It’s been a long old struggle keeping up with the NQ’s changing shape in the few months we’ve been compiling this little blog. We’ve already seen some of our reviewed boozers change hands or names and some have even closed down completely. On the other side of this we’ve had to keep up with new openings, the most recent of which, Crazy Pedro’s, we swung by on a recent Saturday evening.
The original Crazy Pedro’s Part-time Pizza Parlour was launched tentatively during the Manchester Burger Boom in an old Starbucks off Bridge Street. Needless to say it took off in a big way with its bonkers selection of frozen cocktails and pizza by the whole or by the slice, and now finds itself packed to the gills with thirsty post-work crews and late night chompers.The whole attitude, look and feel of Crazy P’s was so Northern Quarter it always felt like only a matter of time before they found a space in the area so it’s no surprise we’re here underneath Affleck’s Palace in the Black Dog boys’ latest venue.
Pedro himself will guide you to this den with his neon face gurning away down Small Street, which is fortunate when so many NQ backstreets look the same. Despite it being a Saturday and very recently opened, we found a large table near the front easily and settled down for a post-rugby feed.
Some of our group settled for a couple of choice slices whilst others indulged in giant doughy fun like The Cuban (ham, pork, Swiss cheese, pickles and mustard) which is one of the more sensible items on the menu. We’ve indulged in the Chicken & Waffle and Hotdog pizzas before as well as the specials featuring turkey dinosaurs and potato smilies or chips and gravy among other things and they’ve always been tasty and quickly served. At 16″ and £15 (£3 for a slice) we’d say the food is decent value, even more so if you land during the extended happy hours (5pm to 9pm Sunday to Friday) where pizza comes down to £10 a pop.
Similarly, drinks are reduced with cocktails 2-4-1 during happy hour (try the frozen raspberry margarita for all manner of brain-freezing fun). The offers help Crazy Pedro’s come across as somewhere you could go just for a few scoops of your favourite tipple with its vibe very much pitched towards underground drinking den that happens to serve pizza rather than restaurant proper, although there are a couple of minuses we should mention.
The pizzas we had were great but the nachos (£6) seemed a little lazy and were burnt on top. Also, our old friend the schooner makes an appearance in Crazy Pedro’s, and it’s always pretty galling paying £3.50 for two thirds of identikit NQ lager (see also Kosmonaut’s Special K, GBA’s Guilty Lager etc). Other beers are available in cans but are the usual steep prices, with Kona Big Wave and Red Stripe retailing at £4.50 each.
Overall, you’re going to have a good time at Crazy Pedro’s. The atmosphere’s fun, the drinks flow freely and the food might save your life on a big sauce session. Our advice is to hit during Happy Hour for optimum crazy times.
Crazy Pedro’s Part-time Pizza Parlour
Classification: Pizza Parlour/subterranean drinking den
Food: Pizza and nachos
Drinks: Cocktails/lager & spirits
Related City Centre establishments: Black Dog Ballroom, Black Dog NWS, Dog Bowl, Xolo, The Liar’s Club, Cane & Grain, Crazy Pedro’s Part-time Pizza Parlour
Bongo rating: 7/10