Free Pizza Thursdays – Angry Pirate

Update: this special is no longer available 

Angry Pirate is offering free shared pizzas for anyone who purchases a beer, wine or cocktail at 5-8pm on Thursdays…that’s pretty aye-right! The Angry Pirate free pizza thursdays - photo 6 “The Angry Pirate’s new Thursday special will have all feeling like they have struck gold, with a cocktail (or beer and wine if that is what you fancy) opening the treasure chest to free pizza slices. Get in between 5-8pm otherwise your dreams of free pizza will walk the plank.” – TimeOut Sydney The Angry Pirate free pizza thursdays - photo 1 Since I now get off at Redfern to walk to work in Alexandria, I thought this was the perfect place for after work pizza and drinks- and I was right! It’s opposite to Redfern station on Redfern street although the lady out the front offering free pizza to passerbyers.The sign outside welcomes you aboard their stable ship bar. Ahoy! The Angry Pirate free pizza thursdays - photo 2 The tables, chairs and even the bar is made from wood and they’ve polished it well if it was made from a wrecked ship. The Angry Pirate free pizza thursdays - photo 4 We sat ourselves at the back of the bar where there were some cushions and wine barrel tables. I must admit, the artwork is pretty amazing on all four walls! The Angry Pirate free pizza thursdays - photo 9 Looking through the menu, we go through the beers, wines, cocktails and ‘pizza galley’.Cocktails were on the agenda and here’s what we tried: Angry and Sour is grog, amaretto, pomegranate liqueur, lime, vanilla and egg white and it’s the favourite for the girls! Oh yes, we also got plenty of BBQ popcorn for the table. The Angry Pirate free pizza thursdays - photo 12 Coco Melon Margherita has 1880 coconut tequila, fresh pressed watermelon, fresh mint and lime juice. We expected more of a watermelon flavour so that lacked. It came in a martini glass. Pirate’s Tea Party is a mixture of vodka, gin, rum, elderflower, mint, lemon, fruit tea. The flavours were a food combination with a bit more acidity than we liked. The Angry Pirate free pizza thursdays - photo 13 I chose the Grog Zombie. There’s grog, zombie mix (what does this even mean?), pineapple, passion fruit, angry pirate bitters  and rum. When it came out, it was oh fiiiiiiirrrreeee. The bartender had to come out and explain the options of how to drink it. He recommended that I blow the flaming passion fruit filled with Bacardi and sugar, drop it into the drink and have it as a cocktail. The other option was to drink the shot straight out ahaha…oh, I mean after blowing out the flame! I absolutely loved it and wouldn’t hesitate to get it 5 times in a row. Sadly it’s 2 max per person. The Angry Pirate free pizza thursdays - photo 14 NB: Grog is an alcoholic drink, usually rum diluted with water, but in this context you could use it to refer to any alcoholic beverage other than beer, and they aren’t prepared to be picky about that, either. Call your beer grog if you want. The Angry Pirate free pizza thursdays - photo 8 In terms of the free pizza, it’s not ‘buy 1 drink, get 1 whole pizza free’. Pizzas come out in twos throughout the night. Luckily there are vegetarian options but don’t expect gluten free pizzas. One of my friends is allergic to tomato and we managed to get a chipotle pizza instead and even our very own molten pizza- thanks crew! Amazing service. The Angry Pirate free pizza thursdays - photo 11 We actually managed to eat a LOT of pizza during the night over many drinks and bottles of wine. Arrrrrrrrrrr! The Angry Pirate free pizza thursdays - photo 16 Rating Review: (1-5, with 5 being exceptional) Event (Angry Pirate free pizza Thursdays): 4.75/5 Ambience: 4.5/5 Service: 5/5 Value: 4.75/5 Would I recommend going to Angry Pirate’s free pizza Thursdays? If you like alcoholic drinks and pizza, then heck yes! Choose the right cocktails and you’ll be having heaps of fun at this funky place. All the pizzas have 4 toppings max, so they’re simple and do the trick! Highlight: My Grog Zombie cocktail. I seem to have a thing for cocktails lit on fire. I mostly liked the fruity flavour of the drink. The staff were amazing and sooo friendly and as mentioned above, they were happy enough to cook a pizza for a friend with food requirements. I also loved the ambience of the place. Tops! Suggestion of improvement: when the pizzas came out, the staff left them on the counters so we had to get up from our seats to get the pizza slices. It would’ve been better if staff came around to make sure everyone had their fair share but I guess it’s more cost effective leaving them there. Linkhttp://www.theangrypirate.com.au/ Free pizza Thursday via Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theangrypirateredfern/photos/a.228725743972138.1073741829.207486262762753/400207316823979/?type=1&theater Angela Bee

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Festival Village Sydney Festival 2015

Festival Village is a mix of free and ticketed events at Hyde Park and the ultimate playground of the annual Sydney Festival from January 8-25 (except Mondays).

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It is “an oasis of arts, eats, beats and other treats, it’s the perfect pre-show or post-show hang-out.”

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The main entrance is at the Archibald Fountain, so don’t think you could cut through its middle because you’ll walking back..

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To the left, they’ll be an information booth/lounge. There’s literally a sofa to sit and read through the numerous activities taking place around Sydney.

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Make sure you purchase your tickets from the box office to watch some incredible performances at the Aurora

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The Famous Spiegeltent

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Since I’ve come during the day, the umbrellas and sun chairs are the perfect way to relax under the sun.

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Program is available on the website.

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The Lawn Library is back once again with books available for loan- just make sure you return them. Workshops are run throughout the day..

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and there’s a play area for the kids and their parents.

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The novelty of the festival, in my opinion, is the Porteno and Messina collaboration. Check out their menus and other food stalls there:

Porteno

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Messina

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Bite Size Delights

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Bar Pho

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Harvest Trader

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Jaffles and a Milk Bar

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Ok, I actually love the Jafael Nadal jaffle. tennis x jaffle.

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We decided to try Messina’s desserts and the most popular one which everyone seemed to be getting from the lemon meringue pie! The meringue tasted exactly like a pavlova and the lemon custard gelato with lemon curd was amazing!!! Definitely a treat 🙂

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We came back for seconds for the Not Chicken and Waffles and oh my geeed- best naughty dessert ever!! The maple and pecan gelato was deep fried with a sweet batter in a shape of a chicken piece.

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Even when we cut it into pieces, the gelato looked like a chicken’s flesh!!! It was pretty insane and the waffle with caramel tasted a bit like Max Brennar’s.  I would eat it again without a doubt!

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My absolute favourite pick of the festival was the Royale Burger. The milk pattie was solid filled with crunchy balls, the white chocolate ‘cheese’ had a smooth texture with a crunchy bite to it, and the tangy raspberry ‘tomato’ sauce added the right level of acidity to the burger. Oh, and did I mention the brioche bun was to die for?

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All this was enjoyed with the lovely background music from the bandstand.

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It’s lovely seeing so many people here.

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Walking to the opposite end of the village, there was an area for Italian food, the CheeseSmith- omg check out the menu- it is literally like a #cheeseheaven

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The bars are on this end of the park too.

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Kirin has taken advantage of the night atmosphere.

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What a brilliant way to chill with some tunes off the back of a truck.

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What I’ve noticed about this year’s festival is that it’s pretty small. Do you remember last year’s post on the Sacrilege or Stone Henge? That was a brilliant hit and this year, there’s a something.. looks like a giant staircase.

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Overall I think it’s a great place to chill during the day but is reasonably smaller and less vibrant compared to the years before. Well at least there was no line at Messina, for once!

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Rating Review: (1-5, with 5 being exceptional)

Event (Festival Village Sydney Festival): 3/5

Ambience: 3.5/5

Service: 4/5

Value: 3/5

Would I recommend going the Festival Village Sydney Festival? If you’re keen on just being surrounded by people, having a drink or two at the park then this would be the place to go. As I mentioned, it is quite small compared to previous years and the range of food and entertainment is low, but then again, there’s Porteno and Messina!

Highlight: During the day, it’s a perfect place to hang around as there are plenty of chairs for everyone. I went during the day on a Saturday and there were heaps of tables and enough space to buy some food and relax. I would much rather enjoy the outdoors than to sit in an enclosed restaurant with air con anytime!

Suggestion of Improvement: Having the food trucks would be a good hit here and perhaps more interactive ways for people to socialise too. The area itself cold be expanded into a larger area with more room. Why not do a ‘borrow the picnic rug’ option and enjoy the sun setting at 8pm every summer evening?

Official hashtag: #SydFest

Linkhttp://www.sydneyfestival.org.au/2015/festival-village

Angela Bee