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Pub Visit - USA/Canada

railway club vancover 1 bar corridorWednesday 29th June 2011

Bob Thompson

This is a quirky location at 579 Dunsmuir Street. It is a true club and costs $10 per annum to join. However, I walked in unchallenged. The club is on a corner site and is on the first floor.

The first room I encountered was where the bands play and there was one on as I walked through to a sort of corridor with a corner bar at the end, see first photo, with band playing at the end.

One side of the bar faced on to a further room which was quieter and where food is served at certain times. Beyond that was the best room with its ornate bar back, see last photo.

railway club vancover 2 bar top

The club was originally built for the Canadian Pacific Railway, whose Riverside station was a short distance away, now anyone can join.

As alluded to earlier, there is a lot of live music here and the club is the top venue for up and coming indie bands.

And the beer selection is a good as the music, although I had to look some of these beers up as I'd never come across them previously.


railway club vancover 3 ornate bar back

Available on my visit were Railway Club Big Kettle ESB (brewery unknown); Phillips Hop Circle IPA (6.5%) (Victoria, BC), Tree Brewing (Kelowna, BC) Cutthroat Pale Ale (5.0%) and their Thirsty Beaver Amber Ale (5.0%). From the Granville Island Lager in Vancouver were English Bay Pale Ale and. Also from Vancouver the R&B Brewing Co's Raven Cream Ale (4.8%) and Bohemian Lager (5.0%).

Also on offer was Okanagan Spring (Vernon, BC) 1516 Bohemian Lager and Rock Creek Cider from the Big Rock Brewery of Calgary, AB.

I had a couple of pints here as it was my last stop of the day and I was very tired. I noticed that they tapped a cask beer every Tuesday at 17.00, pity I was there on the wrong day!

Important Information:

The Railway Club, 579 Dunsmuir Street, Vancouver BC. V6B 1Y4. Tel: 604 681 1625

Open: Monday 16.00-02.00; Tuesday to Thursday 12.00-02.00; Friday 12.00-03.00;
Saturday 14.00-03.00; Sunday 16.00-24.00

As its location is Downtown, the Club is close to all forms of transport.