Victoria

Victoria's nightlife is low-key and casual, with many wonderful pubs, but a limited choice of other nightlife. Pubs offer a casual vibe for lunch, dinner, or an afternoon pint, often with a view and an excellent selection of beer. The pubs listed here all serve food, and many brew their own beer. Patrons must be 19 or older to enter a bar or pub in British Columbia, but many pubs have a separate restaurant section open to all ages. The city is enjoying a resurgence of cocktail culture, with several of Victoria's trendier restaurants doubling as lounges, offering cocktails and small plates well into the night. Dance clubs attract a young crowd and most close by 2 am. A dress code (no jeans or sneakers) may be enforced, but otherwise, attire is casual. Smoking is not allowed in Victoria's pubs, bars, and nightclubs—this applies both indoors and on patios.

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  • 1. Citrus and Cane

    Downtown

    Whether you're a colada aficionado or some who goes for the classics like daiquiris or a Manhattan, this cocktails-only late night spot delivers a top-notch...

    Whether you're a colada aficionado or some who goes for the classics like daiquiris or a Manhattan, this cocktails-only late night spot delivers a top-notch selection. All syrups are made in-house and nearly all juices are freshly squeezed. Drinks are on the pricey side but with over 40 rums alone, some might even suggest it's a tropical paradise of Mai Tais and Mojitos.

    1900 Douglas St., Victoria, British Columbia, V8W 1M2, Canada
    778-265–1774
  • 2. Friends of Dorothy

    Downtown

    Although geared to the LGBT crowd, the fun vibe of wacky murals, open brickwork, and banquettes piled with velvet cushions draws everyone looking for a...

    Although geared to the LGBT crowd, the fun vibe of wacky murals, open brickwork, and banquettes piled with velvet cushions draws everyone looking for a good time. The food is good and the entertainment quirky including Karaoke Sundays and Talent Tuesday, usually a mix of comedy, drag, and local musicians.

    537 Johnson St., Victoria, British Columbia, V8W 1M2, Canada
    778-432–4565
  • 3. The Bard and Banker Pub

    Downtown

    This sumptuously decorated Scottish pub, which occupies a historic bank building on Victoria's main shopping street, has bangers and mash and shepherd's pie on the...

    This sumptuously decorated Scottish pub, which occupies a historic bank building on Victoria's main shopping street, has bangers and mash and shepherd's pie on the menu, as well as a great selection of ales and live music every night. Plus, there's no cover charge.

    1022 Government St., Victoria, British Columbia, V8W 1X7, Canada
    250-953–9993
  • 4. Canoe Brewpub

    Downtown

    One of Victoria's biggest and best pub patios overlooks the Gorge, the waterway just north of the Inner Harbour. The interior of the former power...

    One of Victoria's biggest and best pub patios overlooks the Gorge, the waterway just north of the Inner Harbour. The interior of the former power station has been stylishly redone with high ceilings, exposed bricks, and wood beams. There's a wide range of in-house brews, top-notch bar snacks, and an all-ages restaurant. Live music from Thursday to Saturday adds to its happening vibe, usually with no cover charge.

    450 Swift St., Victoria, British Columbia, V8W 1S3, Canada
    250-361–1940
  • 5. Clive's Classic Lounge

    Downtown

    Boasting more than 300 rare and hard-to-find spirits on their racks, the bartenders at this classic lounge in the Chateau Victoria Hotel continue to lead...

    Boasting more than 300 rare and hard-to-find spirits on their racks, the bartenders at this classic lounge in the Chateau Victoria Hotel continue to lead Victoria's cocktail scene. They make their own syrups and bitters and use fresh juices in their traditional and contemporary drinks that are forever evolving into intriguing combinations. Trying is believing—sample one of their liquor flights.

    740 Burdett Ave., Victoria, British Columbia, V8W 1B2, Canada
    250-361–5684
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  • 6. Distrikt

    Downtown

    This nightclub often hosts live bands, guest DJs, and other special events. Also in the building are a restaurant, a pub, and several bars, including...

    This nightclub often hosts live bands, guest DJs, and other special events. Also in the building are a restaurant, a pub, and several bars, including a sports bar and a hillbilly-theme bar—not to mention beach volleyball played on the roof in summer.

    919 Douglas St., Victoria, British Columbia, V8W 2C2, Canada
    250-383–7137
  • 7. Hermann's Jazz Club

    Downtown

    Dinner, dancing, and live jazz, blues, and Dixie are on the menu at this venerable Downtown restaurant and jazz club. Arrive on time for special...

    Dinner, dancing, and live jazz, blues, and Dixie are on the menu at this venerable Downtown restaurant and jazz club. Arrive on time for special acts as doors often close once the show is underway.

    753 View St., Victoria, British Columbia, V8W 1J9, Canada
    250-388–9166
  • 8. Irish Times Pub

    Downtown

    Tourists and locals flock here for the stout on tap, live music nightly, the summertime patio, and a menu of traditional (think Irish stew) and...

    Tourists and locals flock here for the stout on tap, live music nightly, the summertime patio, and a menu of traditional (think Irish stew) and modern pub fare. Located inside a former bank building on Victoria's main shopping strip adds grandeur to the fun, and very Irish, setting.

    1200 Government St., Victoria, British Columbia, V8W 1Y3, Canada
    250-383–7775
  • 9. Little Jumbo

    Downtown

    Well-executed farm-to-fork small plates and possibly the city's longest list of spirits are draws at this welcoming little spot, tucked away off Fort Street. Authenticity...

    Well-executed farm-to-fork small plates and possibly the city's longest list of spirits are draws at this welcoming little spot, tucked away off Fort Street. Authenticity and the eco-ethos is serious business here: even the water served with the single malts is imported from the Highlands and cocktails come with glass straws.

    506 Fort St., Victoria, British Columbia, V8W 1E6, Canada
    778-433–5535
  • 10. Lucky Bar

    Downtown

    A veteran of Victoria's nightclub scene, Lucky's draws DJs, live bands, and a friendly younger crowd of locals who make the most of Lucky's great...

    A veteran of Victoria's nightclub scene, Lucky's draws DJs, live bands, and a friendly younger crowd of locals who make the most of Lucky's great sound system and dance floor.

    517 Yates St., Victoria, British Columbia, V8W 1K7, Canada
    250-382–5825
  • 11. Monday Magazine

    For entertainment listings, pick up a free copy of this monthly arts magazine, or check out listings online....

    For entertainment listings, pick up a free copy of this monthly arts magazine, or check out listings online.

    Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
  • 12. Paparazzi

    Downtown

    Victoria's longest-running LGBT night club draws a mixed crowd to its below-street-level environs with resident DJs, fun drag, karaoke, and club nights....

    Victoria's longest-running LGBT night club draws a mixed crowd to its below-street-level environs with resident DJs, fun drag, karaoke, and club nights.

    642 Johnson St., Victoria, British Columbia, V8W 1M6, Canada
    250-388–0505
  • 13. Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub

    Vic West

    You can hop on an Inner Harbour Ferry to this local favorite on the Inner Harbour's north shore. Canada's first modern-day brewpub, it also has...

    You can hop on an Inner Harbour Ferry to this local favorite on the Inner Harbour's north shore. Canada's first modern-day brewpub, it also has the city's longest menu of traditionally made in-house brews. A covered waterfront deck, a double-sided fireplace, excellent pub grub, and an all-ages in-house restaurant make this a popular hangout.

    308 Catherine St., Victoria, British Columbia, V9A 3S8, Canada
    250-386–2739
  • 14. Swans Pub

    Downtown

    A stunning array of First Nations masks and other artworks hangs from the open rafters in this popular Downtown brewpub, where jazz, blues, and swing...

    A stunning array of First Nations masks and other artworks hangs from the open rafters in this popular Downtown brewpub, where jazz, blues, and swing bands play nightly.

    1601 Store St., Victoria, British Columbia, V8W 1N6, Canada
    250-940–7513
  • 15. The Palms Lounge

    Downtown

    Signature cocktails (the bartenders get bylines on the menu), tapas, and charcuterie plates makes the Hotel Rialto's hip cocktail lounge a chic after-work gathering venue....

    Signature cocktails (the bartenders get bylines on the menu), tapas, and charcuterie plates makes the Hotel Rialto's hip cocktail lounge a chic after-work gathering venue. In addition to craft beers on tap, drinks include creative custom orders, vintage spirits, spin-the-wheel choices, and a lot of mixology showmanship.

    1450 Douglas St., Victoria, British Columbia, V8W 2G1, Canada
    250-383–7310
  • 16. Vicious Poodle

    Downtown

    "The Poodle" has been described "as gay as it gets." The limited menu of mainly burgers and salads is more than made up for with...

    "The Poodle" has been described "as gay as it gets." The limited menu of mainly burgers and salads is more than made up for with entertainment including gay bingo, leather nights, and sizzling drag shows. Instead of a cover, you're expected to spend a minimum of C$20. The Kings and Queens "vicious" cocktails are well priced at C$14.

    726 Johnson St., Victoria, British Columbia, V8W 1N1, Canada
    250-388–5975
  • 17. Vista 18

    Downtown

    You can take in lofty views of the city at this lounge on the 18th floor of the Chateau Victoria Hotel. By day, the interior...

    You can take in lofty views of the city at this lounge on the 18th floor of the Chateau Victoria Hotel. By day, the interior feels a bit bland. By night, the atmosphere takes on a different vibe, albeit on the conservative side, with live music on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

    740 Burdett Ave., Victoria, British Columbia, V8W 1B2, Canada
    250-382–9258
  • 18. Bengal Lounge

    Downtown | Bars/Pubs
    Closed Permanently

    Deep leather sofas and a tiger skin help to re-create the days of the British Raj at this iconic lounge in the Fairmont Empress Hotel. Martinis...

    Deep leather sofas and a tiger skin help to re-create the days of the British Raj at this iconic lounge in the Fairmont Empress Hotel. Martinis and a curry buffet are the draws through the week. On Friday and Saturday nights a jazz combo takes the stage.

    Fairmont Empress Hotel, 721 Government St., Victoria, British Columbia, V8W 1W5, Canada
    250-384–8111
  • 19. The Guild

    Downtown
    Closed Permanently

    Pacific Northwest craft beers and microbrews—with a dozen on tap and 40 more available in bottles—feature at this atmospheric Downtown pub, housed in a historic...

    Pacific Northwest craft beers and microbrews—with a dozen on tap and 40 more available in bottles—feature at this atmospheric Downtown pub, housed in a historic (circa 1882) waterfront chandlery. Local farms supply the fixings for pub classics such as fish pie, ploughman's platter, Welsh rarebit, and sticky-toffee pudding.

    1250 Wharf St., Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
    250-385–3474

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