Murph's Place Pub Closing: 1961-2011

Murphy's Pub opened as the Tally-Ho Beer Parlour in 1961. The pub is closing tonight (Friday September 30, 2011) after 50 years. The closing is significant in that it is the last of the 'beer parlour style pubs' left in Victoria. This was a union bar and a couple of the employees have been working here since 1974! The cocktail lounge and the horse betting will remain but the pub will end it's long history by closing this evening. If you get the chance come down and say farewell to the old place - it's located in the back of the Vacation Inn on Douglas Street in Victoria, BC.


The closing of Murphy's Pub continues a recent trend of old (and some new) drinking primary establishments that find it increasingly difficult to survive as a business in today's market. Pressures including the smoking by-law, harsher drinking and driving rules, increasing prices have all contributed to potential customers shying away from going out for a beer. Many people have opted to stay home after a visit to the liquor store. This trend will most likely continue until most pubs will become a memory.


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  • glenalan54 4y

    Some memories of the Tally-Ho/Murph's Place include:
    -The name came from the Tally-Ho Horses that used to marshall in the parking lot in the early years. The cocktail lounge still has the name, the "Tack Room" on it's iron gate entrance to the lounge.
    -The beer parlour was divided in half with a Men's side and Ladies with Escorts and the bar was on the east side of the large room (where the pool tables are today.)
    -The Tally-Ho was one of the first (not the first) pub to have strippers and intially long lines would form outside.
    -In the early 1980's during the 'Disco Craze' the pub was very busy as an addition of a large dance floor attracted crowds of young people dancing away to Saturday Night Fever.
    -The pub continued to attract sports fans and other interesting (quaint) attractions like a free Wednesday evening meat draw.
    -Draught beer prices remained relatively cheap and service was generally excellent.
    -Bill Murphy, owner and namesake of Murph's Place Pub, is retiring after 39 years in the business. I remember him as Bar Manager of the old Crown N' I Pub (now Sopranos) back in 1970's.
  • jamica1 4y

    Are you going to be there?
  • glenalan54 4y

    Yep, I was there as was CHEK SIX TV and The TC Newspaper reporter
  • glenalan54 4y

  • shoebox50 4y

    Drank lots of beer there back in the day when it was divided as Men's side and Ladies with Escorts side. The first stripper in Victoria appeared (to my memory) in the '70's at the Golden Slipper on Broad street, I worked at the Victoria Daily Times (before it merged with the Colonist in 1980) and had to go and photograph the stripper. Word on the street was the city police were going to raid the Slipper, but it didn't happen.
  • glenalan54 4y

    Shoebox50: Any old photographs of any of the local beer parlour/pubs of Greater Victoria? Thank-you for the lead on looking into the 'Golden Slipper'.
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