The Lamplighter Brings Back the Roaring 20s

The Lamplighter Brings Back the Roaring 20s
Historic Gastown Venue Celebrates 85 Years

Vancouver, BC (October 19, 2010) The Lamplighter, Donnelly Group’s popular Gastown public house, toasts to both the late John Clough, Vancouver’s first and onlylamplighter, and to 85 years in the liquor business.

On Sunday, November 7, TheLamplighter’s friends, supporters and public are invited to swing by the historic Gastown venue, housed in the old Dominion Grand Hotel, where a day of Prohibition-era cocktails, canapés, décor and entertainment begins at 2:00pm. With live music performances throughout the day, the evening party will carry on until early morning, celebrating in authentic 1920s style.

Live entertainment from “King of Swing” Dal Richards will jazz up the joint with his big band sound while burlesque dancers keep the vibe sultry and sassy. Guests are encouraged – but not required – to come in their 1920s finest, so bring out those cloches, newsboy caps and suspenders if you’re feeling the mood.

The Lamplighter 85 Year Anniversary takes place Sunday November 7, 2010 from 2:00pm until late. To RSVP, please email

The Lamplighter Pub opened its doors on the ground floor of the Dominion Hotel in 1925, obtaining British Columbia’s first liquor license and becoming the first speakeasy of its kind to serve alcohol to women. The pub is named after John Clough, who lit the coal oil lamps along Gastown’s brick streets in 1887 before Vancouver introduced electric lights. Today, much of the original exposed brick, tin stamped ceilings, stained glass windows and railings still remain, with the addition of a new sound system, flat screen televisions, French doors and garden-style patio. Located at 92 Water Street, this Gastown institution is now the go-to place for live music, DJs, sports or hanging out with friends, old and new.

Donnelly Group is a creative and diverse management company that owns and operates award-winning nightclubs: Republic, Bar None, and the Post Modern; popular pubs: The Bimini, The Calling, The Library Square Public House, Smiley’s Pub, the Lamplighter, the Academic, and Cinema Public House; the popular cocktail lounge The Granville Room, and the Metropole Community Pub. The company’s attention to detail, impressive entertainment calendars, modern designs, community and charity support, and strict policies on patron safety have earned them a reputation as an industry leader in Vancouver. For more information please visit: