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.
Comfortable pub with a nice solarium. Nice bar, with great bar staff. Old english style cask ales, all pretty good with a surprising NWIPA that is great. Didn’t eat, but a nice place to waste away a day drinking session ales. Beer is only what they produce.
Nice little hotel brewpub in the heart of downtown. They do flights of 4 for $10, which is okay. They had 12 house beers on tap when I went, one of which was a standout (the dry hopped citra sour). Beer itself isn’t great overall, but it’s competently and cleanly brewed. Comfy, old-style feel to the pub. Nice place to chill out downtown and worth a stop.
Oakes (818) Vancouver, British Columbia | September 11, 2005| Updated October 31, 2005
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.
Went here for dinner with Mr. Todd Bailey and family. We had a good time. They have a separate room where families are welcome and while at first I was disappointed not to be in the good-looking main room with the nice brick walls, superb paintings worthy of an art gallery and the regular crowd, the kids ended up taking good advantage of our isolation. We had a few beers, the dark ones and hoppy ones all being pretty good examples. Under the circumstances of being in a separate room, the service remained pretty adequate. Food was satisfactory, not too pricey for Victoria and included varied entrées rather than simple pub grub, for instance they had a few asian plates. It is a restaurant and a brewpub and if you have good company to go along with that, it can go a long way.
The pub is a bit too old in style. There are way too many waiters (remember that you pay for them!). At least the noise inside is not loud. I’ve been there also 6 years ago, and yet the beers are all the same! No evolution.
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.
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.
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.