Back in April I posted my Victoria Pub Crawl No. 1, then promptly tested it out with a couple of friends. The crawl was delightful, so we reckoned that another one was in order. This pub crawl route has no overlap with the previous one, since there are plenty of fine pubs in Victoria yet to be featured. So with that in mind, let’s get started on today’s pub crawl!
Smith’s Pub: A lovely place to start, unless you are beginning on a weekend before 3 PM, in which case you will be saddened to discover that they have not opened yet. If that be so, I recommend turning this pub crawl on its head and ending at Smith’s instead. The pub itself is very classic, going light on the TV’s, with lovely old fashioned decor. They have a great beer list, the best gin list in Victoria, and a tasty food menu. The perfect pub to either get you into the old fashioned pub crawl zone, or to stay late at for ” just one more pint…”
Sticky Wicket: ‘Sticky’ as it is called by the majority of Victoria’s students is one of the most popular pubs in the city, and thus worth setting foot inside to try and figure out why. While I appreciate their attempt to feel like a classic English pub (the name and the beautiful old fashioned hotel in which it is located does some of the job) in the end there’s not much about Sticky that even feels like a pub. Parts of it seem like a restaurant (which they are) while other parts seem like an annoying sports bar, and in the end it really only has one unique redeemable quality for the atmosphere of a pub crawl: the dart boards. These dart boards in the Games Room bring to mind a modern, sleazy English pub, where one might discover a hoard of drunken Englishmen yelling out “ONE HUNDRED AND EIGHTY!” Cheers mates.
The Bard & Banker: The first pub crawl included a stop at the Irish Times, and this time around I have included a stop at its Scottish cousin: The Bard & Banker. Located inside a beautiful heritage building on wonderful Government Street, you will find that they have an excellent selection of local and imported ales, a fine selection of single malt Scotch, and live music every night. The Vic Pub Co. does seem a bit formulaic… in a good way!
Goodfellas Cigar Shop: After a drink at the Bard, head on down to Wharf Street and then walk north, admiring the water. When you get to Goodfellas Cigar Shop across from Swans, pop on in for a tasty cuban if you feel so inclined. Save it for later though, trust me.
Canoe Brewpub: One of Victoria’s five brewpubs, Canoe offers a very West Coast feel via their beer, their food, and their decor. The meals are a little on the pricey side, but if you hit Canoe between 3 and 6 on a weekday you will find that their tasty snacks and pints are a tad cheaper. Explore their beer menu since you won’t find Canoe’s beers anywhere else.
Moon Under Water Brewpub: Located ‘far’ away from all the other pubs, the extended stroll will give anyone feeling a bit too tipsy the time to recover, while providing those who purchased a cigar the opportunity to give it a puff. Moon Under Water is situated in a more industrial area adjacent to downtown, but is well worth the trek; their house beers generally fall into the German style category, which differs them from many of the other local brewpubs, and their food is simple yet tasty. As good a place as any to terminate ones pub crawl.
There we have it; another pub crawl through Victoria, another batch of good times, and perhaps a thing or two learned about drink and culture!