Emmanuelle, the Northern Liberties bar that features the cocktails of Phoebe Esmon and Christian Gaal, was named one of the United States’ best new bars by Food & Wine’s Jim Meehan. Emmanuelle was the only bar from Philadelphia to make the 34-strong list.
Here’s what Meehan had to say about Emmanuelle »
With Thanksgiving looming and the holiday season descending upon us, we bet you’re going to need some new drink recipes. In the December, 2013 issue of Philadelphia magazine we asked George Reilly of Twisted Tail, Phoebe Esmon of Emmanuelle and Lê of Hop Sing Laundromat to help us create twelve winter holiday drinks.
The 12 Best Winter Holiday Drinks [Philadelphia Magazine]
This Halloween Emmanuelle is turning into a creepy tiki bar. “The Huna Hut: Skelatons of the Deep” is being hosted by head-bartenders Phoebe Esmon and Christian Gaal who will be pouring tropical drinks from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.
The event will also feature snacks from Carla Goncalves and David Gilberg, formerly of much-loved KooZeeDoo.
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Brian Freedman finds that Christian Gaal and Phoebe Esmon have created a warm weather menu of seasonally appropriate cocktails at Northern Liberties’ Emmanuelle, that are far from dumbed down
Several weeks ago, I had a chance to check out a number of the new drinks as they were approaching their final stages of development, and the results, as I expected, were stunning. One drink in particular I can’t stop thinking about is the Satyricon, a brilliant assembly of gin, dry curaçao, lemon, cinnamon and cardamom tinctures, and an ingenious red pepper-carrot-ginger syrup. An hour after I tasted it, I was still trying to parse it in my mind: It goes down both dangerously easily (as is the goal of this season’s drinks) and lingers on the palate beautifully. Esmon and Gaal are alchemists as much as they are mixologists, and the payoff of their painstaking work is evident in every sip.
Philabeverage: Emmanuelle goes to the light side [Philadelphia Weekly]
Emmanuelle [Official Site]
Modest innovation—that’s the key to the success of a cocktail bar. Always keep improving, always keep things new and fresh, but don’t be overzealous. Don’t try too hard. There’s a fine line differentiating the two, and with a pho-spiced cocktail, Emmanuelle’s flirting with that line.
But I want it.
The Northern Liberties cocktail bar has a new, exciting, and vulgar spring menu, and they want you to get drunk off it.
After 9 p.m. at Emmanuelle tonight is a special industry fundraiser. The Northern Liberties cocktail bar will be offering special cocktails made with Philadelphia Distilling products. Jen Carroll will also be lending a hand, whipping up free snacks. The cocktails are $5 and the night is also a fundraiser for Wine to Water, a charity that aims to bring clean water to people around the world.
Emmanuelle [Official Site]
Over on the CBS3 site, they got an interview with Phoebe Esmon and Christian Gaal where the two talk all about the vibe at Emmanuelle (the little cocktail bar that opened behind PYT at the Piazza), the decor, the new cocktail list they’re working on and the punches that they feature. And all of that is just fine.
But buried down at the bottom of the story are the two most important things I’ve heard about the place since it opened.
Thing 1: They have a band that plays there called the Hong Kong Cavaliers. Those who get the reference will understand exactly how cool that is. Hey, wherever you go, there you are…
Thing 2: Emmanuelle is planning on expanding once the weather turns nice–and that expansion will take the form of an outdoor tiki bar. Will this be the place that finally make Philly’s tiki dreams come true?
Yes. Unless Duke’s gets its act together and beats them to the punch.
Punch, get it?
Yeah, it’s just that kind of day…
Emmanuelle Adds A Little Punch To Its Cocktail Mix [CBS Philly]
We love the 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. happy hour and salute the bars that offer it. Emmanuelle is now in that class with their Entre Vous happy hour, offered 6 to 8 p.m. Skip the beers but consider the $7 cocktails.
$7 Craft Cocktails »
Emmanuelle, the cocktail parlor from Tommy Up opens tonight facing away from Piazza at Schmidts both literally and figuratively. The bar faces Hancock Street behind Up’s PYT and also aims to be something very different than what is available on the Piazza. The cocktail lounge is adorned with sexy velvet wallpaper, odd portraits of Napoleon Bonaparte and Farah Fawcett, a Adam Wallacavage octopus chandelier and just enough nooks to disappear into. The drink list is designed by Katie Loeb and turned out by Phoebe Esmon and Michael Burleigh.
For those who have turned away from the Piazza, Emmanuelle offers some sexy sophistication.
Drink menu at Emmanuelle »
Sylvia Kristel starred in Emmanuelle, a 1974 erotic French film
Northern Liberties and the Piazza at Schmidt’s are getting a new bar. Tommy Up is opening Emmanuelle, a craft cocktail bar located on the Piazza but facing Hancock Street behind PYT. Author and bartender Katie Loeb has designed the drink menu and Phoebe Esmon (Farmers’ Cabinet, Kennett, Chick’s) will be behind the bar.
The name Emmanuelle is inspired by French soft-porn films of the 70s. The bar will open to the public on Wednesday, November 22nd.
Emmanuelle’s drink menu will feature a wide selection of aperitifs, sparkling cocktails, French cocktail classics and new twists featuring French spirits. A curated selection of wines and beers will also be available.
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