Downtown Nightlife, Victoria (Self Guided)

Victoria's nightlife is diverse and bursting with vitality. We propose that you take a walk through some of the most interesting nightclubs in Victoria and choose the one that suits your taste the best.
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Downtown Nightlife Map

Guide Name: Downtown Nightlife
Guide Location: Canada » Victoria (See other walking tours in Victoria)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 km
Author: alice
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Clive's Classic Lounge

1) Clive's Classic Lounge

First opening its doors in 2008, Clive’s Classic Lounge can be found in the Chateau Victoria Hotel and Suites. Named after hotel owner Clive Piercy, guests to this swank lounge come for its extensive selection of expertly-crafted cocktails, including both classic drinks and original concoctions. The décor is that of an upscale living room space where guests can relax in both comfort and style, decked out in Swarovski crystal lighting, hand-crafted glass and mirrors, comfortable leather sofas, and two fireplaces to curl up near. A menu includes lunch and dinner selections, as well as small plate items. Be sure to check out Clive’s Signature Kobe Beef Burger for a real taste sensation.

Operation Hours: Monday – Wednesday: 11 am – midnight; Thursday – Friday: 11 am – 1 am; Saturday: 5 pm – 1 am; Sunday: 5 pm - midnight
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Hermann's Jazz Club

2) Hermann's Jazz Club

The oldest live jazz club in Victoria, Hermann’s Jazz club has been running under the auspices of Hermann Nieweler since 1986. The space includes a bar, full service restaurant, and small dance floor. Hermann’s Jazz Club host some of the best live jazz performances in the city, with a variety of local and touring bands playing throughout the week. Regular Thursday night performances by the Esquimalt High School Jazz band contribute support for young and promising talent. Regular artists appearing here include the Tom Vickery Trio, Monday Night Big Band, and the Dixieland Express. The menu includes a good assortment of appetizers, full entrees, as well as desserts.
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Sugar Nightclub

3) Sugar Nightclub

One of Victoria’s most popular club and live music venues, Sugar Nightclub features live music performances throughout the week, as well as fantastic DJ nights where guests get down on the dance floor into the wee hours. Sugar Nightclub hosts an assortment of terrific drink specials on various nights, including the popular three dollar drinks on Thursday evenings, with no cover for ladies all night long as well. Artists performing here include local and national talent, as well as big name touring acts like Tech N9ne, YG, and more. The regular Sugar Saturdays, hosting resident DJs Soulfix and Nims, attracts a steady crowd to Sugar each week.

Operation Hours: Thursday: 9 pm – 2 am; Saturday: 9 pm – 2 am
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The Mint

4) The Mint

A stylishly-appointed establishment serving a bevy of dishes with an international flair, the Mint specializes in authentic Nepalese and Tibetan cuisine though includes an assortment of menu choices from other parts of the world as well. Its host of delicious menu items includes such unique taste sensations as the Chorizo Naan Pizza, Tibetan Momos, Choyela, Butter Chicken Curry Poutine, and more. In addition to the regular menu, weekly special dishes are available as well. Evenings at the Mint includes entertainment by both live bands and DJs spinning a variety of world sounds, including anything from reggae to bossa nova, dubstep, and more.

Operation Hours: Daily: 5 pm - 2 am
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Paparazzi Nightclub

5) Paparazzi Nightclub

One of the premier nightlife establishments catering to Victoria’s gay community, Paparazzi Nightclub offers its guests a lavish evening of partying to some of the city’s best DJs spinning terrific dance tunes all night long. With an upscale environment and keen attention to servicing each customer fully, in addition to the great music served up here, Paparazzi features an assortment of other entertainment to entertain its guests, including fabulous drag shows, karaoke nights, and Friday Night Sass with resident DJ Evil E spinning electro, hip hop, dirty disco, and old school favorites to keep the dance floor packed into the wee hours.

Operation Hours: Monday – Saturday: 3 pm – 2 am; Sunday: 3 pm – 12 am
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Lucky Bar

6) Lucky Bar

A longstanding entry on Victoria’s hopping nightlife scene, Lucky Bar regularly packs the house for fantastic DJ sets, as well as live bands, throughout the week. On any given night guests here can partake in a number of themed parties, including 90210 on Monday evenings where resident DJs spin memorable tunes from the nineties. On Thursday evenings Lucky Bar sets up projection screens and large comfy sofas on which guests can recline to a more relaxed DJ set with plenty of visual stimulation to boot. The weekends heat up the dance floor with house and trance music defining the vibe, while live bands can typically be found here during weekdays.
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Upstairs Cabaret

7) Upstairs Cabaret

Located in the happening Bastion Square, the Upstairs Cabaret saw great success as a Victoria nightlife establishment starting under its former name, Harpo’s. Friday and Saturday evenings host some of the city’s best club night, with DJ sets heating up the dance floor with the sounds of house, electro, hip hop, and top 40 favorites. Upstairs Cabaret also hosts a bevy of touring international acts, including some heavy hitters in the music industry. Its esteemed list of past artists and DJs to have graced its stage includes Sound Garden, Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Crystal Method, Pearl Jam, Wolfgang Gartner, and many more. In addition to a good assortment of beers and premium liquors for guests to choose from, Upstairs Cabaret also offers a wide selection of coconut waters as well.

Operation Hours: Friday – Saturday: 10 pm - 2 am

Walking Tours in Victoria, British Columbia

Create Your Own Walk in Victoria

Create Your Own Walk in Victoria

Creating your own self-guided walk in Victoria is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Best Known Religious Sights of Victoria

Best Known Religious Sights of Victoria

Victoria located in British Columbia has a rich history and interesting people to tell it. It also has some outstanding religious sights. We offer, below, a tour that will take you through some of the most interesting religious places in Victoria.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 km
Victoria Kids Entertainment Tour

Victoria Kids Entertainment Tour

Victoria is the capital city of British Columbia and a major tourist destination. There is a range of fascinating attractions for your children. Just take the tour below and visit some of these attractions that will entertain your children for sure.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.5 km
Beautiful Architecture Walking Tour

Beautiful Architecture Walking Tour

Victoria is among the most British of cities in North America. It is famous for its green areas and beautiful gardens and parks. There are some outstanding architectural structures that you can visit too. In the tour that follows, take a look at some of the most visited architectural sites in Victoria.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 km
Best Museums and Art Galleries of Victoria

Best Museums and Art Galleries of Victoria

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Travel Distance: 2.2 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

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Travel Distance: 5.6 km
Victoria Daily Life Walking Tour

Victoria Daily Life Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.4 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Victoria for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Victoria has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Victoria, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.