The Angry Pirate – A Review

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After spending our Saturday morning at North Sydney Markets, Jared and I headed off to The Angry Pirate, which is a small bar in Redfern. We’d been amongst a few lucky food bloggers who were invited by Hooked Marketing to come and try out the cocktail and pizza menus for the day!

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As the name would suggest, the pub was decked out (pun definitely intended) in a nautical theme. There were ropes hanging from the ceiling, old maps and pictures of sea creatures and ships all over the walls, old sacks being used for cushions, beer barrels being used for stools and the bar was made from planks of weathered wood. I loved it!

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We also met the Pete, otherwise known as the “Captain”of the ship. He was much nicer than I expected a pirate captain to be, with a talent for making some seriously good cocktails we discovered.

I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve had my fair share of cocktails. But the ones we had at The Angry Pirate were some of the best I’ve ever had.

We started off with their signature Bloody Mary. It had vodka, their own home-made “Pirate Spice Mix”, fresh lime and tomato juice, then topped with grilled cheese, chorizo, mini cocktail onion and an olive. I have never had a drink where cheese was involved. I watched him put it all together, and when the sliced cheese and blow torch came out, I was extremely intrigued. The cheese was grilled on top on the glass, then the rest of the “hangover cures” (as the menu called them) were placed on top with a toothpick. It is probably one of the coolest drinks to watch being made!

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Their spice mix was incredible too. I’ve had Bloody Mary’s a couple of times prior to this, but they were made with tomato juice and Tabasco. And I wasn’t really sold on them to be honest. These ones had a real edginess to them from the spices, and the novelty of the cheese and chorizo doesn’t hurt either. Definitely something I would want when hungover!

All the other foodies lining up to get snaps of the infamous Bloody Mary!

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They served pizzas there as well to accompany the drinks. We rarely eat gluten at home anymore, and really only have it when we know it’s good quality homemade pastries, pizzas or pastas (instead of the processed/packaged stuff that’s loaded with garbage).

The pizzas at The Angry Pirate are all made from scratch and are really, really tasty. The first pizza that was served up was the Rover, which had San Marzano tomatoes, cherry tomatoes and mozzarella cheese and topped with fresh shaved parmesan and rocket. The dough was perfectly crunchy on the crust and base, and soft on the inside.

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Next up the cocktail agenda was the Lychee Woo, which was made up of Bombay Sapphire Gin, lychee liqueur, lychee juice and passionfruit. This one was a nice, sweet cocktail. Really enjoyable!

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After that, Pete served up the Angry & Sour cocktails, made up of House-made grog, amaretto, pomegranate liqueur, fresh lime, vanilla and egg white. I didn’t actually get to try this one, I think I was too busy eating pizza or having a good ol’ chat with someone and missed it when it was actually being handed out. Oops!

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I did however, get my hands on some of their Mulled Scrumpy Cider, which was warmed up Custard & Co. Scrumpy Cider, maple syrup and spices. This was so nice and warming, something that would be perfect for the cold winter nights we’ve been having.

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Beth from Hooked Marketing played the role of hand model for some of the foodies there (a job Jared usually gets the pleasure of being at home, he was probably glad to get a break!). I had to get a couple of candid snaps of her though, she looked so darn cute!

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The next cocktail we tried was my favourite of the day – the Fresh Mint Papple. It was made up of Bombay Gin, pear liqueur, fresh pressed apple juice and loads of mint. It had a really refreshing and crisp taste thanks to the fresh apple juice. I can really see this being my favourite summer cocktail!

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We also got to see “Mr Tickles” being used to crush the ice for the drink!

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Jared really enjoyed the Dark and Stormy, which had Havana Club Especial, lime, fresh ginger, angostura bitters and ginger beer. I liked it too, it wasn’t too sweet like many cocktails can be.

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The Angry Pirate does pizza in two sizes – regular and Leviathan. These are 18 inches and could easily feed 3-4 people and is a really great sharing option to have with friends while out and wanting something to nibble on. The one we tried was the Red Beard, which had pesto base, cherry tomatoes, parmesan, rocket & smoked ham. This one was also on their Dry July special menu. For everything purchased from that menu, $2 from each regular pizza & $4 from each Leviathan goes to Red Kite to support children with cancer & their families which I think is such a great idea.

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Oh, and that big skull jar sitting on the pizza board? That’s their homemade chilli oil. It’s pretty amazing! REally adds a good kick to the pizzas!

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The last drink to be served up was the Grog Zombie, which was house-made grog, house “Zombie Mix”, pineapple, passionfruit, house-made Angry Pirate Bitters and Overproof Rum. It was served up in a Tiki glass, with the shot of alcohol poured into a passionfruit shell and set alight. Absolutely brilliant! The drink itself was very fruity and sweet, and something I wish I had served up on Jared’s Tiki Birthday.

 

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The second Leviathan pizza to be served was the Adventure Galley, with prosciutto, chevre and mozzarella with san marzano tomatoes topped with fresh rocket. This one was my favourite. Anything chevre and prosciutto is always going to be a winner in my eyes!

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To end it all, the Starfish pizza was served up. It’s their only dessert pizza, and is topped with warm Nutella, coconut and a pinch of salt. Really rich and indulgent, and one I think I’d only have a slice of as a treat as it’s quite sweet and I don’t have much of a sweet tooth. But it was still really enjoyable all the same!

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After that, the event was wrapped up so Pete could get the place ready to open at 4 for the night. Jared and I actually ended up coming back when it opened again to try out a cocktail we missed out on earlier in the event. It was their Happy Hour as well, so it was 2 cocktails for the price of one, so that worked out well for us!

 We ended up having the Noble Neptune, which had Young Henry’s gin, elderflower liqueur, lemon, Angry Pirate bitters and fresh pressed apple juice. Pete warned us that this one packed quite a punch, and he wasn’t wrong. It was sour, with a hint of sweetness from the elderflower and the Young Henrey’s gin was also quite strong. Jared loved it, he’s a big fan of sour and big tastes. I liked it too, but it did take me a little longer to get through.
 
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Which worked out well anyway, because it gave use time to chat to Pete, learn some more about the drinks and he even taught us how to make bacon bourbon. It was really inspiring to see someone have a real passion for what they do. Most of the cocktail concoctions were created over years of trial and error and drawing inspiration from his own drink experiences. I think to listen to and watch someone in their element is a really cool thing. It really reminds you that it is possible to enjoy your work and love your job.
 
All in all, it was a really great experience and I can’t wait to go back there. We’re thinking of taking a couple of our friend there one Saturday night to split a Leviathan pizza and have a couple of cocktails!
 
Thanks again Pete from Angry Pirate and Beth from Hooked Marketing for the invite, it was a great experience!
 
Laura x
 
** Please note that this was a sponsored event, and all drinks and/or food were provided to us free of charge unless otherwise stated. However, all opinions and recommendations are my own.**
 
 

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