We love the busy nightlife Victoria has to offer on the weekends, but in case you're not too keen on tearing up the dancefloor - here are some alternative nightlife options you might enjoy:
With hundreds of board games to choose from, the Interactivity Board Game Café will surely entertain you for the entire evening. Not sure what game to play? No stress - they also have game experts who can help you choose the perfect game. Other than games, they also sell snacks such as popcorn, candy amongst other yummy stuff. The board game cafe is licensed, so you can also grab a drink if you want.
The one and only arcade in Victoria. Located in Trounce Alley, follow the steps downstairs that will take you to the fluorescent world of the arcade. Quazars has 50 rotating arcade and pinball machines and you can find a list of their current games on their website. Buy some tokens at the counter that you'll use for the machines and you're ready to have a great night!
The Lotteria Café on Yates is your best bet for karaoke. From the outside, it looks like a dated internet café, but once you make your way to your private karaoke rooms, you'll see what we're talking about. With disco lights and an abundance of karaoke songs, you'll find yourself belting out those power-ballads into the early morning.
Why not go for a brisk evening stroll? If you walk down Government Street, you'll eventually hit the Parliament Building, which will be lit up at night. It's a spectacular sight, which gives you amazing photo opportunities. From there on, you can walk back via Wharf St and see the rest of the harbour. Turn right on Pandora and you'll find your way back to Ocean Island.
With two cinemas just around the corner, why not go for a movie? Catch a late screening of new releases at the Odeon Cineplex or the Capitol 6 theatre, just two blocks away from Ocean Island Inn. They both have concessions where you can get hot dogs, pop corn and all other kinds of snacks. Both theatres also have reclining chairs, meaning you can stretch out and watch a movie like you would do at home, couch potato style. Pro-tip: Tuesdays are cheap movie nights!
Looking for a relaxed atmosphere without loud music and privacy? Clive's Cocktail Lounge gives you just that. Located just off the lobby of the Chateau Victoria hotel, this classy but cozy lounge has many cocktail options together with yummy appetizers. But don't worry about being fancy, this cocktail lounge is for everyone to enjoy. Their happy hour is from 5 till 6 pm, during which you can enjoy cocktails and drafts at a great price.
A unique option for night life in downtown Victoria is Haunted Manor Mini Golf! Self-described as "not your average mini-golf", Haunted Manor is an 18-hole course set in a haunted house. They even have a private ping pong lounge! Haunted Manor is also licensed, so you can enjoy a beverage while working your way through the spooky manor.
You can play more than 80 courses in this golf simulator - located at the Sticky Wicket in the Strathcona building. This area of the Sticky Wicket is fully licensed, and the game is fully customizable. They even boast having "the most accurate camera-based system on the market."