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Victoria Night Life and Entertainment  Ideas

The Victoria night life scene is pretty impressive for a city our size. We have beautiful theatres, world-class wineries, distilleries and breweries open for touring and tasting, sporting and entertainment facilities, and a good assortment of pubs and bars.

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Age of Majority

The age of majority in the Province of British Columbia is 19. That’s the age an individual is legally considered an adult and is able to do things like vote, smoke cigarettes and marijuana, apply for a credit card, get married or join the armed forces without parental consent, enter a binding contract, buy lottery tickets, consume alcohol and gamble. 

You may be asked to show your ID if you appear under the age of 35.

For most teenagers, they look forward to turning 19 so they can legally drink and enjoy more Victoria night life but as of October 2018, it is also now the age they can legally purchase and consume marijuana.

This whole industry is very new to Canada and I am expecting companies will soon expand their tour businesses to include stops at farms to sample the weed.

Learn more about purchasing and consuming cannabis in British Columbia.  

Breweries, Cideries, Distilleries

Here on Vancouver Island, we have an excellent variety of delightful locally produced alcoholic beverages.

Our selection of breweries, distilleries and cideries is diverse and many of them are accessible through tasting rooms and tours (a responsible and very fun Victoria night life option). We have several to choose from and suggest using TourScanner to find the best deals on food tours, wine tastings and beer tastings in the region. 

If you want something truly unique, try the pedal pub crawl downtown.

Symphony

The Victoria Symphony has been exhilarating guests since 1942. The symphony has performed over 3,000 concerts and welcomed over 1,400 guest artists and conductors and 9 music directors. They are considered one of the premier orchestras in Canada.

The Victoria Symphony performs at two venues – The Royal Theatre on Blanshard Street and at the Farquhar Theatre at the University of Victoria. Tickets can be purchased at the venue or at the Symphony Box Office located at Suite 610, 620 View Street. 

Due to COVID-19, the physical location of the Victoria Symphony box office is currently closed.

Please call the office phone number at 250.385.6515, leave a message and your call will be returned.

Due to the pandemic, the Symphony has suspended their season and are now offering virtual concerts as well as some larger-scale concerts featuring the whole symphony, socially distanced on stage, and some featuring quartets and quintets playing live together from local venues. The virtual concert season is available at no cost. Find details here. The Victoria night life won't be the same until we are able to enjoy experiences like the symphony again.

Comedy

If it's funny, and it's happening in Greater Victoria, then Comedy in Victoria knows about it. Consult their listing for open mic and comedy show listings around town.

Concerts

NOTE: Some venues continue to offer live performances within the Provincial guidelines. Many concerts however are being rescheduled or streamed live.

Indoor concerts in Victoria are generally held at one of the following venues:

  • Alix Goolden Performance Hall, 907 Pandora Avenue
  • Capital Ballroom, 858 Yates Street
  • Distrikt, 919 Douglas Street
  • Hermann's Jazz Club, 753 View Street
  • McPherson Playhouse, 3 Centennial Square
  • Phillip T. Young Recital Hall, B125, MacLaurin Building, University of Victoria, Ring Road
  • Royal Theatre, 805 Broughton Street
  • Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre, 1925 Blanshard Street (largest venue)

The area is also known for outdoor concerts including the major draw for country music fans - Sunfest, which is currently scheduled for July 29 to August 2, 2021. Find a listing of concerts around town at LiveVictoria.com.

Smoking

Vaping and smoking of any kind is prohibited virtually everywhere indoors and have some restrictions outdoors as well which includes parks, at bus stops and around doors, open windows and air intakes of public and work places. Smoking and vaping are also not allowed in spaces deemed to be substantially enclosed public places (both permanent and temporary structures) if they have a roof or other covering and more than 50% of nominal wall space that prevents air from easily flowing through. 

Tobacco

You can purchase tobacco at every convenience store in Greater Victoria. You’ll need to know what you are looking for as tobacco is not permitted to be visible – it will be behind a door or curtain. You may also be asked for your identification if you appear under the age of 35.

Vaping

Vaping products are generally purchased at specialty stores and there are several throughout the region.

Cigars

If cigars are your taste, we have three shops in the downtown area where you can purchase them:

  • Cuban Cigar Store, 938 Fort Street
  • Old Morris Tobacconists, 1116 Government Street
  • Goodfellas Cigar Shop, 1-1441 Store Street (in the Market Square)

Cannabis

Cannabis products are legal to consume in British Columbia provided they are purchased at a government-run store or at a licensed private retailer and you are 19 years or older. This includes “weed” for smoking and 

  • edible products such as baked goods and beverages
  • extracts such as vaping liquids, tinctures, wax, hash and cannabis oil and
  • topicals such as creams, lotions and balms

Remember though that smoking marijuana in public still falls under the same restrictions as tobacco (see above). Refer to the BC Government for more information about cannabis

Other Victoria night life ideas:

Casino/Gambling

The gambling landscape has certainly changed over the years. It’s not too many years ago that this type of Victoria night life thrived in the region, including live harness racing that was taking place at Sandown Race Track. As of September 2018 it is the home of the new Sandown Shopping Centre. The demand for bingo halls has seen the same decline with the city supporting 4 halls in the past and as of January 2019, the Esquimalt Bingo Hall on Esquimalt Road is the only one left in town. And we have just one casino

The View Royal Casino recently underwent a renovation and name change. Now known as Elements Casino Victoria, it is still located on Island Highway near the View Royal/Colwood border and is the place to go for live gambling entertainment. 

19+ Shows and Festivals

  • Christmas Craft Beer Show 
  • Great Canadian Beer Festival 
  • The Phillips Backyard Weekender
  • Sunfest
  • Victoria Whisky Festival
  • Victoria Ale Trail

The Victoria night life options change frequently. Be sure to check TourScanner to find tickets and tours for the most popular activities. 

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