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Aqua Vitae

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A rowdy, rollicking popular history that celebrates the tales of Victoria's drinking establishments in their heyday.

From the raunchy saloons that lined Victoria's notorious Johnson street to the lavish high-class hotel-bars like the Driard and the Empress, Aqua Vitae is a collection of fascinating true stories from the days of swinging doors, smoky bars, and five-cent beers.

Read about how the quick actions of an employee of the Bee-hive saloon saved a young Emily Carr from possible death. Discover the gruesome secret uncovered by a startled worker who was prying up the floorboards of the Omineca saloon. And find out about the grisly murder of Mike Powers, the proprietor of the Garrick's Head, a pub that still does a thriving business today.

Carefully researched and accompanied by 70+ archival photos, Aqua Vitae covers the time from the first saloon appeared in Victoria in 1851 to 1917 when prohibition shut the party down.


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Publisher: Touchwood Editions

OverDrive Read

  • ISBN: 9781771511902
  • File size: 9307 KB
  • Release date: November 30, 2016

EPUB ebook

  • ISBN: 9781771511902
  • File size: 9307 KB
  • Release date: November 30, 2016

Formats

OverDrive Read
EPUB ebook

subjects

History Nonfiction

Languages

English

A rowdy, rollicking popular history that celebrates the tales of Victoria's drinking establishments in their heyday.

From the raunchy saloons that lined Victoria's notorious Johnson street to the lavish high-class hotel-bars like the Driard and the Empress, Aqua Vitae is a collection of fascinating true stories from the days of swinging doors, smoky bars, and five-cent beers.

Read about how the quick actions of an employee of the Bee-hive saloon saved a young Emily Carr from possible death. Discover the gruesome secret uncovered by a startled worker who was prying up the floorboards of the Omineca saloon. And find out about the grisly murder of Mike Powers, the proprietor of the Garrick's Head, a pub that still does a thriving business today.

Carefully researched and accompanied by 70+ archival photos, Aqua Vitae covers the time from the first saloon appeared in Victoria in 1851 to 1917 when prohibition shut the party down.


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