"The old-school Rail is great if you just want to grab a beer in a trad-pub setting, but what really makes it special is its enduring commitment to the indie music scene. Its little stage has seen dozens of rising stars kick-start their careers and it's still the best place in town to catch passionate, consistently high-quality acts, ranging from folk to metal to bluegrass to polka."
"Best Good Old Bar...What other bar could you show off to your parents at lunchtime, then return after dark with your latest punk rock, alt-coutnry, or other indie-music-fan squeeze to see live music? Nowhere else, that's where. Not anymore."
Georgia Straight, Best of Vancouver Edition, 2005
"Best Bar in Vancouver" , "Best Live Music Venue"
Westender Readers Choice Poll, 2005
"Best Bar in Vancouver", "Best Bartender in Vancouver (Dana Olsen)"
Westender Readers Choice Poll, 2004
"Still the best place to meet friends and to catch a variety of talent in an intimate setting. The Railway keeps consistently high standards, flexibility and foresight in its bookings."
Tom Harrison, The Province, June 22, 1999
"The Rail's the best hangout bar/club in town. There's always a gem of a band to check out up front; some lofty banter to jump into at the back; and, in the cosy bar at the very rear, some quiet space to tete-a-tete."
10 Best clubs in Vancouver, The Province, Monday, May 5th, 1997