Clive’s Classic Lounge
A Little About Us
Clive’s Classic Lounge has etched itself into the heart of Victoria as the city’s longest standing cocktail bar. Established in 2008, Clive’s quickly became an internationally respected pillar in the cocktail community. To date Clive’s has received five top 10 nominations for “Best International Hotel Bar” at the Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards (2011, 2012, 2014, 2019, 2022), and more top 10 nods than any other cocktail bar in Canada. Clive’s has been embraced by cocktail enthusiasts both locally and internationally.
Our passion for cocktails is fueled by the desire to introduce guests to unique and magical cocktail experiences with each visit to our bar. Our bar team is in constant search of new products and ingredients that keep Clive’s Classic Lounge on the forefront of this ever-evolving cocktail culture. Lead by Lounge Manager/Executive Bar Keep Shawn Soole, the Clive’s bar team is continually reinventing themselves with exciting cocktails for our dynamic and seasonally changing cocktail program.
Who is Clive?
Clive Piercy (or “Mr. P” as he’s fondly referred to) was the founder and owner of the Chateau Victoria. He was a fierce supporter of Victoria’s arts communities, and an avid outdoorsman. At the entrance to the hotel, on your way to Clive’s you will notice a life size statue of Mr. Piercy in full fly fishing attire, with his trusted companion Shaker by his side. Upon entering the bar, you will witness some of Clive’s trophy fish as well as some more commissioned artwork. It is rumored that much of this art was bid on by Clive in an effort to raise the auction price for the charity that would benefit from the many local fundraisers he attended.
Mr. P was a little reluctant to have the lounge take his moniker, but it was the employees of the hotel who rallied to have the classic lounge named after him in 2008, in place of the previous establishment, Victoria Jane’s.
Clive passed away in 2017, but his spirit still thrives throughout the hotel today. Nowhere is that more emphatic than in Clive’s Classic Lounge. From day one, Clive’s took on the reputation of being a cozy place to bring your best friends who appreciate the timeless spirit of class. A fitting tribute to our founder.
Meet Shawn Soole
What began as a youthful ambition to craft the perfect cocktail, has matured into a proficiency across every aspect of beverage service. Twenty years after being named State Title winner by the Australian Bartenders Guild, Shawn Soole continues to view the service industry as a medium to deliver his unique style of exceptional customer experience.
From bar/restaurant concept creation, menu formulation, staff training and launch guidance, to branding, marketing and public relations strategies – Shawn’s experience and advancement of the industry have been prolific.
Shawn has co-authored the books Cocktail Culture (2013), Great Northern Cocktails (2019), and BC Spirits (2021) and provides ongoing contributions to publications such as Liquor.com and EAT Magazine.
Now in 2020, he has returned to the bar that started it all and is looking forward to continuing having Clive’s Classic Lounge as the epicenter of cocktail culture for Victoria and the island.
Meet josh chilton
If you have popped in for dinner or been lucky enough to come to one of the Supper Clubs, you may or may not have met the tour de force in the Clive’s Kitchen, Chef Joshua. Chef Joshua is a Victorian-raised chef who is trained in classic French cuisine by cutting his teeth with time spent at Brasserie L’ecole and Globe Kitchen in Montreal. Before taking over the kitchen at Clive’s, he had spent the past 10 years gaining international experience globe trotting with Club Med Resorts, with stops in Mexico, China, France, Japan & the Caribbean. Chef Joshua’s food is simple, elegant, and approachable which compliments the beverage program out front. Chef Joshua has become a much-needed collaborator with the front-of-house team in creating the Supper Clubs, along with creating a food menu that is perfect for the predinner snacker or the discerning diner.
Hours of Operation
TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY
5:00PM to 11:00PM
FRIDAY & SATURDAY
5:00PM TO Midnight
Connect With Us
Address: Lobby Level, Chateau Victoria,
740 Burdett Ave, Victoria,
BC, Canada V8W 1B2