The “Playboy” Clubs

The Playboy clubs, first launched in 1960 and peaking with over 1,000,000 members and 25,000 Bunnies, epitomized the mainstream “cool” nightclub of the 1960s. Hugh Hefner was able to leverage the cache from his gentleman’s magazine to the restaurant space, with chic bachelor decor and high-end food. And, of course, there were the Bunnies, one of the pre-eminent American sex symbols of the 20th century. Vanity Fair revisits the wildly successful nightclubs for some behind-the-scenes stories.

A Bunny Thing Happened: An Oral History of the Playboy Clubs, 4.22.11

Bonus: Pictorial archive of the Playboy Clubs in the 1960s:

The Golden Age of the Playboy Club, 11.13.09