Alas, the speakeasy behind Pitfire Pizza is open. However when I think of the term “speakeasy,” I think of those prohibition area bars that illegally sold alcohol. Alcohol is now legal and considering the quality of drinks served here, it really shouldn’t be kept a secret. But the folks at Pitfire do their best to mask its existence with a private entrance located down a hallway past the restrooms. You’re welcome.
In the dark woodsy interior, you’ll find bartenders Steve Garcia and Mike Galicia – two notables from the OC scene. I love that I can come here and get a great drink. That’s probably the most appealing feature about Pie Society. Experience meets craft and you’ve got yourself a stiff drink in a stellar somewhat hidden location. If you want to keep it a secret, be my guest but why not shout it from the rooftops especially if you’re buzzed after the first drink like I was. What can I say? I’m a lightweight. I’m not complaining though.
In this area, the bar is where you want to be. I glanced at the menu and ordered the Pool Side ($10) as my first drink. It’s a nice mix of Ford’s Gin, watermelon, lemon juice, Plymouth Sloe Gin, and a cucumber slice (that looks like a surf board). One sip and my weekend had begun. This smooth drink is refreshing and the alcohol will hit you slowly. I did end up sampling the rest of the menu but ended my night with another favorite that’s not on the menu – the bedtime story by Steve Garcia. Pie Society gives you the option to pick a drink from a book or they’ll make one based on taste and preference. Steve just looked at me and said he knew what I’d like. I trusted him and he came up with a root beer, vanilla, chocolate drink with a vodka base. I was floored. It was amazing. See? This is why you shouldn’t keep it a secret.
It’s not all about the alcohol though. They do have a food menu if you’re hungry. You can pick between pickles, a sweet and sour pork belly (mmm), crispy shrimp, a cheeseburger hot pocket, and tater tots with a chorizo fondue. The tater tots went fast but then again I’m a fan of fried crispy potatoes. And since it’s a bar at Pitfire, they also have pizza. Hooray!
If you’re looking for a great bar with amazing drinks, you need to get your humble butt over here. Until next time, veni, vidi, edi.