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Posted: Wednesday, December 19, 2012 1:00 pm | Updated: 6:18 pm, Sat Feb 16, 2013.

Experience the best of knight life.

Renowned Chef Robert Wiedmaier was raised in Belgium and brings the country’s traditions of cooking and brewing to Atlantic City with his second Mussel Bar location. Wiedmaier modeled the establishment after the Old World roadhouses he loved back in Europe, with flooring of brick and oak, chandeliers adorned in beer bottles and ropes and, most importantly, a welcoming, casual atmosphere that still matches the sleek sophistication of Revel. Wiedmaier’s skills made his home country proud enough that he was recently enthroned as an honorary knight in Brussels by The Knighthood of the Brewers’ Mashstaff.

Flexing some serious beer muscles

Since 2003, no bar in Atlantic City could match the beer-selection supremacy of Firewaters in Tropicana Casino and Resort, which regularly boasts 101 bottles and 50 draft brews at any given time. Mussel Bar seriously challenges that top spot among the island’s beer menus, and some might surely argue it takes the title. There are 150 selections on the standard menu and a steady stream of specials you can find almost nowhere else. If that’s intimidating, the menu is helpful in explaining what the different varieties offer as does the knowledgeable staff.

Locals, libations and lingerie

Thursday nights at Mussel Bar are industry and locals nights starting at 9 p.m. with $4 beers and $5 Absolut vodka and Jameson Irish whiskey drinks. On certain nights, there also is live music and giveaways, and anytime you bring your Mussel Bar receipt to Ivan Kane’s Royal Jelly, the neighboring burlesque nightclub, you get free admission before midnight. Since it’s also “Jersey Thursdays” there, you can enjoy even more drink specials inside if you’ve got your Garden State ID.

Don’t shell out a lot of dough

Five days a week, for five hours a day Wednesdays to Sundays, Mussel Bar offers happy hour specials such as $5 for select beers and wines, $6 for select vodka drinks, $10 tapas and pizzas and $1 oysters, perfect at the end of a work day, or for watching sports on the weekends on their flat-screen TVs.

They rock those lobsters

At certain times of the year, the tavern brings in live bands to play on weekends and special events. The performances make for an intimate, relaxing experience or lively small-scale concert, depending on the band or the crowd’s attitude. Like the restaurant’s Facebook page to keep up with when they will have entertainment, or give them a call at 609-225-9851.


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