Irish Times is a downtown pub in the heart of Victoria. Live celtic music 7 nights a week. Often has a lineup on Friday or Saturday nights, especially later on in the evening.
The location of the Irish Times Pub at the northwest corner of Bastion and Government has a long and interesting history. The first mayor of Victoria, Thomas Harris, had his brick mansion built on this site which eventually became the Bank of BC. It was torn down and replaced with the Rattenberry masterpiece that the Irish Times is housed in today.
The ambiance of this place is quite outstanding, especially if you are a visitor to Victoria, as it does provide a qunique setting to down a pint or two in. Just the sight of so many beer taps on the ground level bar makes many a beer-drinker drool.
The downside (which is somewhat minor depending on your take) is that drinks and food are over-priced and the food is not particularily special. To be fair the drink prices in the downtown core tend to be too expensive in general.
But if it's a unique atmosphere that offers great music then a visit to the Irish Times should be on your schedule. You just may not wish to be a regular visitor unless money is not a concern.
I am having trouble classifying my last experience at the Irish. When I was in Victoria, I headed down to the bar with a group of friends who were also from out of town. It was a safe for us, as the food as we remembered it was consistently good and the service as well, not to mention the ambience and live music 24/7.
This time around, it was just 'meh'. I knew this place played primarily Irish music so there were no surprises there. I don't know if my standards have been spoiled or raised, but I found the prices to be a little overpriced. The chicken wings were a little cold and my pulled pork sandwich was a bit of a downer. The drinks made up for it. There's nothing like a good old Irish beer to get here. Murphys, Guiness, all that good stuff. There are also local BC drinks served here.
We have been at the Oak bay location. the service was very poor. our order was take only after half an hour. we have waited for our food for over an hour. the apology was insulting and humiliating when the manager was trying to back herself and not actually to apology. we visited the other locations of the Irish pub, but we don't think we will keep on coming. very disappointing
irish Times is undoubtedly a beautiful place. But once you look beyond the shiny brass details, short kilt wearing servers, and soccer jersey wearing bartenders, this is really a pretty average pub in a prime location.
Expect to pay here. A pint of local beer will run you almost 8 bucks. Should be about 6 IMO. I've also never seen a beer special here.... ever. Food is also priced higher than other local pubs. The food is good but nothing spectacular - pretty standard pub fare with a few irish items tacked on. it may be me, but I always am a bit put off by the intense smells of food and shellfish that seem to hang in the air there like dense fog. Seems like it lacks proper ventilation there.
Irish Times seems more interested in siphoning off one-time visiting tourists and posers with overpriced drinks and food, rather than appealing to locals by focussing on value and return appeal.
And what gives with an "Irish" pub with NO DART BOARDS. C'mon!
If you're looking for a place to have a great time with a group of friends or just for two Irish Times is large and has enough nooks and crannies to cater to you.
Every meal I've had has been above average in terms of pub fare and they serve all your favourite beers on tap.
Prices are a little high but they're in a primo location so it's to be expected
We went for lunch here on Saturday while we were visting Victoria.
We sat out on the patio in Bastion Square, it was a wonderful atmosphere, I felt like I was in Quebec City or even a street in Europe.
Our waitress was very attentive and did a great job.
We had the veggie pizza with pesto, spinach, artichokes, red peppers and goat cheese, mmmmm.....it was so tasty! Our Calimari was ok, a little rubbery and I've had better.
All in all it was a great little stop for lunch and next time we're over on the island we'll be sure to make a stop.
We go here quite often if we can find parking in the area. Their pub food is quite good and their selection of beer is excellent. We love their chowder and bisque soups. Salads are kinda lacking in flavour, but they have great pizzas and burgers too. Wednesdays they use to have pizzas and a pint for only $10. Great deal as the pizza is a decent size to share if you're not terribly hungry. Service is always good too. Love the ambiance, all that wood and memorabilia. Too bad they get so overwhelmed with tourists in the summer.
We were visiting for the day from Vancouver, and stumbled upon Irish Times while walking around. The place looks incredibly cool, both inside and out, and definitely has a more european look and feel (due to the heritage building it's in, and the sophistacated pub decor) than most places in Vancouver. We were blown away by the atmosphere!
The food, however, was not that great. It was decent, nothing more. The only thing that stood out was the bread pudding we had for dessert. It was exceptional.
The service was helpful and friendly, and apparently they have live celtic music most nights too.
I'll definitely head back here for the great old-world atmosphere next time I'm in Victoria.
My favourite restaurant in victoria is the Irish pub. But i think there are more good restaurants in victoria ,but I like the Pub, it has the best fish and chips, i like this fish and chips ,it is fresh and crispy. The fish its great. its crispy and the chips are beautiful. I like the fish and chips more than the fish and chipsin the fishermans warf. but the irish its a little bit expensive. but when it's good it's ok. and the atmosphere is very good.
The Irish times offers a truly European pub experience. The ambience is perfect, and unlike a lot of older buildings and European pubs there is a lot of natural light during the daytime. The decor is very Irish, with a mix of rugby and soccer paraphernalia and brass accents in the architecture and taps. The servers are all matching in their kilts and the managers and bartenders are easy to pick out of the crowd. True Irish ambience is added with the mix of modern Irish music as well as traditional. Most nights there is live music.
During the summer months, the Irish times attracts a huge amount of tourists, so expect it to be very busy. The food is consistently quick, and the servers do their best to treat everyone right.
The food is very reasonably priced and is a high quality as far as pub food goes. Don't go there expecting a fine dining meal, it is a pub and good pub food is what you get. I have tried most things on the menu and am always satisfied.
The wide variety of domestic and international beers is impressive, though a bit expensive compared to other bars and pubs in the area. The wine list is ever improving and reasonably priced.
Overall the Irish times has a great atomsphere, good service, good pub food and an impressive but higher priced selection of beer.
Head down to The Times, enjoy a pint of Guinness, some hearty Irish pub food, and a jig or two.
I have been to Irish Times a few times. And always had fun! The atmosphere is fun and Irish-y :)
The servers are always smiling...which usually makes for good times!
Everything I have ever eaten there has been delicious! And I have never left feeling disappointed!