Restaurant Review: Goldie’s Pizza & Beer Lounge

Goldie’s is at 605 West Pender Street, in downtown Vancouver.  And if you thought this place was solely erected to be the go-to location when Club 560 became too dub-stepy around 1am, you’re absolutely mistaken.  Although it is good for that, the next time, instead of just getting cheap beer, grab a slice of their absolutely to-die-for thin crust pizza.  It’s also cheap, and just ridiculously good.

I really didn’t feel like cooking last night.  The weather was gross, and I had a day and a half.  I had a friend staying with me, and we both decided pizza was what the doctor ordered.  Anyways, we called down – first off – hilarious conversation – and ordered the Pizza Maramanna – I think I pronounced it wrong….which is why the conversation was hilarious.

I ran down – this place is across the street from my building – in my pajamas, 30 minutes after ordering, and it was just being put in the box.  This pizza has fresh arugula on top, therefore it was nice that it hadn’t wilted too much, ie. they overshot how long it was going to take.  That being said, the place really didn’t have much action – but granted it was 5:30pm on a Wednesday.  The two people who were working there, an older gentleman making the pizzas, and a younger girl managing the bar, were great.  We had an hilarious conversation, again, about the fact that I’m running around downtown Vancouver in blue polka-dot pajama pants…. yup, that’s right, I do that. And, what?

The pizza we got, was as I mentioned, the Pizza Maramanna.  This bad boy, was piled high with tomato sauce, proscuitto (cubes of it – smartly done so there you’re not pulling against the typical thin slices), mozzarella, marscapone, and arugula.  The marscapone, in my mind, was the best part.  The occasional gob of sweetness that popped through was completely complimentary to the saltiness of the proscuitto and pepperiness of the arugula.  Man alive, was this a good pie.

Their crust is unmatched though.  I really like a good thin crust, and they really do it justice.  It’s crispy around the edges, but still soft in the middle, and really lends support to actually tasting the toppings rather than just tasting the crust. I love that after eating 3 slices of a thin crust pizza, you really don’t feel overly bloated or anything.  I mean, you’re probably cutting your calories in half…. well maybe not that much. But if that’s what you have to say in your head to justify having pizza on a Wednesday, then do it. I may have. 🙂

Anyways, if you haven’t figured it out by now, I am completely in love with Goldie’s.  The only issue is they aren’t open at 11am on Sundays – you know, when the hangover pizza gods are ringing at the door.  Oh well, I guess I’ll have to wait until 3pm for truly some of the best pizza in Vancouver. 

This place it really making a name for itself this year.  Check out their website for when their events take place.  They have Open Mic nights, and live bands playing occasionally.  I truly think it’s well worth the time and money to go hang, have a beer, and crush a pizza with the neighbourhood Joe’s. 


*This experience was completely paid for out of my pocket. Goldie’s did not ask me to write this post/nor did they pay for any of my meal

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