Vegan Cocktails Philly: Because Vegans Need Booze Too

I just can’t tell you how many times I’ve ordered a nice, dirty martini and been surprised to find a big hunk of pork floating in it…

No, wait. That’s never happened to me. And yet every time I see something about vegan or vegetarian cocktail parties and liquor tastings I have to sit back and wonder: does this kind of thing really happen a lot? Am I just asking for the wrong drinks when I go out? Because seriously, there have been nights when I really wouldn’t have minded my two fingers of Jameson to come with a nice side of bacon.

But anyway, that’s not the point here. What is the point is that the folks behind Khyber Pass/Cantina Dos Segundos/Cantina Los Caballitos/Royal Tavern are throwing another Vegan Cocktails Philly party (this time to benefit the Food Trust) and planning another night of animal-friendly boozing and snacking for vegans, vegetarians and those who love them enough to tolerate a night without cheeseburgers (which, frankly, puts me right out of the running).

The details are thus: On Tuesday, April 19, at 6pm the broccoli enthusiasts will once again be descending on the Khyber Pass Pub where the kitchen will be putting a one-night halt to the regular fried chicken, gumbo and boudin, but not dumping the Southern/Cajun/Creole theme altogether. In addition to vegan beers (really?) and cocktails named after Natalie Portman, they’ll be serving a kind of nightmare version critter-friendly take on Southern cuisine, including seitan gumbo, veggie muffuletta, fried mac-and-cheese po’boys and macque choux. It promises to be…something.

For more info, check out the Vegan Cocktails Philly Facebook page or, you know, just show up. Because really, how bad could seitan gumbo, a fried green tomato and tempeh bacon BLT and a “Portman Pout” really be?