The Arctic Club

VPL 80597 Interior of Arctic Club and members.  1948. Artray studio.

VPL 80597 Interior of Arctic Club and members. 1948. Artray studio.

The Arctic Club was one of several cocktail and supper clubs that were part of Vancouver in the late 1940s and 1950s (the Palomar and the World were two other examples). According to some remembrances of the place on the Vancouver Jazz Forum, the Arctic was  a “suit and tie” place where you needed  to display a  purchased membership card and sign in before entering. It was located at 724 W. Pender (south side of Pender, near Howe) .

The Arctic Club is but a memory today; according to VJF members, by the early 1960s, one of the owners, Bob Mitton, closed the club when he purchased the (by-then longish-in-the-tooth) Cave supper club around that time (just a quick walk away on the 600 block of Hornby). By the late-1960s, preparation would have been underway at the former Arctic Club site for construction of the office towers that today dominate the block at 700 W. Pender (1972) and 750 W. Pender (1974).

VPL 83118 Arctic Club interior series. 724 West Pender Street. 1948. Artray Studio.

VPL 83118 Arctic Club interior series. 724 West Pender Street. 1948. Artray Studio.

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