The Irish Times pub in Victoria, B.C. was named one of the top ten Irish pubs outside of Ireland by the Irish Times newspaper. It was the only pub in Canada to be awarded the title.

The Irish Times newspaper selected pubs that are "unofficial community centres" for the country's diaspora, based on readers' submissions. The paper estimates there are over 7,000 Irish pubs worldwide.

Nancy Stewart, the manager of the Irish Times pub, says the owners and staff were thrilled to hear the news.

Irish Times pub Victoria, B.C.

Irish Times pub manager Nancy Stewart says the pub is welcoming because it has good craic, or atmosphere. (Irish Times pub)

"I attribute it to all the great staff and all the great customers we've had in the past 10 years," says Stewart.

She says the pub does all it can to be authentic, including serving the best Guinness and preparing all their foods from scratch.

But the secret to a truly good Irish Pub, according to Stewart, is craic.

"It's a special feeling you get when you go into a pub," says Stewart. "The warm fuzzy feeling you get, and it's created by the atmosphere."

To celebrate St. Patrick's Day, the Irish Times has booked bands and Irish dancers. Stewart says she expects the pub will pour 20 kegs, or approximately 3,220 pints, of Guinness over the course of the day.

But St. Patrick's Day revellers beware: Stewart says the establishment does not serve green beer.

To listen to the full interview with Stewart, click on the audio labelled: Victoria pub named one of world's best Irish pubs outside of Ireland.