Secrets of the penthouse


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.

You’ll discover…

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

And more!

Stay tuned for future dates
6:30 PM – 9:30 PM 

Prices do not include fees and taxes. Contact us for private tours.

Flexible cancellation policy

If you need to cancel your booking for any reason you can request a date exchange or a full refund, provided you let us know at least 24 hours before your tour start time. You can do so by emailing us at [email protected] or calling our 24 hour call centre at 604 227 7570. If you contact us less than 24 hours before the event start time, we will give you a credit that can be applied to any of our experiences.



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.

City of Vancouver Award Winner!

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!


The Penthouse Nightclub, 1019 Seymour Street, Vancouver.