Nanaimo Beer Guide: Your Nanaimo guide to beer, beer bars, breweries and brewpubs

Latest reviews from Nanaimo

56 /100 11 CLIFF STREET
“Around back from White Sails, tucked into a small corner with a bunch of auto repair shops. They had I think 8 house beers on, but they weren't really ready for prime time. I'm not sure I liked any of them. While they had many APA/IPA most were underhopped. Small patio. Service was ok.“
Oakes 31 days ago
66 /100 125 COMOX RD
“Professional looking taproom with 10 house beers and limited food. Lots of parking around back. The beers aren't bad. I thought most were pretty good, with just a couple of clunkers.“
Oakes 31 days ago
48 /100 101A - 2046 BOXWOOD RD
“Set out in an industrial slash residential area it's a very small little tasting counter, a fridge, and a nice patio out front if the weather's good. Only a single flight of three 4 ounce pours is available per day per customer. Growler fills are available. Their beers are different than the brewpub, some are better and some aren't, so it's worth stopping in if you're curious anyways. But on the other hand most of their stuff is already available elsewhere in town, so I wouldn't really hit this place unless you move to Nanaimo.“
DeanF 357 days ago
56 /100 940 OLD VICTORIA ROAD
“Small tasting room setup in an industrial park way on the edge of town, though they've expanded the area recently to have a sort of patio area. Flights are available with frequent seasonal updates, good service. Value is pretty good. I'm not sure this place is worth going of your way for but it's an okay option in the area.“
DeanF 368 days ago
72 /100 125 COMOX RD
“2019-08-19. Nice spot with a good number of beers on tap. Beers we tried were decent. Decor is sort of cafe meets bar? Interesting space. Not much in the way of food - I think someone got a pizza delivered while we were there? Friendly servers. Would have stayed longer but we were getting tired and there happened to be a long line at the bar when we were ready for our next round. Worth a visit if you are in town. Lots of restaurants nearby if you want to eat before/after. Short walk to the waterfront. “
jercraigs 385 days ago
76 /100
Lucky’s Liquor (Beer Store)
3296 ISLAND HIGHWAY N
“2019-08-19. Fairly big store. I think probably the largest beer selection we have seen this trip by a significant margin. Most BC craft brewers represented I think. Some nice US imports are available but some are fairly pricey. Lots of four pack only cans are kind of annoying if you are just visiting but they have a large selection of singles as well. We did the bulk of our buying for the trip here and bought less than we might have if we had more luggage space! On tap at Wolf Brewing, Nanaimo, BC.“
jercraigs 386 days ago
58 /100 940 OLD VICTORIA ROAD
“2019-08-19. Small space with 5-6 taps I think? A few tables and a small patio looking onto the parking lot. Nice, but a bit sparse at the same time. Friendly server. Beers were just okay. “
jercraigs 386 days ago
54 /100 5775 TURNER ROAD
“2019-08-19. Very big space with a restaurant upstairs and pub area downstairs. Good amount of outdoor seating on two patios. Friendly server. 10 taps available but the four we tried today were pretty disappointing to poor. Food menu looks decent but we did not eat here. Just okay. Skippable. Maybe the taproom location is better?“
jercraigs 386 days ago
58 /100 125 COMOX RD
“Nice open, airy and bright tasting room. Beers still need some work“
Gerbeer 433 days ago
42 /100 5775 TURNER ROAD
“Finally, I managed to visit this place. Located in a massive shopping complex, the place is spread over 2 floors, each with their own bar. Single 6 oz pours of any beer available for $1.95. All the beers we tried were barely drinkable, with some noticeable infections – apparently, time in the beer industry doesn’t guarantee a lack of infections, at least on the island. They had a vegan option on the menu, a curry bowl, so I ordered that – tasty, but insulting small portion for the outrageous price ($19 before tax/tip). Service was solid. Was not happy with the beer or food.“
mcberko 499 days ago
72 /100 125 COMOX RD
“Quite a large spacious tasting room in downtown Nanaimo, service was fast. Some fancy fire stuff when you walk in, good wooden tables. Plenty of their own beers on tap of pretty good quality. I didn't try the food but given how central this place is it's the preferred spot in town if you're heading in or out for business.“
DeanF 556 days ago
70 /100 5775 TURNER ROAD
“A big typical brewpub operation with two floors, wooden decor, and plenty of okay food options. Service was friendly enough. A good place to get a meal with your beer instead of the strict tasting room they have on the other end of town. Overall an okay restaurant though not too spectacular.“
DeanF 577 days ago
76 /100
Lucky’s Liquor (Beer Store)
3296 ISLAND HIGHWAY N
“Quite a nice big bottle shop on the north end of suburban Nanaimo. Many local bottles available from all over the region so if you can't reach some of these far flung breweries on the island this is a good place to stock up. Service was friendly and prices weren't bad at all.“
DeanF 577 days ago
80 /100 125 COMOX RD
“I really liked the atmosphere here. It was a nice modern, bright and airy venue with the brewery up one end, outdoor area at the other, and the main bar and seating area in between. Beers were all excellent quality versions of standard brews - no fancy flavours. They only have snack foods but the ones we tried were good. Service was good and music not too loud. All up a place I’d happily visit over an over again.“
dmarsha4 1127 days ago
76 /100
Lucky’s Liquor (Beer Store)
3296 ISLAND HIGHWAY N
“Great selection for Nanaimo! That said, don’t expect beer geek service. It’s basically just a suburban big box liquor store that has a solid range of craft beers.“
dewolfleloup 1458 days ago
72 /100
Lucky’s Liquor (Beer Store)
3296 ISLAND HIGHWAY N
“Along gone when I was traveling in Canada a big shop at the parking of a supermarket good selection of beers from Canada and foreign personnel was friendly but did not know too many of the beers but surely go down as you come along “
Wim 1509 days ago
48 /100 940 OLD VICTORIA ROAD
“Nice location near a residential area. Tasting room is small, but nicely setup. Super friendly service, but pretty clueless on the beer in general. You can order flights of 4 for $8 (tax included), which is a good deal. Beer itself ranged from barely drinkable to shit, with diacetyl infections in a couple of beers, though the server had no idea what that was and suggested that it was my palate (no). Hard to recommend this place due to the shit beer, but it’s a fun hangout and the people are friendly.“
mcberko 1568 days ago
74 /100 125 COMOX RD
“Lovely new place in the heart of Nanaimo. Parking lot was under construction on my visit, so there was alternate free parking across the street near the park. They had 7 beers on tap, all of which were available in 16 oz. or 6 oz. tasters; the latter for $2 ($3 for some). Service is super friendly and chatty, wanting to please. Beer quality is very good, especially for a young brewery. The best brewery in town at this point, and definitely worth a stop when in Nanaimo.“
mcberko 1568 days ago
66 /100 321 SELBY ST
“A converted train station that has seen better days. Huge but empty with nice staff. Beer is mainly European which is a nice change with a smattering of local craft. No flights and what seems like mediocre beer food. Great for large groups, but not so much tickers.“
Ferris 1604 days ago
70 /100 940 OLD VICTORIA ROAD
“A nice tap room tucked away on an industrial road. Short hours and very average beer make this a stop that is only worth it if the starts align. Reasonable flights with up to 8 on board.“
Ferris 1604 days ago
68 /100
Crow and Gate Pub (Restaurant)
2313 YELLOWPOINT ROAD
“A stunning English pub on marvellous grounds. Really pleasant and better and cleaner than the best English pubs. A few craft beers on tap and a bit pricey with the food. Bar service only. A marvellous stop, but not for ticking.“
Ferris 1605 days ago
68 /100 5775 TURNER ROAD
“A very average but large bar with multiple floors. Very friendly staff with no real understjanding of the mediocre beer they pour. Flights available and ok priced. Food is trendy bar food that is bland and over priced. Lots of ticks, but little else.“
Ferris 1605 days ago
76 /100
Lucky’s Liquor (Beer Store)
3296 ISLAND HIGHWAY N
“In an area where non local craft beer is hard to come by, this is an oasis. An eclectic and interesting selection with rock bottom prices for high end craft they can’t sell. All the weird local ciders to boot and craft beer events in a space on the second floor. A great place that unfortunately is likely unappreciated. Try and stop if you are in the area.“
Ferris 1605 days ago
72 /100 125 COMOX RD
“A really nice open airy spot downtown in a renovated old building. Staff was nice and knowledgable, brewer was around and was willing to chat. Beer wasn’t exciting, but solid and clean. Pretty good for a new brewery. Flights are available and reasonable. Worth a stop.“
Ferris 1605 days ago
58 /100 5775 TURNER ROAD
“A quick drive from the ferry terminal, this older generation strip mall brewpub has a staid but generally reliable array of beers.“
Beershine 1956 days ago
68 /100
Lucky’s Liquor (Beer Store)
3296 ISLAND HIGHWAY N
“Stopped here to stock up for my remote trip to the coast. A healthy selection of Vancouver Island breweries and other BC breweries as well. A couple of young girls knew a little about the beer, but were really friendly. A good wine selection as well.“
heliport 2657 days ago
74 /100
Crow and Gate Pub (Restaurant)
2313 YELLOWPOINT ROAD
“A great country pub. Nice dark and warm inside reflecting real English character. Beautiful patio and grounds with grass and gardens. A bit hard to find but worth it.“
Gerbeer 3005 days ago
68 /100 5775 TURNER ROAD
“Been there 2 times, I got a good feeling about this pub; at least in 2008 I found some small bottles to go, in 2011 only bombers (of Imperial Stout? really??? this is a bad trend in BC, strong beers only available in big bottles); the atmosphere inside seems nice; the woman serving the beers is smiling; and they have a decent selection for a brewpub, with about 8 beers available.“
fiulijn 3316 days ago
44 /100 5775 TURNER ROAD
“I totally surprsied by the number of brewpubs where the attachment between food and beer is nonexistant. The food was good and the beer was boring or should I say a big yawn. The only beer of any memorable thought and the only one we bought for take away was the Framboise. Been there done that doubt I would go back.“
Hoser 4091 days ago
62 /100 5775 TURNER ROAD
“Decent menu offerings although service during the lunch hour can be slow. Had two beers (Irish Red Ale and the Impy Stout). Both were worth the drive.“
MrRoss 4095 days ago
72 /100
Crow and Gate Pub (Restaurant)
2313 YELLOWPOINT ROAD
“great place in summertime. english-style pub with great outdoor seating that invites you to relax with either traditional english ales or local beers from the Island and Vancouver on tap. anytime is a good time to go there!“
boogey 4129 days ago
70 /100
Crow and Gate Pub (Restaurant)
2313 YELLOWPOINT ROAD
“A gorgeous beer-ing location, the Crow & Gate was established in 1972 in a Yorkshire-style local pub with exposed dark wood and contrasting white plaster. It serves traditional pub grub and english cheese platters. Beautiful grounds and back patio. Home to wandering geese and barn owls. Taps of Vancouver Island, Fat Cat, Phillips and Merridale. Standard English imports and Duvel. Over 20 single malt scotches. They are known for their Kidney Pie, Pan Fried Oysters, Crab Cakes and Beef Dips. Not a place to miss.“
CapFlu 5205 days ago
52 /100 5775 TURNER ROAD
“The only reason I would consider going back is for the barleywine.“
Crit 5661 days ago
54 /100 5775 TURNER ROAD
“I will admit it - I came for brunch. But it didn’t stop me from ordering a sampler. The beer was watery, the buffet was mostly cold, and the sushi was a down-right BC disgrace. I never made it downstairs to the bar - I really couldn’t justify the trip 1) being the driver, 2) having my 88-year old Great Aunt with me; so my review is for the restaurant. I hope to make it back someday... Oh, and I shouldn’t forget: They wouldn’t sell me the Barleywine other than in a Growler for $24!!!“
CapFlu 5670 days ago
66 /100 5775 TURNER ROAD
“Restaurant upstairs, pub downstairs. Lots of wood. The place is new. Four beers are on handpumps, the rest are served with regular taps, rather frozen too. Wide range of brands available, though only a few are anything terribly interesting. Merridale’s Cider on tap - hard to find upisland. Worth a visit, but don’t forget Fat Cat Brewery on the other end of town, either.“
Oakes 5750 days ago
70 /100 5775 TURNER ROAD
“A fairly long drive out of Nanaimo, but worth it. Lots of different in-house brewed beer available all the time. The beer that they brew is pretty good and the food is very good. Family friendly. Worth going to if in the area.“
JoeMcPhee 5775 days ago