The third Atlantic City restaurant venture of Kyle and Jane Williams is a burger-n-beer lover’s shrine.
There are at least eight bottled crafts available, though, along with the usual brands you’d typically find in most pubs, including a “bottle of the week.” Joining the California ale as out-of-area crafts currently on tap at Vagabond are Breckenridge Vanilla Porter from Colorado, Allagash White Belgian wheat beer from Maine, Guinness Stout from Ireland and Chimay Tripel from Belgium. Others brewed more locally include several brands of Dogfish Head ales from Delaware, Sly Fox Pikeland Pilsner and Weyerbacher Merry Monks of Pa., Yards Philly Pale Ale from Philadelphia and Flying Fish Abbey Dubbel from Cherry Hill. All have menu descriptions if you happen to be trying them for the first time, or there are “beer flights” available for three-beer combo samplings. Alcohol content ranges from 4.1 percent up to 9.3 in the brews.
Vagabond also offers two happy hours weekdays from 4-6pm and 10pm to closing, which includes domestic bottles for $2.50, Mondavi wines for $5, Skyy mixed drinks and martinis for $5, and kitchen specials including a pound of wings (Calypso, Buffalo Beer or Fire BBQ flavored), beef or chicken cheesesteaks, and veggie or chicken quesadillas, each for $4. There is also a special late-night bar menu served Sunday through Thursday, 10pm-midnight, and Friday and Saturday from 11pm-1am.
Williams says he changed the interior décor somewhat since taking over ownership in March, but the basic layout remains the same — a large square bar off the main entrance (donned with three sizable flat-screen TVs and quality stereo sound system), a small fireplace-equipped dining room off the main bar and two other dining areas further back for a total capacity of around 100 people.
Vagabond’s lunch, dinner and pub fare menu offers a diverse selection of hand-cut Belgium-style fries, sliders, wings, tacos and sandwiches. Entrees and chef specialties are priced from $8.99 to $13.99, and there are five made-to-order burgers from $7.99 to $10.99. If you happen to be reading this online from a death-row prison cell, having the Hot Mess Mushroom burger (portobello and cremini mushrooms, demi glaze and smoked gouda on toasted sourdough bread, $9.99) delivered as your last meal comes highly recommended. You will not be disappointed.
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