The very first swingers in modern American history were elite World War II pilots. They faced the highest fatality rates in the entire military and it motivated them to open up their marriages to their fellow pilots so that they might bond with and take care of their widow in the event of their death. That's how the first "Key Parties" were born.
Fast forward to the 1970s and American Key Parties were playful swingers dens that almost made it into the mainstream culture. These secret dens were the inspiration behind Vancouver's newest hidden bar called Key Party. You can find it behind a pretty boring looking storefront that reads “Zottenberg & Sons Accounting,” but I'm fairly certain that they can't help you with your tax return. Behind the storefront, you'll find a secret bar decorated in a cheeky nod to the swinging spirit of those 1970s "adult" house parties.
You can sip on updated retro classic cocktails and snack on free bowls of party mix in the intimate lounge. There are also little share plates on the menu and more vintage surprises around each corner. What I love most about this new casual spot is their hand-painted mural behind the bar—it really takes you back to another time and will look amazing on your Instagram! This new hidden bar is done by the same group that runs the OG hidden bar in Vancouver, Narrow Lounge as well as The Emerald Supper Club, Uncle Abe’s and Rumpus Room.
Key Party is open right next to the Rumpus Room at 2303 Main Street. They're open daily from 5 p.m. onwards and they close at 1 a.m. if it's a workday the next day and 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Just be careful if you go on a double date here—you might end up giving your friends the wrong impression.