From the Examiner:
The Railyard, located at 4200 San Felipe, has been named a finalist in the “Small Wonder Bar of the Year” category (40 seats and under) of the 2012 Nightclub & Bar Awards.
The premier, national nightlife-industry recognition program is in its third year and culminates in the NCB Convention and Trade Show in Las Vegas each March.
The Railyard was one of only two Texas venues to reach the bar finals with Houston’s Stats Sports Bar and Grill selected in the “Sports Bar of the Year” category. Austin’s Roial Eco-Friendly Day and Nightclub plus QUA Bottle Lounge were named as finalists in three nightclub categories.
“It was a surprise and honor to be considered among the best small occupancy bars in the country and recognized in the company of national leaders in the hospitality industry,” said owner Trey Melcher.
Selected by an expert judging panel composed of top consultants, developers, educators, writers, editors and trainers in the industry, the winners will be honored at the NCB Convention and highlighted through Nightclub & Bar media group vehicles, including leading trade publication, Nightclub & Bar magazine, and online at www.nightclub.com. Judging criteria focuses on characteristics that include quality, creativity, financial success and patron value.
The Railyard, which anchors the newly renovated, Art Deco-inspired Melcher Crossing shopping center, debuted in June 2010. The venue opened following a sensitive refurbishment of the landmark Roll-N Saloon, which closed in January 2010 after 40 years in continuous operation at the same location. Great effort was taken to integrate necessary updates while preserving the character and original elements that were hallmarks of the space.
Named for its location adjacent to the train tracks that separate Uptown from River Oaks, The Railyard is open daily and features happy hour from 4 until 7 p.m. every weekday.