The Railway Club
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Reviews by canucklehead:
British Columbia (Canada)
3.86/5 rDev -4%
Went there with Malto for a pint and realize that as a Vancouverite I should go here more often. The relaxed atmosphere coupled with the warm old wood decor put one in the mood for a good pint. They have a nice selection of B.C. micros on tap including HopHead by Tree and Crannog. Any pub that has these two on tap gets high marks in my book as most Vancouver establishments only serve Ok Springs/G.I /Big Rock. They also have the mighty Merridale Cider in bottles which is rare for any bar. We didn't have food but I will be back to try their grub.
03-21-2004 18:49:25 | More by canucklehead
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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!
07-06-2013 03:45:32 | More by deNevers
British Columbia (Canada)
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.
12-14-2009 18:49:01 | More by solintoronto
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.
05-26-2008 15:43:00 | More by BigBry
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.
02-21-2008 05:34:44 | More by Sammy
British Columbia (Canada)
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.
12-28-2007 23:26:08 | More by Graham5161986
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.
07-03-2007 11:06:45 | More by Kolsch
The Railway Club in Vancouver, BC, Canada
90 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.