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Nightlife in Victoria

Nightlife in Victoria on Vancouver Island, BC

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Victoria is famous for its robust craft cocktail scene and micro brew pubs, and an assortment of great bars and clubs to kick back and relax or dance the night away.

The Local Pub Patio VictoriaEat, Drink and Be Happy! Whether you come by for lunch, dinner or want to have a late night snack, The Local Pub & Patio is sure to please. During one of those wonderful hot summer days, you will want to be sitting at their outdoor patio in Bastion Square.

Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub, located west across the Johnston Street Bridge, was the first one in Canada, and has been joined by a handful of others. Canoe Brewpub, located in a historic 1894 coal plant overlooking the Inner Harbour just north of the bridge, is famous for its handcrafted beers. Just east of the bridge, Swans Hotel serves beers handcrafted right next door. New players on the scene include the German-fusion beers at Moon Under Water (located on Bay Street), and traditional English-fashioned ales at 4 Mile Brew Pub (on the Old Island Highway). Popular British Isles-influenced downtown pubs include The Bard & Banker, Irish Times Pub, Bartholomew's English-Style Pub, Garrick's Head Pub and Darcy's Pub.

Sticky Wicket Strathcona HotelClive's Classic Lounge, named after hotel owner, Clive Piercy, is renowned as one of the top cocktail lounges in the country. Located in the Chateau Victoria Hotel, it features Swarovski crystal lighting, glass and mirror pieces designed by local artisans, comfortable leather chairs and two elegant fireplaces. 

The Strathcona Hotel on Douglas Street is home to an assortment of bars like the Sticky Wicket, Rooftop Surfclub, The Clubhouse and Big Bad Johns. Distrikt brings a big city club experience to downtown with an exceptional sound system, a fabulous light show and music to dance dance dance.

Tally Ho Bar Grill VictoriaThe Shark Club Bar and Grill is a popular sports bar, but it's also renowned for its West Coast cuisine, live DJs and top notch service. Enjoy complex dishes with Asian, Italian and Canadian influences, listen to great music, dance and enjoy the company. Upstairs Cabaret is an exciting new nightclub, which attracts a mature and lively crowd with great live acts and professionally selected music. The atmosphere is warm and welcoming with gorgeously appointed décor. It's a great place to enjoy premium liquors, wines and craft brewed beers and an upscale party alternative to the usual Victoria club scene.

At the foot of Chinatown and overlooking the Inner Harbour, the Sunset Room is an arts and music venue with fashion events, dance nights, live rock shows, book fairs and a whole lot more. It's a favourite dance destination for Victoria's electronica music community, and also features a wide variety of DJ-spun genres.  With its long, low, cavernous feel, Lucky Bar has long been a grungy favourite for hipsters. It's locally renowned for its theme nights, like its lounge night where the couches are rolled out and a relaxing DJ vibe is on the menu. There's live entertainment, too, with local music, touring acts and a bit of this 'n that. V-Lounge Sports Bar and Grill is a great place to go if you love sports, but that's just the start.

View Royal Casino Bistro BarView Royal Casino is all about Excitement! After all that gaming, come grab a bite at View Royal Casino’s Restaurant & Bar. Quench your thirst with a delicious cocktail, martini or one of our local BC wines, beers and coolers. Relax on our huge outdoor patio with food off the grill and enjoy a great lineup of entertainers! Casino wide Happy Hour daily from 3-6pm. Must be 19+.

Carlton Club Cabaret is Esquimalt's party machine. It's a New York-style cabaret nightclub with a relaxed cocktail culture and an excellent lineup of local and international DJs and live talent. There's been a cabaret at this location since 1959, and the wood and block interior dates back to the 1990s.

VI The Belfry VictoriaThe Alix Goolden Performance Hall, formerly a church sanctuary, is an elegant 800-seat space with exceptional acoustics, a spectacular vaulted ceiling, handcrafted wooden pews and exquisite stained glass windows. The Hall plays host to acclaimed international performers and many not yet famous – but likely will be. As Vancouver Island's largest professional theatre company, The Belfry produces 10 to 12 shows each season in its two theatres. Its mainstage is in a beautifully restored heritage church seating 280.

The Duke is a Country Music Saloon that serves local beer from the tap and has live bands playing country music on stage. Try out specialty bourbon drinks while snacking on potato chips or a fresh draught beer.

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