Spirit Cruises Summer 2019 Leaderboard

Vegetarian Decadence at the New Vedge Happy Hour

With newly opened Vedge (1221 Locust St.), husband-and-wife team Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby are proving that going meatless doesn’t have to mean going without pleasure. This week, the fine-dining restaurant launched their happy hour, running from 5–6 PM weekdays.

Vegetarian decadence exists in both food and drink form at this posh Wash West enclave, located in the centuries-old former home of French bistro Deux Cheminees. The long marble bar welcomes guests directly after stepping inside, and a lounge decked out with cushioned sofas, bookshelves and a fireplaces sits hidden off of one side.

An impressive beverage program has been put together by Jacoby, along with general manager Daniel Dinartino and bar manager Daniel Miller. Six taps and another half a dozen bottles offer both interesting domestic choices (Dark Horse Boffo Brown Ale, for example) and unique imported options, ranging from $5–$15 (for a 22-oz bomber). We sampled the Kelpie Seaweed Ale from Scottland’s Heather Brewing and found it extremely pleasant. Seaweed is used to mulch the grain fields that are mashed for this brew, which imparts a light, almost salty aftertaste (the beer does not taste fishy, fear not).

Specialty cocktails run $8–$12, and feature housemade bitters, syrups and juices. The liquors are local, organic and made without the use of animal products wherever possible. The Rob Ruiz takes Del Maguey mezcal (in place of the traditional Scotch), mixed with Vya sweet vermouth and those house cherry cola bitters. The Apple Cide Car sees New Jersey-made Laird’s apple brandy meet Cointreau, apple and maple smoked cinnamon.

Nearly 70 labels make up the wine list, which is full of unusual and hard-to-find vintages, starting around $32 and going up from there. A handful are available by the glass as well. With all of the drinks, it was important to select ones that would not overpower the vegetable-based fare coming from Landau’s kitchen, Jacoby told us.

That’s not to say the produce-only plates lacked any depth or soulful flavor. From hearty soups to multi-note crepes and tangy “veggie charcuterie,” the food at Vedge is worth sinking your teeth into. Happily for deal-seakers, the just-launched happy hour includes several options for bites.

For $4, after-work bar patrons can sample Korean tacos, portabello crostini or baked garbanzo dip to go along with their drink specials. Just $2 will score you a Yards Philly Pale Ale, a Boffo Brown or a shot of cider. At $5 your choices include the Apple Cide Car or a glass of sangria, sauvignon blanc or syrah. So whether you love bacon or refuse eat it, head over to the white-walled space to enjoy some inspired veggie fun.

Recent Articles
spacer

Feedback

How are we doing? Tell us what you like or don't like and how we can improve. We would love to hear your thoughts!

*Name:
*E-mail:
*Suggestions:
 
Drink Philly's Red, White, & Blue Boat Party Returns, June 27

Drink Philly's Red, White, & Blue Boat Party Returns, June 27

On Thursday, June 27, prepare to hoist anchor for a three-hour tour of crazy proportions. We'll sail down the Delaware River in style with a three-hou...read more ›

by Drink Philly May 9, 2019
Best Bars for Outdoor Drinking in Philadelphia, 2019

Best Bars for Outdoor Drinking in Philadelphia, 2019

Whether it's to enjoy the first warm breezes of spring or the unexpected sunshine of a crisp day in fall, Philadelphia is full of great places to drin...read more ›

by Drink Philly Apr 11, 2019
SPONSORED
Drink Philly's Guide to Philly Beer Week 2019, May 31 - June 9

Drink Philly's Guide to Philly Beer Week 2019, May 31 - June 9

Philly Beer Week is back from May 31 to June 9, and you won't want to miss out on any of the events this year. ...read more ›

by Drink Philly May 28, 2019
The Best Cocktail Bars in Philadelphia

The Best Cocktail Bars in Philadelphia

Here it is - the definitive list of Philadelphia's best cocktail bars....read more ›

by Drink Philly Dec 13, 2017
Di Bruno Bros. Rittenhouse is Opening a Wine & Pizza Bar

Di Bruno Bros. Rittenhouse is Opening a Wine & Pizza Bar

Di Bruno Bros. Rittenhouse is opening Alimentari, a pizza and wine bar on the second floor of their space at 1730 Chesntut St....read more ›

by Drink Philly May 23, 2019
Philly's Best Happy Hours: Bluebird Distilling $9 Classic Cocktails & Discounted Drinks

Philly's Best Happy Hours: Bluebird Distilling $9 Classic Cocktails & Discounted Drinks

Bluebird Distilling, the local Phoenixville distillery with its own bar at Old City's upscale food hall The Bo...read more ›

by Drink Philly May 23, 2019
Philly Beer Week's Opening Tap Party Returns on Friday, May 31

Philly Beer Week's Opening Tap Party Returns on Friday, May 31

Philly Beer Week's signature opening party, Opening Tap, will return to kick off the 12th Annual Philly Beer Week on Friday, May 31 from 6:30 PM - 10:...read more ›

by Drink Philly May 15, 2019
Behind the Bar: Kat Corbo of The Study & Winner of Speed Rack 2019

Behind the Bar: Kat Corbo of The Study & Winner of Speed Rack 2019

This time on Behind the Bar, we spoke to Kat Corbo of The Study, who recently won Speed Rack 2019....read more ›

by The Drink Nation May 15, 2019
Where to Host a Private Event in Philadelphia

Where to Host a Private Event in Philadelphia

Whether it's for the holidays or you have a special birthday coming up, Philadelphia has some amazing options when it comes to event spaces. ...read more ›

by Drink Philly Nov 26, 2018
SPONSORED
View all Articles

Sign up to get weekly drinking news, bar reviews, events and more sent directly to your inbox!

Close