Pickle Pub Crawl
Any day between May 16th and September 14th, hop on a Victoria Harbour Ferry pickle boat, visit Victoria's finest harbour pubs, and enjoy some of the best beer on tap that the Island has to offer! Every group of four receives a complimentary appetizer at each stop, so invite your friends!* The Pickle Pub Crawl has been a popular outing for bachelorette parties, birthday parties, and even corporate outings.
How it works:
Purchase a $15 wristband from our kiosk on the dock in front of the Empress Hotel, and you'll receive four ferry hops to four pubs on the inner harbour.* From here, you'll either follow our suggested route or choose your own. Ideally, The Guild will be your final harbour stop, after which you'll walk up to Government Street and end your night at Irish Times and/or Bard & Banker.
You and your group organize your pub crawl. There are no guides, and there is no set pub crawl ferry schedule. You go when you want, for however long you want. When you're ready to leave one pub, walk down to the ferry stop and catch the next water taxi to the next location.* Easy! To ensure you reach all of the stops before the ferries stop service, start your pub crawl no later than 6pm.
Larger groups (13+) are encouraged to book their pub crawl in advance, as each ferry can accommodate only 12 people. Please call us in advance if you require more than one ferry.
Take advantage of summer while its here: invite your friends to hop on a pickle boat and grab an icy cold, local pint.
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* Wristband does not include drinks or priority seating.
* Wristband valid on day of purchase only.
* Complimentary appetizer with the purchase of a beverage.
Frequently Asked Questions:
How many people do your boats hold?
12. Seating is arranged on a first come, first serve basis.
How does it work if we want to go to more pubs than what is listed?
Each additional ferry hop (in excess of the included four hops) costs $5.
What if we want to change the route?
The route is fairly flexible, but for the best experience, we recommend following the set route so that your last harbour stops leaves you as close to Irish Times and Bard & Banker as possible.
Can we bring alcohol on the boats?
As per legal restrictions, alcohol is not permitted on board Victoria Harbour Ferry's boats.
How long should we give ourselves to complete the Pickle Pub Crawl?
To ensure you have time to visit all the stops, give yourself several hours. And make sure you start your crawl by 7pm, as our ferries stop service at 9pm.
Can you accommodate large groups of 10 to 30 people?
Yes, although we appreciate a phone call in advance so we can ensure your pub crawl goes smoothly. Because our ferries can accomodate only 12 people each, groups larger than 12 will have to split up between two or more boats. Keep in mind that it is not possible for us to reserve seats for groups at each pub; however, you may reserve seats at each pub at your convenience.
If my friends and I are ready to attend a Pickle Pub Crawl, where do we go?
Purchase tickets and start your crawl at the Causeway Marina dock in front of the Empress Hotel. There will be a Harbour Ferry staff member there who accepts all forms of payment and will arrange for you to hoop on the next available boat.
Can we be picked up at Fisherman’s Wharf or West Bay Marina to start our Pub Crawl?
Yes, but you’ll need to pre-purchase your wristbands down at the dock or here at the office before that date, and arrange for your pickup with me at the office before that date as well. There is an extra $10 charge for pick up at West Bay Marina.
How does the passport work?
Your group will be given one passport per four people; the pubs will stamp their logo in the passport when your group receives the appetizer at that location. There is also a handy map of the harbour inside!