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Irish Times Pub

4.0
175 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Irish
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About

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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Irish, Gastro Pub
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Sunday, Monday: 5:00pm - 12:00am, Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 1:00am
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Phone number
(250) 383-7775
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Brian Newham
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Catering
Please contact the restaurant for more details.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
View Street
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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.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.0  based on all time ratings
3.9
food
4.0
service
4.1
ambience
3.8
value
Noise · Moderate
94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Vancouver)
4.0  Dined on February 11, 2017

We had a great time!!! after making the reservation I didn't know exactly where we would be seated, but when we got there we were very happy with how they accommodated us, they gave us a really great area to have our party in. the staff were friendly and very accommodating. I'm very glad I booked this 8 person reservation for my girlfriend's birthday at Irish Times.

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OpenTable Diner (Vancouver)
4.0  Dined on February 5, 2017

Super bowl

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LeePresto (Vancouver)
4.0  Dined on February 4, 2017

I booked a surprise meal for my partners birthday on the weekend, we both really enjoyed our food, drinks and the staff were really friendly and very attentive!!! The ambiance here is great and we have already recommended the Irish Times Pub to friends of ours!

GREAT SERVICE GUYS!

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vipRick (Portland)
4.0  Dined on December 24, 2016

Our first visit to the Irish Times Pub. What a find. Great pub atmosphere, multi-level, very popular locals and tourist hangout. Great menu choices with several traditional English pub offerings, food was very good, cooked just right, with large portions. Large beer selection, local and imported, and nice wine list. Service was very good, especially considering how busy the pub was. Lucky we had Open Table reservations to be seated in a timely manner. While this was our first visit, it will not be our last. Definitely will be back next trip to Victoria.

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OpenTable Diner (Vancouver)
5.0  Dined on December 24, 2016

Irish Times was the best place to be Christmas Eve 2016. Great food, wonderful friendly service, festive atmosphere, and the music of the fabulous O'Briens!

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OpenTable Diner (Portland)
4.0  Dined on December 23, 2016

Beautiful older stone building, very clean. Great service and good menu and drinks options. I had the fish and chips and I have had better, two large pieces but the breading was a bit heavy. The others had lamb burger and beef burger and they were happy with those

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OpenTable Diner (Vancouver)
5.0  Dined on October 28, 2016

We had a large group to celebrate a co-worker moving on to his next adventure. Irish Times had found us a great room perfect for conversation and very comfortable. The service was amazing! The server was checking on us regularly and was easily able to keep all of our orders separate even though we kept moving all over the place. I think she even remembered some of our names! The server was probably one of the best I've ever seen. :) They made it a wonderful experience for everyone. I would definitely book a group occasion with them again!

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OpenTable Diner (Vancouver)
2.0  Dined on October 8, 2016

We really enjoyed our meal, however it was so loud it was difficult to have conversation with the other people at our table of only 4 people!!! We loved the atmosphere, decor and food but would hesitate to come back due to excessive volume.

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OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on October 8, 2016

Outstanding food and service. The fish and chips were the best we've ever had!

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OpenTable Diner (Vancouver)
5.0  Dined on September 8, 2016

Lovely place to enjoy lunch and celebrate with friends. I was visiting with two friends from Ecuador. They thoroughly enjoyed this restaurant for the food, the decor, the service and the low level of music allowing us to talk and visit. One woman has parents coming soon to visit from Quito and she plans to take them to this pub.
Thank you !

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vipKaren (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on September 2, 2016

Terrific food, outstanding service, broad menu. Our group of 10 was very well taken care of by a waitress who was professional and efficient. We had a great time!

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OpenTable Diner (Birmingham)
5.0  Dined on August 22, 2016

Fantastic food with great live music and service levels very good

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OpenTable Diner (Vancouver)
4.0  Dined on August 21, 2016

I didn't venture far from my usual order of the Bacon & Brie Burger. It was amazing as usual!

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OpenTable Diner (Vancouver)
5.0  Dined on August 21, 2016

It was my son's b day. Ours was a table of 7, including a child who is 4 years old. At first I thought it may not be suitable for a small child but I was wrong. The service was excellent! The food was excellent! The music was excellent! We all have a great time and I definitely will recommend this restaurant to people of all ages. We will be returning to Irish Times!

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OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on August 6, 2016

We really enjoyed our dinner so much so we went for breakfast a couple of days later.

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vipdegrana (Calgary)
5.0  Dined on June 22, 2016

Everything was great!

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ChristyB (Vancouver)
4.0  Dined on June 18, 2016

I liked the pub because of the good location and ability to fit in a big group. However, I found we were a bit cramped at our table. Not all dinner plates could fit at the table and some guests had to eat on their lap :( Still, the food tasted excellent and service was good. Thank you.

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GeorgeM (Vancouver)
4.0  Dined on June 14, 2016

Great evening with great food, brews and excellent service.

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OpenTable Diner (Vancouver)
4.0  Dined on June 3, 2016

Best Bangers & Mash in town! The sausages were superb and the onions and gravy were outstanding. Great portion size too.

Macaroni was delicious, but portion size was really small for the cost. They need to increase portion or reduce price.

Over all, it has a great pub atmosphere with great food.

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OpenTable Diner (Vancouver)
5.0  Dined on May 20, 2016

Great music, menu and interior atmosphere in general.
Oysters and scotch egg are my favorite treats.
We'll be back for sure.

Thank you.

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OpenTable Diner (Vancouver)
2.0  Dined on May 19, 2016

Shoved in a corner and people hit chair every time they went through doorway. Ignored by overworked server. Too loud for talking. Food was just ok.

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OpenTable Diner (Vancouver)
4.0  Dined on May 12, 2016

One of my faves!!!

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OpenTable Diner (Vancouver)
4.0  Dined on May 7, 2016

Good food, great pub ambiance - great beer and whiskey. Wife and I came and and was sat down quickly - good service and very tasty food.

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A123 (Vancouver)
5.0  Dined on May 6, 2016

This was a lovely place to eat in on our last night in Victoria. My fiance had the bangers & mash, and I had the Shepard's pie. Would highly recommend the cider flight--you get four glasses for a reasonable price and the glasses are very large! We would definitely come back!

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OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on April 2, 2016

This is my 6th time to visit the Irish Times in Victoria. I get up there on business every other year or so and it is a must do on every trip. I have learned to make a reservation or you will be waiting a while unless you are alone. I usually am part of a group of 6 or more. They are also good about granting my request of being near the stage. The atmosphere is a party and the musical talent is top notch. I do have a favorite group, Black Angus, however this last time they were not on the schedule. They put on a great show.
The food is good, and a wide selection of beers. If you are looking for a fun place to visit, this is it!

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vipHappyDiner (Calgary)
3.0  Dined on March 4, 2016

After reading great reviews on Open Table my husband and I were looking for a relaxing night out. We arrived and were seated right away and our waitress was very pleasant but everything seemed rushed. It was like they couldn't wait for us to order food rather than enjoying a couple of drinks first, and when the food came, it all came at once. We were in and out in 45 minutes which was not our plan. Relax and let your patrons enjoy. Calamari was good, Fish and Chips were soggy, so that was disappointing, my bisque was very good , and my premium oyster were so small they weren't worth the money. Wouldn't rush back

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Khazle (Vancouver)
5.0  Dined on February 26, 2016

We booked the Irish Times Pub on the suggestion of friends and as well the Pub was participating in the "Dine Around Victoria" and offered a $20.00 meal. When we got there, we were seated promptly and server took drink orders. The "dine around" menu, offered two starters, three entree's and two desserts. Between the four of us all menu items were chosen. The salad and soup were fabulous. The Irish stew, pizza and butter chicken were to die for and the desserts were great. Our server, Michelle 55, was attentive and personable. Two thumbs up!@.

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OpenTable Diner (Portland)
5.0  Dined on February 26, 2016

Food and drink was great. The service was top notch. Will defiantly go back every time we are in Victoria.

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OpenTable Diner (Vancouver)
5.0  Dined on February 23, 2016

our meal at dine around was very good! for the $20. dinner you couldn't beat it.
best deal in town.

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NewYearsReveller (Vancouver)
4.0  Dined on December 31, 2015

Reserved for New Years back in October. Glad we did! It was packed. The band was great, the atmosphere lively, overall my wife and I agree it was the best New Years Eve event we had been to in a very long time. Understandably there were a couple of problems we encountered on such a busy night, but while distracting, they weren't ruinous of a good time. We would go back, just ask for a table further from the door so it didn't feel like we were sitting outside most of the night.

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