Published Dec 09, 2015The Railway Club is undoubtedly one of Vancouver's most established venues, having been around since 1931. It looks as if some changes might be coming to the storied establishment, however, since it has been put up for sale.
A listing reveals that the club is going for $299,000. It comes with a primary liquor licence with late-service. The venue is around 4,125 square feet in size and is located on the northeast side of the downtown core, at 579 Dunsmuir St.
Although the club is self-described as "one of Vancouver's longest continually operating stand-alone music venues," this won't the first time that it has undergone changes. The Georgia Straight points out that it didn't begin hosting shows until 1981, after former NDP MLA Bob Williams bought it, and Steve Silman then purchased the venue seven years ago.
Silman told CBC Radio that he hopes that it will continue as a live venue. Luckily, the property is listed as "business only," so it's not likely to be bought out by a condo developer (like so many Vancouver venues have been in recent years). See the listing here.
The Railway Club has hosted acts like the Tragically Hip, k.d. lang, Japandroids, Barenaked Ladies, Sarah McLachlan, Wax Mannequin, the Pack A.D., Blue Rodeo, Teen Daze, Evening Hymns, John Grant, Rheostatics, Los Lobos, Great Big Sea, Spirit of the West, Grapes of Wrath and many more.