Adrift has a whole new happy hour for the next time you need a mini-vacation

We need to talk about this poke bowl.

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Adrift, 218 S. Broadway. (Ashley Dean/Denverite)

(Ashley Dean/Denverite)

It’s been about half a year since Little Man Ice Cream owners Paul Tamburello and Loren Martinez bought Adrift and completed an overhaul of the menu and interior design. The idea was to make it less kitschy and more authentic and, if I’m being honest, I was worried it would lose some of its charm in the process.

I’m happy to say it has not.

Adrift formally introduced a new happy hour, which they’re calling the Ohana Happy Hour but we’re calling “mini-vacation.”

We dropped in for a few tropical cocktails and appetizers on Tuesday and, in addition to feeling like we escaped the landlocked confines of Denver for a while, we’re already itching to go back.

First, let’s talk about this tuna poke bowl:

I’m not sure how you can bring yourself to disturb such a creation, but you can try.

Pele chicken wings at Adrift, 218 S. Broadway. (Ashley Dean/Denverite)

Pele chicken wings at Adrift. (Ashley Dean/Denverite)

The chicken wings were pretty spicy and very tasty. I popped one of those peppers into my mouth a little too brazenly.

Adrift, 218 S. Broadway. (Ashley Dean/Denverite)

The ribs at Adrift. (Ashley Dean/Denverite)

The ribs were not my favorite thing here but they were by no means bad.

Bites of the pork rice bowl at Adrift, 218 S. Broadway. (Ashley Dean/Denverite)

Bites of the pork rice bowl at Adrift. (Ashley Dean/Denverite)

The pork curry rice bowl, on the other hand, was my definite favorite. (This is just what the samples looked like. The dish itself is larger.)

Kona Kalua pork slider at Adrift, 218 S. Broadway. (Ashley Dean/Denverite)

Kona Kalua pork slider at Adrift, 218 S. Broadway. (Ashley Dean/Denverite)

Pork slider: pretty standard, pretty yummy.

Adrift, 218 S. Broadway. (Ashley Dean/Denverite)

Adrift, 218 S. Broadway. (Ashley Dean/Denverite)

Nothing to see here, really. I just really love those blowfish.

Adrift, 218 S. Broadway. (Ashley Dean/Denverite)

Adrift, 218 S. Broadway. (Ashley Dean/Denverite)

I also weirdly appreciate it when my cocktail’s garnish blends in with the table flowers.

Adrift’s Ohana Happy Hour is 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Tiki cocktails are $2 off and if you wear your “beachcomber best,” you get a free Chi Chi cocktail. Other happy hour items include:

$5 Island Cocktails
-House Infusion Cocktails: tequila, rum and vodka
-Daiquiri, served up
-Frozen Rum Punch
-Bartender’s Choice

$4 Beach Pours
-Vodka, gin, bourbon, rum and tequila

$3 Bayside Beers
-Taps, bottles and cans

$10 Surfer Special
-Beer of your choice with burger, wings, Hawaiian tofu or pork rice bowl

Beachcomber Bites
-$1 Pele Chicken Wings
-$2 Kona Kalua Pork Slider
-$3 Edamame
-$3 Polynesian Pickle Plate
-$3 Taro Chips & Dip
-$4 Tempura Onion Rings