Canada > British Columbia > Victoria
Nate (294) Indiana, Pennsylvania | July 26, 2007
60 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 12/20
Stopped in to try a sampler after the lunch crowd. Good service, beers were fair. Menu looked fine but I didn’t eat there. In convenient location if you’re on foot from the Washington ferry (a little more easy to get to than Spinnakers).
mgermani (15) Vancouver, British Columbia | July 4, 2007
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
Nice decor, we were served quickly and in a friendly manner. The beer is better (arguably) than Spinnakers, and the food is more affordable and still tastes good. We were forgotten for a while by the serving staff, but otherwise a pleasant experience.
bhensonb (521) Woodland, California | June 29, 2007
60 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 13/20
Hit this at a busy time. Hard to find seats, hard to get service. Noisy. Venue was sort of over modernized restoration. Other than that the food was pretty good, and the ales were more than worth the effort. Shouldn’t miss this one.
uhlan (1) Vancouver, British Columbia | March 6, 2007
78 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
Swan’s is Victoria’s second best Brewpub after Spinnakers. This was our Friday night haunt for over a dozen years. About the only bad thing that I can say about the place is the food has never been that great. The ambience is great, beer is good, staff all knew us by name and basically kept one end of the bar open for us. The art on the walls is for the most part cool... However there is one exception. The first Friday after one of our crew had his wisdom teeth done, a new piece appeared on the wall. It was a light box installation that wires holding in place a set of dentures as well as a set of dental x-rays. This offended us! Until we moved away we made a point of unplugging this horror. The offending peice is on the wall between the end of the bar and the kitchen door, on the way to the washrooms. Please do me a favour, if you pass by this thing, keep the tradition alive.. unplug it!
Trev (24) Lakeville, Minnesota | July 3, 2006
76 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
Seems that every time I go to Victoria I end up stopping at Swans.
I really like their bar. Clean and airy, comfortable, friendly and bright. Nice glassed in atrium style patio around the front is great for people watching. The food is good, appetizers are great and they have a decent selection of styles on offer, with drink specials as well.
I generally enjoy their beers , though I’ve never really tested their servers knowledge that much.
Oakes (727) Vancouver, British Columbia | September 11, 2005| Updated October 31, 2005
60 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 12/20
Bright, woody, and roomy, it maintains at least a little Victorian parlour feel to it along with distinctive Canadian accents, like a portrait of PET. The house beers I found a little underfermented. Staff were fine. A good place for sociable drinking. I’m amazed how crowded this place can be. Even on a Saturday afternoon it was jammed to the gills.
3fourths (1453) Boulder, Colorado | August 3, 2005| Updated April 20, 2013
70 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
Big bar with 9 beer engines right out front - but only three of them were serving. They had ten beers when I visited, and a few of them were impressive: good IPA and porter. Next door is the Swans/Buckerfield bottle shop. This spot is easily walkable from almost every other beer-worthy spot in town.
JoeMcPhee (529) Toronto, ON, Ontario | May 30, 2005
74 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
Nice looking place with lots of native carvings decorating the walls. The glass-enclosed section of the bar is a nice place for a mid-afternoon pint as well. Whenever I’ve been here, I’ve had good service. Beers are pretty average, but the Scotch ale is worth checking out. Great location as well, you can walk from here to any of the other Ratebeer Victoria destinations in under 20 minutes. The attached hotel is pretty swank as well, with original art in every room.
Crit (140) Surrey, British Columbia | March 30, 2005| Updated September 18, 2008
52 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 2/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 2/10 OVERALL 10/20
Always a treat for the eyes, great ambiance,cozy. The service is always poor, the food average. They serve a good range of beers, ranging from average to very good. June 14/06:Since my last visit, the service appears to have gotten even worse, beer quality has deteriorated slightly, and the prices have skyrocketed. I won’t be back.
CapFlu (216) Victoria, British Columbia | March 15, 2005
64 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 4/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 13/20
The Swan Hotel is stunning with 20’ ceilings, brick walls and oak trim. Cedar railway ties span the ceiling leaving one to think this hundred year old building could withstand an earthquake. Though the bar area was only ~1/3 capacity with approximately 40 patrons, the 6 staff seemed oddly busy and the service was very slow. I actually had to ask 3 times for my bill. Decoration inside the building is a mix of vivid Haida art, cast-iron work and art of Pierre Elliot Trudeau... mind-boggling? Lively atmosphere of seniors, regulars and nerdy golf tourists. The musical trio belted out blues tunes. I highly recommend coming to the Swan because the atmosphere and beer were well beyond my expectations... though you might have to wait a few extra minutes for the service.
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