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Bard & Banker

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Bar, Pub, Canadian, Gastropub
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1022 Government St, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1X7, Canada (Fort St)
+1 250-953-9993
11:00 - 01:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 01:00
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Boston, Mass
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85 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Beautiful old surroundings, with a large menu of pub food. The beer flights were excellent. If we hadn't had so much beer we would have tried the whisky flights. Well, next time.

Thank Russeljm
Seattle, Washington, United States
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19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Stopped in for lunch while visiting Victoria. Handsome building, with a true pub experience within. Brass and dark woods make for a very pleasing, warm and welcoming space. The Hoynes Dark Matter ale was delicious as was the chicken soup and duck flatbread. Will go back!

Thank Jon C
Calgary, Canada
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33 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Live music on weekends. Awesome beer flights and drink specials available. Service staff were good. Very fun environment to enjoy with friends while visiting. Dessert menu was delicious.

Thank Jayne W
Vancouver, Canada
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65 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Came here with friends and were seated below the stairwell hidden and close to a fireplace. Great ambience and food was above average. Service was attentive as well. Will have to come back for their drinks!

Thank Karliiiiita
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This place is impressive - reminiscent of 1940s/50s style . It has a warm and welcoming feel on a very cold evening in Victoria. The food was great - we got the chef's pasta and fish and chips (potato flake crusted was AWESOME!). Did not disappoint. The Midnight flight (dark beers) had an excellent sampling of beer. Hot buttered rum... More 

Thank Zenda M
Duncan, Canada
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16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Well I admit I was certainly looking forward to having dinner here, given the history of the building and all the positive reviews I had read here, but the experience was somewhat disappointing. Went as a party of four at about 5:30pm on a Saturday evening and got in without a reservation or a significant wait at the door. We... More 

Thank 1867diane
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95 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Lots of options for beer drinking in Victoria, but Bard & Banker is still my favorite. Friendly staff, beautiful interior and still the best Fish & Chips in Victoria.

Thank Bruce W
Coquitlam, Canada
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181 reviews
140 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We both ordered the rotisserie chicken and it came quickly and was hot and delicious. It was served in a big iron baking dish, which was cool. The gravy tasted great and the mashed potatoes were good too. The pub is nice and clean and has a fireplace in the back.

Thank CanadianJane
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
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168 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We were amazed when we walked into this corner pub. Not expecting the fabulous building and super decor. The food was excellent and even though the place was packed, it seemed spacious and upmarket. Had a super time there and will go back.

Thank Barbi H
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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73 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a clean, warm and beautifully fitted out bar...like the public houses of yesteryear-reminds me of the Crown or Robinsons Bar in Belfast. Friendly staff and good service. Right at the back there is a wee intimate area by a real fire, which in winter makes the B&B a winner. Didn't eat this visit but got warm and refreshed

Thank ApprenticeHighlander

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$8 - US$21
Bar, Pub, Canadian, Gastropub
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Bar Scene, Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1022 Government St, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1X7, Canada
    (Fort St)
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver Island  >  Victoria Capital Regional District  >  Victoria
  • Phone Number: +1 250-953-9993
Once a bank in the 1800's, this building is now one of the most beautiful pubs in the heart of Victoria, BC. Families are welcome until 9pm. Happy hour daily from 3-6pm and live music 7 nights a week. Perfect space for large parties or an intimate evening for two. We invite you to come enjoy our large selection of craft beer, delicious food, and local musicians in this one of a kind historical pub!

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?