Ross Bay Pub, a Fairfield public house that takes quality nosh as seriously as it does Canucks games, makes escaping the elements a cozy and tasty affair. Whether the meal wheel lands on dinner, lunch, or Sunday breakfast, the pub’s creatively classic menu has a solid answer for nearly any culinary question. Small plates make big statements with yam fries ($7) and salt-and-pepper pork bites with sea salt, cracked pepper, and preserved-lemon-garlic aioli ($9.25). Your choice of soup, salad, or fries form a loyal entourage for every burger, including the lamb curry burger, a bewitching menagerie of apple marmalade, Okanagan goat cheese, curry mayonnaise, lettuce, tomato, and pickle on a toasted pretzel bun ($11.75). As for pub fare, a roast-beef stew made with Angus beef, Race Rocks amber ale, root vegetables, and Yorkshire pudding, may well be the only meal anyone needs till the end of time ($11), though the baked shepherd’s pie may beg to differ ($12).
At Darband Tea House patrons sip Middle-Eastern teas and coffees and smoke flavoured hookah without inhaling any tobacco, nicotine or tar. Nip at a cup of turkish coffee ($1.95) among Darband's earthy wall coverings and eclectic furniture, or warm over-yodeled larynxes with an assortment of persian teas ($1.95), including green tea, oolong, red tea, and black tea. Hookah smoking combines fruity tastes with the pastime of melancholy caterpillars, and patrons can partake in more than 25 flavours such as strawberry, mint, and watermelon ($9.50/person). Open late and licensed by the Victoria Island Health Authorities, Darband Tea House is the only licensed hookah establishment in Victoria.
Susan James Store promotes informed and innovative forays into sensuality with a broad collection of lingerie sets, adult toys, and massage products managed by an approachable staff. Lights set shelves aglow in the bright boutique, which focuses on the reliability and hygienic safety of its erotic wares. All toys sport casings of 100% medical-grade silicon, eschewing porous materials for better hygiene. Knowledgeable employees readily dispense recommendations on the store's supply of lubricants and complete line of Kama Sutra massage oils, and couples' kits lead to spicier date activities than sharing a bottle of sriracha at dinner.
Commandeering the swanky stage at Svelte Cocktail Lounge on April Fool's Day, the "Not So Svelte Comedy Show" showcases two hours of comedians from the west shore. Atomic Vaudeville's Carlo Rossi hosts the night's cavalcade of funny people, which begins with sets from standup newcomers Ryan Bangma and Harris Anderson. The evening of contagious laughter marches onward behind the sharp-witted quips of seasoned improv actor and scientist Morgan Cranny, the sidesplitting jangles of Three Dead Trolls in a Baggie member Wes Borg, and the unabashed stand-up of Giants V: Murder By Death actress Katie-Ellen Humphries. Headliner Mike Delamont, star of the acclaimed one-man show God is a Scottish Drag Queen, channels many of his eccentric characters as he shares observations about the Mayans, the Olympics, and skydiving. Though not valid with this Groupon, Svelte Cocktail Lounge hosts a variety of other events–upcoming shows include dueling pianos, a DJ set, and a 10-piece salsa band.