Manayunk Hosting Cocktail Week

manayunk-cocktaill-week-400The 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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Emmanuelle Closing on November 30th

Christian Gaal and Phoebe Esmon are leaving town.

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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Fette Sau Whiskey Dinner Set for September 10th

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Photo by Max Grudzinski

Tomorrow, Thursday, September 10th at 7 p.m., Fette Sau is hosting a whiskey dinner with New Liberty Distilling. Chef Jason Goodman and New Liberty’s master distiller and owner Robert Cassell will be teaming up on the dinner. In fact Cassell has shared staves from his charred oak whiskey barrels that will be used to smoke the dishes.

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Drinking Cocktails at La Colombe

La Colombe is putting its rum and draft coffee to good use.

La Colombe is putting its rum and draft coffee to good use.

With each Philadelphia location of La Colombe now offering the sweet, creamy and impossible to resist Draft Latte (City Hall location gets it Friday) as well as flaky biscuits from the Fishtown flagship, I thought I might have less reason to head to Fishtown. But a liquor license is a fluorescent orange siren to us at Foobooz, and La Colombe’s cocktail list, empowered by the Draft Latte as well as the Pure Black on draft makes the coffee shop a must-visit cocktail spot.

La Colombe’s current  drink list makes use of those draft coffee offerings as well as the coffee-based beer, Yards’ Brewing’s Snorri’s Awakening. Of particular note, the Carte Blanche, a Different Drum Rum and Draft Latte version of the White Russian provides a delicious and amped way to salute Jeff Lebowski.

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Dog Days of Summer at Johnny Brenda’s

dog days summer johnny brendasToday, Wednesday, August 19th, Johnny Brenda’s is celebrating the dog days of summer with Philadelphia Brewing, Commonwealth Ciders and Rowhouse Spirits. The Fishtown fixture is hosting a summer evening of cocktails, beer cocktails and beer and cider from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. A portion of all proceeds will benefit the Pennsylvania SPCA which just opened a satellite location on Frankford Avenue.

In addition to all the drinks, Johnny Brenda’s will also be grilling hot dogs, and with every donation to the SPCA, you get a hot dog.

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Tonight: Bartender Series Continues at Volver

bar-volver-pouring-400Volver’s monthly bartender collaboration series continues tonight. Stephen Warner of Lo Spiedo will be mixing up three seasonally-inspired (and local) cocktails from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

  • THE GEISHA
    la colombe different drum rum, rose orange syrup, angostura, orange twist
  • THE BARRIQUE
    bluecoat barrel aged gin, lo spiedo americano, lo spiedo smoked orange bitters, lemon twist
  • SUMMER SHOWERS
    art in the age sage, cucumber, melon, sage, cava

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About Last Night: What Do You Mean You People Have Never Seen Barfly?

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No, seriously. It is a great goddamn movie–probably the single drinkiest film ever, and features a young Mickey Rourke (before he became a poster child for plastic surgery gone wrong) playing Charles Bukowski, in a movie written by Charles Bukowski. And what’s more, it has a serious Philly connection: Bukowski spent three years living, working, drinking and getting his teeth punched out here before writing the screenplay, and used his time in our fair city as the basis for all the action that happens in the film. The L.A. bar in which most of the film takes place? Based on a place where Bukowski drank at 17th and Fairmount.

And what stunned me last night was that during the trivia portion of last night’s all-cocktails Open Stove battle at COOK, I asked for a show of hands from the crowd.

“How many of you here have seen Barfly?” I asked.

No hands went up.

“What about the bartenders. You guys have seen Barfly, right?”

No hands went up.  The only two people in the entire place who’d ever seen it were me and Art.

So much for the trivia…

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