In British Columbia … as in all of Canada … alcohol can only be purchased in liquor stores or government approved outlets such as vineyards or breweries. They can either be government run or privately owned … but unfortunately you can’t buy booze in the grocery stores like you can in other areas of the world! Here’s some options for shopping for beer, wine & other spirits in Victoria.
Locations of Government Liquor Stores: Licensed liquor stores are the only outlets where you can purchase alcohol in Victoria. They include government stores as well as private stores. These stores carry all the 'usual' alcohol
In addition to the usual Government or Private 'standard' liquor type stores that sell a smattering of everything, there are some stores that carry only certain items or specialize in more unique or local kinds
Vancouver Island is fast becoming one of the premier wine growing areas in BC - second only to the Okanagan. Within the Greater Victoria area here are some suggestions of wineries to visit: (further down
Victoria is home to numerous award-winning craft breweries and brewpubs. Drop in for a pint (or a pint and a great meal!) or take home a growler* from some of the selected establishments! Breweries: Phillips
In addition to many world-class wineries ... Victoria and Vancouver Island has some amazing cideries. Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse - 2487 Mt. St. Michael Rd., Saanichton, BC ♥ *Lots of parking! Merridale Estate Cidery
VICTORIA DISTILLERS (formerly Victoria Spirits Distillery) 6170 Old West Saanich Rd.** **Moving to new location - 9891 Seaport Place - Sidney, BC (between the Sidney Marina & Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre) Opening in May 2016
For something truly unique and different ... why not give mead a try? Tugwell Creek Honey Farm & Meadery - 8750 West Coast Rd., Sooke, BC Most people know that beer is an age-old drink