A Forbidden Vancouver Special Event: Secrets of the Penthouse

Explore inside Vancouver’s most notorious nightspot with club owner Danny Filippone as your guide. Winner of City of Vancouver Heritage Award Medal of Honour 2019!

Tuesday June 11, 2019 — 6:30 P.M.

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  • Guided backstage tour led by club owner Danny Filippone and friends.
  • Live music up on the world famous Penthouse Nightclub stage.
  • See 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.
  • VIP guest speakers include writer Aaron Chapman and retired VPD officer Grant MacDonald, who raided the club in the ’60s and ’70s.

Quick Facts

  • Adults Only.
  • Duration: 2-3 hours.
  • Doors open: 6:30 p.m.
  • Guided tour: 7:00 p.m.
  • Next dates: Tuesday June 11
  • 1019 Seymour Street, Vancouver, V6B 2E8.
  • Price: $65. Includes Italian dinner with dessert.
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Explore the Penthouse!

Explore backstage inside Vancouver’s most infamous venue with 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 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.

Winner of City of Vancouver Heritage Award!

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!