
The intimate restaurant isn’t a stocking a vast selection of liquor but enough to mix up most cocktails.
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Martha at 2113 East York Street is adding some shine to your Monday with a series of Monday night events that are designed to be free, fun and even educational as Jon Medlinsky’s bar invites in the people behind the local food and beverages served at Martha.
Up first is James Yoakum, founder, chief distiller and president of Cooper River Distillers in Camden, New Jersey. Cooper River did particularly well on our Best Local Spirits list from last year. Yoakum will be pouring samples of his spirits and discussing the product and process. Martha will also be offering half-off of Cooper River cocktails plus some complimentary snacks inspired by the rums.
The happy hour event runs from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. tonight, February 29th.
Philadelphia’s Best Local Spirits [Foobooz]
The new brightened interior of Southwark.
Chris D’Ambro and Marina De Oliveira quietly reopened Southwark over the weekend but today they shout it out to the mountains that the Queen Village restaurant is open for business.
For fans of the old Southwark, rest assured that the bar is the same as it was when Kip Wade commanded the bar. The rest of the space has been lightened up and the linens removed from the table.
D’Ambro has been in the restaurant business since he was a 19-year old at Vetri. Since then he’s his Savona in Gulph Mills, Sovana Bistro in Kennett Square and both Talula’s Table and Talula’s Garden. It was at Talula’s Garden that he met De Oliveira.
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The Double Knot: A twist on the Manhattan at Double Knot
In addition to all of that coffee upstairs, sake down and of course wide selections of beer and wine, Double Knot beverage manager Zachary Davis has created a cocktail list that must be explored.
The list is anchored by the Double Knot, a riff on the Manhattan mad by doubling up all of the ingredients. That means two whiskeys, two vermouths, and two kinds of bitters.
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South Street’s Jet Wine Bar is celebrating its fifth birthday on Wednesday, November 11th with $5 glasses of bubbly. All day the bar is offering $5 glasses of South African, Spanish and Italian bubbly as well as $5 sparkling cocktails.
Jet Wine Bar opened on the 1500 block of South Street when the block was just Bob & Barbara’s and the Tritone. Since then the block has seen sister restaurant Rex 1516 open as well as the Cambridge, Quick Fixx, Little Spoon, So Crepe and Sawatdee.
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The Manayunk Bridge trail opening is definitely the big news in Manayunk this week. But the “Place to Drink” is also living up to its name with Manayunk Cocktail Week. Happening now through Sunday, November 8th, nineteen bars and restaurants are offering $5 cocktails including the brand new Anastasi Raw Bar.
There is also are a series of events happening throughout the week, including a scotch and jerky pairing this evening (Wednesday, November 4) at Lucky’s Last Chance. Fidel Gastro, aka Marcos Espinoza will be offering samples of Side Project Jerky and flights of whiskey from 8 to 11 p.m. The pay-as-you-go event will feature whisky from Balvenie, Glenfiddich, and Monkey Shoulder. Also on hand will be a film crew to film a piece for the Guardian’s Side Hustle series that is featuring Espinoza and his jerky.
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Don’t have a place to wear your sexy barbecue sauce costume yet? Don’t worry. The Upstairs Bar at The Franklin has you covered.
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Christian Gaal and Phoebe Esmon are leaving town.
Emmanuelle, the hidden cocktail bar behind PYT is closing after its third anniversary party on Monday, November 30th. Phoebe Esmon and Christian Gaal, who have been behind the bar from the beginning are planning to leave town so the bar is “breaking up the band.” But the bare is going to go out with a string of events featuring guest bartenders as well as “a final, no-holds-barred edition of the menu, titled Can I Move?” A menu that will certainly push the limits of what the couple has been doing at Emmanuelle for the past several years.
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