Another one of my favourite pubs in Victoria, which may well appear on my next pub crawl route, is Smith’s Pub. Located within the Quality Inn building, about a block north of Douglas street, and below the Argyle Attic, Smith’s offers one of the most authentic, classic pub atmospheres in Victoria. A key to this atmosphere is that there are only a couple of televisions, and they are only turned on for important sporting events such as Habs games and Canucks games. If nothing substantial is on, the televisions are turned off, which is refreshing and avoids the unwelcome distraction of endless loops of Sports Centre after midnight. The interior is tastefully decorated with wood trim and has an interesting wall paper with the names of various English artists, musicians, poets, writers etc. scrawled upon it in a gentle style. The beer selection is always full of interesting seasonals and good local beers, whilst the gin selection boasts over 40 different gin from around the world; a gin tasting is certainly in order one of these days. The food menu, while simple, is very good. I recommend the Anglo-Poutine!
Diamond Knot Brewing, Slane’s Irish Style Red
I tried this beer a couple of times back in March.
Appearance: Coppery red.
Nose: Malty, BBQ’d corn.
Palate: Roasted malt, caramelized yams, Belgian endive (which is a bitter vegetable if you didn’t know…).
Finish: A nice balance of hoppy and malty. A real hearty beer that methinks would pair well with nearly any British meal.
Overall: This beer is a seasonal release from February-April, so if you ever see it, snap it up quick!
Rating: 4/5 Excellent