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Bard & Banker
Bard & Banker

Bard & Banker Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.bardandbanker.com
  • Phone: (250) 953-9993
  • Hours of Operation: Daily from 11:00 am to 1:00 am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Gastro Pub, Burgers, Northwest
  • Executive Chef: Richard Luttman
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Please contact the restaurant for more details.
  • Private Party Contact: Brad Skerrett (250) 953-9993
  • Entertainment: The Bard & Banker is open seven days a week from 11am to 1am with live music every night.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Fort St
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Bard & Banker
The Bard & Banker offers a friendly, warm atmosphere. Featuring Victoria's best whisky selection and 30 beers and cider on tap, and an enjoyable wine list. The food menu is constantly changing and features local, home made dishes with options to please everyone. The Bard presents live local music 7 nights a week with NO cover. Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
Diner Reviews
  • "Not a foodie or a critic but just a regular Joe that was looking for a good meal, some local music, and a fun night out. We found all of that at Bard & Banker. We read several reviews about this place that were mediocre at best, but we found it just the opposite. The food was very good, nice selection of beers and the live music was outstanding. Will definitely return on our next trip to Victoria. To all those neigh sayers... get over yourselves and learn to relax and enjoy life. Bard & Banker is an excellent establishment."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "I chose this location for a 20 yr reunion with some high school chums. It was a great decision. Our waitress was phenomenal!!!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Alway great to have live entertainment when the girls go out. Fantastic building, good sevice and good food. A real hit!"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Was disappointed; was expecting British pub food but it was just fish and chips....all different kinds of fish but still fish and chips. Service was attentive."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "The new menu is missing a couple of my old favorites; no pizza or bangers and mash. The ham and cheese sandwich I had was 'pork and apple and cheese' and not what I hoped for. Service was slow this visit although place didn't seem too busy - it was a holiday weekend ..."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "Advertised a band but not really set up to see and hear music. Food was comfort food and very good."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Enjoyed a terrific meal with a group of friends. Four of us enjoyed the chicken dinner. Succulent chicken and tasty sides. We loved the cauliflower side. Our server was marvellous."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "This is a real gem of a spot. The staff was great, we really liked our food, and it had just the right amount of noise. We'll definitely come back next time we're in Victoria!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Loved this restaurant the first time we visited Victoria last September. Ate there 3 times during our 7 day vacation. Looked forward to eating here again in June. Although the service was wonderful and the music was awesome, my husband and I were very disappointed to see that the menu had changed. No appetizers? No Chicken Pot Pie? The waitress told us it was being changed from a pub to a restaurant. If it wasn't for the music, we probably would not go back again. The pub atmosphere is what makes it special. I hope it doesn't become just another restaurant. :("
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "The food was delicious! Especially loved the fish bites."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "I met some friends visiting from Alberta -it was great to show off the pub!! They loved it got a bit loud to visit once music started but overall great! Kudos to Laura who suggested a great table!!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We had dinner here. Our server was great! She recommended a beer that she thought would meet our taste and didn't dissapoint. The food came quickly and was awesome. The menu has suggested wine and beer pairings and they have a huge selection of scotch if you're in to that. We will be back!!"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Step into the old bar scene; wooden panels, carving, open loft, wrought-iron, cushy seating, intimate booths and open tables. The lively and helpful servers are in Scot's plaid, the whiskey choices optimal, food interesting, and live music is available nightly. You will be well cared for here!"
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "This bar is beautiful inside! We had awesome service and the Greek pizza was really good!"
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "I've only been to the island a few times, BUT I always make a trip to the Barb & Banker. The friendly staff, amazing food, and good selection of homemade brews and other assorted alcohols, makes it such a neat place to be! The bands that play weekly are great, and I've met some awesome locals and folks from around the world! Definitely a place to check out! :)"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "We loved this place, really great set up and friendly staff. We had the bangers and mash, but asked for a veggie instead of the potatoes, and they happily complied, and gave us asparagus. Though I'm sure the potatoes would have been delightful, the meal was great and we really appreciated the accommodation. Excellent restaurant. Guys outnumbered females about 3 -1 but that might be because the servers have ridiculously low cut shirts and short kilts at this "Breastaurant" LOL."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Great food, great service - I've never been dissapointed!"
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • ". Clam chowder: hardly any soup in there, all corn, bacon and low quality tiny mussels. Pizza with mushrooms: no taste, so many mushrooms that it was ridiculous. When I asked for a doggy bag, the waitress came back with an OPEN BOX and I (the customer paying 15 to 20% as a tip!!) had to put the rest of the pizza in the box myself. Where on earth have you seen this before, Bard and Banker?? You don't just need a nice building and some history, it takes MUCH MORE: cooking is all about making sure the food is cooked properly and having a Chef in the kitchen would definitely help so, for example, your customers won't end up with a pizza buried under a ton of uncooked mushrooms. This place is a total disgrace to food."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "Dined in Edinburg, Glasgow and other Scottish towns for first time last summer. Was expecting the same but other than servers in plaid skirts was more like a standard North American pub/food location."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Firs time visiting the Bard and Banker, and it was superb. The restaurant itself is gorgeous, but it was the service and the food that made the experience exceptional. Wonderful customer service and absolutely delectable entrees. I absolutely recommend this to anyone looking for a high energy, but similarly relaxing joint."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "Great pub in the heart of downtown Victoria, an old converte bank, stately yet casual atmosphere. Great menu, food well prepared and tasty, great service. Great local and import beer selection as well as wine. Have eaten here every time I have come to Victoria for a little rest & relaxation. A great place to share casual conversation over a beer or enjoy their excellent food. Definitely recommend you try this place."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "My husband and our favorite couple spent Valentines Day dinner here. We had the most amazing service, very knowledgeable with the liquor and very attentive. Our food was delicious and the sticky date pudding was to die for!!!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Food was surprisingly good.Salads looked freshly made. Martinis strong- good cocktail drink selection. There was a confusion about tables available and then it was given to others. Great music! Server was nice and friendly. One of the nicest bar in Victoria! I would go back again."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "we especially enjoy taking out-of-towners - and U.S. visitors - to B&B. We have never been disappointed with any aspect of the experience, and the newbies have been impressed. AND we like your connection with Phillips Brewery as well as many other local products."
    Dined on 1/27/2014
  • "Great fun on Robbie Burns day. We always go for the pipers, drums, haggis, tatties, and neeps."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Notable selection of beers and good food, the mussels in Pernod were wonderful."
    Dined on 1/15/2014
  • "As a location to pop into for a meal before an event the Bard worked well for us. On a Sunday 4 of us were well served the meal was good and the noise level was good for us to have a conversation. This might not be the case on another night or if it was busy. but over all we all enjoyed our meals."
    Dined on 1/5/2014
  • "Pub food was good, drinks were great. Service was top-notch. We had a great time for New Years Eve 2014."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "I had the greatest lamb burger at Bard & Banker. Simply delicious - quite possibly the best burger I've had in my life."
    Dined on 12/26/2013
  • "This pub is so beautiful and well maintained. The wine list is extraordinary and extensive. The beers are fabulous. I haven't gotten into the Scotches! Good food at a reasonable price and lovely wait staff."
    Dined on 12/26/2013
  • "The Bard and Banker would be far improved without the live music. It's terrible covers that add nothing to the place, which works very well for a social group, with all the nooks, alcoves and snugs. Having the music so loud we have to shout over it to talk is a downer. When it's not very good music, it puts me off returning. Service was fair, mostly as our server seemed to be pretty run off her feet with the number of tables and people in the bar the night we were in."
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "Great lunch, great atmosphere. Service a little slow considering place wasn't very full but our conversation dealt with it fine."
    Dined on 12/19/2013
  • "Had a nice lunch with my project team -- good food, nice atmoshere and service."
    Dined on 12/18/2013
  • "I have been to the bard and banker many times, for several various occasions and am always very pleased!"
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "We love to come see and hear Tom Hooper play, the Veggie burger was good (without cheese it was close to vegan, had mayo still and don't know what exactly was in the patty) Would love to see at least one vegan option on your lunch and dinner menu besides fries and edamame. Thanks"
    Dined on 10/8/2013
  • "When friends visit from Portland they go to the Baird three or four times each stay. The reasons are simple - great ambiance, friendly and helpful wait crew, dietary restrictions are looked after and suggestions made without hassle or attitude, and being beer conniseurs, they appreciate the selection and the clean equipment which makes a Guiness taste better than at any other location in Victoria. You can be seated in th emiddl eof all the action or in a smaller quiet room. Really seem to look after you if you make a reservation and its so easy to do."
    Dined on 9/29/2013
  • "We come to hear Tom Hooper and others. Always good service, that night we even had a floor show! (patron with a little too much wine dancing infront of Tom) Even he had entertainment! Good times as always."
    Dined on 9/25/2013
  • "The food was fair. Shepards pie was a little bland. The pizza crust was well done to the point of being brittle. The wait staff was very in attentive. Thee atmosphere and decor was a 10 though."
    Dined on 9/1/2013
  • "A nice place in an otherwise relatively dull shopping area. Serice is ok likewise the food. Interior with all the private areas is good fun."
    Dined on 8/6/2013
  • "Love the Scottish theme of the restaurant and the bagpiper that went through the restaurant and one point. Friendly servers and quick to bring whatever was ordered. Nice ambience and lots of seating areas to choose from. An excellent place for date night. I will return and also recommend the Bard and Banker to others."
    Dined on 8/3/2013