Esmon and Gaal on Goodbye Tour

restaurant-neuf-window-940Phoebe 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]

Martha Set to Wow Kensington

Martha is coming to York Street in Kensington.

Martha is coming to York Street in Kensington | Photo via Facebook

Martha is opening in Kensington, just off of Frankford Avenue at 2113 East York Street. The bar is fronted by Philadelphia restaurant/bar alum Jon Medlinsky (Chifa, Khyber Pass Pub, the Yachtsman) and backed by Marathon Grill co-owner Cary Borish and Mike Parsell. The eye-opening space takes over an old cube of a building with soaring ceilings, an intimate mezzanine, a warming fireplace and long bar.

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Twenty Manning Grill Goes Blue Tonight

An evening of blue cocktails.

An evening of blue cocktails.

When it was announced that Emmanuelle would be closing at the Piazza, it was announced that bartenders Phoebe Esmon and Christian Gaal would be doing a series of nights, inviting local bartenders to join them. But when PYT, and by extension Emmanuelle suddenly closed, it threw those plans out.

But Twenty Manning Grill bartender Resa Mueller, who was to be at Emmanuelle on Monday wouldn’t be denied. So this evening she’ll be hosting Esmon an Gaal at her bar for a night of blue cocktails and the promise of a ton of shenanigans. The fun kicks off at 10 pm for all things blue.

Twenty Manning Grill [Official]

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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DIY Down The Shore: Phoebe Esmon’s Rickey

emmanuelle-interiorTo help your summer along, Foobooz plans to give you some recipes by notable chefs and bartenders in Philadelphia. We’re calling it the DIY Down the Shore series, and we’ll be posting them all week. We’re bringing Philly’s dining scene into your summer homes.

Phoebe Esmon, of Emmanuelle is one of this city’s great bartenders. She not only makes beautiful cocktails done right, but she’s well educated in what she does. So here’s a little schoolin’ from Ms. Esmon:

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“Cocktails for a Cause” at Lemon Hill This Evening

lemon-hill-dining-roomThis evening, from 9 p.m. to midnight, Lemon Hill is bringing in some bartending talent for a good cause. Phoebe Esmon and Christian Gaal of Emmanuelle, Michael Treffehn of Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co. and Vince Stipo of Vernick Food & Drink and Lemon Hill’s Michelle Curtis will be pouring cocktails featuring Beefeater or Plymouth gin. The cocktails will be available for $8 and half of the proceeds will go to support Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign.

The “Cocktails for a Cause” tour will continue with three additional stops this spring.

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Twelve Drinks for the Holidays


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 of Hop Sing Laundromat to help us create twelve winter holiday drinks.


The 12 Best Winter Holiday Drinks [Philadelphia Magazine]

Emmanuelle Goes Creepy Tiki for Halloween


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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