Just like the city itself, Victoria’s bar scene is steeped in history, from the charming heritage architecture to the old school pubs. Don’t get us wrong — even the most traditional spots are anything but boring, with modern twists on classic recipes. You’re sure to find a new favorite brew or at least a local haunt to call your own.
Bard & Banker
Located in a stately former bank, the Bard & Banker is a Scottish-style pub complete with kilt-clad servers and live music. The old school décor is perfectly in keeping with the building’s heritage, with leather booths, beautiful chandeliers, and dark wood rounding out the look. Sip on a local craft brew or premium import from the 30 beers on tap, or choose from the impressive lineup of whiskies for the ultimate pub experience.
Sharing a converted 1913 warehouse with the upstairs Swans Hotel, Swans Brewpub serves up original craft brews fresh from the in-house brewery. Enjoy the outdoor patio during the day, then make your way inside to enjoy nightly live music. You can even take your favourite brew home with you — just stop by Swans Beer & Liquor Store next door!
Garrick’s Head Pub
A local fixture since 1867, the Garrick’s Head Pub offers Victoria’s largest selection of craft and import beers on tap alongside traditional English pub fare. Grab a seat on the outdoor patio overlooking Bastion Square, or head inside to relax by the wood-burning fireplace
Bengal Lounge at the Fairmont Empress
For an evening of luxury, head to the Bengal Lounge inside the gorgeous Fairmont Empress on Victoria’s inner harbor. Inspired by Queen Victoria’s role as Empress of India, the Bengal Lounge is renowned for its authentic curry buffet. Sit back and watch the sun set over the stately gardens with a signature cocktail in hand, or curl up by the fire with a martini to enjoy the live jazz.