For a while now, my friends and I have been discussing the idea of a “Greatest Hits” pub crawl. But what pubs would we choose, and when would we do it? Lucky for us it’s exam period again (for those who are still in university) and I am moving back to Vernon, so it makes sense to embark on one ‘last’ drinking adventure together! So without further ado, I present to you: Riley’s Farewell Pub Crawl: Greatest Hits (click for map of route).
In the end the main criteria for deciding our favourite pubs were: less TVs the better, more old fashioned the better, good beer, good food, and good ambiance.
The Bent Mast: Located in the main floor of a heritage home in James Bay, this awesome pub has no TVs, and a real authentic old fashioned ambiance. I could imagine stumbling into this pub on a foggy, gaslight evening, to spend my shore time drinking ale, before returning to my merchant schooner to haul some ropes.
Smith’s Pub: With only two TVs, a good selection of beer, an even better selection of gin, and great food, this pub always hits the spot!
Garrick’s Head: While Garrick’s Head does have a few too many TVs, it more than makes up for it with a great beer selection, yummy food, a fireplace, and beautiful old brick walls.
The Drake: In many ways the hippest place to drink beer in all of Victoria, the Drake always has an interesting new rare brew or two, no TVs, a very bright and jovial atmosphere, and just enough yummy snacks to satisfy if you’re feeling peckish.
Swans Brewpub: With one TV usually turned off, beer you can’t get anywhere else, and a beautiful wood finished interior that makes you feel like you’re inside the great drinking hall of some dwarven lord, this is a lovely place to finish up the evening!