Evening photo inside a crowded bar with two empty chairs at a table as the focal point.

Seize the Night in Victoria

Victoria is the beautiful coastal capital of British Columbia, located at the southern tip of Vancouver Island. The city is home to amazing restaurants, friendly people, and a vibrant nightlife that will always leave you wanting to go back for more. Along with being home to quirky lounges, lively clubs, and craft beer brewpubs; Victoria also boasts a number of great spots to spend the evening after a day of exploring the city. Here are four of the best places to visit if you’re new to the city, visiting from out of town, or looking for your favorite new spot.

Grab a Drink, Have Some Dinner, or Stay for Tunes at Darcy’s Pub

Outside view of Darcy's pub during the evening with people crowded around the building.   

Darcy’s is the place to go if you’re looking for a relaxed atmosphere, great food, and live music. Each night of the week, Darcy’s has live music starting at 10 pm, with a different band and different genre featured every night. The menu features a great selection of sharing platters, pizzas, burgers, sandwiches, and more, as well as a wide variety of wine, spirits, and craft beers and ciders.

Get Your Cricket on at The Sticky Wicket

View of the bar & pool tables off to the side in the empty bar.

The Sticky Wicket is a cricket-themed pub in Victoria’s historic Strathcona Hotel, which is both a hotel and an entertainment center for the city. One of the favorite spots in the hotel is The Sticky Wicket, which is great for large groups, special events, and nightlife lovers alike. There are a few televisions so that you can catch the latest match, but not so many that your party will be consumed with what’s happening on the screen instead of enjoying the atmosphere. The menu features a good selection of pub fare and west coast eats, and there are lots of cocktails and drinks available as well. Finally, if you feel like hanging out later in the evening, The Sticky Wicket has a dance floor, themed nights, and plenty of opportunities for a good night out on the town.

Blue Crab Seafood House

A plate laid out with two crab cakes and surrounded by light greens and sauces.

The heart of the Blue Crab begins and ends with freshness. If you’re searching for culinary genius and the best fresh seafood around, then this is the place for you. This creative culinary team uses a blend of local produce, seafood, and island inspiration to make your Blue Crab experience one for the books. Enjoy a scenic harbour view from the deck and try their fresh daily specials.

Have a Few Cocktails at Clive’s Classic Lounge

Up close and personal shot of a male bartender pouring four martini glasses with the bar in the background.

If cocktails are your poison, then Clive’s Classic Lounge is definitely the place for you here in Victoria. The lounge is located inside the stunning Chateau Victoria Hotel, and the modern but welcoming décor, local art, and cozy fireplaces will make you feel right at home as soon as you sit down. The menu features a number of signatures, seasonal, craft, and international cocktails that are made with the finest ingredients, but if you’re in the mood for food, you can pick from the great selection of appetizers, cheese plates, poutines, and more.

The best way to ensure a great trip to Victoria is by booking a room at the Coast Victoria Hotel & Marina by APA, which will put you in the heart of the action and the center of the fun. Seize the day with spectacular oceanfront views in Victoria’s lively outer harbour, and then head out for a night on the town and enjoy the best of what the city’s nightlife has to offer.

  • borisyeltsin

    You havven’t tried Edmonton, Alberta (city of spectacular restaurants) for fine dining an culinary treats . Many dining and patisserie establishments. My very favorite DUCHESS Bake shop and its sister restaurant LINAIA,