On the 13th of December 2016, my mates and I tested out the “Greatest Hits” pub crawl. Beginning at The Bent Mast around 2:30 in the afternoon, and wrapping up at about 11:00 in The Drake, it was a smashing success!
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).
So I finally followed through on my promise to review Ballantine’s Finest, and I did so on the same day one year later: Ian’s birthday! Not only was it his birthday, but it is now just over one year since I posted my first blog post, so happy birthday to Stories From The Pub and a big thank you to all my readers!
One of my friends from Vernon recently came down to Victoria for a concert and we met up on Friday afternoon for drinks. We rendez-vous-ed on the UVic campus and grabbed a snack before heading downtown for some real food and a drink. Since he didn’t have much experience with the Victoria pub scene I took it upon myself to give him a little tour. We began at Garrick’s Head, where we ate a proper pub lunch and engaged our mouths in the first beer of the day; a Dark Matter for him and a Stanley Park Amber for me. After that we wandered over to Smith’s Pub where we were the first patrons of the day. Here we both opted for the Longwood Steam Punk Dunkel, which comes from Nanaimo and is a mighty fine brew indeed! I look forward to reviewing it sometime. Our final stop of the afternoon was Swans Brewpub. I reckoned that Swans was worthy of a visit to anyone solely accustomed to the rather lacklustre pubs of Vernon, and I had been meaning to review their popular Berry Ale for a while.
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.
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