I don't know what it is about the Cook St Village that mediocre restaurant owners can add $1.50 onto the price of a beer or $2.50 onto the price of an average entree. It's like people have to pay for the privilege of being in the Cook St Village. While prices suit the immediate market of young urban professionals, it lends a certain plasticity to the notion of a neighbourhood or neighbourly pub. At least restaurants in expensive neighbourhoods like Kitslano (Vancouver's Cook St equivalent) deliver in terms of environment and food. The Beagle is like an independently owned Kelsey's or Moxie's grill in the middle of the Cook St village.
We had Nachos - and while they were better than most in Victoria (like Pizza though, Victoria doesn't really have a "great" Nachos experience anywhere) - I just couldn't get over the pricepoint. $6.50 local draught beer is highway robbery. And it does nothing to slow down or tame the Beagle clientele - who in my 3 visits there seem to be loud, obnoxious sports fans and yahoos. No real culture here.
If you seek a good meal with a decently priced selection of drinks, you're better off hitting up the cold beer and wine store across the street from the Beagle (even though they too charge more than other cold beer and wines, at least it's not Cook St. Bar prices), and getting take-away from the indoor mall off of McKenzie and Cook - featuring sushi, awesome African food, Thai and a Cafe Fanstico. You're bound to get better conversation in at the beach, Beacon Hill Park or back at home than at the Beagle.
Great place to stop in for lunch. The atmosphere however did not impress me. Very small and non-comfortable layout.
However the Buffalo Chicken wrap that I ordered was one of the best I have had. Very well prepared and no skimping on the portion....decent portion of fries on the side as well. Flavored with Frank's Red Hot Buffalo sauce this wrap was delcious.
The price is average comming in at about $13 dollars for the meal.
My wife and I decided to spend Christmas in Victoria this year
On Monday Dec. 26 we wound up having a great breakfast at the Beagle Pub. Another place I would highly recommend.
We were surprised to find breakfast dishes on the menu.
I had an omelette (spinach & mushrooms) and my wife had eggs with sausage and bacon. Huge portions and great taste.
The thing we noticed that set this establishment apart from all the others was the way our waitress addressed us as “folks. Much nicer than the usual insolent address of “ you guys” I’m not sure if that is house policy but if it isn’t it should be.
Thanks Beagle staff. Keep up the good work.