Grab a coffee
on Pandora is a convenient walking distance to lots of places downtown and only a brief walk from one of our favourite motels.
Things to Check Out
Take your coffee for a walk around Canada’s first Chinatown
around Government St. & Herald St. and try to find Fan Tan Alley.
Best Dinner Option
is perhaps one of the most oddly placed restaurants we’ve ever come across. It’s located in the hallway of an indoor mall on Yates St., with tables lined up on each side of the hallway. You quickly forget that you’re sitting in a mall hallway once you take a bite of your awesome burrito. 735 Yates St
The Mint has a pretty reasonable late night menu and doubles as a good place for some sit-down drinks.
1414 Douglas Street
Go to the Venue/Bar
For checking out live music, you can see what’s happening at Alex Goolden Hall or Logan’s.Big Bad John’s: 1/3rd of Young Rival can’t stand this place, another 1/3rd likes it, and the last 1/3rd thinks it’s one of the best bars in Canada. You’ll have to decide for yourself. Be prepared to put up with their shtick of horrible service and long waits in line if it’s a weekend night. Once you get in, grab a tree-stump seat and work away on the free basket of peanuts.
919 Douglas Street
1-250-383-7137 or 1-800-663-7476
Other options: The Sticky Wicket is a massive traditional pub just a couple doors down from Big Bad John’s (and also technically part of the Strathcona Hotel), and The Mint is usually a happening spot for some underground pints.
LEGEND HAS IT…
Rumour has it that Nirvana played a set in Big Bad John’s back in their early days. The bar claims to also have the first issued liquor license in British Columbia.
Place to crash
Paul’s Motor Inn baby. For some reason we love this place. It’s pretty cheap for Victoria, and has a built in diner. It’s also near the end of the Trans-Canada highway – go check out the tribute to Terry Fox at the end of the road at Mile 0 Park.
and Lady Marmalade
are good options. Paul’s Motel has a classic diner attached to it which is also a convenient option. We’ve been told by locals that Victoria has a strong Sunday brunch culture and there seems to be no shortage of good breakfast spots.