Vis a Vis
Opened in 2008, we have been satisfying your thirst for local craft beer, premiums imports and wide array of wine and spirits, 7 days a week ever since. Live music seven nights a week.
Winner of Best Irish Pub in North America by Irish Pubs Global in 2017. We embrace the Irish culture with food for the body, drink for the spirit, and music for the soul. Open daily at
Located in the heart of Oak Bay Village. Here you'll discover fires crackling in four fireplaces, rich dark wood, Victorian-etched glass doors and windows, a fascinating collection of memorabilia and a fabulous bar.
With a “face-to-face” mentality, Vis a Vis is a personalized and engaging experience. With front row seats, you are able to interact with our Bartender & Charcutier while sipping on a glass of wine, locally crafted beer or a signature cocktail.
Vic Pub Co. is made up of a team of hardworking and loyal people who are committed to giving our guests the highest quality and most consistent experience possible.
Pub culture plays an important role in social life. It is the original social network. The hub of the community where people get together to enjoy great conversation, good humour and to indulge in wholesome food and distinctive beer. Our pubs have a special ambiance and charm, which invite people to relax and be themselves. Most important is our spirit. It is not something that can be put into words, but is something that our guests will feel. It is a mixture of friendly staff, great food, perfect pints, live music and just the right ambiance.
Penny Farthing menu can best be described as modern British “comfort food.” Our goal is to source out the finest ingredients from land and sea, and to present a dining experience you will want to come back for soon. Irish Times offers traditional Irish fare as well as modern pub fare. Our food is made fresh daily using many local and seasonal products. As often as possible, our produce, meat, poultry and fish come from farms and fisheries guided by principles of sustainability. Bard and Banker’s dynamic menu features dishes spanning from classic pub fare favourites, to unique west coast inspirations, and beyond. Sourcing local and sustainable ingredients, and growing our own herbs and microgreens on site, we strive for freshness, quality, and flavour at every turn. Vis-à-vis offers a chance to snack on a charcuterie board or dine on traditional French cuisine. It is the perfect spot for date night.
Breakfast is now served in Vis-à-vis, The Bard, and Irish Times daily from 7:00 am.
Each room has a specific selection of local craft brews and import taps along with an extensive whisky list and wine collection. Bard and Banker boasts 30 taps consisting of 15 local craft brews and 15 premium import. Bard has been voted #1 scotch list in the city by Victorians year after year. Winner of the 2018 Wine Spectator Award, The Bard is known for their lavish Wine Cave and extensive selection of hand picked bottles from around the world. Irish Times has an impressive 42 golden taps including 25 local craft brews, 13 premium imports, 4 ciders, and Prosecco. Irish Times has the best Irish Whiskey list in BC, over 30 kinds of Gin and other local and premium distilled products. Penny farthing hosts 38 taps full of 23 local craft brews, including a tap from each of the top 10 breweries in B.C, and 8 premium imports. Penny farthing and Vis-à-vis share an inspiring by the glass wine menu. Vis-à-vis offers signature hand crafted cocktails, 43 table wines, 7 sparklers, a wide selection of sherry and port for endless options.
In any of our rooms you will always find the perfectly poured pint of Guinness.
Live music adds to the ambiance in all of our rooms. Live music can be heard seven night a week at Bard & Banker and Irish Times! Traditional Irish music can be heard between 4pm and 7pm on Friday and Saturday. This allows the family a chance to come down and experience the traditional Irish Pub Craic. A local Jazz duo plays Vis-à-vis every Wednesday where we have specially priced bottles of wine.
Live music can also be heard at Penny and Vis-à-vis during holidays and special occasions. For a complete list of who is playing please visit our websites.