Explore backstage inside Vancouver’s most infamous venue with club owner Danny Filippone and friends as your guides, armed with stories of vice squad busts, mobsters, bootlegging, Rat Pack parties, fire and murder. With a jazz band up on stage and spaghetti and meatballs served the way Mama Filippone made ‘em, this is a night you’ll remember forever! Winner of City of Vancouver Heritage Medal of Honour 2019.
Tales of rat pack parties
Where mobsters hid their cash
How the Filippones fought the law
Where the booze was hidden from the cops
Live jazz band up on the famous Penthouse stage
Unforgettable stories from celebrity writer Aaron Chapman
The inside story from retired police detective Grant MacDonald
Private spaces and rooms inside the club, closed to the public for decades.
Italian buffet dinner served up with Mama Filippone’s original spaghetti and meatballs recipe from the old country
The Penthouse Nightclub, 1019 Seymour Street, Vancouver.
In its 72 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.
We’re proud to announce our Secrets of the Penthouse special event was the recipient of a Medal of Honour at the 2019 City of Vancouver Heritage Awards for “demonstrating an outstanding contribution to heritage conservation, advocacy, education and awareness, or community revitalization.”
Thank you to all our supporters — it’s with your help that we’ve been able to stage Secrets of the Penthouse over 50 times and share so much remarkable Vancouver history and heritage with so many!
Prices include all fees and taxes. Student and senior pricing available on all walking tours. Contact us for private tours.