Back­yard Bash

Pair craft beer with live mu­sic at Vic­to­ria’s best block party.

Vancouver Magazine - - Travel Summer Getaways -

Phillips’s an­nual Back­yard Week­ender in Vic­to­ria pro ers the quin­tes­sen­tial Cana­dian sum­mer ex­pe­ri­ence, trans­form­ing the park­ing lot be­hind the brew­ery into an out­door con­cert venue com­plete with their ex­cel­lent craft beer—the Blue Buck ale is a stand­out—two-handed street fare, and a lineup of mu­si­cal acts that lean heav­ily into soul. Among them: lo­cals Elec­tric Sex Pan­ther, Prince’s for­mer band the Rev­o­lu­tion, and Reg­gie Watts (a. k. a. the in­quis­i­tive hype man of The Late, Late Show with James Cor­den). A few blocks over, on a rapidly re­viv­ing stretch of the up­per har­bour, Ca­noe Brew­pub and re­cently ar­rived Fish­hook at Mer­maid Wharf vie for the ti­tle of best pa­tio. Also in con­tention: the Ve­randa at the Fair­mont Em­press Ho­tel. Af­ter un­der­go­ing a ma­jor re­fur­bish­ment of its rooms and din­ing spaces, Vic­to­ria’s grande dame is also newly re­vived a quin­tes­sen­tial Cana­dian ex­pe­ri­ence of a di er­ent sort. To queen and coun­try!— Rose­mary Poole



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