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|Daily from 11AM until 1AM|
Profile Last Updated: May 14, 2009
At first, you might be inclined to think you've walked into a Ben Sherman advertisement. The booth in the main foyer is adorned with vinyl British flag upholstery, 80s Brit pop music pumps loudly through the PA, and the wallpaper is imprinted with the names of famous British writers and musicians in hip, gothic typography. This is Smith's Pub and Restaurant, and it's tucked away in Victoria's downtown core, less than one block away from Douglas.
Brooding and Passionate
Smith's is the sister pub to The Morrissey in Vancouver, and you might have already guessed the concept that ties them together. Morrissey is the famously pompous lead singer of notorious British pop darlings The Smiths. The band's clever lyrics and heart on sleeve vocals contrast with breezy, catchy tunes. Smith's Pub operates in much thesame style. Opened in 2006 by the owner of The Morrissey, it features a high-end pub menu with items ranging from battered fish and chips to gourmet sandwiches, and signatures like fish tacos and steamed mussels. Mini-burgers are featured several days a week.
Old Space, New Style
As a pub, Smith's is atmospheric. The decor and music are paired with dimmed lights, candle lit tables, old British-style lamps and dark wooden beams stretching across the ceiling. The red and white striped floor echoes the signature menus. It's like drinking in a Tudor mansion decorated by your new European friends. A wide selection of import beers augments the stand-by domestic tap list, featuring several drafts from favourite Victoria area breweries. Stop by on Wednesdays for the burger and beer special.