This fun pub is located in a large Queen Anne-style house. Outdoor seating is available, but on rainy days you'll want to be inside playing darts or watching one of the big-screen televisions. There are more than 25 varieties of beer on tap, many of them local craft brews, and a vast menu of tasty pub grub.
Victoria's British roots are in evidence at The Sticky Wicket. The wood interiors and antique glass showcase cricket and sport themed rooms, including a game room with darts. Guinness and microbrews are on tap, along with traditional pub fare. And a more surprising offering – the Rooftop Patio (yes, on the roof) with beach volleyball!
This pub is a wonderful place to relax with a pint while you enjoy the harbour view and live music several nights a week. There about 20 beers on tap, many of them microbrews, and a nice selection of ciders and cocktails from which to choose as well. The menu consists of hearty pub grub with a bit of an international flair.
Perhaps the most authentic of all of Victoria's authentic British and Irish pubs, the Penny Farthing owes much of its ambience to its atmospheric Oak Bay location. There's no place more British than Oak Bay Village, except Great Britain itself. The pub is carefully designed, with fireplaces, etched glass, dark woods, authentic knick knacks and pictures of the English countryside. The menu is quite similar to one you might find across the pond. Great selection of imported beers, too.
One of the oldest traditional English pubs in Canada, the Garrick's Head is about as authentic as it gets outside of the UK. Cozy up to the fireplace with a pint of Bass and a local to chat with, or lounge outside on the patio with a local microbrew and watch the activity on Bastion Square. When hunger strikes, you'll be in the perfect place to enjoy a heaping plate of fish and chips or bangers and mash.
People like this place, and have since it opened about two decades ago. Some folks will tell you it's the hearty pub grub that makes Maude's so popular, others will assert that the beer selection makes it great. But probably the single most important factor in the pub's success is its staff – they are unfailingly friendly and exceptionally good at their jobs. For a good time, just add water (and a few fun-loving fellow customers)!
Victoria is renowned for its British aura – there are nearly as many pubs here as there are in the UK itself. Each has its own persona, and the vast majority of them are clean, fun places to have a quick meal or a couple of drinks. Smuggler's Cove is no exception, and it has the added bonus of an exceptionally friendly staff. Regulars cite this fact, along with the pub's reasonable prices and convenient attached liquor store, as its main selling points. Its location near the university makes it a popular student watering hole, too.
Established in 1855, this is the oldest pub in British Columbia. Popular with bootleggers during Prohibition, the pub is now a hit with Victoria locals who come here to enjoy the 22 draught beers on tap and to snack on steak and mushroom pie seasoned with herbs from the pub's own garden. The pub features a bar as well as a patio and several different dining rooms, so you are sure to find an ambiance to fit your mood. Also popular for Sunday brunch!
Since 1894 this pub and restaurant, located 17 miles from Victoria City Hall, has welcomed weary travelers and local revelers alike. The cozy atmosphere includes a 150-year-old piano (slightly out of tune!), darts in the game room and chess by the fire. After a day of hiking in nearby Sooke Harbour Park, eat a hearty supper served overlooking the garden. Local seafood specialties include shellfish bouillabaisse, peel and eat prawns or teriyaki sesame salmon. There are also ample beef, pasta and poultry selections. For dessert, don't miss the homemade pies.
Dublin may be more than 4500 miles away, but you can be there in a few minutes! Irish Times is a carefully planned traditional Irish pub brimming with authenticity. The pub's two floors are a second home to many Victorians, who appreciate the craic – the overall positive vibe resulting from fine beer, traditional music, hearty food and lively companions. Irish Times provides live music every night, an array of Canadian and Irish beers, and a vast menu of traditional and contemporary Irish dishes. All you have to bring is yourself, and maybe a fun companion or two.