August 6, 2015 by Tessa Bousfield

whewBIHcDo you ever long for the days when you could just drop everything and play in the sandbox, have a water balloon fight or do some stress-relieving finger painting?

Well, the big-kid solution for you is PaintNite. It blends the pastime of painting, with an activity you couldn’t do as a kid: Drinking!


To attend a PaintNight you simply go online to and select one of the upcoming events in Victoria. You get a preview of the specific painting you and your friends will have the opportunity of duplicating that night (along with the difficulty level), and which local pub or restaurant it will be held at. Tickets are $45 each (cheaper if you use the discount code at the end of this blog!).

Once you have your spots reserved (you must be 19+), you show up and are greeted by the local artist instructor, a canvas, paints, brushes and a PaintNite apron. Grab some food and a beverage to sip and let the fun and creativity flow! Don’t worry, attendants follow step-by-step instructions from blank canvas to masterpiece so you don’t have to wing it.



PaintNite originated in Boston in 2012 and has been traveling quickly through the states and Canada. Now that it has gained traction here, locals are reaping the rewards.

Local pub and restaurant owners get the opportunity to draw patrons in on normally slow business nights (Sun-Thurs) with this unique, social event. Venues are encouraged to use a private room that the public wouldn’t normally see, potentially boosting future bookings of the space. The Fernwood Inn, Moon Under Water and the Crooked Goose Bistro host PaintNites on a regular basis.

Venues often create a signature cocktail for the occasion and PaintNite Victoria advertises it on their social sites. PaintNite also does a Groupon push which has a huge range and can bring many new clients to the restaurant.

In addition to becoming a PaintNite attendee or venue, you can become a licensed host (local artist). Hosts run the colorful, fun-filled social events, and help people let loose and be creative.

“PaintNite is about fostering a fun, low stress, non-judgmental environment that inspires everyone to enjoy the process of creating something from nothing,” commented Kim Newns, one of Victoria’s Hosts and ‘Chief Fun Officer’. “We want the anxiety that people may feel about doing something ‘wrong’, to be displaced by a fun night of socializing with friends and having a relaxing, creative time.”



Kim Newns, Local Host

Kim is an artist (Link to portfolio), who studied business at Mt. Allison University in New Brunswick. She’s been practicing public speaking with Toastmasters for 2 years and when she heard about PaintNite, she knew it was the perfect fit for her. Some locals may know her from Art Battle competitions and through her fitting nickname “Ginja Lion” (the top of her head is decorated with a red, bouncy fro).

“I feel that Paint Nite will do very well in Victoria for a long period of time,” commented Newns.  “It’s the new ‘Bingo night’ or ‘trivia night’ with a creative twist!”

PaintNite is becoming popular up island as well. Newns has events booked twice a month in Cobble Hill, Maple Bay, Duncan and Ladysmith. For those who have attended a PaintNite in Victoria, you may have also been lead by Aislinn Dawn.

“For many customers, PaintNite will be a novel and memorable experience, as many have not touched a paint brush since elementary school!” commented Newns. “I love that it has the ability to get people connected with their inner child. Adults can be so serious and I love to shake the serious bug off their shoulders and dig into their creative selves.”


PaintNite parties are also available for staff team building exercises, bachelorette parties, birthdays, fundraising parties and Christmas parties.

If you’re interested in booking one, contact

If you’re signing up for one of the public events (click here to see the calendar), use the code “GinjaLion” for 45% off the ticket price!

"Sunset Crane" by Local Host, Aislinn Dawn will be painted on Aug 10 at the Fernwood Inn

“Sunset Crane” by Local Host, Aislinn Dawn will be painted on Aug 10 at the Fernwood Inn

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