As visitors arrive for an evening of mingling around the lacquered bar or games of pool, it's hard not to notice the plates of internationally inspired dishes flowing out of the kitchen and onto the tables of hungry patrons. The Ledge Lounge's chefs borrowed from many continents in creating their bar menu, as evidenced in their dishes of sweet-potato-and-chickpea burgers, spaghetti tossed in a sun-dried tomato tapenade, and thai chicken curry. As they wash down bites with cocktails and local draft beers, guests bask in the glow of neon lights or seek refuge in sections of the LGBT-friendly bar illumined by natural light. Housed on the second floor mezzanine level of The Bedford Regency Hotel, the lounge's large windows grant elevated glimpses of bustling Langley Street down below.
Until midnight on weekdays and 1 a.m. every Friday and Saturday, patrons can continue to sink eight balls at the pool table and play their favourite tunes on the jukebox. Two 50-inch flat-screen televisions broadcast the latest sports, and a fireplace comforts and warms visitors born with winter in their bones. Along with its daily diversions, The Ledge Lounge hosts open-mic nights every Monday and numerous events throughout the year; past soirees include the 2012 Victoria Q Awards.
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Smith’s Pub staves off hunger pangs with a toothsome menu replete with inventive pub eats and a litany of libations, including 25 types of gin. Topped with butter chicken, the Bollywood chips ($11) shimmy up to tables in an ebullient yet tastefully choreographed dance, and market veggies trade 401k investment tips with delicate glass noodles in the longevity spring rolls ($8.50) before jumping into a pool of sweet spicy dip. Sink chompers into a Smith burger ($12) that swathes a house-made patty of free-range, hormone- and antibiotic-free Slater’s Meats beef in a cloak of grainy mustard mayo and high-definition caramelized onion. Landlubbing eaters sprout their sea legs with crispy coaching from beer-battered fish 'n' chips ($16), and tummies enjoy the Caledonian canoodles of a house-made Glasgow Kiss lamb burger ($14) that twitterpates mouths with sweet nothings supplemented by sundried apricots, crumbled feta, spicy pepper relish, and clover mayo.
Flying Otter Grill traverses land, air, and sea. It takes its name from the Otter aircraft, much like the kind that take off from the two-storey airline terminal at the Victoria Harbour Water Aerodrome surrounding the eatery. The restaurant itself floats on a series of pontoons so that it rises and falls with the tides, its floor-to-ceiling windows treating every table to views of the ocean and choreographed seagull flash mobs. Spanning both earth and ocean, the menu of pub fare draws on fresh prawns alongside crab, salmon, and Angus steak, and Cajun spiced chicken wings. Planes land on nearby airstrips and yachts sail into the harbour on a regular basis, the bustle of transit contrasting with the calm, cabin-like setting of the restaurant, which features West Coast cedar furnishings and a crackling fireplace. Taking inspiration from its surroundings, the Flying Otter nets some of its fresh fish from local suppliers.
Nestled within the Swans Hotel, Swans Brewpub crafts the classic flavours of a traditional darkened tavern in a space awash with light, artwork, and heritage architecture. Here, chefs strive to use hormone-free and locally sourced meats as they lay out feasts of savoury shepherd's pie, steak sandwiches, and pasta as bartenders gild glasses with crisp house brews. A glass-covered dining patio graces meals with a dose of sunshine, and live music from swing and blues bands creates a catchy soundtrack as visitors admire the pub's collection of First Nations carvings and ancient Inuit tap handles.
Blanshard St Winery shares its rich winemaking customs with customers, touting an expanded repertoire that includes beer and champagne kits. Stroll into the expansive winery and select from the vast collection of cellar classic whites ($175.59–$186.59), cellar classic reds ($175.59–$186.59), champagne ($216.59), and beer ($92.75). Wine and champagne batches ferment enough grapes to produce 30 bottles (750 mL each), and each beer batch decants into 46 bottles (500 mL each).