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“A good place to grab a drink or two”
Review of Swans Brewpub

Swans Brewpub
Ranked #111 of 1,212 Restaurants in Victoria
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Pub
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Good for: Bar Scene
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Breakfast, Lunch
Neighbourhood: Downtown
Reviewed 20 March 2012

We stopped by the other afternoon for a few drinks before dinner and had a pleasant time. The eclectic decor creates an interesting, visually stimulating environment. The service was friendly, attentive and quick. The only other comment I have is to watch out for the double Ceasar specials on Sundays; they are quite spicy (and unfortunately, not made very consistently).

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Reviewed 10 February 2012

We had lunch here and the food was great. Nice daily specials at excellent prices and the beer form their micro brewery is really tasty, especially the dark stuff. We also had a beer the night before while listening to their live entertainment.

Thank Suepet1
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Reviewed 6 February 2012

I went to Swann's with a group of business colleagues based on the recommendation of one of the group who had travelled often to Victoria. The food was good, not "over the moon" good, but better than you would expect for a "brewpub", IMO. I had fish & chips which was fresh and plentiful. It could have used a side salad but was good quality fish& chips. Other people had duck, club sandwich: all of which were satisfying to them. The antipasto plate was really good - lots of variety and very tasty - much better than you would expect for a "brewpub". I was not wowed by the decor, but appreciated that there was no loud music so that we could easily chat over dinner. It is a very solid (average) place, IMO.

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Thank BCalm
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Reviewed 30 January 2012

I've always been impressed by Swan's decor and atmosphere and the many dancers that populate the hardwood floor in front of the live band.

But... I'm a beer snob. Victoria is full of them - there's nearly 10 breweries and brewpubs in the city. I find that Swan's doesn't regularly flush its tap lines causing a sugar build-up in them that leads to off tasting draught beer. It's not the boisterous music or the good food that will give you a headache the next day, it's the unfortunately sugared beer. You'd think they'd know better...

That being said, they sell their beer in the bottle in their own cold beer and wine store next to the restaurant. If you want to try it, get it there in the bottle.

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Thank R_L-Foz-Foster
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Reviewed 25 January 2012

I frequent Swans. I love the beer and the food had always been good for pub fare (sometimes better than other times). At it's lowest it's decent pub food, when they get things right it's excellent. During dine around Victoria years ago they had an amazing pistachio encrusted tuna steak with wasabi mouse. Most recently I had an excellent meal based around half a cornish game hen. The flavoours were excellent. The hen was bordering on over done (just past perfectly cooked) but the perfectly done veggies and amazing flavours and seasoning more than made up for the wholly excusable slip (with a small bird it's easy to overcook). The beer is great and I love that they server taster nests (wood contraption that holds 6 glasses of your choice from their hand crafted beers). Often we'll go with friends and each order a taster nest. It's a good way to spend an evening socializing with friends, especially if there is live music. We always have a good time at Swans.

Thank dubbreak
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