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The Railway Club

Not Rated.
The Railway ClubThe Railway Club
BA SCORE
90
outstanding

15 Ratings
Ratings: 15
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 13.68%
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

579 Dunsmuir St
Vancouver, British Columbia, V6B 1Y4
Canada
phone: (604) 681-1625

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @railwayclub

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Photo of AdamNowek
5/5  rDev +24.4%

AdamNowek, Aug 07, 2014
Photo of KStark
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

KStark, May 13, 2014
Photo of Erik-P
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Erik-P, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of deNevers
3.4/5  rDev -15.4%

It has been a few years since I have been there but back in the day it was on route to the now defunked Marine Club, an old Service Mans club where old Frank tinckled the Hammon Organ whilst we drank low end beers.

The Railway is a VCR landmark not so much for the beer selection but more for the history and great mix of patrons.

Go! Have a pint of whatever is on tap and enjoy. You may luck out and see a great local band!

deNevers, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of solintoronto
3/5  rDev -25.4%

This bar is definitely in the seedy, dive bar category, which is not a bad thing when searching for beer. This was the first place I discovered Phillips IPA from Vancouver Island. They tend to always have Phillips, Tree, and Red Truck on tap. If they have the Crannog Backhand of God, thats one of BC's best beers.

Not here to review the food as its bar food. The staff are abrupt but friendly, as you'd expect in any bar.

** Note they do have bands on Saturday nights and charge a $10 cover charge to enter, so even if you want to just drink the beer. So you're better of going earlier than later if you want to sit at the bar and taste some beers.

Bar is right on the corner of Seymour & Dunsmuir. Above the 7/11 as everyone else has stated.

solintoronto, Dec 14, 2009
Photo of BigBry
3.7/5  rDev -8%

This is another one of those places that I have been meaning to get to, just to check it out.
Located above a 7-11, I walked past the entrance a couple times before I figured it out.
Mid afternoon, so it was fairly quiet, and no cover charge. Wandered around a bit, then took a seat at the bar.As mentioned previously, no real wait staff, just order yourself. I asked for something local and was offered a Russell Lager - good, but nothing spectacular. Lots of beer, but no real 'Wow" factor.
Seems like a very local, casual, crowd where everyone (staff and customers) know each other.
Would be a good place to come with friends to watch a live band.

BigBry, May 26, 2008
Photo of Sammy
3.2/5  rDev -20.4%

The place to go after hours,and a cover fee of $5 on a weeknight, with a DJ and a bunch of craft beer on tap, as I agree with Tigglmtl that BC brewpubs, while frequented and objectively on par with many US cties ,are underappreciated. Nothing special on tap as that can be found in the otherwise unknown Alibi Room nearby.Still friendly but you have to work it as there is a certain mild pretentiousness here and in a number of Vancouver spots.This impressed me as a rather odd club in a city with a lot of odd people.

Sammy, Feb 21, 2008
Photo of Graham5161986
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%

This place is truly a Vancouver legend. It's got such a refreshing, old-fashioned, no-hassle atmosphere that is a massive break from most of the egotistically charged places in this city.

They really do have a good beer selection and I also like how their is no table service - no pressure, just head there if you're looking to have a good time and listen to some good music. The last time I was there, I went to watch my girlfriend's stepbrother play - it was very chill and I had a great time.

What makes this place a diamond in the rough is also the fact that it is located in a pretty seedy area. Nevertheless, I love this place and I try to go there as much as I can.

Graham5161986, Dec 28, 2007
Photo of Kolsch
3.56/5  rDev -11.4%

Based on other reviews, this seemed like a good stop while traveling in Vancouver.

Atmosphere: Unique somewhat U-shaped bar above a 7/11 with decent tap selection. Mostly Canadian beers I have never heard of. Not many American Micros at all. The best beer was a Bitter ESB on Nitro that I could have easily drank all day.

Place is easy to find (look for 7-11) and within easy walking distance being only a couple of blocks from Gas town and our hotel. They have bands 7 days a week. Kd Lang and Sarah McLaughlin got their start there. They also had Radiohead play there.

Vibe: They did have one strange policy that we are not accustomed to. We sat at the bar and waited for the bartender to serve us. She noticed us and came over to talk but she did not ask us what we wanted. She left and went to the cash register and then I noticed that people would go up to the cash register to pre-pay for their beer. She then would get the beer and bring it back to them at the bar. Maybe some kind of unique Canadian custom I don't know about? Kinda strange and just a little creepy.

Kolsch, Jul 03, 2007
Photo of tatterdash
4.65/5  rDev +15.7%

After dragging my bandmates on a three hour wild goose chase across Vancouver (having just landed in the fine city for a gig), we finally located this place (I was just getting them adjusted to the new time zone). This place was like heaven, we were tired, hungry and (of course) very, very thirsty. The atomosphere was rustic and the damp oceanic mountain air was blowing in from the patio and windows, it really felt at home. No table service (which I really like), so I bought the first round. I walked up to the bar and exclaimed:

"We have come all the way from Toronto because we heard you have hoppy beers out here!" The bartender happily recommended several. I brought over three dimple mug pints of Tree Hophead (and a pint of Blanche de Chambly for our keyboard player). I swear it was the best pint I have ever had. I then sampled many local beers, including an incredible ESB and fairly good stout. The food (also with no table service) was equally great and reasonably priced. It might have just been the ridiculously long anticipation for this place, but I doubt it, this is one gem of a pub!

tatterdash, Dec 09, 2006
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The Railway Club in Vancouver, BC, Canada
90 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.