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.