The Vagabond Hotel's Pool Bar Is Open for Business

Keep New Times Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Miami and help keep the future of New Times free.

The much-anticipated pool bar at Vagabond Hotel is officially open for business. The place received its liquor license just this week and is ready to welcome the neighborhood and hotel guests in the newly renovated, retro-luxe space.

While the pool is open to hotel guests only, the hotel's bar will be serving classic American cocktails to guests and locals alike. Beverage manager Paul Schroeder makes the Vagabond Collins with vodka, homemade lemon lime juice, and simple syrup with angostura bitters.

"We are bringing ingredients in-house and making all our own juice, grenadine, and simple syrups," said Schroeder. He added that there would be no molecular gastronomy at the bar, just simple classic cocktails, and that guests will be impressed with the happy-hour prices and operating hours, which are still in the works.

Regular prices for cocktails range from $12 to $14 with well drinks priced at $10. The pool bar hours are 5 to 11 p.m. Developer and preservationist Avra Jain told us she is taking special care to keep the noise down out of respect for neighbors.

As for the service, general manager Chris Wang, who comes to Miami by way of New York, promises that "the public should love us."

"We came to Miami as outsiders, not knowing much about the town, but we were excited by such a unique opportunity," Wang adds. "When we got a chance to see the space and meet some of our neighbors, we immediately knew that this neighborhood was Miami's next frontier and wanted to be a part of it."

The restaurant, slated to open in late October, is led by Alex Chang, who is fresh off a research trip to France and Belgium. He has been tasting items from around the world and experimenting with the menu which he hopes will reflect the seasons here in Miami.

"It's so hard to grow a lot of things here, but I'm really liking all the mamey, papaya, and mango," said Chang. "I don't see too many people cooking with it, so we'll definitely be doing more of that here at the restaurant. It reminds me a lot of the flavors you'd find in Southeast Asia."

One planned signature dish is kanpachi ceviche, a delicate dish of seriola dumerili, the subtropical fish known as amberjack, infused with yuzu, avocado, and quinoa.

The restaurant space is still under construction. Visionary restaurateur and art collector Alvaro Perez Miranda says the Vagabond will feature an open kitchen and seat 150 guests in the indoor/outdoor space. It will cater to "today's contemporary vagabond," he adds. The Vagabond Motel's original signage will be mounted in the back of the indoor, sunken bar to pay homage to the spot's history. There will also be vertical gardens, designed by Edwige Belomore, filled with bromeliads and other plants from Homestead.

The restaurant is designed to be a place for neighborhood diners as well as those looking to celebrate a special occasion with high-quality eats. "Respect for each food item in its entirety is essential to us when developing a great dish for the menu," adds Perez Miranda. "Our food won't need to taste more or less than what it is."

Vagabond Restaurant and Bar will take centerstage at the newly renovated Vagabond Hotel in this October and is already receiving requests for reservations. If you want to enjoy the pool while you sip your cocktail, you can book a room for as little as $149 a night and call it a staycation.

Follow Jen Mangham on Twitter @JenMangham and on Instagram @JenM305.

Follow Short Order on Facebook, on Twitter @Short_Order, and Instagram @ShortOrder.

Keep Miami New Times Free... Since we started Miami New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Miami, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Miami with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Miami.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Miami.