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85 Years of the Lamplighter in Gastown

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010 — 3:00pm PDT
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John “Gassy Jack” Deighton had a saloon in New Westminster but it wasn’t until he headed around to the Burrard Inlet that he left an indelible mark on our city. In 1867 he told mill workers along the harbour that they could have all the whiskey they could drink if they helped him build a saloon. The Globe was up and running in 24 hours [source].

1909 – Bus for the Dominion Hotel in Gastown. Archives Item #Trans P149.01

Nowadays Gassy Jack’s town is still a hub for good times, spirits, and sudsy beverages – and The Lamplighter has had a lot to do with that atmosphere over the last 85 years.

1905 – Hotel Dominion and Mainland Cigar Factory. VPL Accession Number: 55287

“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 [source].”

Lamplighter Pub re-opens today
Photo credit: bmann on Flickr

On November 7th, 2010 The Lamplighter will host an anniversary celebration in honor of its history thus far – through prohibition and endless transformations of our city.

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  1. Thanks for this post!

    Our biggest celebration of 2010…

    For all looking to attend – email

    Thanks again for this post.

    Ryan Ouwehand
    Marketing Manager
    Donnelly Group
    604 349 8638

  2. Niña says:

    Happy 85th, Lamplighter!

  3. mike says:

    I LOVE old photos!!!

  4. Nate says:

    All-day celebration of some Gastown history, can’t wait.

  5. Gemma says:

    This is such a great feature Rebecca, thanks so much!

  6. Wish I could attend. Winnipegers favourite bar in the 70’s.

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