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Nightlife in Victoria, BC

Although we have our own in-house bar, we understand that you must spread your wings and fly out into the world of night clubs, bars & pubs. That’s why we compiled this handy list, filled with our favourite nightlife spots.

Our Faves

We love to go out and have a great time, so that’s why we want to begin this post with our absolute favourite places to spend the evening. If you run into one of us there – don’t be afraid to say hi!

Cenote

Cenote, Victoria BC
Photo Credit: @cenotevictoria

Just two blocks away, you’ll find Cenote neatly tucked away beside the theatre. A great spot for cocktails, Cenote also has the best nachos and other comfort food readily available for you.

Website: www.cenoteloungevictoria.ca
Address: 768 Yates St


The Mint

The Mint, Victoria BC
Photo credit: @themintvictoria

This atmospheric place with fairy lights all over is the perfect spot to have a few drinks and also one of their delicious fusion meals. Our favourite must be the butter chicken poutine.

Website: www.themintvictoria.com
Address: 1414 Douglas St


Canoe Brewpub

Canoe Brewpub, Victoria BC
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Located by the water, this brewpub has a great selection of food but is probably most known for brewing their own beers. A great atmosphere aided by good live music on Thursday, Friday & Saturday.

Website: www.canoebrewpub.com
Address: 450 Swift Street


Logans Pub

Logans Pub, Victoria BC
Photo credit: @loganspubvictoria

Logan’s is a good ol’ fashioned dive bar and a staple for the local alternative scene. Great bartenders and surprisingly decent pub food too! Expect punk music, stand up comedy and drag shows on their stage.

Website: www.loganspub.com
Address: 1821 Cook St


Paparazzi

Paparazzi Nightclub, Victoria BC
Photo credit: @paparazzinightclubvictoria

It’s an Ocean Island tradition to go out to Paparazzi on weekdays as you will have the dance floor to yourself. But coming here on the weekends is a different story: expect great dance tunes, spotlight performances and of course their main staple: Drag Sunday.

Instagram: @paparazzinightclubvictoria/
Address: 642 Johnson St

Smiths Pub


Smiths Pub, Victoria BC
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Located just off the main strip, Smiths has a great selection of beers and great food choices as well. You’ll find a classic pub downstairs, but an incredibly well-decorated lounge upstairs. It’s your choice but whatever choice you make – you’re in for a great night.

Website: www.smithspub.com
Address: 777 Courtney St.


Other Pubs & Bars

More interested in a good pub crawl than hitting up the dancefloor? Check out the following pubs and bar below!

Sticky Wicket Pub

Sticky Wicket Pub, Victoria BC
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Located in the Strathcona Hotel, the Sticky Wicket is massive. There’s a bar, dance floor, dining area and a games room. Just don’t get lost while you have fun!

Website: www.strathconahotel.com/venue/sticky-wicket
Address: 919 Douglas St


Darcy’s Pub

Darcy's Pub, Victoria BC
Photo credit: @darcyspubdowntown

Located on beautiful Bastion Square, Darcy’s Pub has great live music on most nights as well as a great patio in the summer days. Soak up the sun and stay for the fun!

Website: www.darcyspub.ca/downtown
Address: 1127 Wharf St.


The Local

The Local, Victoria BC
Photo credit: @thelocalvictoria

Located on the opposite side of Darcy’s Pub, it may come as no surprise that the Local also has a great patio for those hot summers. Cool off with a hot drink and have a bite to eat while you watch people going up and down the street.

Website: www.thelocalvictoria.com
Address: 1205 Wharf St.


Irish Times

Irish Times, Victoria BC
Photo credit: @irishtimespub

Located near Bastion Square, this faux-Irish pub has live music nights and is always jam-packed with folks having a good time. Pro-tip: they open at 7 am and do a great breakfast deal before 9 am.

Website: www.irishtimespub.ca
Address: 1200 Government St.


Garrick’s Head

Garrick's Head Pub, Victoria BC
Photo credit: @garricksheadpub

Garrick’s Head is a great place to start your night. Just grab a pint, hang out with your friends and figure out your plans for the night. And if you feel like staying – why not?

Website: www.garrickshead.com
Address: 1140 Government St.


Bard & Banker

Bard & Banker, Victoria BC
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Located in British Columbia’s first Bank, this Scottish Pub is a bit pricey, but you’re paying for the atmosphere. The interior is simply gorgeous.

Website: www.bardandbanker.com
Address: 1022 Government St.


Clubs:

Are you the type that can’t sit still and just wants to dance? The dancefloor in the following clubs will welcome you with open arms.

Upstairs

Upstairs Cabaret, Victoria BC
Photo credit: @upstairscabaret

Located on Bastion Square, Upstairs has a lot of great club nights and also host live music acts throughout the week and weekend.

Website: www.upstairscabaret.ca
Address: 15 Bastion Square


Capital Ballroom

Capital Ballroom, Victoria BC
Photo credit: @capitalballrm

Formerly Sugar Nightclub, this place is always booming and a great spot for dance events as well as live music. Check their website to see what’s on!

Website: www.thecapitalballroom.com
Address: 858 Yates St


Distrikt

Distrikt Nightclub, Victoria BC
Photo credit: @distriktvic

Part of the Strathcona Hotel, Distrikt is a dance club well known for its pumping music and events.

Website: www.strathconahotel.com/venue/distrikt
Address: 919 Douglas St


Hopefully, all these options will give you something to do on your night out. There’s always more to discover so ask our friendly front desk staff if you have any specific things in mind for a night out. We’re happy to help! 🙂

 

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