Alcohol is Vegan, Too

As a foodie, a vegetarian, and a bit of a boozehound, you’ve got it awfully rough. Sure, there are bars and restaurants where you can satisfy two of your most impassioned sensibilities, but rare is the joint where you can sate all three. Regular bars are out, unless you don’t mind your drinks poured from plastic bottles and your apps born of some sludgy fryer. On the other end, lots of nice places are doing the small plate thing these days, but dear Lord — you’d think the seas were made of cheese and the land of pancetta, there’s so much going around. Is it too much to ask for some vegan love? Something sensible to go with our drinks — say a mock slider made of seitan and faux cheddar, fire-roasted artichokes with panko crumbs and garlic sauce, or rice paper spring rolls filled with Napa cabbage? Consider this your wish granted, my dear leaf-eating friends: The haven for all things vegan, Sublime Restaurant (1431 North Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale), has started up a summer happy hour. Sit at Sublime’s beautiful bar (made of recycled glass — how eco!) Tuesday through Friday from 5:30 to 7 p.m., and you can sip on specialty drinks like the Green Tea Martini made with Charbay vodka and Zen green tea liqueur, or the Asian Mary with organic vegetable juice and Wokka Saki, all at 2-4-1 prices. Plus, you can fill yourself on all-vegan selections from their appetizer menu. It’s happy hour, but with a conscience. Call 954-539-9000, or visit
Tuesdays-Fridays, 2008
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