Where to have a great girls’ night out in Victoria

Kick up your heels and let your hair down. It’s time to enjoy a night out with your favourite ladies! We’ve found the best local hangouts – a mix of fun, lively bars and excellent restaurants – for your next girls’ night out in Victoria.

Tapa Bar

616 Trounce Alley, Victoria, BC V8W 1K3

The Tapa Bar’s slogan is “Food For Sharing,” and their rich, Spanish-inspired menu backs this up, featuring a wide variety of Spanish tapas for you to share with your girlfriends. Forget tired old Canadian pub food and expand your culinary horizons with some spicy, savory Spanish delights. The extensive menu includes a selection of vegetarian and vegan options and plenty of tasty wine options. Join the party on Wine Wednesday for $10.00 off all wine bottles or Sangria Sunday for $18 Sangria pitchers.

Canoe Brewpub

450 Swift St, Victoria, BC V8W 1S3

Canoe Brewpub’s waterfront patios offer some of the best views of Victoria’s Inner Harbour. Their handcrafted beer is the main attraction, along with their rustic, homemade pub food. Canoe’s group menu features a variety of tasty cocktail sharing plates for you and your girlfriends to enjoy, offering 1-2 bites per person of each plated menu item. Dive into their West Coast Seafood platter, Cured Deli Board, Artisan Cheese Board or more in small, medium or large sizes. On Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings live music and other social events are often scheduled.

Irish Times Pub

1200 Government St, Victoria, BC V8W 1Y3

The name says it all: Irish Times is an Irish pub. With its traditional and authentic atmosphere, Irish food and drink selection, you might feel like you’ve hopped the pond for the night. Like any good Irish Pub, they have live music most nights of the week and a large drink menu featuring many classic Irish, European and local beverages. You can enjoy Happy Hour every day from 3-6pm. Irish Times is located downtown, in historic Bastian Square.

Perro Negro

536 Yates St, Victoria, BC V8W 1K8

Perro Negro is known for its great food and its fun, laidback atmosphere. This Spanish-inspired tapas and wine bar is perfect for a girls’ night: it features a cozy, industrial-style décor and long tables made for group gatherings along with authentic and delicious Spanish food. The plates are big: so you can order a variety of tasty appetizers and have fun sharing them with your friends. Perro Negro’s live music and selection of great drinks, including Spanish coffees, sherry, port and brandy is another reason you’ll love this bar.

Bard & Banker Public House

1022 Government St, Victoria, BC V8W 1X7

This Scottish-style pub is hopping every night of the week with live music. Feel at home in the warm and elegant pub-style interior while sampling from a menu filled with pub-food classics, such as halibut and chips. Not in the mood for pub grub? There are also some gourmet selections on the menu, such as pan-seared salmon, buttermilk fried calamari and sirloin steak. Since 2008, the Bard and Banker has been serving local craft beer, premium imports and a wide array of wine and spirits.

Catalano Restaurant & Cicchetti Bar

619 Courtney St, Victoria, BC V8W 1B7

“Cicchettis” are delicious Venetian tapas, or appetizers – and Catalano’s menu is filled with them – along with some Spanish tapas for variety. Located in the award-winning Magnolia Hotel, this restaurant has true Mediterranean flair. Enjoy an early dinner, featuring sustainable ingredients such as local seafood and certified Angus beef from Alberta – then get ready to kick up your heels with some delicious cocktails, beers and wines. Depending on what type of evening you’re after, wine can be ordered by the glass, half litre or full bottle.

Darcy's Pub

1127 Wharf St, Victoria, BC V8W 1T7

Darcy’s Pub is a casual, fun-loving downtown bar. Their menu features a large selection of high-quality, delicious pub favourites and a variety of share plates you can enjoy with your friends. They even have a few vegetarian and gluten-free options to choose from. And their bar has it all – wines, bubbles, beer, cider, whisky, cocktails, shots and martinis. With live bands on stage every night, you’ll be entertained all evening.

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.
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.
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.
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