Shaping the Very Fabric of the West Coast
Established in 1889, The Vancouver Club has deep roots in this young, vibrant city. The Club is a place to dine, play, relax and connect with other professionals who are shaping the very fabric and creative energy of the West Coast.
The Club is lucky enough to live in a City of Vancouver designated “A” class heritage building. It’s a beautiful home for members in the heart of the business district. The Club is elegant and informal, distinguished and comfortable.
Over the years, Club members have influenced the growth of both the city of Vancouver and the province of British Columbia. New members soon find themselves welcomed by people from industries of every stripe, from diverse local companies and creative organizations to multinational, global ventures.
A Storied Hideaway in a Lively Urban Setting
When a group of visionaries founded the Vancouver Club in 1889, the tiny logging town was just three years old. By 1911, over 100,000 people called Vancouver home. As the city grew up, so did the Club. The final coat of paint had dried on the current clubhouse by December 1913 and on New Year’s Eve, members dressed in top hats and tails paraded into the building at the stroke of midnight. A new era was underway.
Electric streetcars soon gave way to gas-powered buses and the coal-burning ships that had dominated the harbour sailed off into history. Cobbled streets and three-storey buildings lingered in the shadows of soaring glass towers. The Club saw the arrival of radio, television, waiting lists, multiple renovations, and an amalgamation with the University Club. In 2000, the Georgian Club merged with our membership, giving these distinguished women a permanent home in the heart of downtown.
Now in its third century, the Vancouver Club remains rooted in the very foundations of the city. It’s a place where global business meets rich local culture and tradition blends seamlessly with innovation. For members and their guests, the Club is a storied hideaway amid a lively urban setting.
The Vancouver Club is a place to dress your best. Tailored pants, suits, ties, polished shoes and a little Rat Pack attitude reign supreme. A sleek dress or pants, blouses and killer heels channel the elegance of Audrey or the charisma of Katharine. Choose your Hepburn or an entirely different source of sartorial inspiration. Be stylish, be sexy and be comfortable in your own skin.
Hidden away in the Club’s lower level, JD’s is a sleek, wood-paneled sanctuary from another era. It’s a place where members always receive top-notch service and pampering (and maybe a glass of scotch) from Judah Down and his experienced team. A highly skilled hairstylist and colorist, Judah graduated from the acclaimed Vidal Sassoon Creatives program and launched the tiny-but-mighty House of Envy in 2001. The following year, Judah opened the doors of JD’s Barbershop on Abbott Street. This edgy shop led the way for Gastown’s cultural renaissance and set a new standard for style and personal service — a standard that now extends to JD’s second, members-only location in The Vancouver Club.
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Born and raised in B.C., executive chef Sean attended the esteemed Dubrulle Culinary Institute and quickly made his mark at top kitchens in Vancouver and abroad.
Highlights include leading the acclaimed Raincity Grill to several international industry awards, a stint at The Dorchester in London and leading The Vancouver Club kitchen team through a stellar menu during the 2010 Olympic games, where he cooked for various royalty and heads of state.