Drinks

Where to grab a shaft in Victoria

As the go-to round for the table and the signature welcome cocktail for visitors, the shaft holds high-prestige in Victoria. While some claim that the drink originated in Calgary, Victoria locals insist that Victoria is the official origin story of the shaft. The shaft is a staple cocktail on all Victoria drink menus. The craze around the cocktail has led to many interesting and tasty variations of the classic. If you are a big fan of the shaft, then this is the article for you. We have put together our top suggestions of where you can grab a shaft in Victoria:

2% Jazz: more than just a coffee shop

If you’re a coffee lover in Victoria, you’ve likely heard of 2% Jazz coffee and probably enjoyed a delicious brew in one of their cafes. In fact, with 2% Jazz now acting as a wholesaler to other coffee shops and restaurants around town, there’s a good chance you’ve sampled their delightful beans without even realizing it.

Meet Mike Rathjen of Rathjen Cellars

Mike Rathjen started his farm-based winery Rathjen Cellars on the Saanich Peninsula in 2016, opened his tasting room in 2019, and produced just shy of 2,000 cases of wine in 2020. In this interview, Tasting Victoria catches up with Mike to learn about how he got started with wine, upcoming wine trends, and how you can get more involved in the local wine scene here in Victoria.