Recently my partner and I had the good fortune to spend three days in the beautiful city of Victoria, capital city of the province of British Columbia. Victoria is situated at the southern end of Vancouver Island, and is blessed with a spectacular seaside setting and Mediterranean climate.
Victoria is small enough compared to BC’s largest city to offer a welcome respite from the noise and pace of Vancouver, but large enough to boast the amenities of a bigger city – universities, theatres, an excellent museum, art galleries, fine dining, and, in keeping with its heritage as the capital of a British colony, a plethora of pubs.
Every time I visit Victoria, I make a point of stopping in at my favourite of Victoria’s pubs, Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub, located within walking distance of downtown. Head west over the Johnson Street Bridge and work up an appetite by enjoying a pleasant stroll along the seawall on the way to the pub. Or, if you prefer, hop on a Harbour Ferry and make your way there across the harbour.
Spinnakers is fortuitously situated beside the water, and you can sit on their patio and enjoy the pretty view of the harbour and the city skyline, crowned by its signature Francis Rattenbury-designed Parliament Buildings and Fairmont Empress Hotel.
The food is good, the service is excellent, and they are rightfully famous for their beer. While we were there we enjoyed a delicious plate of nachos cleverly topped with melt-in-your-mouth pulled pork. I had a glass of pinot grigio from their wine list which features a good selection of BC and international wines, and my companion chose a pint of Hefeweizen from their list of hand-crafted artisan beers. Spinnakers also offers an impressive variety of single malt whiskies.
If you get the chance to visit Spinnakers, be sure to raise a glass for me. Cheers!