Victoria, BC: Swans Hotel (Buckerfield Brewing)
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Swans Hotel (Buckerfield Brewing)
Exceptional based on 30 ratings
Type: Brewpub (see listing)

506 Pandora Avenue
Victoria, British Columbia Canada [ print map ]
800 668 7926

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Swans Hotel (Buckerfield Brewing)

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Beer Available At Swans Hotel (Buckerfield Brewing) (arranged by most recent)
Buckerfields Tessiers Witbier 34, Buckerfields Pandora Pale Ale 31, Buckerfields Raspberry Ale 39, Buckerfields Olde Towne Bavarian Lager 25, Buckerfields Bitter 38, Buckerfields Arctic Ale 15, Buckerfields Appleton Brown Ale 35, Buckerfields Swans Oatmeal Stout 50, Buckerfields Swans Trumpeter Pilsner , Buckerfields Extra IPA 87, Buckerfields Rileys Scotch Ale 80, Buckerfields Rattenburys Red 41
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30 reviews for Swans Hotel (Buckerfield Brewing)
 Ambiance  76%
 Service  66%
 Selection  64%
 Food  64%
 Value  62%
 Overall  68%
 Rating  71%
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  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 10/20
paco  (20) Regina, Saskatchewan | March 29, 2011
Old architecture and an old feel to the place. Service was pretty good, the food was alright too albeit overpriced I thought for breakfast ($32 for two). Wide range of own beers on tap. Really nothing to write home about, I may go back if I’m in the area again and try the beers.
70
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 14/20
DuffMan  (265) the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta | October 10, 2010
Steeped in history, this place walks a fine line between charming and schlocky. Having stayed here, as a boutique hotel, it falls short. The rooms feel quite dated, the artwork on the walls seems like it was done by friends and family members, the amenities were lacking (no gym). As a brewpub, I thought it was great. Decent brews, upscale pubfare (lamb burger and duck pizza were both delicious), excellent service. I’ll base my rating on the brewpub.
66
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE 2/10   OVERALL 13/20
ebmalon  (22) Georgia | March 22, 2010
I always visit Swans when visiting Victoria. The atmosphere is great, very relaxing and enjoyable. Usually there is live music in the evenings. Buckerfield offers a good variety of beers most of which I have tried. Nothing really memorable (considering the high quality of brews that the NW has to offer). Very good bitter. Prices are high, but that’s to be expected. Good place to go for a session while in BC.
72
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 14/20
BrewDad  (426) Olympia, Washington | October 1, 2009
Buckerfields brewing was a neat place to visit on the top of the place was a hotel Swans and this was a neat old building. We stopped at the bar and had a few of the beers this was the night before the GCBF. We had a Coconut porter which could have used more of the famed Coconut but was still tasty never less. The Swans Oatmeal Stout was pure heaven and I was hoping to remember to bring some back to the states. The service was great and they talked the beers up quite a bit. The also told us of several other places to visit while in town that also had great beers. I think this was one of the best places to visit the Raspberry ale to finish off the night was actually very good and fruit. This is a must stop in Victoria.
72
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 16/20
beermagnet  (15) Quebec | September 29, 2009
nice place, if you sit outside, in the ’patio’ the beer is good, and they have some evening great jazz band
56
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD 2/10   VALUE 3/10   OVERALL 11/20
Hoser  (162) Cowtown, Alberta | July 12, 2009
Had a nice IPA here, the food was bad may go to drink again but I would pass on eating here.
68
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 14/20
turboespresso  (25) Port Moody, British Columbia | July 9, 2009
Nice historic hotel with character. Decent service. Selection comparable to most BC brewpubs. Food was decent. I got the impression that this was a bit of a cougar bar. Meow!
60
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 12/20
Goldorak  (114) Montreal, Quebec | October 22, 2008
Interesting décor, to say the least. You feel almost in the lobby of an old art deco hotel. What really floored us was the large, looming painted portrait of Pierre-Elliott Trudeau not too far from the bar. With his haughty, condescending grin, I felt like he was staring straight at me, calling me a hotdog eater and telling to “foodoo-boodoo ma gang de tabarnak”. Honest to God, it really fazed me. At least at the few other pubs we poked in on our quickie tour of Victoria, we had Lizzie the second’s austere yet grandmotherly likeness welcoming us in. Thankfully we sat down at a table where I couldn’t see him, so it didn’t ruin it all for me. Other than that, the place was quite charming, along with the rest of the city for that matter. They were about to clear away our section to make room for the band, something not everyone likes in a brewpub, but I think it’s great. What else…I found it strange to have the toilets protected by a code lock, but it wasn’t the only pub I’ve been to on this trip that had this “feature”. Service was prompt and I got my sampler tray quickly. Selections ranged from uninspired to somewhat interesting, with nothing really catching my eye, save perhaps the Scottish ale that had interesting smokiness to it. It stood out from the rest, but I had better. Didn’t get to try any food either. But it was a fun place to visit in good company (certain former prime ministers excluded), if only for a few tasters.
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  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 15/20
Enniskillen  (67) Salinas, California | July 9, 2008
Went for lunch. Got the chowder and it had carrots in it which was weird but it was ok. Beer was pretty decent. Service was good.
60
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 13/20
presario  (141) Stampede City, Alberta | September 10, 2007
Went there for Friday lunch and Saturday breakfast. Busy both days. Service a tad slow as it was all over Victoria. Lots of beers though not too adventerous. Food was good.

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