It’s exam period again, so for me and the lads of the Victoria Vinyl Appreciation Club, that also means it’s time for another pub crawl!
I was planning on making a “greatest hits” pub crawl, but a spontaneous stroll along Oak Bay Avenue and Newport Avenue made me postpone this idea. Oak Bay has the charming qualities of an Olde English Christmas Village at this time of year, and I decided that a long stroll up and down the town was in order. The thought of a drink at the Penny Farthing and the Snug suddenly turned my idea of a Christmas walk into a pub crawl!
In order to make this walk a little longer, and to make it a bit more of a pub crawl, I have decided to start at Christie’s Carriage House Pub, which is actually just outside the boundaries of Oak Bay in Victoria. Here is the map of the route.
Christie’s Carriage House Pub: Located inside an Edwardian style heritage home built in 1898, this is a nice pub for a drink, a meal, or to watch the game at.
The Penny Farthing: As previously blogged about, this English style pub is a lovely example of the kind of atmosphere that a good pub can provide. While a bit on the pricier side (like her sister’s the Irish Times and Bard & Banker) the food and drink menus are generally rather good.
Oaks Restaurant & Tea Room: Once upon a time this was the Blethering Place, a popular spot for tea. I admit that I have never been here, but since Oak Bay only has two real pubs, a restaurant had to be added. From the few looks I have taken through the windows, this seems like a classic Oak Bay establishment, and a lovely place for a cup of tea, or perhaps a drop of sherry?
Oak Bay Beach Hotel’s The Snug: This classic pub already has one beer named after it. While this place certainly has history, the recent renovations to the hotel have drastically reduced the nostalgic vibe that it apparently once had. Still, a must visit for pub completionists in greater Victoria.
While walking up and down Oak Bay Avenue and Newport Avenue, take the time to appreciate the Olde English charms of the village, the classic Timeless Toys shoppe, and the beautiful Nar Cafe. Along Newport Road one will find the Oak Bay Rose Garden, the Smelling Garden, and along Margate Avenue the Native Plants Garden. Merry Christmas!