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Victoria Nightlife, British Columbia

Victoria's nightlife can be cozy, sophisticated or rowdy, according to individual tastes and how late you stay out. There is an ample selection of restaurants that represent virtually every type of cuisine, many located near the waterfront with lovely views on offer, while others are housed in perfectly restored Victorian residences near the center of the city.

 For those who want a bit more to their evening after dinner, Victoria is packed with pubs and bars and has a lively music scene. Many of the bars offer live music, both featuring local talent and major acts from around the world.

 The varied music taste of the residents is represented by clubs that offer, hip hop, jazz, folk, dance and all forms of rock.  

Legends Night Club is a large club with a full bar that specializes in offering theme nights that are popular with the under thirty crowd. Some favorites include Body Gras, Student Beach Night, which keep the place packed, especially on Flirtatious Fridays.

Lucky Night Club is all about dancing and offers DJ powered dance music for a satisfied crowd that pulsates on the large (but not large enough) dance floor.  It is rivaled by Sweetwater’s which enjoys its three year status as Victoria’s best dance club through popular vote.

Popular pubs to visit for some locally brewed ale or stout are George and Dragon on Gladstone Avenue and Colwood Corners Pub, which is a bit out of a town on the Island Highway.

The 11 Stones and Diablos offer live music on most nights, certainly on weekends and the Grind Stone Café is the place for folk aficionados.  Hush and the Macambo offer jazz and Latin music in that order, and pleasant surroundings in both places.  

The Upstairs Cabaret is a lively cabaret that offers a mix of comedy and musical shows, but always with brightly costumed female dancers.

All of the clubs, pubs and bars must close by 2 am., and since most of them are located in pretty much the same, relatively small area of town, the streets of Victoria are crowded with an assortment of well liquored people after 1 am. It can be a bit of a madhouse for those who would benefit from leaving earlier or taking a cab. But for many of Victoria’s natives, this boisterous time is just another part of a night out in Victoria, BC.

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Victoria City Ratings

  • Rating91%
    City Rank73
  • History & Culture: rated for 80%
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  • Family & Fun: rated for 80%
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  • Shopping: rated for 80%
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