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Bard & Banker

$$ - $$$, ,
1022 Government St, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1X7, Canada
+1 250-953-9993
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  • Excellent47%
  • Very good41%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Bar, Pub, Canadian, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1022 Government St, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1X7, Canada
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This is a big pub. Lots of space and it gets busy, which gives it an atmosphere. Live music a plus. Food really good.

Thank 186Steve
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Just came in in a lunchtime and plenty of room as such a large place but still quite busy. Food was excellent and good price and service was exceptional.

Thank Darren C
Reviewed 5 days ago

4 for drinks on a Thursday night. We were thrilled to find live music with a full band. They played a variety of music and we enjoyed them very much. We were going back the next night but did not make it. The place is...More

Thank Peggy A
Reviewed 6 days ago

I wandered into the Bard & Banker for a drink on a Friday night and it was a busy, happening spot. There was live music and dancing. People were having a good 'ol time.

Thank Robert A
Reviewed 6 days ago

Fun busy place for a beer or a meal. This is a beautiful building that was constructed as a bank and totally gutted and turned into an eatery in the style of the original building. Fabulous. Food was very good and was the service.

Thank Skippersez
Reviewed 1 week ago

We have had our first Cider and Guiness in this stylish old furnished pub. A lot of pretty waitresses are running around.

Thank Klabautermann07
Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I flew in from Vancouver and stopped in for breakfast. Wonderful eggs, atmosphere, staff and what a cool building. We will definitely stop again next time we're in the area.

Thank Mark K
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The food was good, the bar is nicely decorated but oh my god the service was pretty avarage.... The server just looked bored and not at all pleased to be there, apart from that, not a bad place to eat....

Thank JohnoWirral
Reviewed 1 week ago

Bumped into this restaurant while killing time on a rain day and popped in for breakfast. The interior is beautiful and there are "secret" alcoves and tables everywhere, making it many tables feel very private and cozy. Could be a nice spot for a romantic...More

Thank Dan B
Reviewed 1 week ago

Good times abound here with a large food and beverage selection. We went in a couple of evenings during our last trip to Vancouver Island. The employees were always happy to share some of their favorite spots in Victoria; local knowledge is always a plus....More

Thank Christopher M
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24 September 2017|
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Response from TGBenfield | Reviewed this property |
When we were there in May we were seated quickly with no reservation. Not sure this time of year?
24 September 2017|
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Response from 186Steve | Reviewed this property |
It is a pretty big place. Lots of tables upstairs too. Probably depends what time you want to go and how many. We just walked in and had a pick of tables around 7pm.
Jean K
24 July 2016|
Response from Raymond L | Reviewed this property |
I don't know as I have never gone there anytime around lunch. You will have to call the staff and ask. I only occasionally go there with friends at night on some weekends. The company owns the Bard and Banker, Irish Times... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 8 - USD 22
Bar, Pub, Canadian, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Bar Scene
Open Hours
08:00 - 01:00
08:00 - 01:00
08:00 - 01:00
08:00 - 01:00
08:00 - 01:00
08:00 - 01:00
08:00 - 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
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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. Breakfast daily 8am, happy hour daily from 4-6pm 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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