Dimly lit, brick walled and wooden floored. You walk into Swans Brew Pub and you don’t want to leave. I can confidently state that my pub-loyalty lies with Swans Brew Pub. I’ve been going to Swans since my first week in Victoria back in September 2010, and I’ve been going back ever since.
Why? Why am I drawn to Swans? It’s versatile – you can take your parents there for lunch, you can go for a quiet dinner with a friend to catch up, you can go for late night nachos mid-way through your wild night out.
The location is prime, situated down-town near the pseudo-industrial area. As you look out the window you see the ocean, the Johnson Street bridge, and an old abandoned building that screams haunted house…
The staff are pleasant and easy-going. There is live music! My latest visit fully lived up to my Swans standards. I went with an old friend (he did the photography) and sat in the patio area that is windowed in and cozily heated. The live band played swing music and couples flocked to the dance floor. We ordered two Brown Ales and two chicken burgers. Pints were on special for $3.29. A slammin’ deal for us starving students. Because Swan’s is a micro-brewery, the beer is unique to the bar. My go-to is Raspberry Ale… Careful with this one. It’s higher in alcohol content and it will knock you off your feet quicker than expected. But, the Raspberry Ale never disappoints – never too sweet, and perfectly refreshing.
This time, I decided to switch things up and go with the Brown Ale. Usually, I shy away from anything too hoppy, but this was the perfect balance.
And then came the chicken burgers. Charbroiled and delightful. $13 with your choice of salad or a combination of fries, yam fries, and onion rings. Yes, you get all three. No tough decisions here. The chicken burgers came adorned with parva ham wrapped around asparagus and goat cheese. Which I quickly ate as an appetizer. Then I placed the bun on top of the avocado and burger and started in.
(Photo Credit: Develyn Barker)
The meal was sublime, the accompanying beers were more than satisfactory.
If you’re looking for the best chicken burger and beer evening, or nacho night, or luncheon locale, Swans is where you should be.
Until next time.