Redfern really has become a hot spot for kitchy little eateries and watering holes. The dark intimate settings, the unique cocktails and the delicious food all come together to create an excellent night out without the hassle of a crowded club, screaming what?? WHAAAT?? over the blaring music as your friend tries to tell you about their latest saucy escapade.
With this in mind we set sail to The Angry Pirate, a nautical themed bar that embraces the carefree playful attitudes you would expect from days back in Tortuga. Decked out in plundered wooden tables, barrels, chairs and anchors the place sets the theme without getting too cheesy.
Baggwrinkle, Bow Chaser, Captains Kiss, Grog
We started off with a round of shooters. Each one a different type, it was fitting that they came in little skull shot glasses. These things were deadly! We each randomly picked not knowing what was in each. Fortune was on my side as I scored the Baggwrinkle, a concoction of Frangelico, strawberry shrub and lime that was sweet and tart like a pirate wench.
Bacon and Maple Old Fashioned & Angry Old Fashioned
Moving on from the shooters we decided on some more substantial drinks like these handsome Old Fashioned’s. On the left we had a very interesting (and bloody delicious) creation of housemade bacon bourbon stirred with Angry Pirate Bitters and Maple Syrup. The smokey flavours mixed with the sticky sweetness from the maple which mouthwateringly good. As was the Angry Old Fashioned with a mixture of rum, home made Angry Pirate Bitters, sugar and orange zest.
With a belly full of pirate grog we needed to start eating before we had a full blown mutiny on our hands. Luckily they offer perfect drinking food in the form of delicious pizzas.
This treasure was layered with proscuitto, chevere, mozzarella and san marzano tomatoes, then topped with fresh peppery rocket.
The first thing that hits you when this comes to the table is the intoxicating earth smell of truffles. Match that with porchini mushrooms, tomatoes and mozzarella and Davy Jones himself will come from his watery grave for a piece.
Lychee Woo & Nobel Neptune
Next round of drinks had a fruitier twist. The Nobel Neptune, made with Young Henry’s Cut Gin shaken with elderflower liqueur, lemon, homemade Angry Pirate Bitters and fresh pressed apple juice was bursting with fresh flavours, while the Lychee Woo, consisting of Bombay Sapphire Gin, Lychee liqueur, Lychee Juice and Passionfruit sent my taste buds on a trip to the tropics and beyond.
A simple and fresh vegetarian option, the cherry tomatoes were bursting with sweet flavour going excellently with the sharp savoury parmesan. I was pretty impressed with the quality of the ingredients and chewy texture of the bases in not only this but all the pizzas we had demolished. Not too shabby for bar food ay?
Finally came dessert time and it was very fitting that it was in the shape of a big smile because that’s exactly what it brought to my face. The soft fluffy dough was not only filled with hot oozing Nutella but it was also topped with it, then given a generous sprinkle of crisp coconut for that extra tropical feel.
All in all we had an excellent time at The Angry Pirate, which was a great place for a causal catch up over excellent drinks and food. It’s great to see such a little place take such care in every aspect of what they do and I was so impressed that they actually make a lot of their own infusions, bitters and shrubs for that extra touch.
The Angry Pirate
125 Redfern Street,
2 Hungry Guys dined as a guest