Abandoned Atherley Arms Tavern

The former Atherley Arms Tavern also known as The First located in Orillia Ontario was known as a seedy venue with many "interesting" stories found online.  The venue was not only a strip bar but also hosted some rock & roll legends such as David Wilcox.

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As with all strip clubs they are dark however the Atherley Arms had low ceilings & often many questionable patrons mingling with regular citizens out for a good time.  Even as I stood on the stage I was surprised at how low the ceilings there were & wondered how the girls would performer without hitting their heads doing some acrobatic routine!

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The Atherley Arms often lost its liquor licence but would some how manage to get it back in time.  Eventually the venue made headlines when a dentist was found on the pavement with a fatal head injury outside the tavern after a scuffle had broken out.  He was out with 20 buddies on a golfing trip & they were all partying it up when things went sideways. After charges in a criminal trial were dismissed, a civil suit was won & the window of the dentist was awarded over $3 Million dollars in the wrongful death.  The victim was found 15% responsible for his own demise due to excessive alcohol in his system & the rest put upon the establishment, operator & staff.  Today The Atherley Arms has a severly flooded basement & is in rough shape.  I figure it won't be too long before it's demolished seeing as its a major eye sore.

2 thoughts on “Abandoned Atherley Arms Tavern”

  1. Cheers for the post. Have a feeling 4 of us ended up here in September 99. Layout in the photos exactly how i recall. our pal who is from toronto had a holiday chalet at a nearby lake and i believe the line was, as we were driving along ……’hey let’s stop here, this place does great chicken wings’. it was early afternoon when we arrived, and immediately realised it wasn’t a wing bar. I don’t recall it stating from the outside that it was a strip club, or maybe i just didn’t spot it, but there you go. We were drinking mikes hard lemonade for about 6 hours and scored a bit of gear off one of the girls. One of the guys had turned 30 that day and still talks about it being his greatest birthday. There was 3 other people in the place, we kept getting offered free dances, probably just to keep us drinking, and the evening’s a blur. i do recall one thing though: we never ate any chicken wings.

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