Good grub for night owls in Victoria

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You've been out and about with your buddies having a grand time, and now you're starving; it's time to grab some late-night grub. Are you hungry for pub food, small plates or something new and different? Victoria's fine selection of late-night eateries has what you want, when you want it – which is right now. La Fogata Latina Restaurants 749 View St, Victoria, BC V8W 1J9 250-381-2233 Get directions This tiny spot, with just a few counter stools, serves authentic Colombian street food, handmade by the owners, at truly affordable prices. You can drop in to try this Latin American cuisine as late as 3:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. Customers rave about the arepas, empanadas and Cuban sandwiches. Fiamo Italian Kitchen 515 Yates St, Victoria, BC V8W 1K7 250-388-5824 Get directions When you're craving pizza – but not just any pizza – stop in at Fiamo. This unpretentious, brick-lined restaurant in the heart of downtown serves tasty Italian fare, and the artisan pizza is available until 2 a.m. Pair your pizza with a glass of local or imported Italian wine from an extensive wine list. Swans Suite Hotel 506 Pandora Ave, Victoria, BC V8W 1N6 250-361-3310 Get directions Open late – until 2 a.m. Thursday to Saturday – Swans Brewpub is a great place to end your evening. Or come early to enjoy the nightly live entertainment along with some classic pub grub. The Brewpub is part of the heritage Swans Hotel, which offers 30 condo-style suites and an award-winning, on-site brewery. Bring your growler, and take some of the delicious beer home with you. Canoe Brewpub Marina & Restaurant 450 Swift St, Victoria, BC V8W 1S3 250-361-1940 Get directions Located on Victoria's Inner Harbour, CANOE is a lot of things: a pub, a lounge, a dining room, a patio and even a marina – just in case you're arriving on the Victoria Harbour Ferry. While CANOE isn't open as late as some – midnight, Thursday to Saturday – the ambiance of the repurposed 1894 site, originally built to house coal-powered electric generators, and the delicious food and beer make it a worthy choice. Ferris Oyster Bar Upr 536 Yates St, Victoria, BC V8W 1K8 250-360-1824 Get directions Ferris' Upstairs is only open until 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, but don't let that deter you from sampling some of the freshest seafood to be found in Victoria. The menu focuses on oysters, but it also offers octopus, mussels, clams, shrimp and salmon, all locally sourced. It's a lovely spot to end the evening with a special someone. Tapa Bar 620 Trounce Alley, Victoria, BC V8W 1K3 250-383-0013 Get directions Try Tapa Bar when you want to finish a lovely date night at a special spot with food for sharing. This restaurant is tucked away on Trounce Alley, off Government Street, and is open until midnight on Friday and Saturday. The menu covers a wide range of tapas, including vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free choices, so mix and match to your heart's content. The Mint B-1414 Douglas St, Victoria, BC V8W 2G1 250-386-6468 Get directions Downtown, and downstairs at 1414 Douglas Street, the Mint serves an eclectic mix of West Coast dishes and traditional Himalayan cuisine – you must try the butter chicken curry poutine. The Mint serves its tasty treats and extensive choice of cocktails, accompanied by DJ-spun music, until 2 a.m. every day.

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