Find great Caesars at these Victoria watering holes

Caesars are a staple in Canadian cuisine; they're right up there with poutine, Nanaimo bars, maple syrup and Kraft Dinner. The unlikely combination of vodka, Clamato and Worcestershire sauce with some celery, asparagus or even bacon thrown in for the grand finale, doesn't sound like it should work. But it does. Here's where to go in Victoria to enjoy some of the best Caesars in town.

Mo:le

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554 Pandora Ave, Victoria, BC V8W 1N7

Located downtown, Mo:Lé is a vegan-friendly restaurant that serves breakfast and lunch all day. Every menu item is made using fresh, seasonal, organic ingredients (when possible) along with their secret ingredient: love. They have a selection of tasty brunch cocktails on the menu, including the zesty Super Caesar ($6 for small or $8 for large). Made with horseradish and lime, it’s a traditional Caesar with an added “zing.” It will definitely wake you up on a groggy Sunday afternoon!

Heron Rock Bistro

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4-435 Simcoe St, Victoria, BC V8V 4T4

Heron Rock Bistro has a few unique Caesars on their drinks menu – but the Beefeater, Bacon and Blue Cheese Caesar stands out from the crowd. The drink comes garnished with a piece of crunchy bacon sticking out of the top, celery and a lime wedge. Gourmet cheese lovers may have found their favourite drink. The subtle taste of blue cheese blends with the tomato flavour to create a memorable drink you’ll want to order again.

Bin 4 Burger Lounge

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180-911 Yates St, Victoria, BC V8V 4X3

Bin 4 Burger is a gourmet burger joint serving high quality, juicy burgers. They also have an impressive drinks and cocktails menu – and the Bin 4 Caesar makes a strong impression. You might find the ingredient list intimidating, but intriguing: Absolut vodka, Tabasco, Worcestershire, Clamato, lime, salted rim, cracked pepper and two pickles, two bacon wrapped pepperoncini’s and a hot pickled pepper as garnish. The Tabasco sauce, pickle, and bacon wrapped pepperoncini give it a real backyard BBQ flavour.

Wheelies Motorcycles Cafe

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2620 Rock Bay Ave, Victoria, BC V8T 4R7

At first glance, Wheelies looks like a motorcycle-repair shop; and it is. But, it also does double duty as a café, which is a surprising but successful combo. You can admire their high-end bikes as you enjoy a gourmet lunch in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. They serve Sunday brunch and dinners every Friday and Saturday evening as well. Their small cocktail menu includes the Chipotle Caesar. The ingredients: Vodka, chipotle, Tabasco, Worcestershire, garnished with lime and house made pickles. It’s a smoky twist on the original recipe and it suits Wheelies’ personality well.

Ferris' Upstairs Seafood & Oyster Bar

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Upr 536 Yates St, Victoria, BC V8W 1K8

Ferris Oyster Bar & Grill has an upscale menu that’s sure to please sophisticated palates. It features high quality, fresh seafood sourced from local BC waters, so it’s no surprise that their signature Caesar is a seafood Caesar. It’s made with vodka, fresh shucked oyster, marinated mussel and Clamato juice with spicy pickled green bean, piparra and fresh horseradish to take it up a notch. Seafood lovers will enjoy the delicious mix of seafood and spice.

Jam Cafe

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542 Herald St, Victoria, BC V8W 1S6

Ferris Oyster Bar & Grill has an upscale menu that’s sure to please sophisticated palates. It features high quality, fresh seafood sourced from local BC waters, so it’s no surprise that their signature Caesar is a seafood Caesar. It’s made with vodka, fresh shucked oyster, marinated mussel and Clamato juice with spicy pickled green bean, piparra and fresh horseradish to take it up a notch. Seafood lovers will enjoy the delicious mix of seafood and spice.

Sult Pierogi Bar

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609 Yates St, Victoria, BC V8W 1L1

SüLT Pierogi Bar specializes in – you guessed it – pierogies. Who would guess they also serve Caesars along with this traditional Eastern European comfort food? Of course, they make this Canadian classic drink their own way, adding their signature touch – a small deep-fried pierogi for garnish. The mini pierogi sticks out on top, looking appetizing and ready-to-eat. And the Caesar? It’s made just right, with the perfect balance of salty and sweet flavours.

Never mind pearls, Victorians know the real treasure to be found in oyster shells is the fresh, briny taste of the ocean. Whether you chew or swallow them whole, enjoy garnished or baked, once you get a taste for fresh BC oysters, you’ll be hooked. The next time the craving hits, here’s where to go for your shellfish fix.
Charcuterie, a French method of cold meat preparation, has taken off in Victoria and the results are delicious. The intense flavour created by the curing of pork and other cuts of meat, pairs wonderfully with artisanal cheeses, pickles and condiments for an elegant and social snacking experience. If you're looking to get in on the culinary fun, head to one of these charcuterie hotspots.
For years, BC’s liquor laws didn’t allow happy hours, but that all changed in 2014. With new minimum drink prices in place, bars and restaurants in Victoria are now free to offer deals throughout the day. Here are a few places that have really taken advantage of the changes, with food and drink specials that’ll keep you happy for longer than an hour.
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