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Bard & Banker

$$ - $$$, ,
1022 Government St, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1X7, Canada
+1 250-953-9993
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  • Excellent49%
  • Very good39%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travelers talk about
“parmesan fries” (19 reviews)
“fish and chips” (112 reviews)
Open Now
7:00 AM - 1:00 AM Hours
Bar, Pub, Canadian, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1022 Government St, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1X7, Canada
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Top 3 Reasons to Eat Here
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1. Great Bar, Great Food
"A half chicken served in a roasting pan was delicious"
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2. Fantastic breakfast!!!
" Breakfast was fantastic."
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3. Live Music
"Fun atmosphere. The music was great the crowd was dancing"
Feliz David D
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

A lovely old building withgreat decor and ambiance. Our server was personable and efficient. The food was excellent with a good wine and beer menu. A great place to spend the afternoon.

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Tracybowyer
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Reviewed August 11, 2018 via mobile

This is probably one of the best restaurants in Victoria. We stumbled across it and enjoyed a wonderful lunch with fish and chips and a cold beer. Service was excellent so was the food!

Date of visit: August 2018
1  Thank John98273
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great place. Great food. Live bands suited towards an older generation, playing great music. Dance floor a little crowded. But fun night out

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank 338lorrainel
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great atmosphere -- the building used to be a bank and although the interior design has changed the feeling of wood and brass is still there. There are a few snugs as well as more open seating.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank robinmarilyn
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Walked into the Bard & Banker and was greeted with lots of holiday lights and decorations. The building had lots of history and each booth and seating area has a story. Once we got our meal it was super delicious. The potatoes were top notch.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank 621elizabethr
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Ordered the Jasmine Rice Bowl with the local fish and it was amazing. Burgers looked delicious too. Would definitely come back!

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank micaelafv
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

interior - 5 servers - 5 beer - 5 convenience - 1 food - 1 everybody handled their jackets. no salt and pepper on the table. no paper napkins and toothpicks. no water. food is flat. portions are small. ceasar is not a real ceasar....More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Y7131FY_
Robert S, General Manager at Bard & Banker, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Valued Guest, I am sorry to hear that your visit with us was not satisfactory. I would like to have some more details of your visit. Please contact me personally at tromanow@vicpubco.ca

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The worst service in the island. We waited for more than 30 minutes to get a table, ordered food and the waitress simply forgot! The whole service was really slow, a big dissapointment, luckly Victoria has several other options.More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Brack89
Robert S, General Manager at Bard & Banker, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Brack89, We take pride in our honest and sincere service, we seemed to have missed the mark for you and your guests. I apologize for our longer the normal wait times for a table during this very busy time of the year. Please contact...More

Reviewed December 11, 2018 via mobile

Been twice now as we had such a lovely time. Shown a table and had such s big choice of beers. Go local!!! Service was great. Decor is so cool too

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank 745nicd
Reviewed December 5, 2018 via mobile

Stopped in for a beer. I really great place. I had a Hoegarden on draft. One of my favorites. Even in a Hoegarden glass.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank richardlB7576GM
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Questions & Answers
August 24, 2018|
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Response from Robert S | Property representative |
Minors under the age of 19 are welcome to 9pm.
September 23, 2017|
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Response from Christopher M | Reviewed this property |
Didn't look like it the two times I was there but it wouldn't hurt to secure your spot. Thanks.
September 23, 2017|
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Response from Julius D | Reviewed this property |
You be ok during the week but I would recommend making reservations Friday or Saturday nights.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$8 - $20
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, Street Parking, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Local cuisine, Business meetings, Bar scene, Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic
Open Hours
7:00 AM - 1:00 AM
7:00 AM - 1:00 AM
7:00 AM - 1:00 AM
7:00 AM - 1:00 AM
7:00 AM - 1:00 AM
7:00 AM - 1:00 AM
7:00 AM - 1:00 AM
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
  • E-mail
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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