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These 7 Pirate-Themed Restaurants Arrrr Hidden Treasures

Sometimes it’s not enough to crave fresh seafood and a bottle of rum. Now and then, you want to be transported back in time to when peg-legged bandits roamed the high seas. When you feel the need to scratch that scurvy-induced itch, here are eight pirate-themed restaurants you can plunder:

1. Pirate’s Landing Seafood and Steak Restaurant ElkinNorth Carolina

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Your GPS might freak out when you pull up to Pirate’s Landing, but you definitely won’t miss it. The gigantic pirate ship-shaped restaurant is campy and casual with buccaneers bursting from the vaulted wood beams.

Nearby: This is mostly an unexpected get-off-the-freeway-there-is-a-pirate-ship-over-there pit stop on Interstate-77.

Must Eat: Buccaneer’s Fried Seafood Feast (Baby flounder, crab cake, clam strips, oysters, popcorn shrimp & scallops, and whatever else they caught that day)

Must Drink: Ravenswood Vintners Blend (spicy red wine that doesn’t always get its due)

2. Blue Bayou Anaheim, California

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The decor may be more New Orleans than Tortuga, but the Blue Bayou is famously adjacent to the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disneyland. You couldn’t pay more for the ambience because you’ve already shilled out for a ticket to Disneyland to get in. Jack Sparrow sightings not guaranteed.

Nearby: Um, hello, Disneyland! Also, Angel Stadium, the Honda Center, and far too many hotels.

Must Eat: Royal Street Seafood Jambalaya

Must Drink: Mint Julep

3. Smalley’s Caribbean Barbeque and Pirate Bar Stillwater, Minnesota

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When I say Minnesota, you say Caribbean barbeque! I know that feels unnatural, but Smalley’s not only brings the heat but brands a skull and crossbones into its burger’s buns to make sure you know. If you’re feeling sadistic, try their 666 wings with a side of “Death juice.”

Nearby: Pub 112 and the Minnesota-Wisconsin state line

Must Eat: Pirate Burger (obviously)

Must Drink: Trio of Dessert Rums (El Dorado Rum Cream / RumChata / Brinley Gold Coffee)

4. Macao Trading Co. New York, New York

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For those who fancy Asian pirates and opium den opulence (who doesn’t?), Macao Trading Co. has you covered. Nestled in TriBeCa, Macao brings out the best of one the worst eras but holds onto the muddy lighting.

Nearby: Canal Street, Chinatown, Little Italy

Must Eat: African Chicken

Must Drink: Drunken Dragon’s Milk (Charbay Green Tea Vodka shaken with Young Coconut Puree, Thai Basil & Macao Five-Spice Bitters)

5. The Folly New York, New York

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This gastropub has an undeniable ship-like feel with a pirate themed menu to match. Of all Manhattan’s swashbuckling establishments, The Folly commits the most to the overall experience without the need for costumes.

Nearby: Washington Square Park, TriBeCa, Christopher Street

Must Eat: Lobster Mac & Cheese

Must Drink: Either of their frozen house grogs (Cuba Libre or White Zombie)

6. Pirate’s Dinner Adventure Theatre Buena Park, California

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This restaurant is for when you want dinner, a show, and to support the acting dreams of people who will probably never make it big. Let the kids enjoy the show while you take advantage of the full bar.

Nearby: Knott’s Berry Farm, Queen Mary, Aquarium of the Pacific

Must Eat & Drink: Whatever they tell you because the menu is fixed.

7. Forbes Island San Francisco, California

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Forbes Island walks the line between a nautical and pirate-y atmosphere. This restaurant is not for the seasick or claustrophobic; the dining area is underwater and the manmade island rocks gently with the waves.

Nearby: Fisherman’s Wharf, The Embarcadero, Golden Gate Bridge

Must Eat: Lamb Lollipops (Half Rack of Lamb, Potato Croquette, served on a bed of Edamame Succotash)

Must Drink: Anything off their wine list.

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Guide To Drinking Like A Motherf*ckin’ Pirate

Set sail for the high seas with these contemporary takes on classic pirate cocktails, based on your swashbuckler level.

If you’ve seen every Pirates of the Caribbean movie:


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The Daiquiri gets an undeserved reputation for being a weak vacation drink — mostly due to its slushy sister — but this cocktail is essentially a modern interpretation of grog. Pirates often mixed rum, sugary water, and lime juice to make the alcohol easier to drink, rid their casks of water of bacteria, and stave off scurvy.   And that’s exactly what you tell people the next time your order one.  

  • 1 1/2 oz White rum


  • 1/2 oz Simple syrup



  • 1 oz Lime juice




Pour all ingredients into shaker with ice cubes. Shake well. Strain in chilled cocktail glass.



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Yet another oldie, but goodie, the Bumbo is another health-conscious cocktail created by pirates of yore, but can be surprisingly sweeter than daiquiris.     

  • 2 oz Dark Rum


  • 1 oz Lemon Juice



  • 1/2 tsp Grenadine



  • 1/4 tsp (grated) Nutmeg




In a shaker half-filled with ice cubes, combine all of the ingredients. Shake well. Strain into a cocktail glass.


If you’ve always had a fondness for treasure maps and scavenger hunts:


Dark and Stormy

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This drink didn’t surface until the mid-20th century, but its Caribbean roots and seafaring imagery made it worthy of joining this list. The ginger beer takes the warming bite out of the rum while maintaining the integrity of the spice.

  • 2 ounces Gosling’s or Myers’s dark rum


  • 5 ounces ginger beer



  • Lime wedge




Pour the rum over ice in highball and fill with ginger beer. Squeeze in the lime wedge.

(Nouveau) Sangaree

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This is not Sangria. Though there are several variations, sangarees are typically less involved than their Spanish counterparts.

  • 2 oz Beaujolais nouveau wine (you may substitute another red wine)


  • 1 ½ oz apple brandy



  • ½ oz gin



  • ¼ oz dark maple syrup



  • 2 dashes of Angostura Bitters



  • thin apple slices



  • grated cinnamon




Add all the ingredients to a mixing glass and fill with ice. Stir, and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with thin apple slices and grated cinnamon.


If you’re wearing a hook and eyepatch right now:


Barbary Coast

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This is one of those “I’m mostly alcohol and you’re about to call your ex” cocktails. If It’s good enough for 19th century San Franciscan sailors, it’s good enough for you.

But you should probably give your phone to someone else beforehand.

  • ¾ oz. scotch
  • ¾ oz. gin
  • ¾ oz. creme de cacao
  • ¾ oz. cream
  • grated nutmeg


Combine ingredients in a shaker, shake well and strain into a chilled glass. Garnish with grated nutmeg.

Fog Cutter (Trader Vic’s version)


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“After two of these, you won’t even see the stuff.”

These are terrifying words from the Fog Cutter’s creator, “Trader Vic” Bergeron. This cocktail bullied the Long Island Iced Tea in middle school. You can swap out the sherry from grenadine if you want to lessen the alcohol content, but this will still hit you where it hurts without apologizing the next day.

  • 1/2 oz Orgeat
  • 2 oz gold rum
  • 1 oz Pisco (a strong, colorless grape brandy)
  • 1/2 oz gin
  • 1 oz orange juice
  • 2 oz lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz sherry float


Place all ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker, shake until chilled. Strain into a cocktail glass filled with crushed ice and float sherry on top.


Krispy Kreme will Give You Free Donuts if You Talk Like a Pirate


Who: Krispy Kreme Doughnuts

What: On Sept. 19, if you walk into a Krispy Kreme doughnut restaurant and speak like a pirate, you’ll get yourself a free original glazed doughnut. If you show up in the approved pirate attire you’ll get yourself a free dozen original glazed doughnuts. The costume special requires that you combine three items from the approved list of pirate attire. This includes:

  • Eye Patch
  • Pirate Hat
  • Bandana
  • Peg Leg
  • Parrot on Shoulder
  • Pirate Shirt / Loose white shirt
  • Knickers
  • Leather Belt
  • Silver and gold necklaces and earrings
  • Pirate Hook
  • Pointy black boots or ragged brown sandals

Where: All participating Krispy Kreme donut locations.

When: The “Talk Like a Pirate” deal will be available all day Friday, Sept. 19 at all day. Also, the limited edition pirate glazed doughnut is also available now and will be sold through Pirate Day.

Whether or not you plan on being a part of Talk Like a Pirate Day, remember that pirates are people too. Don’t be a dick.


Talk like a Pirate and Get Free Donuts at Krispy Kreme


Are you the kind of person that has a pirate inside of you, just waiting to get out? Do you love doughnuts with the unmerciful passion of the the sea herself? Do you own an eye-patch? If you are even one of these things, Krispy Kreme’s annual Talk Like a Pirate Day is right up your alley.

On Sept. 19, walk into your local Krispy Kreme talking like a pirate and get yourself a free Original Glazed Doughnut. Better yet, if you show up dressed as a pirate, you’ll get a free dozen doughnuts. Talk about treasure. All you need is one of the three items on to qualify for your dozen: Pirate Hat, Bandana, Eye-Patch, Costume Hook, Pirate Shirt, Peg-Leg, Parrot and Knickers.

Get creative and get your doughnuts on Sept. 19. before they run out.

And of course, it wouldn’t be Talk Like a Pirate Day without mentioning everyone’s favorite pirate.


Gar, Steve.

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So You Want to Eat Like a Sailor? Here is Your Menu

A recent visual study by that explores the life of a sailor during the age of exploration has drummed up some truly fascinating notes about the golden-age of seamen and their unfortunate exploration diets.

Just when I thought the life of a sailor and pirate during the early days of exploration was a drunken escapade of rope swinging, deck washing, and feasting on seafood, turns out my knowledge of sailor eating conditions is a bit underwhelming. According to the data, sailors consumed about 3,000 calories a day, and apart from the menu’s lack of fresh fruits or vegetables, the rest of the ship’s conditions weren’t too accomodating. Journeys often took years, pay was poor (seamen on Columbus’ journeys made less than $10 a month in today’s money), and many of the eating and living habits led to serious sickness.

Here’s a look at what the menu could have consisted of:


1. Hardtacks

A hardtack is but a term for a simple type of cracker or biscuit. It’s made from flour, water, and sometimes salt. It’s built for its sustenance, an inexpensive and long-lasting consumable item ideal for the long voyages sailors had to make. Unfortunately, the hardtack was often infested with weevils and bugs, which sailors ate as additional food. (IMG: CivilWarAcademy/oodlekadoodleprimitives)


2. Salted Meats/Flour Mixed With Fat

Whenever meat rations ran low, flour mixed with fat was served. Apparently it was common to lose 50 percent of a crew to scurvy. So if the food doesn’t get to you, meals like these and lack of vitamins from the absence of fruits and vegetables would.


3. Ale/Wine/Hard Liquor

To top off the lack of vitamins, dehydration was not supported much by the availability of liquor on voyages. That’s right, no salads, but you’ll be able to dehydrate with a few cups of wine.


4. Dried Beans/Peas/Rice

Dried beans, peas, or rice were options for some sailors. But due to the limited amount of opportunity to get a fire started on the ship, I can’t imagine what these tasted like.


Menu based off of the following data:
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