McPherson Playhouse opened in 1914 as part of the Pantages chain of theatres. It's one a very few that are still surviving time. There are 772 seats in the house.
Both profeesional and amateur events are presented at the McPherson Playhouse.
I recently visited Plan B, which is located in the club formerly known as One Lounge. The people in the club were very young, with a lot of patrons who appeared to be very much under the legal age. I would say the average age was nineteen, and there were only a handful of people who looked over twenty-five. Music is Top 40 and R&B, drinks are in line with city averages (cheap on Thursdays, more on Friday and Saturday) and the dress code isn't very strict. Overall, the atmosphere is cheezy and the clubbers are very, very, very young. If you pick up someone at this club, make sure to check their ID before taking them home or you might end up in jail!
The Bard and Banker is a great, big pub in a beautiful old bank building
right in downtown Victoria. The building has been standing on Government
Street since 1862. It was the Bank of British Columbia all the way until
1988. The Bard and Banker has been open since 2008, and was named after
one of the bank's most famous former employees, Robert Service, who went
on to be a famous poet and writer. The pub is also featured on the
Ghostly Walks tour, because it is said that Mr. Service haunts the
The pub is great to look at on the inside, all dark wood and gleaming
gold fixtures, spread out over two floors. According to their website,
there is 12000 sq. ft. of space, so as you can imagine there are lots of
tables and booths. Even with so much space, both times we went there,
there were only a few available tables. This pub has a great atmosphere
and a great drinks menu (we didn't order any food, but it also looked
good). My favourite part of the drinks menu was the "From the Island"
section, which offers beers from within a 2 mile radius of the pub. I
love to see local beers on any menu, and the Bard and Banker had 10 to
choose from, as well as Canadian and import beers, and a nice wine
The service was nothing spectacular, but it wasn't bad, either, and the
place was absolutely packed both times we were there. There is live
music on every night, and the best part is that there is no cover.
Another really nice touch were all of the old photos of the bank
covering the walls.
On a Friday evening after dinner, a group of us scouted around downtown Victoria looking for a place we could hang out for the rest of the night. After walking past a few meat-market type establishments, we came across the newly-opened pub on Government Street: the Bard & Banker.
The Bard & Banker's located in a prominent heritage building in what used to be a Christmas store. The interior has been completely restored, and it's quite the eye-catching pub now! And for what it's worth, it's also owned by the same people who own other successful Victoria pubs: the Irish Times and the Pennyfarthing.
Right from the beginning, the doormen were friendly and refreshingly unpretentious. The waitresses were fast and friendly, and the menus had a wide variety of drinks and food. The theme inside is certainly classy pub with an amalgomated Irish and British theme. The pub itself has 2 floors with a wide variety of nooks and crannies (snugs) - a great place for groups looking to socialize in their own space without feeling cut off from the rest of the pub.
The best part of the night, however, was the live music. They had a fantastic singer/guitarist who performed throughout the night. All in all, an enjoyable evening.
Dress Code: None.
I'm sorry I don't have pictures of this place, but you've gotta see it. The only way I found this place was that they share a restroom with Sticky Wickets Pub, which is located right next door. This place is over 50 years old and one of the most unusual bars I've ever seen. When I walked into the place, everybody in the bar cheered!! I don't know if they do this with all patrons. The seats are covered with burlap, the tables are tree trucks. The walls are filled with written messages from patrons and the ceilings are filled with dangling autographed women's undergarments. Warning: This is not a place to order martinis or where a tie.
Dress Code: As casual as you can get. You may leave this bar with less clothing than what you entered with.
I wasn't sure what to expect in terms of atmosphere at the Irish Times Pub - the place is huge, and it's located around Bastion Square and therefore it's very popular with tourists, but the live celtic band that was playing really made me want to check it out! So we got in, found a great table on the second floor, and had an amazing time! Yes, it's a big pub, but it's located in an old heritage building and there are plenty of partitions so it's easy to pick a table that will suit your mood - you can sit near the stage if you want to be in the middle of all the action, or sit next to a fireplace in a more quiet room on the second floor. There's live Irish music every night of the week, and pretty decend food that's begging to be washed down with a pint of Guiness :o) The atmosphere was very laid-back and friendly so all in all I'd say it's a really great place to go at night, especially if you happen to be staying downtown.
Dress Code: Very casual
Although Lucky Bar has a variety of cool nights and interesting music, I have to confess that my favorite is Lucky 90210. Every Monday night the bar pulls out its Luke Perry posters and brings out the Spice Girls, Nirvana, S Club 7 and Weezer while crowds of 20-somethings sing along. This is the city's first nostaglia night devoted to the 1990s and I think it will be the best. Anything goes in terms of dress code.
UPDATE: As of December 2006, this has become the busiest place in the city on Monday nights. It's packed far beyond capacity to the point where dancing becomes dangerous and moving becomes impossible. Lucky is SMALL. I arrived shortly after 11:00, got to skip the line (which had about fifty people going nowhere fast) and was soaked from head to toe in beer by 1:00 am. Everyone was spilling all over the place because of the lack of space. The music is great but they need to restrict the number of people coming in... say, to the legal capacity.
Well. I have heard about a Karaoke Box in town but for the anyone who just likes to sing Sopano's is Karaoke 7 nights a week and sports earlier in the evening.
The other night they had Ulitimate Fighting Champion and then Karaoke as soon as it ended.
The only thing is they have to be "Fair." If it is buzy you may only get one or 2 somgs in. On fridays and saturdays it is high energy songs ONLY!
But it is still so much fun and remember:
If you have to listen to THEM sing it si not so mean to make then listen to you!!!
No cover charge any day of the week!!!
Dress Code: Almost anything goes; bu,t if you are falling down drunk they will ask you to leave.
Swans has one of the few breweries in BC where draught ales are brewed ON SITE .
Located in a beautiful historic hotel in Victoria’s old town, Swans is decorated with a large collection of amazing Native First Nations art.
The pub is comfortable and laidback. If you’re having a hard time deciding between their Appleton Brown or Oatmeal Stout, try a sampler – it’s a great deal that will allow you to sip a variety of their beers. Swans also features a full menu of delicious meals!!! Try their Yam Fries with a burger...YUMMMMMM!!!
Beer (and other alcoholic drinks) is served until 2:00 am Monday to Saturday and until 12:00 am on Sundays.
There is also live music every evening. And, if you feel moved, you can dance on their cozy dance floor, located in front of the performing band or musical group.
The atmosphere is very friendly ...amongst the patrons as well as the staff!!!
I can almost guarantee you'll have a great time whenever you come here...especially in the evenings when the musicians are performing (after 9 pm).
Dress Code: Anything from casual to a bit dressed up is fine.
A huge and splendid Irish pub that features live Celtic music every night of the week.
They have a really great selection of imported beers and great pub fare!!!
This king among Pubs opened in September of 2004 and has been pouring to a packed house ever since! The Irish TImes Pub can be found in a beautiful stone hertiage building on the corner of Victoria's historic Bastion Square.
On a sunny day, one of their two patios is the perfect place to enjoy a Perfect Pint while people watching.
Inside, you'll find an elegant and clean look with an authentic Pub atmosphere.
The Pub has two levels of seating, with a mezz that overlooks all the going-ons' in the place! Dark, rich wood paneling and Celtic etched glass break up the room into many different seating areas; including O'Hagans Snug - a cozy, six-seat nook with a private serving window directly to the bartender - pure genius!
The Times also has a number of great specials!
On Wednesdays, Pizza and the Perfect Pint is just $9.99,
and every weekday from 3pm-6pm Fresh Shucked Oysters on the half-shell are only 69 cents each! ...but I don't like oysters...maybe YOU do???
Dress Code: Dress any way you'd feel comfortable. Casual or a little bit dressed up is fine!
With all the people that inevitably crowd into this pub I wouldn't recommend wearing anything that will make you hot!!!... "HOT" is OK ;o) ...but not sweaty hot!!!
Layering is best!!...especially if you have to wait outside (Friday and Saturday nights) until there is room inside for you.
There is no denying that Victoria can get a bit expensive so I suggest that if you are in the trip planning stages right now that you check out the coupon book available from Entertainment.com (I hope this isn't considered as commercial). These books, which are sold locally as fundraisers (I always buy one from my business partner to help out his son's school) are also available via postal mail. They are usually good until the end of October in any year and typically go on sale in April (for example I see the Vancouver Island one is now on sale for $9.99 US plus shipping). There are 2 for 1 coupons for the symphony, the Belfry theatre, fine restaurants and more.
Dress Code: Use your sense!
There are so many great spots in Downtown Victoria.
There are quite a few pubs within 5 minutes walk of eachother. They all have great food and mostare restaurants during the day. Many have live music and some, like Swans, never charge a cover.
Most pubs in Vic have their own micro-brewery so go out on a Crawl and sample a bit of the best!!
Dress Code: Dress how you feel!!
I can't actually remember as I was too drunk and was on a pub/club crawl but they were all good!!!
The nightlife in Victoria is a well kept secret. I only discovered it as I made friends with some Canadians my age.Anything goes in these clubs. The music is a bit cheesey but there is no attitude. A good laugh.
Dress Code: Anything goes really.Make sure you take some i.d as you have to be over 19 and they seem to i.d EVERYONE!
This is a great place to relax, and it has a good menu & very, very large selection of beers. All the servers wear cute little skirts !!
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