Strathcona Hotel, Victoria
Big Bad John's is a unique bar and a place that I really loved. It's hard to describe a place when you've only been there once and felt like, if you lived in that city, it would probably be your regular haunt, but I'll try. BBJ's is located in the Strathcona Hotel, and is the first place in BC to have a liquor license. When you walk in, it's like an old saloon on acid or something. The room itself is small, with only a handful of tables in the narrow space. The actual bar is right there when you walk in. The walls are absolutely, entirely covered in, among other things, money (with messages written on the bills), posters, flyers, pictures, ticket stubs, business cards and more. Several of these items are also stuffed in between the glass on the tables. There are multi-coloured Christmas lights draped around the room and several bras hanging from the ceiling (also with messages written on them). You can order at the bar, or the bartender will come to your table, and with your drinks you get a basket of peanuts. Don't worry about where to put
the shells, just throw them on the floor! That's the crunchy feeling you had when you first walked in. It's kind of liberating to be able to throw your food on the floor and not feel bad about it. I can't really comment on what variety of beer they have, as I was with a friend who lives in Victoria and she just recommended something, but I can say that
it was extremely cold and tasty, just the way beer should be. BBJ's plays old country music and the bartender looks like Neil Young. It was awesome.
Dress Code: No dress code.
I great little pub on the main floor of the Strathcona Hotel. It's dark, dingy, the floor is covered with sawdust and peanut shells and there are usually a few people drowning their sorrows in the corner...
None the less, it's great fun and an entertaining place for a pint or Yukon Jack on the rocks (hee hee hee). The walls are covered with pictures writing and all the lamps are draped with womens bras and panties. Not a place for the faint heartet!!!
Dress Code: Dress Code?!? Huh??????
Houses Big Bad John's, The Stickey Wicket, The Cuckoo's Nest and Legends.
Has a rooftop bar in the summer and a games room. Legends is the downstairs Nightclub, The Cuckoo's Nest is a Sprts bar with a small dancefloor after the games and a Karaoke Night and The Stickey is a Pub with good drinks and great food. MAkes a great Restaurant during the day!
Dress Code: No Shirt, No Shoes, No Service
Ever get the urge to sit in a place with Old old country blaring, peanuts for free and shells just swept on to the floor, beer, cards and pics in the tables and on the walls and an occational bra hanging from the rafters??
Well if youo have then Big Bad John's is the place you have got to get to!!
It's tiny and crowded but the atmosphere is fantastic!!
Dress Code: Oh no. No dress code here!! Well maybe: No Shirt, No Shoes, No Service.