Freelance writer, mum of two who loves living in sunny Perth.
Published October 13th 2014
Ahoy there me hearties
With a huge pirate fan in our family, the Pirate Bar seemed a good choice to try out for a quick lunchtime bite with the family and one that didn't disappoint. However, I should preface this review by first stating that this is a bar first and foremost, and whilst there's a genuine family friendly vibe of a daytime, the evening session is one strictly for the adults and pint sized Peter Pan fans should give this a miss.
The Pirate Bar
Located in Joondanna, the Pirate Bar is a hidden treasure that you don't imagine you'll find snuck away in its suburbian surroundings. It's a funky little place, that punches above its weight as a friendly neighborhood bar.
Treasure chest of toys
The decor has lots of pirate themed touches, and kids will delight at finding the treasure chest of toys, in addition to some cool dressing up gear for any want to be pirates in your party.
Pop on a pirate hat
The bar is large, with a spacious (and pram friendly) interior, with plenty of room to spread out. There's highchairs if you want them, although the low tables don't ideally suit the placement of a highchair, unless you enjoy your bambino towering above you. We opted for a table out in the courtyard which was perfect for dining with a highchair and it was a great space for the kids to play and explore all of the pirate toys they'd captured from the treasure chest.
Having done my research, I'd already heard great things about the burgers here, and so that is what we all opted for. There's no kids menu, so we ordered some sliders ($18 for 2) for our boys to share, and this worked out just fine. For the adults we orderered the House Made Burger ($16) which came with a generous portion of hand cut chips too. Burgers are served in a gorgeously soft bun, and are served pretty rare. If this is not how you like your meat, then ask for something a bit more well done. The burgers are lovely, but with all our meals, there had been a bit of a heavy hand with the relish and sauces, and this was a bit of overkill. Overall though, this is a tasty burger and portion size is perfect for even the hungriest of pirates. If you're ordering the burgers for children, be wary that the tomato sauce/relish is homemade and packs a bit of a spicy punch, so you might want to order on the side for youngsters.
For non burger fans the lunch menu also includes a steak sandwich, pizza (great for kids and for sharing) and some quesadilla options. Of an evening, the menu expands out to include a range of gourmet pizza options, and some additional main meals that have me tempted to return sans kids to try the grilled haloumi and the wild mushroom arancini.
It's not just the food that has land lovers returning to the pirate bar, the drinks menu has an impressive range of craft beers on offer, including some WA beers, in addition to two rotating guest taps. For cocktails inspired by the pirate theme, look no further than Red Sea Caiprinha or the Any Port in a Stormy.
If you're looking for a fun night out, or like me if you have a pirate fan in your family then set sail towards this quirky litttle restaurant for great food, service and pirate delights.