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Cheap eats – Transit Bar (Civic)

By Alexandra Craig - 20 August 2015 9

I saw an advertisement online recently for a $10 pizza and soft drink lunch special at Transit Bar in the city. I hadn’t been to Transit Bar before, so I immediately jumped at the offer.

My partner and I went there on Saturday for lunch, but when I first told him where we were going he was apprehensive. A warning, maybe?

When we arrived we were literally the only people in the place. Upon ordering, the bartender told us she was extremely hungover. Other than that, she was quite attentive and friendly.

transit bar lunch special

I ordered the vegetarian supreme pizza minus the olives, and my partner ordered the pepperoni pizza.

They came out pretty quickly (we were still the only people in there), and despite looking like pre-made frozen pizzas, they were far from it.

transit bar pizza

I know I shouldn’t be impressed that my pizza had the olives removed, but it’s so often that request gets ignored that Transit Bar wins points for actually listening to my order.

As for the pizza itself, it was okay. It had heaps of toppings hidden under a lot of cheese, but it was fresh and hot.

The mushrooms were also really flavoursome, which I know is a random comment to make, but I really like mushrooms and these ones were good.

What: Transit Bar 
Where: 7 Akuna Street, Civic
Opening hours: Lunch special is 12.00pm-2.00pm, Bar itself is open from 12.00pm-12.00am (Mon), 12.00pm-2.00am (Tues-Thurs), 12.00pm-4.00am (Fri-Sat), 2.00pm-12.00am (Sun)
Website: https://www.facebook.com/transitbar

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9 Responses to
Cheap eats – Transit Bar (Civic)
1
astrojax 9:54 am
20 Aug 15
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i’m sorry, but those don’t at all look pre-made and frozen… transit also has some good beers on tap as an alternative accompaniment.

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Alexandra Craig 10:06 am
20 Aug 15
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astrojax said :

i’m sorry, but those don’t at all look pre-made and frozen… transit also has some good beers on tap as an alternative accompaniment.

They look pre-made and frozen to me, but like I said in the article – they definitely weren’t, just look that way compared to the fresh pizzas that I would usually get elsewhere.

3
Evilomlap 11:42 am
20 Aug 15
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The bartender admitting a hangover might seem like its lacking class, but you should never trust a bartender who doesn’t drink so that gets my respect. I once had a similar admission from a student doctor about to jam a sharp needle in my arm. Reassuring!

4
Willoring 4:14 pm
20 Aug 15
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Transit is a great bar early in the evening – gets too noisy and music later in the evening for this old soak.
Plus a great range of beers (the owner, Mark, has a penchant for hoppy pale ales) including PACT beers which are their house brand.
The pizza bases are made by Mosaic and for a bar pizza, pretty good. But go there on a Wednesday evening and have a schooner and a pizza for $10! No complaints about the quality of the pizzas, the beers on tap nor the prices from the assembled throng!

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Kalliste 10:28 pm
20 Aug 15
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astrojax said :

i’m sorry, but those don’t at all look pre-made and frozen… transit also has some good beers on tap as an alternative accompaniment.

Was going to say the same re: frozen pizza. I wish frozen pizza looked like that, the only one that comes close is the Papa Guiseppe Bakehouse crust which are actually pretty decent.

I had the lunch special at Transit around January and it took forever. I had a 30min lunch and was about 20mins late even though I worked just across the road.

The pizza itself was decent but the dinginess factor of inside Transit put me off a bit though.

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Kerryhemsley 10:03 am
21 Aug 15
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What is it with selling pizzas that are all thick dough and the toppings meld in to a cheap cheese laden mess. Hope the soft drink was worth the $10.

7
rubaiyat 8:56 pm
21 Aug 15
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Kerryhemsley said :

What is it with selling pizzas that are all thick dough and the toppings meld in to a cheap cheese laden mess. Hope the soft drink was worth the $10.

What is it with eating any and all pizzas in the hope that this time it will be different?

Putting up with 2nd and even 3rd best has become so common that people’s tastebuds have adjusted and think if they get something better there is something wrong with it.

When Virginia University tried to change their patties in their burgers from Pink Slime to real meat, after seeing Jamie Oliver’s doco on US school lunches, the students rebelled. “It didn’t taste right!”

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MERC600 1:32 pm
22 Aug 15
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Kerryhemsley said :

What is it with selling pizzas that are all thick dough and the toppings meld in to a cheap cheese laden mess. Hope the soft drink was worth the $10.

Well if you get what shows up in the pictures, please give me the 10 buck special with ” thick dough and the toppings meld in to a cheap cheese laden mess”. And perhaps one of those ‘new’ cokes. Have yet to try one.

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madelini 10:02 am
25 Aug 15
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rubaiyat said :

Kerryhemsley said :

What is it with selling pizzas that are all thick dough and the toppings meld in to a cheap cheese laden mess. Hope the soft drink was worth the $10.

What is it with eating any and all pizzas in the hope that this time it will be different?

Putting up with 2nd and even 3rd best has become so common that people’s tastebuds have adjusted and think if they get something better there is something wrong with it.

When Virginia University tried to change their patties in their burgers from Pink Slime to real meat, after seeing Jamie Oliver’s doco on US school lunches, the students rebelled. “It didn’t taste right!”

I view Italian thin-crust pizza (as you would get in an Italian restaurant like Briscola) and the thicker-based American style ones as different things. The latter is better for curing hangovers, the former for slightly more highbrow occasions. They both have their place, and food evolution can be a wonderful thing.

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