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JAPAN TIMES
SUNDAY JULY 28 2002



LE FIGARO


OPEN 17:00-23:30
TEL 03-3348-9109
1F...BAR
2F...IZAKAYA(PUB)
LIVE JAZZ MUSIC EVERY DAY.


DRINK MENU (2F)
BEER
SAPPORO DRAFT BEER (500ML)
600yen
YEBISU BLACK BEER (500ML)
600yen
HALF & HALF (500ML)
600yen
GUINNESS 3/4 PT
700yen
GUINNESS 1 PT
900yen
BOTTLED BEERS
600-700yen
(SAPPORO, ASAHI, BUDWEISER, BASS PALE ALE...)
BOURBON & WHISKEY s40ML/w80ML
JIM BEAM
600yen
MAKER'S MARK
800yen
I. W. HARPER
600yen
JACK DANIEL'S
700yen
WILD TURKEY
700yen
DEWAR'S
700yen
GLEN FIDDICH
700yen
JAPANESE WHISKEY
TAKETSURU
700yen
JAPANESE SAKE
TARUZAKE (YOSHINOGAWA) 180ML
600yen
HAKKAISAN 180ML
600yen
NAMAZAKE (YAEZURU) 300ML
700yen
KIKUMASAMUNE 360ML
1000yen
JAPANESE SHOCHU
CHU-HAI (shochu highball, lemon or lime sour...)
500yen
UMESHU (plum wine)
600yen
IMO SHOCHU (made from sweet potato)
600yen
MUGI SHOCHU (made from barley)
500yen
KOKUTO SHOCHU (japanese rum)
600yen
COCKTAILS
700yen
RED & WHITE WINE
600yen
SPARKLING WINE
1000yen
REMY MARTIN
700yen
NON ALCOHOLIC DRINKS
500yen

DRINK MENU (1F BAR)
CLICK HERE.
VAGABOND 1F BAR DRINK MENU




FOOD MENU
SMALL PLATES
tofu with sliced dried bonito
400yen
octopus with avocado and garlic dressing
500yen
SALAD
caesar salad
500yen
sliced tomato's with homemade sauce
500yen
seafood salad with spicy korean dressing
600yen
COLD PLATES
assorted olives & pickles
500yen
assorted cheese
600yen
octopus carpaccio
600yen
HOT PLATES
NIKUDOFU (meat stew with tofu - egg optional for 100yen)
500yen
spicy spanish sausage
600yen
tandoori chicken
400yen
ham & cheese pizza
600yen
spaghetti alla pescatora
700yen
vagabond baked potato with anchovy sauce
700yen
FRIED FOOD
french fry
500yen
fish & chips (using homemade guinness batter)
700yen
KARAAGE (boneless fried chicken japanese style)
500yen
SOUP
onion soup au gratin
700yen
DESSERT
vanilla ice cream

500yen


FOOD MENU (2F)
CLICK HERE.

*THERE IS A 500YEN (1F BAR 700YEN) COVER CHARGE (INCLUDING SNACK) PER PERSON.



*LIVE MUSIC:
19:00-19:30
20:00-20:30
21:00-21:30
22:00-22:30

*CLICK HERE FOR THE SCHEDULE OF PERFORMERS.


JAPAN TIMES
JULY 28 2002

Hefs got jazz izakaya to an art form

BY JUDE BRAND
Many newly opened bars and stores proudly display their year of establishment on the signage out front ? even if it just opened. Vagabond, a funky jazz izakaya in Shinjuku, is no exception. The signboard outside proudly boasts gTavern Since 1976.h When I arrived in 1981, this made me laugh. But now ? after 26 years of business ? it hangs proudly with the weight of the passing years.

In the f60s, Matsuoka-san escaped the student riots in Tokyo to make love in Paris and not war on the streets of Shinjuku. He dreamed of becoming a painter and modeled his life on the writings of his favorite author, Ernest Hemingway. Not long into his sojourn, he met Hiragake, another young Japanese artist living in Paris. One look at his compatriotfs sketchbook made Matsuoka put away his paintbrush.

gI realized his talent was so great that I could never reach his level,h says Matsuoka with wistful resignation.

Some 40 years later, Hiragakefs erotic paintings line the walls (both upstairs and down) of Vagabond, Matsuokafs ultimate creation, right in the heart of Shinjuku, ironically, the very place he tried to escape.

Vagabond is a thriving little drinking den. The place is thick with atmosphere and, though space is at a premium, the interior is a riot of art and objets and bric-a-brac. Lace doilies cover lampshades and old train-carriage luggage racks are mounted high on the walls. A baby grand piano hangs precariously over the staircase that leads up from the street. Opposite is a circular counter serving oden and drinks. And the space in between is crowded with tables and chairs, which fill to capacity most nights as customers trickle in and ai seki (table-sharing) becomes necessary. Unlike at a lot of places, you will not be asked if this is OK ? it is mandatory at Vagabond.

On any given night, a duo or trio of musicians will be found squeezed in around the baby grand and delivering soulful renditions of jazz standards. There is no schedule ? only Matsuoka-san knows each day who is booked. He will also occasionally grab the mike and add some Satchmo-esque vocals ? especially if there is a beautiful young girl in the midst.

In contrast to the mayhem upstairs, the newer bar downstairs is serene and sophisticated. Wood paneling surrounds, offset by banker-green skirting. The bar is backed in dark peach and flanked with vases full of gorgeous lilies and orchids. This is where a lot of Vagabondfs older regulars tuck in for a whiskey before heading upstairs to hear the jazz. The upper deck itself attracts an interesting variety of customers, boasting equal parts salarymen and Shinjuku rock enf rollers.

In the eyes of a dreamer, this is a delicious slice of jazz heaven . . .

JAPAN TIMES JULY 28 2002



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NAME VAGABOND
TEL 03-3348-9109
ADDRESS 1-4-20 NishiShinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo
ACCESS In west Shinjuku, in the 2nd alley behind (north of) Odakyu Halc
two minutes walk from JR, Odakyu and Keio Shinjuku station, one minute walk from Marunouchi metro line Shinjuku station (west exit B16), 0 minute walk from Oedo metro line Shinjuku-Nishiguchi station (exit D2 or D4)
OPEN 17:00`23:30
(only Friday 1F `2:00)
SHOP HOLIDAY open seven days a week except for New Year's holiday
SHEATS 2F:TABLE 52, COUNTER 14, STAND 4
CREDIT CARD VISA, MASTER, JCB, AMEX
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