Sunday morning I watched the Liverpool FC-Newcastle United FC premier league match with my friends Stephen and Mark. The matchup was particularly exciting because I am a Newcastle fan, and they are Liverpool fans. We made bacon and egg cheese bunwiches, drank Typhoo tea, and thoroughly enjoyed exercising our Englishness.
My friend and I had plans to do some Christmas shopping yesterday afternoon in downtown Victoria, but when I discovered that there were midweek Premier League fixtures about to kick off at 11:45, I rushed downtown ahead of him to enjoy a pint and some association football. Knowing that the Irish Times would be showing the Liverpool match, and doubtful that I could find any place featuring Newcastle at Burnley, I headed there. To my delight there were two proper 20oz pints on special, Guinness, and a certain New Belgium sour beer. I opted to begin with the New Belgium Terroir, and settled down in a comfortable library style side room to watch the game. As a neutral I thoroughly enjoyed the match, and as an England fan I savoured the chance to see Steven Gerrard score a goal. The Liverpool fans up at the front filled the pub with their cheers throughout the game, and with my pint in hand and the library fire exuding heat, the atmosphere was perfect.
In order to legitimize my recent Victoria Pub Crawl No. 1 post, I decided to test it out with a couple of close friends. I had previously been to all the pubs on the list, but never in the same day. It was a beautiful spring day, and with my friends Ian and Stephen, I set forth to discover the experiences of an afternoon pub crawl.
One of the best ways to explore a new city is by pub crawling. When I moved to Victoria for university, one of my initial aims was to acquaint myself with as many pubs as possible. While Victoria has too many great pubs to visit in one day, this particular route offers a nice over-view of the different pub styles to be found within the city.
So without further ado, here is my introductory pub crawl to Victoria.