Swanky cocktail bars worthy of their elegant hometown.
As one would expect of a city where cobblestone streets still linger and gardens are meticulously manicured, Victoria’s swanky cocktail scene specializes in creative, tasty libations.
Patrons who want a true Victoria-fermented sip will be pleased. Local distilleries abound. Vancouver Island is home to more than 10 distilleries, including a few breweries that are also flexing their gin, vodka, whiskey, and bitter muscles.
Clarke & Co.
You’ll find the locally-filled bottles in bars and gastropubs throughout the city – like at Clarke & Co. This cozy joint – the bar seats just 14 guests – is specifically focused on highlighting local distilleries. Drinks are made behind their long wood bar, where they are often shaken, stirred, and smoked.
Clive’s Classic Lounge
Considered the birthplace of Victoria’s cocktail culture, Clive’s Classic Lounge is tucked into the lobby of the Chateau Victoria Hotel. The windowless lounge brings a va va voom vibe with its ultra-moody mix of Swarovski crystal lighting, fireplaces, and plush leather chairs. Bartenders follow a strict ‘Mixology Mantra,’ committing themselves to freshly squeezed juices and impeccable standards – often driving them to make their own bitters, shrubs, syrups, and garnishes.
A relative newcomer to the Victoria cocktail scene, Little Jumbo delivers a sassy mix of sexy speakeasy and creative spirit. Hidden down a hallway, it’s marked by a purple neon elephant and a steady stream of visitors hunting for a table. The seasonally updated drink menu is designed to inspire, featuring cocktail titles that may make you giggle and descriptions that read like story snippets.
Veneto Tapa Lounge
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Adventurous drinkers will love the stylish Veneto Tapa Lounge located in the Hotel Rialto. Behind a large granite-slab bar, Veneto bartenders take their cocktail craft seriously – so much so they invite you to name your desired spirit and flavor profile (bitter, spicy, sweet, etc.) and then let them perfect your drink.
Stage Wine Bar
Those with an appetite will appreciate Stage Wine Bar. The chefs and bartenders sport discerning palates and a commitment to utilizing locally-sourced ingredients. It’s a combination that’s garnered the small neighborhood eatery Best Victoria Restaurant in Vancouver Magazine for three years running.
More Things to do in Victoria
The captivating providence of ancient Egypt has descended on the old-world elegance of Victoria, B.C. May 18 – December 31, the Royal BC Museum is hosting Egypt: The Time of Pharaohs. Featuring more than 300 original artifacts, this is the first time a North American audience have access to this staggering exhibition.
Eat and walk your way through British Columbia’s iconic capital, while soaking in Victoria’s breathtaking views, quaint neighborhoods, and thriving food scene.
Remarkable architecture, lush gardens, and a plethora of delectable eateries dishing up some of the best eggs Benedict you’ve ever had make Victoria a must-visit destination.