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Victoria Dining Guide

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Cheap Drinks in Victoria: Where to Get the Best Deals Every Night of the Week

JUNE 2, 2012: FULLY REVISED AND EXPANDED

Where do you go when you feel the urge to celebrate, but don’t want to spend a bundle on drinks? Well, it depends on the night of the week. Pubs, clubs*, and restaurants around Victoria offer various special discounts by the day. Following here are some of the best drink deals in the city.

Editor’s note: Fun is fun but, please, always drink responsibly. BC Transit’s fleet of buses and Victoria’s many taxi cabs are there to get you home safely. You can also check out this article on Victoria’s professional designated driver services.

* Oddly, several Victoria nightclubs did not respond to my inquiries about their weekly drink specials. C’est la vie. It’s their loss not to be included in the list! Please note that Scrimp or Splurge cannot guarantee the availability of specials nor be held responsible for changes in pricing at individual establishments. Please call ahead to businesses to confirm their ongoing specials.

MONDAYS

  • $3.50 for bottles of local beer and $3.75 tequila shots at Hush Nightclub (1325 Government)
  • $3.50 sleeves of Big Rock Grasshopper ($15.75 jug), $4.75 Rock Creek Cider, and $6.25 martinis at Felicita’s Campus Pub (UVic Student Union Bldg)
  • $4 for muddled mint drinks at The Mint (1414 Douglas)
  • $4 for Blue Buck or Piper’s Pale Ale and $4.83 margaritas at 5th Street Bar and Woodfired Grill (1028 Hillside)
  • $4.50 for pints of Swan’s beer at Swans Brewpub (506 Pandora Ave.)
  • $4.50 sleeves of Spyhopper beer and $4.25 bottles of Okanagan cider at Ocean Island Cafe (791 Pandora)
  • $4.50 Pabst Blue Ribbon cans and a local beer feature at Darcy’s Pub (1127 Wharf)
  • $4.50 for  Okanagan Spring 1516 and $6 for Sapporo at The Office (759 Yates)
  • $4.50 for Okanagan Spring draught at Smiths Pub (777 Courtney)
  • $4.50 for bottles of Bud and Bud lite, or shots of Jim Beam Red Stag and Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey at Club 9one9 (919 Douglas)
  • $4.75 for sleeves of Kokanee, Paparazzi lager and Sea Dog; $4.75 glasses of house wine; and $12 jugs of Kokanee, Paparazzi, and Sea Dog at Paparazzi Nightclub (642 Johnson)
  • $5.50 pints and $15.50 jugs of Labatt Blue or Alexander Keith at The Beagle Pub (301 Cook)

TUESDAYS

  • $3 for all drinks, including premiums, at Paparazzi Nightclub (642 Johnson)
  • $3.50 sleeves of Islander ($13.5o jug), $3.75 bottles of domestic beer, $4.75 Smirnoff Ice at Felicita’s Campus Pub (UVic Student Union Bldg)
  • $4 for a pint of Phillips beer at The Mint (1414 Douglas)
  • $4 for Race Rocks or White Bark and $5.50 for Corona beer at 5th Street Bar and Woodfired Grill (1028 Hillside)
  • $4 highballs and $4.50 sleeves of Canadian and Blue Buck at Club 9one9 (919 Douglas)
  • $4.25 for bottles of Canadian beer and $4.50 for sleeves of Seadog amber ale at Ocean Island Cafe (791 Pandora)
  • $4.50 for pints of Swan’s beer at Swans Brewpub (506 Pandora Ave.)
  • $4.50 for pints of Phillips draught and $6 for pints of Guinness and Strongbow at Smiths Pub (777 Courtney)
  • $4.50 for draft beer and $6.50 for double cocktails and martinis at The Office (759 Yates)
  • $4.50 for house wines, Pabst Blue Ribbon cans, and a local beer feature at Darcy’s Pub (1127 Wharf)
  • $4.75 Rooftop lemonade at the Strathcona’s Rooftop Surfclub (919 Douglas)
  • $5 pints of Guinness at the Irish Times Pub (1200 Government St.)
  • $5 pints of Guinness at the Penny Farthing (2228 Oak Bay Ave.)
  • $5.75 pints of Lighthouse lager, Beacon IPA or Race Rocks Amber Ale at The Beagle Pub (301 Cook)
  • $6 double hi-ball drinks at V-Lounge (3366 Douglas)

WEDNESDAYS

  • $3 for all drinks, including premiums, at Paparazzi Nightclub (642 Johnson)
  • $3.50 for Bowen Island lager and $3.75 for shots of Fireball whiskey at Hush Nightclub (1325 Government)
  • $3.50 sleeves of Honey ($13.5o jug), $5.25 glasses of wine, $6 cans of Guinness at Felicita’s Campus Pub (UVic Student Union Bldg)
  • $4 for Hermans Dark lager or 5th Street lager and $4.59 for martinis at 5th Street Bar and Woodfired Grill (1028 Hillside)
  • $4.50 for Driftwood draft at The Office (759 Yates)
  • $4.50 for Okanagan Spring draught at Smiths Pub (777 Courtney)
  • $4.50 for sleeves of Cypress honey lager or Pipers pale ale and $6 wines by the glass at Club 9one9 (919 Douglas)
  • $4.75 for bottles of Corona or $9 for mini pitchers of Islander lager  at Ocean Island Cafe (791 Pandora)
  • $5.25 for the local beer feature at Darcy’s Pub (1127 Wharf)
  • $5.50 martinis at  The Mint (1414 Douglas)
  • $5.75 pints of Whistler Brewing, Black Tusk or Bear Claw at The Beagle Pub (301 Cook)
  • $12 for jugs of select Swan’s beer at Swans Brewpub (506 Pandora Ave.)

THURSDAYS

  • $3 single hi-balls ($5 doubles), $3.25 bottles of domestic beer, $3.50 bottles of imported beer, $3.50 for coolers, ciders, shots of Jagermeister or Jose Cuervo at V-Lounge (3366 Douglas)
  • $3.50 for Surgenor lager and $3.75 for Fireball whiskey shots at Hush Nightclub (1325 Government)
  • $3.50 sleeves of Race Rocks ($15.25 jugs), $3.5o hi-balls at Felicita’s Campus Pub (UVic Student Union Bldg)
  • $3.75 for domestic beers at at Paparazzi Nightclub (642 Johnson)
  • $4 for Keepers stout or Slip Stream and $4.57 for bottles of domestic beer at 5th Street Bar and Woodfired Grill (1028 Hillside)
  • $4 for highballs, $6 for Sapporo, $6.50 for doubles, and $7 for Guinness and Strongbow at The Office (759 Yates)
  • $4 for a pint of Phillips beer at The Mint (1414 Douglas)
  • $4 for vodkas, $4.50 for house wines at Darcy’s Pub (1127 Wharf)
  • $4 high-balls and Coronas at the Strathcona’s Clubhouse Lounge (919 Douglas)
  • $4.50 for Jagermeister shots, $$5.25 for select 2 oz. martinis, $5.75 for pinks of Stanley Park pilsner or amber ale at The Beagle Pub (301 Cook)
  • $4.50 for Lighthouse draught and Olmeca tequila shots at Smiths Pub (777 Courtney)
  • $4.50 for pints of select Swan’s beer at Swans Brewpub (506 Pandora Ave.)
  • $4.50 for sleeves of Vancouver Island Brewery beers at Ocean Island Cafe (791 Pandora)
  • $4.50 for bottles of Bud and Bud lite, or shots of Jim Beam Red Stag and Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey at Club 9one9 (919 Douglas)
  • $5 for a pint of Driftwood beer at Irish Times Pub (1200 Government St.)
  • $5 for a pint of Blue Buck beer at the Bard & Baker Scottish Pub (1022 Government)
  • $5 for a pint of Blue Buck beer at the Penny Farthing (2228 Oak Bay Ave.)
  • $12 jugs of Canadian and $13 jugs of Race Rocks at Christie’s Carriage House Pub (1739 Fort)
  • $14 jugs of Blue Buck and Budweiser at the Strathcona’s Games Room (919 Douglas)

FRIDAYS

  • $3 gin and tonics at Swans Brewpub (506 Pandora Ave.)
  • $3 hi-balls, $3.25 bottles of domestic beer, $3.50 bottles of imported beer, $3.50 for coolers, ciders, shots of Jagermeister or Jose Cuervo at V-Lounge (3366 Douglas)
  • $3 bottles of Canadian beer, $3 Cuervo gold, $3 shots of vodka or “Porn Star” shots at Club 9one9 (919 Douglas)
  • $3.60 for Jagermeister shots and $ for Driftwood Ale or Beacon IPA at 5th Street Bar and Woodfired Grill (1028 Hillside)
  • $4 for Pabst Blue Ribbon and $4.50 Jameson Whiskey shots at Smiths Pub (777 Courtney)
  • $4 sleeves of Blue Buck ($15.25 jugs), $4.75 Coronas or Grower’s Cider at Felicita’s Campus Pub (UVic Student Union Bldg)
  • $4.25 for single highballs or bottles of Kokanee beer at Ocean Island Cafe (791 Pandora)
  • $4.50 for Big Rock draft at The Office (759 Yates)
  • $5 bottles of Lucky beer and Burt Reynolds shooters at Club 9one9 (919 Douglas)
  • $5.25 for local beers at Darcy’s Pub (1127 Wharf)
  • $5.75 for Phillips Brewing, Blue Buck Ale, Hop Circle IPA or Longboat Chocolate Porter at The Beagle Pub (301 Cook)

SATURDAYS

  • $3 for high-balls, beer, coolers, ciders, Jagermeister and Cuervo shots at V-Lounge (3366 Douglas)—not valid during special events
  • $4 Kokanee bottles, $4 shots of vodka, Jagermeister, or “Burt Reynolds” shots at Club 9one9 (919 Douglas)
  • $4 for Pabst Blue Ribbon and $4.50 Jameson Whiskey shots at Smiths Pub (777 Courtney)
  • $4 for Sleeman honey brown lager or chocolate porter and $4.10 for Cuervo at 5th Street Bar and Woodfired Grill (1028 Hillside)
  • $4 for house wine by the glass at Swans Brewpub (506 Pandora Ave.)
  • $4.25 for glasses of house wine or $4.50 for sleeves of Hop Circle IPA beer at Ocean Island Cafe (791 Pandora)
  • $4.50 for Lighthouse draft or Cuervo shooters; $6 for glasses of select wines at The Office (759 Yates)
  • $4.50 for shots of Bushmills Irish Whiskey, $6 pints of Driftwood Ale, White Bark Wheat Ale, and Fat Tug IPA at The Beagle Pub (301 Cook)
  • $5.25 for local beers at Darcy’s Pub (1127 Wharf)

SUNDAYS

  • $3.75 for domestic beers and well drinks at Paparazzi Nightclub (642 Johnson)
  • $4 for Kokanee beer at 5th Street Bar and Woodfired Grill (1028 Hillside)
  • $4.50 for bottles of Bud and Bud lite, or shots of Jim Beam Red Stag and Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey at Club 9one9 (919 Douglas)
  • $4.50 for Phillips draught or Jagermeister shots and $6.50 Sapporo pints at Smiths Pub (777 Courtney)
  • $4.50 for sleeves of Blue Buck or $5.25 for Vex or Mike’s coolers at Ocean Island Cafe (791 Pandora)
  • $4.50 for single Caesars ($6.50 doubles), $5.50 Seadog IPA, Pipers Pale Ale and Hermann’s Dark Lager at The Beagle Pub (301 Cook)
  • $4.50 for bottled beer and $6.50 for 2 oz Caesars at The Office (759 Yates)
  • $4.50 for bottles of Lucky beer at Big Bad Johns (919 Douglas)
  • $5 for Caesars and $7.50 for double Caesars at Club 9one9 (919 Douglas)
  • $5 pints of Guinness, Harp, Kilkenny, and Smithwicks at the Bard & Baker Scottish Pub (1022 Government)
  • $6 fo double vodkas at Hush Nightclub (1325 Government)
  • $5 for double caesars at Swans Brewpub (506 Pandora Ave.)


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