The History of Pat’s Pub
Although currently known as Pat’s Pub, the pub was originally known as The Patricia Café. Established in 1914 The Patricia Café was run by Will Bowman and was one of Vancouver’s jazz hotspots at the time. Pat’s Pub is thick with jazz history; some of the musicians who played at the Patricia Café at the time were influential in the transition between ragtime and jazz piano styles. Most notably is Ferdinand “Jelly Roll” Morton who at the age of 28 made Vancouver his home during August 1919 thru to January 1921. During his time in Vancouver “Jelly Roll” Morton performed in the Patricia Café as well as roomed in the Patricia Hotel. To this day the Pub’s original wood floor exists as a reminder of its history.
Other notable musicians and entertainers who have performed in the Patricia Café include Aruthur Daniels, Oscar Holden, Ada “Bricktop” Smith, Leo Bailey, Ralph Love, Billy Hoy, and Lillian Rose.
Pat’s Pub is re-establishing its name on the local music scene. It is home to the outstanding Jazz @ The Pat Saturday afternoon sessions as well as Indie-Rock/Pop shows most Friday and Saturday nights, featuring bands from near and afar.
For a fabulous history lesson on the Pat’s Pub & BrewHouse neighbourhood (Strathcona), check out History Walks in Vancouver with James Johnstone.