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Top Five Liquid Libations

Home to over a dozen breweries, numerous wineries, artisanal ciderhouses, two distilleries and one of the top ten hotel bars in the world (plus a famous tea scene), whatever your beverage of choice, you’ll find yourself refreshed in Victoria.

The Victoria Ale Trail

Get a taste of Victoria's famous craft beers by following Victoria's Ale Trail (part of the BC Ale Trail).

Begin in Rock Bay by fueling up with some nibbles and German-style beer at Moon Under Water, continue on to sample Driftwood Brewery's award-winning offerings, then make your way downtown with a stop in at Vancouver Island Brewery. Next up is a quick one-two punch with stops at CANOE Brewpub and Swans Brewpub before finishing up in Victoria West at Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub, Canada's oldest brewpub.

Craft Cocktails

While famous for its brewers, Victoria's mixologists are crafting their own reputation for incredible liquid creations.

For cocktail fans, head to Clive's Classic Lounge (the only hotel bar in Canada named one of the Top 10 in the world by Tales of the Cocktail) for any of their amazing offerings. Leave your drink choice in the hands of fate and Spin The Wheel at Veneto Tapa Lounge and indulge in the signature Q1908 Cocktail at the Fairmont Empress's Q Bar.

Tea Culture

Tea culture has been engrained in the history of Victoria since the first wave of European settlers arrived.

Often considered a traditional, formal affair, tea culture has been wonderfully modernized in Victoria. Think tea-infused cocktails at The Fairmont Empress, tea-infused beer at Spinnakers, tea-based spa treatments and tea cocktails at Silk Road Tea, a tea sommelier at Hotel Grand Pacific and a range of Afternoon Tea experiences at the city's many hotels and tea rooms.

Wines of Greater Victoria & Vancouver Island

Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands (affectionately known as the Wine Islands) are the fastest growing wine region in Canada.

Find one quarter of British Columbia's wineries here, with most of them centered around the Cowichan Valley and Saanich Peninsula. Experience all the region has to offer in terms of wine by organizing a self-guided tour or scheduling a luxury limousine wine tour. Click here for a list of wineries in the region.

Ciders

An apple a day…

Southern Vancouver Island is home to two of Canada's most celebrated cideries: Sea Cider Farm and Cider House on the Saanich Peninsula and Merridale Ciderworks in Cobble Hill. Stop by either for tours of their farms and orchards, tasty nibbles and of course, a glass or two of crisp, refreshing cider!

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