Explore Vancouver’s most notorious nightspot with club owner Danny Filippone as your guide
On Wednesday February 15 explore backstage inside Vancouver’s most infamous venue. You’ll have club owner Danny Filippone as your guide, armed with stories of vice squad busts, mobsters, bootlegging, Rat Pack parties, fire and murder.
Joining Danny are historian Aaron Chapman, author of Liquor, Lust & the Law – the history of the legendary Penthouse Nightclub, and retired-VPD cop Grant MacDonald. Grant was himself part of VPD dry squad raids at the club in the ’60s and joined in undercover surveillance operations there in the ’70s. Your three guides have between them more dirt on Vancouver’s murky underworld past than Mama Filippone made meatballs.
Serving up entertainment since 1947
In its 69 years the Penthouse has survived blue-nosed liquor laws, police-raids, fires and robberies. It has been a favourite watering hole of celebrity glitterati like Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr, Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald. The only place in Vancouver’s history where a judge, a crime boss and a dancing girl could rub shoulders without an eyebrow being raised. Remarkably, the Penthouse is still in business today. Still owned and managed by the Filippone family, just like in 1947.