When revolutionary barman Shawn Soole set his sights on opening a restaurant in 2013, Victoria knew it would be something not seen locally before. This was, after all, the guy who put the city onto the international stage for its craft cocktail culture, and the bar was high. Now, down the hall at the foot of Fort Street, this speakeasy-style restaurant is the place to enjoy imaginative, well-made drinks alongside comforting small plates made with locally sourced ingredients. Dishes change as often as the weather, and are based on the Peninsula’s producers and Victoria’s top curators. The sharp wine list favours B.C. and boutique, with numerous by-the-glass options.