Garrick's Head Pub

Garrick's Head PubGarrick's Head Pub
Garrick's Head PubGarrick's Head Pub
Bar, Eatery

1140 Government St
Victoria, British Columbia, V8W 1Y2

(800) 665-6500 | map

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Reviewed by stagger from Canada (AB)

3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4
A fine little pub with a few too many TVs for my liking. A good, smaller selection of micros on tap and a genuine-feeling atmosphere (a little less put-on feeling than either Swan's or Christie's, the other two pubs I visited in Victoria this week). Nicely situated in Bastion Square, but forget the (extremely narrow) patio if your party is more than two people. Service was reasonably efficient, if aloof.

By BA criteria alone this would seem to rate lower, but my overall impression of the Garrick's Head is that it was my favourite of the three, the one that felt most comfortable and real. I was well pleased with this place.
Aug 07, 2009
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Rated: 4 by Needmorebeer312 from Washington

Apr 17, 2018
Rated: 3.85 by Taybeh from Minnesota

Sep 01, 2017
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Reviewed by easong from California

4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5
This pub is at the center of the downtown Victoria tourist zone. But, they had a nice vibe and an uncompromising commitment to BC craft brew, with 64 handles, a few of which were ciders. If I were in town for only one day and wanted to sample as many local ales as possible I'd start here.
Jul 21, 2017
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Reviewed by spoony from Colorado

3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5
V-Garrick's Head is located near the harbor on the main tourist drag in downtown Victoria. When I visited for lunch on a Monday, the place was pretty quiet. It has a pub feel, but with large windows and lighter colored wood than most pub-type places. TVs above the large bar showed sports and an electronic draft list. It is a large space and I didn't venture into the back room.

Q-The beers are mostly BC local offerings, which is OK by me, but a few other craft options from further afield in Canada and the States were on offer. Maybe not the best offerings, and I didn't see anything super rare or unique, but not its not an awful list by any means.

Ser-The bartender was friendly, prompt, and he poured a good pint. He didn't offer any suggestions on beer or food, but I didn't ask him for help, either.

Sel-The tap list at Garrick's Head is pretty lengthy. It leaned heavily towards IPAs and other lighter beers when I was there, but that is to be expected in July. As noted above, the choices are weighted heavily towards BC craft.

F-The menu is typical pub fare like burgers and snacks. I had a chef's salad that was decent, but nothing amazing or worth seeking out.

O-A decent spot for a pint in a good people watching location, but somewhat average in terms of food and vibe.
Aug 17, 2016
Rated: 4.06 by Beervana from Canada (BC)

Dec 16, 2015
Rated: 4.06 by Randyarchy from Sweden

Apr 08, 2015
Rated: 3.75 by BarneyGumble from Canada (BC)

Jul 26, 2014
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Reviewed by EspressoGuy from Canada (BC)

3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4
For my money, this is the place in Victoria to try the whole gamut of good BC Craft Beers plus it has a both an open bright side, a nice long bar, and cozy pub part, and even a patio so it's the place no matter what the mood or weather.

55 Beers on tap. The list is posted on line:
NOTE: not sure if this is always the case, but you won't find any of the local brewpub beers on tap (ie. Swans, Spinnakers, Moon Under Water).

The service was a kind of slow and inattentive but when we were finally served it was friendly.

Music (weekend afternoon) was edgy indie rock which the staff all seemed to like.
Jul 19, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by YamagamiTravis from Canada (BC)

May 25, 2014
Rated: 4 by billab914 from Virginia

Oct 31, 2013
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Reviewed by TheSevenDuffs from Canada (ON)

4.54/5  rDev +12.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5
Recently rennovated with 44 beers on tap. This is defintiely the place to go in Victoria. There was great local representation from the like of Phillips, Driftwood, Van Island and Hoyne with 3-6 taps each, including seasonals in most cases. As well they had an assortment of other BC beer (Parallel 49, Tree), two US craft taps (Elysian, Ninkasi), a Unibroue tap and others. About 5-6 of the taps were macro (Sleeman, Coors, Canadian, etc.) and of course there was Guinness.

Kegs turn over quickly. Over my 3 days in Victoria (with vists each day) they had seasonal taps from Driftwood, Phillips and Ninkasi change along with a few others. Was lucky to find the likes of Driftwood Twenty Pounder and Elysian Savant IPA on tap.

Seating with a little hard to come by at times and the atmosphere was pretty good too. Bartenders were all great - knowledgeable about the beer and friendly.

Didn't have any food.
Mar 20, 2013
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Reviewed by BDTyre from Canada (BC)

3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5
Neat little pub attached to the Bedford Regency hotel in Victoria. Enter through big metal door via the hotel, or by a nice enterance round the corner in Bastion Square. Wood flooring, nice wood burning fire place. Sort of a frontier take on the British pub. Quaint, but not much going on for decoration. Not a lot of stuff to look at.

Lunchtime service is prompt and friendly. Beer selection is quite good. Mostly island micros and craft, with some other BC micros and Canadian macros and of course, Guinness and Strongbow.

On-tap at my visit where several offerings from Van. Island, Phillip's (including a brew done for Garrick's Head), Lighthouse and Russell Brewing from Surrey.

Food is well done. Selection is pub fare, but often it is interepreted a little more on the flavourful side. Pricing is a little bit higher on some items compared other places, but still is within a reasonable range.
Mar 28, 2006
Garrick's Head Pub in Victoria, BC, Canada
Place rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 13 ratings