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Irish Times Pub
Irish Times Pub

Irish Times Pub Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.irishtimespub.ca/
  • Email: irishtimes@victoriapubcompany.ca
  • Phone: (250) 383-7775
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Sunday, Monday: 5:00pm - 12:00am, Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 1:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Irish, Gastro Pub
  • Executive Chef: Brian Newham
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Please contact the restaurant for more details.
  • Private Party Facilities:

    No one celebrates a party like the Irish! Come on in and enjoy the live music, great food, a warm Irish welcome and of course, the perfect pint or two.


    Our chef has plenty of selections to meet your needs. Whether you’re looking for classic Irish favorites or something more current you’re sure to find what you’re looking for. We offer everything from appetizer platters to customized menus for groups of 10 to 100!


    Mezzanine

    Located on the second floor, the upstairs balcony overlooks the stage and the bar. The mezzanine is a warm, inviting spot and can accommodate up to 100 guests.

    McCarthy"s Snug

    For semi-private parties, the McCarthy room is perfect for your group of up to 16 people seated, or 20 standing. Light the fire, sit back, and enjoy the heritage and hospitality on tap!

    O'Hagan's Snug

    Cozy is the word for this warm and intimate dining nook which seats up to six people.
  • Private Party Contact: Nancy Pritchard (250) 383-7775
  • Entertainment: Irish Times offers LIVE CELTIC MUSIC seven nights a week, with a traditional celtic session every Sunday from 7:30pm.


    The instruments of Irish music are the fiddle, the bodhrán (a single- handed drum) the uileann pipes, which are not dissimilar to Scottish bagpipes, the guitar, banjo, accordion and human voice, such as sean nós (a capella singing). The harp is confined to banquets. A ceilidh (pronounced " kaylee") is a music session in a pub.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: View Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Irish Times Pub
Welcome to the Irish Times Pub, where excellent design and authenticity are at the heart of downtown Victoria"s most exciting new pub!

Located at 1200 Government Street, the Irish Times Pub is home to 190 seats over two floors with 80 seats available on our patios, opening onto both Government Street and historic Bastion Square.

Our concept goes far beyond mere architecture though. The Irish Times opened with everything it takes to make a pub successfully Irish, including authentic Live Irish music, 7 nights each week.

The tradition of Ireland has also been extended to our menu, which has been developed on a philosophy of creating traditional Irish food and drink that is both contemporary and funky, showcasing Irish Pub Food as you would see in Ireland today.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGood for Groups
  • Diners' Choice WinnerLate Night Find
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "We had the $20 menu - it was good, plain food. Salad, Shepherds pie, fruit crumble. Good value for the money. Our table was in a small snug with a fire - very cosy and private."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "We thoroughly enjoyed the $20 Dine Around menu on Wednesday night. Thank you for recommending Phillips Chocolate Porter with dessert - wow! Body and spirit were well taken care of. The soul was enthralled by the music of Tom Hooper."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "We have been to the Irish Times on a number of occasions. It's one of our favourites. The food is always tasty and the general ambience is great. The beer is excellent and there are always local brews to try. My only complaint was when the music started. We were directly below a speaker on the upper floor through which the music was piped. If I had wanted to be that close to the music I could have stood by the bar in front of the musician. We weren't the only people it annoyed. As I said nice food great beer but maybe turn the music down upstairs."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We had a group of 20 people with only one waitress serving us. She did an amazing job!! The only complaint I had, is that they put us all in a room so we were a bit separated from the rest of the pub and couldnt hear the band. This would be a great option if you were wanting a quieter section so you could talk, but they werent to know we would enjoyed the "pub vibe" a bit more at the time of reservation so perhaps it would ha e been nice to have been given an option or at least a heads up we were going to be in the room. Also for 20 people, it was VERY crouded in the small room."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "It might have been a bad night. It was Valentine's Day and they appeared to be under-staffed. The service was slow with no apologies or explanations. The servers appeared grumpy and flustered. We are a very easy-going couple so it takes a lot for us to be disappointed. The beer selection was good but the food (fish tacos) was surprisingly mediocre. I haven’t been there in awhile and it will probably be awhile before I go back. For an $81.00 night I want a little bit friendlier service and better food."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Food is generally good but the service we received was not up to standards - waitress was largely absent and was basically rushing us out. Two regular menu items were not available after we had ordered them as well."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Nice location in downtown victoria. Love the old building, well kept inside and out. We had a nice little room at the back with view to the street. Service, decor and value all very good. Stop by and enjoy a local brew or of course something from Ireland."
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "Busy place as the local band playing but staff was on the ball with great service. Our waitress never missed a beat with keeping our drinks topped up!"
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Our ladies night out group had so much fun. We will back!"
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "Went here for a casual staff luncheon. Lots of menu choices for all tastes. Our party of 6 all found something they liked. Staff friendly & helpful."
    Dined on 1/7/2014
  • "This pub has the most luscious Guinness Crab Bisque. Creamy, rich, vibrant flavors. We always make this our first stop for our annual Christmas movie festival trip. Last year they had removed the Bisque from the menu, and we almost wept. Frankly, we were not going to stop this year due to that experience, but checked their menu online to see the Bisque listed and took a chance. So glad we did. HOORAY!"
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "For consistently good food, good service, good atmosphere and good music... I only wish they would have more traditional Irish music."
    Dined on 12/29/2013
  • "We had a great time. good food and pleasant staff Have a greatn 2014"
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "Great food and beer list. Service is very good. Typically has great live music as well."
    Dined on 11/27/2013
  • "We celebrated our daughter's 19th birthday at the Irish Times Pub - the live music was a fun addition to our evening. The pub was great at allowing us to bring in our own birthday cake, and we were happy to share some of it with the musicians and servers too! Definitely recommend the Irish TImes Pub to anyone looking to celebrate, or just have fun, with a group of people!"
    Dined on 11/1/2013
  • "We enjoyed an early meal prior to taking in a show at a downtown theatre. The staff, food and service were good. Although the restaurant was full, the noise level was moderate and we did not have to shout to be heard."
    Dined on 10/19/2013
  • "If you want a beer and some music, this is your place. If you're expecting to eat a decent meal, forget it! The entire meal was mediocre at best, but the worst was my overpriced lamb burger. Looked and tasted like a pre-fab frozen patty that was reheated. Looked and tasted like cardboard. The nachos were an overpriced joke......guacamole a hefty extra charge. The music and beers were good"
    Dined on 7/22/2013