The Railway Club
Ratings: 15 | Reviews: 12 | Display Reviews Only:
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
3.2/5 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
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
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
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
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
4.05/5 rDev +0.7%
This is a great pub, and probably the best pub above a 7/11. It has a nice dark wood warm feel to it. There is some outside space, tables in front of the stage, a long bar, and more tables at the back away from the stage for those more interested in conversation than tunes. As for the tunes, they focus upon acoustic music. We saw a great local Bluegrass band and a visually and lyrically comical band that was a cross between old country, Queen, Meatloaf, and punk.
The bartenders are friendly, as are the locals who represent a broad spectrum of 20, 30, and 40 somethings.
The food is basic and limited in options, but uses fresh, quality ingredients.
The beer selection is the best I saw in Vancouver. They have Hophead on tap which is the best beer I encountered in my 4 days there.
They also had Hop Goblin, Big Kettle, Unibroue Blanche, Raven Cream, and several other locals and imports. Note that there are a couple of taps that differ between the front and back bars.
Vancouver is no beer Mecca, and my beer ratings for Railway are relative mostly to other places in Vancouver rather than to other cities.
But the combo of good beer, atmosphere, and good local bands every night make the Railway a place I would love to have in my town and a great place to get a taste of Vancouver.
08-02-2006 04:04:43 | More by Tbone
4.28/5 rDev +6.5%
This tourist found a place two blocks from hotel that serves 20oz imperial pints, so he was sold. The bartenders were friendly and sympathetic to my cause, a soul looking for Canada's and BC's best. Was provided with Tree IPA, Lighthouse Keepers Stout, Unibroue Blanche de Chambly, and basically tried every micro til I got to the larger establishments -- Raven Cream Ale and so forth. A show started up around 10 and the bar was crowded all of a sudden. I still got plenty of attention from the bartenders.
Crowd was mixed but seemed to be mostly 20-30 somethings. I have no idea what this demographic is like in Vancouver but I'd compare them to NYC hipster/boheme. Got to chat with a variety of people (apparently I don't seem like someone from the NYC area, whatever that means) and learned a bit about the local culture.
I didnt notice at first, but the establishment is fairly large. The bar spans a narrow area between the stage/performance seating and the back room, and a model train track hangs from the ceiling. I didn't get to see the train in motion but I could imagine it. There's an outdoor area, as well. The whole place sits on the second floor but the stairs are wide and easy to navigate even when bombed.
Not much to compare it against other local establishments, but this tourist was more than satisfied with the selection my stomach could handle. The bartenders were nice enough to point me to other places -- notably, Yaletown Brewing (?), though unfortunately, on the last night of my visit. A good experience, and good vibes all around. The memory comes back with me to the East Coast.
05-04-2006 05:39:59 | More by ism
The Railway Club in Vancouver, BC, Canada
90 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.