The Irish Times Pub in Victoria
Named the best Irish Pub on the continent at the 2017 Irish Pub Global Awards, Irish Times Pub is a staple in the Victoria food and drinks scene.
The pub is two stories tall and has seating for over 250 people. That includes indoor chairs as well as a couple of patios which are lovely to sit at when the weather is nice.
The building itself was originally built as a bank in the 1890s. Over the years the interior has been turned into a more cozy Victorian-style establishment. The pub opened its doors in 2004 and has served customers for nearly 20 years.
The Irish Times has a lively atmosphere with live music or other events nearly every night of the week (at least in the busiest seasons). The menu has traditional Irish pub fare with dozens of beers on tap. The place also claims to have the widest selection of Irish whiskeys anywhere in the country. (Whether that’s true or not, we’re not sure. Either way, they have a lot of whiskey!)
Location and Hours of Operation
The pub is a short walking distance away from plenty of other attractions too like the Royal BC Museum, Inner Harbour, Parliament Buildings and more. It’s about halfway between Chinatown and the Empress Hotel.
The Irish Times is open every day from 7:00 am to 1:00 am. Those hours mean that you can go check it out basically anytime!
As you would expect from the name, the menu at Irish Times is a blend of authentic Irish fare along with the type of food you’d expect to see at a pub. There’s shepherd’s pie, bangers & mash, Irish stew and other traditional dishes.
You can taste the Victoria touch with dishes like fish & chips and seafood chowder. There are also classic pub options like wings, mac & cheese and poutine, as well as some stylized desserts like a Guinness chocolate brownie.
When it comes to the drinks, Irish Times has dozens of BC craft beers as well as Irish whiskeys on offer. There are also specialty Irish coffees (that hit harder than a typical brew) and in-house cocktails.
Live Music and Events
Most nights there are live music performances at Irish Times. This is known as “music for the soul” and you can expect tunes from a variety of local bands.
The usual schedule has performances from Monday to Thursday starting at either 8:30 or 9:30 pm. On Fridays and Saturdays there are often two different performances with one in the mid-afternoon and one later in the evening.
On Sundays there is sometimes a performance in the early afternoon but sometimes not. An event that does happen nearly every Sunday is a trivia night at 7:00 pm. There are prizes to be won and having some drinks as you go is encouraged.
Given the place’s size and menu, Irish Times is a venue that hosts some outside events. A notable one is the Irish Whiskey Hooley which takes place just before St. Patrick’s Day. It’s an afternoon of whiskey tasting with costumes and snacks. It’s a fundraising event benefiting the Greater Victoria Festival Society.
For more information about the venue, click Irish Times Pub.
Other articles that might be of interest include the following:
- Victoria Hotels
- Victoria Streets and Neighbourhoods
- Great Victoria Calendar of Events
- Attractions in Victoria
- Victoria Restaurants and Bars
If looking for similar places in the Lower Mainland, check out the website Vancouver’s Best Places.