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Drake Beer Parlour September 1954 | by glenalan54
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Drake Beer Parlour September 1954

While researching on the history of drinking establishments of Greater Victoria it is great to find an actual photograph from the beer parlour era.

This photograph, published in the Times newspaper, shows the bar manager and head waiter of the very first beer parlour within city limits waiting for the very first beer delivery.


From October 1, 1917 until July 1, 1954 one could not purchase a drink by the glass within the Victoria city limits unless you belonged to a private club or hid a bottle under your coat.


The Drake Beer Parlour was the first to open in the city on September 17, 1954 and proved to be very popular.

The room was divided between men and Ladies with Escorts and first nations people were not allowed to enter beer parlours until the laws were changed in 1964-1968.

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Taken on December 12, 2007