We probably don’t have to tell you that private members’ clubs become an increasingly attractive option to young professionals as we finally grow up and tire of the club scene.
Though most come with hefty price tags, they also come with some pretty notable perks.
If you’re in the market for a membership at one of the country’s growing number of members-only clubs, you may want to check out one of these.
Soho House (Toronto)
If you’re in media, advertising, arts, or entertainment, a Soho House membership is pretty much as necessary as a business card. When Hollywood’s elite hit the T-Dot, they know they can feel right at home in the cozy three-story Toronto space, with its warm décor, rooftop terrace, and fellow creative minds tapping away on laptops.
The Vancouver Club (Vancouver)
The Vancouver Club is the city’s oldest and most established business club, one where we can only imagine the multi-million deals that have been made within its walls. Like many exclusive clubs, cell phones aren’t permitted in the club, which is located in a City of Vancouver designated “A” class heritage building. Club perks include food by noted celebrated city chef Sean Cousins, a full barber service, and top-flight wine programs.
St. James Club (Montreal)
The St. James Club was doing hosting private members before it was even a thing. It opened its doors in 1857, and has seen thousands of the city’s finest and country’s most influential grace its doors (and cough up membership dollars). The club is known for its networking events, and members can enjoy the benefits of the network of 250 international clubs.
The Spoke Club (Toronto)
Though The Spoke Club took a bit of a membership hit once Soho House opened up shop in 2012, the space itself remains one of the city’s finest to throw an event or enjoy an after-work drink on one of the city’s best patios. The downstairs dining room is a quick crowd pleaser for team dinners and entertaining clients. Bonus: Membership here grants you club privileges at international reciprocal clubs like The Groucho in London, The Odessa in Dublin, and the Kee in both Hong Kong and Shanghai.
Calgary Petroleum Club (Calgary)
If you’re a young professional in Calgary, you won’t have to travel far to hit the Calgary Petroleum Club. Located in the core of the city’s business district, it’s known for its world-class dining, meeting facilities, and more events than some members can probably keep up with. There’s even a house band. As a member, you also enjoy club access to over 50 organizations worldwide through the Club Affiliation Program.
Toronto’s Verity is for the ladies only. Located at Queen and Jarvis – right beside the George Restaurant – Verity houses meeting and lounge spaces, other amenities for young professionals, a gym, terrace, and even a spa. Because all that pavement pounding calls for some “me” time once in awhile…
Rideau Club (Ottawa)
The Rideau Club was the first private members’ club to grace the nation’s capital. It’s a meeting ground for professionals in government and business to mix, mingle, and make social and professional connections. Perks include a panoramic view of Parliament Hill from the dining room, pool tables, and a good, old-fashioned card game area.
Terminal City Club (Vancouver)
Located in the city’s financial district, Terminal City Club is another of the country’s first private members’ clubs, established in 1892. Perks include free morning, evening, and weekend parking, a top-of the-line gym, a business centre, a reading room, and no shortage of dining options. If playing squash is your thing, there’s even a squash social on Thursdays as an alternative to happy hour.