Here at Foobooz World HQ, we are big fans of drinking for a good cause. I mean, we’re big fans of drinking in general, but when our boozy natures can be put to the use of the ailing, the infirm or cute and fuzzy animals, all the better.
Thus do we offer this: Tickets are on sale right now for the 3rd annual Bourbon Battle at the Trestle Inn, which is being used as a fundraiser for PAWS, Philly’s largest no-kill animal shelter. The event is on Wednesday, March 25, it involves the consumption of several bourbon cocktails, and tickets will only run you $30 if you get them in advance. Meaning, soonish.
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This past Saturday we enjoyed more than one Hot Toddy at the local bar and made a note then to drink more Hot Toddys. And now comes word that the Trestle Inn has a whole menu of Hot Toddy’s for the season and best of all, they are named for members of the Village People.
The Toddys are designed by bartender Katie Loeb and are available Wednesday and Thursday from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m., and Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
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Bartender and cocktail book author Katie Loeb has recently revamped the list at the Trestle Inn. The Happy Hour, Flower Power and Whiskey Sours remain but Loeb’s stamp is over the rest of the menu. Especially in the Cathouse Punch and the classic Blood and Sand.
The Trestle’s new drink menu »
After six years Chick’s Social is closing. But the bar at 7th and Kater isn’t going out quietly. Tuesday and Wednesday will feature the $18 lobster bake (reservations required and close Monday at 5 p.m.). Also back is George, bartender, server and all-around enjoyable guy. He’ll be working Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Katie Loeb, who put herself and Chick’s on the map years ago will be bartending on Friday and Saturday nights.
A weekend of greatest hits will include returning favorites like:
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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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Cuba Libre and Rum Bar are both celebrating National Rum Day today with boozy specials and events.
During their Caippy Hour from 5 to 7 p.m. Cuba Libre will be offering their 100+ list of rums and 30 rum cocktails for half price. Available only in the bar area, prices for the rum alone will run from $4 to $19 and mixed rum drinks will be $4.50 to $6. Cuba Libre’s usual Caippy Hour specials will be available including caipirinhas, caipiroskas and sakerihnas for $5 each, house wine and sangria, select beers for $4 and bar bites for $5 each.
Tonight Rum Bar is bringing together their own Adam Kanter with Han Dynasty’s Katie Loeb for a one night tiki pop-up called Duke’s Surf Bar to celebrate the national holiday. For the night 20 tiki drinks will be available for $10. If all goes well and Kanter finds a good locale, Duke’s Surf Bar could become a brick-and-mortar reality.
Cuba Libre [Official Site]
Rum Bar [Official Site]
If you’ve ever wanted to cook your favorite Philadelphia recipes at home then April White’s new book Philadelphia Chef’s Table: Extraordinary Recipes from the City of Brotherly Love must be your next purchase. White, former food editor of Philadelphia magazine, teamed up with Jason Varney, popular local photographer whose work has appeared in national magazines like Food & Wine and Travel + Leisure, to collect recipes and images from the area’s best and brightest chefs.
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Next month Adam Kanter is holding a one night tiki pop-up at his Rum Bar. But the concept he’s dubbed Duke’s Surf Bar could be a permanent fixture if he finds the right location and funding.
Kanter’s idea for Duke’s is inspired by a couple bars he’s been to. The first is a Barbados surf bar which has a cool vibe, good music and of course an ocean view, but the drinks are terrible. In London he discovered Casita, a tiny bar with committed owners/bartenders who do the prep work during the day and make the drinks at night.
One possible location for Duke’s would be Rum Bar’s basement with an entrance from Moravian Street. That should make Jason happy as his dream tiki bar would be a “windowless room full of palm trees, liquor and Don Ho music.”
In the meantime be sure to check out the Duke’s Surf Bar pop-up set for Rum Bar on Thursday, August 16th. All of the 20 tiki drinks will be available for $10.
Duke’s Surf Bar [Facebook]
It would appear that tiki pop-ups are the new ramen pop-ups.
Mixologist Katie Loeb who is behind the tiki drinks at Han Dynasty is teaming up with Adam Kanter of Rum Bar to create a one-night tiki pop-up, Duke’s Surf Bar. The pop-up will happen at Rum Bar on Thursday, August 16th. All of the 20 tiki drinks will be available for $10.
Check out the teaser video, complete with the Prodigy soundtrack »
On Friday night I checked out the newest location of Han Dynasty even as the heavens dropped a deluge that turned much of Market Street in University City into the mighty Yellow River. This location of Han Dynasty has comfortably taken over the MidAtlantic space without much of a redo. And for the many of fans of Han Chiang’s restaurants, the food is every bit as good as his Old City location.
One new thing is the addition of Katie Loeb’s cocktail list. Inspired by the drinks of old-school Chinese-American restaurants, but done right with housemade batches of grenadine, passionfruit syrup and ginger beer, these drinks were a fun way to start off the night but really stood out when the spicy Sichuan fare arrived. The kick of the dry pepper infused Sinorita softened when paired with spicy cucumbers. The tartness from the lemon juice in the Port Light mellowed when it washed down the dry pot.
Loeb’s menu includes tradtional drinks like the Scorpion Bowl and Port Light as well as original creations like the Sinorita and Chengdu Mule. The drink list is quite reasonable, ranging from $6 to $9, the only downside, no giant bowl to share among 4-6 of your friends.
Check out the full cocktail list »