Billy Bishop Branch 176 Royal Canadian Legion

1407 Laburnum Street Vancouver V6J 3W4  604 738-4142

Monday – Thursday, 4 pm to 11:30 pm; Friday – Saturday, 4 pm to Midnight;  Sunday, 2 pm to 10 pm, later for special events. (Meat Draw 4 pm to 6:30 pm)

Visitors Welcome – Free Wifi


Banquet/Meeting Hall for Rent

Large and small banquet/meeting rooms for rent on the West side of Vancouver in the Kitsilano area. Large hall has a capacity for 130 and smaller hall for 50. The facilities are a perfect space for meetings, fitness or first aid classes, reunions, weddings, birthday parties, team fundraisers or wind up parties. Tables, chairs, upright piano, PA system and projector screen are all available. Limited kitchen use available; catering can be arranged through our branch management. Very reasonable rates available especially during day time hours.
For more information, rates or to view the space, please contact Peter Jensen at 604-568-4130 or email us at


Please support the Billy by coming into the branch on a regular basis and remember to pay your 2015 membership dues by Dec 31st :)

2015 membership cards are ready for pick up at the bar $60.00 Please pay your 2014 and 2015 dues at the bar or mail a check to: Billy Bishop Legion Br#176 RCL 1407 Laburnum Street, Vancouver BC V6J 3W4

Bar# 604-738-4142/Office #604-568-4130

Finding out the amount of per capita tax appears impossible quickly but I believe it is now about $37 so the Billy only receives $23 per member.


GENERAL MEETING SUNDAY MAR 15th, 2.30pm upstairs

All members are encouraged to attend  your “vote” counts


The 2014 poppy campaign is now complete with a total of $53,145.19 collected on behalf of the Vancouver Poppy Fund (a 14% increase over 2013).  Impossible to do without so many dedicated volunteers, too many to list.  Special thanks, however, to two poppy taggers:  Colleen McGonigle, a Legion member from Parksville and long-time poppy tagger, who joined our campaign and worked tirelessly starting downtown early each morning and helped keep the Billy’s presence on “Arthur’s Corner”, Robson and Horby, where people still ask about him.  And Leslie Benisz who joined the campaign halfway through but still collected almost $3,000 in his first year with the poppy campaign.  His enthusiasm and dedication to the cause can be seen in his photograph below taken in front of Vancouver’s Bronze Angel monument to those CPR employees who lost their lives in WWI.  Leslie aspires to be the “best poppy tagger ever” – big shoes to fill! – but we welcome Leslie to the campaign and also as a new applicant to the Billy membership.  Well done everyone!


guests, future members please be sure to sign our guest book



Customer Appreciation Thursdays with complimentary snacks
All local beers $5.00 20 oz pint
VQA wine white/red $5.00 6oz glass
Argentina Wine Fuzion White/Red $5.00 6oz glass

SATURDAYS – Willie MacCalder 4 – 6pm

Considered by many to be one of Canada’s finest ‘blues’ pianists, Willie plays and sings a wide range of Blues and R&B styles, featuring a huge repertoire of traditional blues, originals, boogie-woogie & jazz standards.

Tip jar! Bartender’s choice cocktail $5.50


Enjoy the afternoon of fun and excitement as we all try to win some meat and/or the 50/50 draw 4 – 6.45 pm

3 tickets for $1 – draws every ½ hour 50/50 Draw at 6:30 Ticket $2 or 3 for $5

Bartenders special Caesars $5.50       FREE POOL!

Friday Roast Beef Dinners

Lorraine Smith, well known pianist/entertainer
playing music for sing-a-long and dancing
Song sheets will be provided
Requests welcome - Gather round the piano and join us in singing some of your favourite songs!

Salad, fresh baked “Cobs” dinner rolls, potatoes, vegetables, home made gravy, and dessert – $15.00 from 6PM – 7.30PM $8 children under 12 years old

Oliver BC red wine ”Gehringer Brothers” Summer Night (a blend of pinot noir, cab franc and merlot) and Desert Sun (interweaving Auxerroix, Chardonnay and Riesling)

Fuzion Argentina wine White/Red

Wines are $5 for a 6 oz glass – best value ever for awesome wine!

Bartenders special coffee $5.50 – LIVE MUSIC or JUKEBOX FUN!

We are pleased to announce that we have received our ‘Family Food Service Licence’ allowing minors into the Billy when a meal is served.

Reservations are accepted for parties of 4 or more, email request to:

Salad table at Friday dinner night



Do you recognize this picturesque pub???

Saturday March 7th (2pm), Sunday 8th (12pm) & Saturday 14th (2pm)

Tickets $17 | Age 19+ | Advisory: Strong Language

*Tickets will also be sold at the door for all performances. CASH ONLY*

“We’re trying to create a real pub experience here…we will even be featuring live Irish music after the show!”   The action happens in and around you sipping on a drink, this is a marvellous way to experience theatre!

Produced by Standing Room Only Theatre | Directed by Tracy-Lynn Chernaske | Assistant Director: Joe Hinks


A huge thank you to our Executive for all their work operating the Branch. It is not an easy job and do take an opportunity to thank individuals! If you have suggestions please email them to or bring them to a General Meeting; constructive ideas are always needed. Congratulations to all of you for volunteering to serve the Billy.

NEWLY ELECTED EXECUTIVE take office July 1st until June 30th 2015

President: Debbie Hretchka, First Vice-President: Gordon Cormack, Second Vice-     President: Bruce Bell, Treasurer: Rita Johnson, Secretary: Lisa McQuillan.                              Directors: Loro Cadman, Angela Johnson, Valerie Merrett, Rosalind Smith, Fred Wharton. Past President: Derek Allen


The Billy Bishop invites current and past members of our Canadian Military to join and enjoy the comradeship and benefits of the Royal Canadian Legion.  We would much appreciate the support of younger Veterans and offer an empathetic environment – in an official Military Museum too!

Located just one block from Kitsilano Beach on Laburnum Street north of Cornwall, the Billy Bishop Legion is the only true Neighbourhood Pub in the city, we are actually located in the Kits Point residential area; a little known gem to discover and share with your friends. There’s a wonderful assortment of characters; some even fought for the freedoms we take for granted in various theatres of war including Canada’s ‘peacekeeping’ missions. It is also filled with active young people who want to share a pint of wisdom with their elders. The mix makes for a guaranteed good time and great conversations by the fire.

Affectionately known as ‘the Billy’, it is open to everyone over 19 years of age and full membership has its privileges. The Billy is also home to upstairs hall renters who may provide after-school care, yoga, dancing classes, etc. Popular events at the Billy are Friday evenings with roast beef dinner and live entertainment, the Sunday meat raffle (4:00-6:30 pm); special TV sports events and various acoustic music sessions.  On occasion visiting entertainers come by and play or sing; you may even hear a trained operatic voice sometimes so become a regular and enjoy the camaraderie.

The Billy is an evolving and unique branch of the Royal Canadian Legion; as such there are some basic guidelines to follow:

  • Greet patrons with a smile. This is a members’ club, and much more than a public bar.
  • Gentlemen, please take off your hats when you enter the building.
  • Tip the bartenders for excellent to truly good service, especially because prices & 20oz imperial measure pints of beer are reasonable for Kitsilano.
  • Respect others and avoid “table hopping” by asking to join tables.
  • Take time to make friends. This is a community of choice.
  • Become a member. The Billy cannot exist without new members and the cost of membership ($60.00 per year) gives you guest privileges in Legions and other service and social clubs around the world.
  • Volunteer. This is Kitsilano, and volunteerism is part of our blood. (Greenpeace and the David Suzuki Foundation started here.) The Billy is mostly run by volunteers and newcomers are welcome to participate on Standing Committees, run for the Executive, or just help out informally.

Just a few hours of your time each month makes a huge difference. You can feel you have contributed your share and learn new skills. The Billy Bishop has been the best-kept secret of Kitsilano for too long; it’s time you discovered why. Everyone is welcome, and membership is highly encouraged.

Anyone interested in renting our upstairs hall/meeting room/summer patio please call 604 568-4130 or 604 738-4142 to speak with ( 9.30 -11.30am approx) or leave a message for Peter Jensen, our rentals coordinator or email: attn: Peter

Webmaster: Angela Squires (please notify the Branch of any errors)

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