Alfred’s Pizzeria delivers quality pizza and an expansive drinks list within a casual basement setting.
Slink down the steep stairwell under a neon sign saying “Pizza, Liquor, Cheese” and enter the darkly lit basement setting of Alfred’s Pizzeria. It’s a mash, as all good dive bars are; the walls are pasted with old newspaper articles and quirky artwork, and American-style pizza is churned out to the sounds of classic rock.
Drinks are largely the focus – there’s a 35-strong beer list, plus local and Italian wines, but it’s the spirits and the carefully constructed cocktails that are arguably the bar’s most enticing feature. Drinks have an underlying Americana theme, with playful cocktails changing seasonally – a New York Sour is zesty, balanced and goes down with ease.
There’s a 35-strong beer list, plus local and Italian wines, but it’s the spirits and the carefully constructed cocktails that are arguably the bar’s most enticing feature.
Pizza? Freshly prepped with puffed, crunchy crusts and thin and chewy bases supporting generous toppings. The menu itself is speckled with US pop-culture references: order the Rocky for salty cured sausage and a good hit of chilli, or the Flavour-town Rebels that mirrors a cheeseburger with a vinegary dill pickle garnish.
Quality drinks, boisterous surrounds and social hours that see it stay open until midnight every night, Alfred’s hits the dive-bar model right on the head, bringing appealing edges and interesting angles to the CBD bar scene.