Victoria has an impressive cocktail scene. The downtown core is home to many restaurants and bars that take the cocktail curation, creation, and presentation to the next level.
As we make our way through the summer months and continue the beloved patio season, cocktails seem to taste better and better the warmer the weather gets. If you are looking for your next spot to try a handcrafted cocktail, we have you covered. Here’s our list of top places to grab a cocktail in Victoria:
Clive’s Classic Lounge
If you appreciate classic cocktail creations, then Clive’s Classic Lounge will not disappoint. A Top pick in the 2021 Tasting Victoria People’s Choice Awards for Favourite Cocktail Bar, Clive’s Classic Lounge reimagines the cocktail experience by using premium products and the best ingredients to continue to be at the forefront of the global cocktail culture.
Boom + Batten
Stunning harbour views and a stylish upscale atmosphere is the ultimate setting for unique cocktails and coastal-inspired dishes. With award-winning views and a spirited cocktail menu, Boom + Batten is a must-try for all cocktail enthusiasts.
Winners of the 2021 Tasting Victoria People’s Choice Awards for Favourite Cocktail Bar, Little Jumbo is a local favourite for classic but modern cocktails. Take in the romantic ambiance and enjoy fine food, craft cocktails, and an urban speakeasy vibe at Little Jumbo.
Clarke & Co
Enjoy sophisticated craft cocktails, comfort food, and a friendly vibe at Clarke & Co. Clark & Co highlights the cocktail experience by using premium brands and fresh and innovative ingredients. With one of Victoria’s most extensive whiskey lists, this is the next stop for all whiskey lovers.
Bodega is the place to grab Spanish-inspired tapas, wine, sherry, and signature crafted cocktails. Take in the romantic atmosphere of Trounce Alley and sip on creative cocktails that are sure to have you asking the server for one more.
Friends of Dorothy Lounge
Follow the yellow brick road to gourmet small plates and craft cocktails at the Friends of Dorothy Lounge (FOD). FOD is a new stylish LGBTQ2+ cocktail lounge located in downtown Victoria. Escape in the flavours of Wizard of Oz-inspired artisanal cocktails handcrafted by the FOD cocktail wizards.
Citrus & Cane
Do you miss travelling to exotic destinations? Be transported to the tropical islands, with the vibrant cocktail menu and colourful atmosphere at Citrus & Cane’s tropical cocktail bar.
Q at The Empress
Located in the famous Fairmont Empress Hotel, Q at the Empress features Inner Harbour views, West Coast fare, and creative cocktails. Feel like royalty while enjoying specialty cocktails in the glamorous Q lounge.
Delight in locally inspired food and specialty cocktails at The Palms. Located in the Hotel Rialto, The Palms presents an upscale yet casual dining experience. Enjoy playful craft and sparkling cocktails that will dazzle your tastebuds.
Fiamo Italian Kitchen
At Fiamo, enjoy traditional Italian food with Mediterranean, French, and Spanish Influences. Fiamo’s drink menu features classic cocktails and an extensive bubbly cocktail selection, perfect for all prosecco lovers.