Victoria clubs and the nightlife scene in general in this city add an extra dimension to visits to this cool town, and nightlife options here range from cozy pubs to theater shows. Clubs are definitely at their liveliest on weekend nights, but this doesn't mean that they can't be good places to go for some late night fun on weekdays. Most of the clubs around the BC capital are open every day of the week, with the most common closing time being 2 a.m. Only on Sundays does a midnight closing time apply. If you're not up for the club scene, Victoria offers a variety of bars that offer different atmospheres, and any number of sporting or performing arts events can help keep the fun going once the sun goes down.
The Victoria nightlife isn't what draws tourists in to the BC capital. That being said, late night revelers have some good options to consider when going out on the town. The best Victoria night clubs and bars are found in the downtown district and the nearby Inner Harbour and Old Town areas. Wharf Street, which runs along the Inner Harbour waters, is a good place to start. From there, you can wander down any number of streets with bars with clubs, such as the main downtown Victoria thoroughfare that is Government Street.
As you might expect in a former British territory, pubs are in good supply in and around downtown Victoria and the Inner Harbour, so finding a good ale to kick back isn't difficult. The city is also home to some jazz hangouts with a relatively swanky appeal, and on weekends especially, they are known to offer live performances. Such a hangout can be found at the renowned Empress Hotel on the Inner Harbour. Known as the Bengal Lounge, it is an elegant Victoria nightlife institution that harkens back to the city's days as a British-owned outpost.
Music enthusiasts who are interested in the Victoria nightlife scene can also check the events schedule at the city's other kinds of bars and clubs. They can also see what's on tap at entertainment centers such as the Save on Foods Memorial Centre. This arena at 1925 Blanshard Street plays hosts to big ticket concerts with regularity, and sports fans might make note of the fact that it is also home to the Victoria Salmon Kings minor league hockey team.
Rounding out the nightlife options in Victoria BC are party cruises and performing arts events. The party cruises can either be pre-arranged affairs or private events that see you sharing the ship with friends, family, and/or co-workers. The Inner Harbour is the place to go if you want to arrange Victoria cruises of all kinds. As for the performing arts scene, Victoria is home to a variety of good theater companies, and venues such as the Royal Theatre and the McPherson Playhouse play host to symphony performances, operas, and numerous stage plays. You can find the Royal Theatre at 805 Broughton Street, while the McPherson Playhouse is situated at 3 Centennial Square.
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