The Next NYC Vegan Drinks!

Thursday, August 29, 2013. 7pm-10pm.
benefits Evolve for Animals
Food from Chef Oscar Vegan Revolution
21+. At Fontana's Bar
105 Eldridge Street, Lower East Side, NYC [map]

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. When and where does Vegan Drinks take place? Vegan Drinks NYC takes place at Fontana's Bar, 105 Eldridge Street on the Lower East Side, from 7pm to 10pm, generally on the last Thursday of the month. (You are very welcome to remain at the bar later than 10, but Vegan Drinks as an official event ends at 10.) Sometimes big holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas get in the way of our monthly drinking escapades and we need to move Vegan Drinks to another Thursday. Don’t worry, we’ll let you know about the date change via this site and Facebook, Twitter and our email list.
  2. How much does it cost? There is no cover charge nor drink minimum. Drinks are not free, however. And bring enough money to tip your bartender!
  3. Can I bring my own food and drink? Food, yes. Beverages, no.
  4. Will there be food available at Vegan Drinks? Possibly. Starting June 2012 we are inviting food vendors to apply for the opportunity to sell food at our events. Check listings for a specific event to see whether there will be food, and what it will be. (Fontana's itself does not sell food.)
  5. Who attends Vegan Drinks? It’s a wide mix of folks over 21 years of age who are vegan, vegetarian, veg*n-curious and our not-yet-veg*n allies. Most attendees live in NYC, but veg*ns travel across state lines and international time zones to hang out with us.
  6. Do I have to drink alcohol? Nope! The co-founders of Vegan Drinks have even been known to skip the adult beverages some nights. Most of the attendees do drink alcohol, but our straightedge and plain ol’ teetotaler friends partake in such exotic beverages as water, juice and soda. No one will ever bother you for not drinking alcohol. We will bother you if you get drunk and act dumb.
  7. Do I have to be vegan to attend? Of course not! Though it would be cool if you respected that most attendees are vegan, and refrain from speciest comments and wearing or eating our animal friends while at Vegan Drinks.
  8. Can I sell or give away samples of my products at Vegan Drinks? Give away, yes. Sell, no. The only things sold at Vegan Drinks are drinks from the bar and food from our approved vendors. We sometimes welcome a non-profit beneficiary to hold a fundraiser (bake sale or similar), but these are organized by Vegan Drinks/SuperVegan, and not an opportunity for anyone else to sell.
  9. Can I promote my organization/book/project/world-saving idea at Vegan Drinks? Yes! As long as your cause is on-topic and directly related to animal or veg*n issues. You are welcome to bring literature and promotional materials to share. In addition to chatting with your fellow attendees as you mix and mingle, you can also do a Shout Out: starting around 8:30pm, we turn down the music and encourage people to promote themselves, their groups and/or causes for 30 seconds.
  10. Who organizes Vegan Drinks? Deborah Diamant and Jason Das of SuperVegan.
  11. How did Vegan Drinks begin? New York Vegan Drinks came about when Deborah Diamant (then of the Brooklyn Law School Student Animal Legal Defense Fund Chapter) was inspired by the Green Drinks networking model and decided that vegans needed a similar event of their own. Instead of studying for finals, she made Jason Das (of SuperVegan) meet her for coffee at 'sNice (of Brooklyn) one early spring afternoon and asked him to help organize Vegan Drinks.  After a few weeks of planning, the first Vegan Drinks was held in May 2008 at Angels & Kings Bar in the East Village. Angels and Kings was our home from May 2008 to March 2012.
  12. I’m not in NYC. Is there a Vegan Drinks in my town? Possibly. Check out our Locations page. If there’s no Vegan Drinks where you want one, we encourage you to organize your own.
  13. I don’t have any vegan friends. Is Vegan Drinks a good place to get some? You bet! The founders of Vegan Drinks have made many friends through the event and so will you! Be sure to introduce yourself to the folks in attendance. We know it’s hard sometimes to work up the courage to extend your hand and say “hi,” but it’s worth it. The folks at Vegan Drinks are not too cool for you. Perhaps too nerdy, but never too cool.
  14. I’m single and having trouble meeting other vegans to date. Can I come mack at Vegan Drinks? No. We’re not going to stop you from meeting the love of your life, BUT PLEASE DON’T BE CREEPY! Seriously, DO NOT BE CREEPY. If you’re creepy, no will want to be your friend, let alone date you. If someone doesn’t want to talk to you, BACK OFF. Thanks!
  15. The music at Vegan Drinks is awesome/sucks/is too loud/etc. Can you please tell me what it is/change it/turn it up/turn it down/let me DJ? Maybe. Get in touch!
  16. Can my business or organization sponsor Vegan Drinks? Certainly, provided we like what you do, and we have room in our sponsorship schedule. For sponsorship opportunities, get in touch.