4200 San Felipe
HOUSTON TEXAS 77027

M 5-12 :: T-F 4-2 :: Sat 5-2 :: Sun 5-11

Updates

The Best Bars near the Galleria

June 11, 2013

From the Houston Press:

Right off the train tracks, as its name suggests, The Railyard is a bare-bones, no-frills neighborhood drinkery that offers quick service and reasonable prices. Happy hour lasts all day Sunday, and the bar is also a partner with the Dynamo pub groups.

 

Wear orange, have a few drinks, make some new friends with the welcoming regulars, and feel free to be as loud as you’d like. The train will drown it all out anyway.

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Beers for Boston at the Railyard

May 17, 2013

From the Houston Press blog:

The Railyard (the bar which famously replaced the old Roll-In Saloon) is hosting a mini tap-takeover and charity event to support victims of the marathon bombing in Boston. Through the end of May, The Railyard will donate proceeds from the sale of all Sam Adams beers to the Greg Hill Foundation.

 

Owner Trey Melcher has also promised that his family’s foundation — the Melcher Charitable Foundation — will match everything raised, dollar for dollar.

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Bar Stool Magazine Review

May 11, 2013

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The Railyard Gets National Attention

March 20, 2013

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.


Relax at Railyard Houston

October 10, 2012

From the Midlane Houston Apartment portal:

At The Railyard Neighborhood Bar, just across the street, there’s always good times and great drinks. This charmingly down-to-earth little pub was even a finalist for “Small Wonder Bar of the Year” fromNightclub & Bar. Think about that: of all the small bars in the country, this is one of the top three!

 

Sundays feature all-day happy hour at The Railyard. Everything from beer to wine to shots and mixed drinks are even cheaper than their regular modest pricing. They also run happy hour from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

They occasionally host parties and events which are always exciting, but the real joy of this neighborhood bar is just going there to relax after work on a random afternoon. It’s an unassuming, welcoming atmosphere for everyone.

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River Oaks gets a new bar

March 20, 2012

Culture Map Houston:

When the Roll-N Saloon closed its doors back in January, regulars mourned. The dive bar offered a low-key escape for those who cared more about hanging with friends and the old school tunes on the jukebox than being seen at an “It” bar with the see-and-be-seen crowd.

Plus, the neighborhood back roads provided ample alternate routes for those hoping to avoid the more populated streets at 2 a.m. But while the Roll-N can never be replaced, former enthusiasts please take note — there’s a new kid on the block.

The space is now occupied by the (aptly named) Railyard, and owned by Trey Melcher, Cody Melcher and Clinton Hedges.

Trey Melcher, one of the original investors in the Red Room, saw a business opportunity when the owner of the Roll-N chose not to renew his lease. The original idea was to keep the re-modeling down to a minimum. However, after digging in, Melcher realized a major overhaul was needed.

Fear not — though things have been updated, you’ll still recognize the place. The old CD jukebox has been replaced by a digital jukebox, but your old favorites by Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson and Bon Jovi are still in the rotation — just with Top 40 neighbors.

And there are still some familiar faces. Tony and Marc, former staff of the Roll-N, are still behind the bar. One change no one will mind? The restrooms have been modernized and cleaned up.

There are happy hour deals from 4 -7 p.m. weekdays and football drink specials on the weekends.


Local neighborhood bar “The Railyard” receives national recognition

January 26, 2012

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.

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Railyard to be honored in Las Vegas

January 25, 2012

From Culture Map Houston:

The Railyard, located in a small strip center just on the west side of the railroad tracks on San Felipe, has been named a finalist in the 2012 Nightclub & Bar Awards for “Small Wonder Bar of the Year.”

The bar — which, along with Tex-Mex eatery Vida in the same shopping center, is owned by Trey Melcher — was formerly the Roll-N Saloon, and is one of only two bars in Texas to reach the finals.

The Railyard, along with Stats Sports Bar and Grill, in Tomball (a finalist for Sports Bar of the Year) will be honored in Las Vegas at the Nightclub & Bar Convention and Trade Show in March. (Two Austin venues were named finalists in the nightclub categories, although no Houston clubs were recognized.)

Owner Trey Melcher called the award “a surprise and honor,” and said it was good to be “recognized in the company of national leaders in the hospitality industry.”

The Railyard opened in 2010 and has been a gameday haunt for nearby River Oaks neighbors, many of whom had also frequented the Roll-N in the four decades it was in operation at the same spot.

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The Railyard: Your Neighborhood Bar Has Graduated

January 11, 2011

A wonderful write-up from our opening in January 2011:

In college, tech school, the circus or whatever institution of higher learning you skipped class in, you probably had a favorite haunt that became part of your shared experience. For me, it was The Den in San Marcos, a mere fifty feet from the hovel in which I resided, and just as close to my heart. I think my crew kept the place in business for three years, pumping quarters into the shuffleboard table and ordering cheap pitchers of tepid, domestic beer. Flash forward a few years and a lot has changed. Watery well drinks and cheese fries no longer sell me on an establishment. I’m glad there’s no smoking in most bars nowadays. However, nostalgia always kicks in when visiting somewhere new, and I always end up comparing the latest joint to that golden standard of my youth.

The Railyard ditches the old-school cons, keeps all the good stuff, and improves on a few aspects from back in the day. It looks like a cleaner version of the dive of your memories, with its exposed duct work, ancient wood, concrete floor and bare brick, but past that,

The Railyard wins out on some very crucial criteria:

Drinks: Cocktails were watery but cheap at that old, college dive, but nights never ended well when drinking margaritas made with Russian tequila. (Got old after the third senior year.)

Instead of weak and watery pours, The Railyard makes a strong cocktail, and their happy hour, from 4-7, Monday-Friday, brings back collegiate prices of yore. Their choice of brews on tap is small, but priced fairly. Four dollar Bloody Marys, micheladas and mimosas on Sundays is a nice touch for us after-church drinkers. Those machines that keep a constant chill and churn going on a typical margarita mix keep pretense miles away, as do buckets of Lonestar and Coors Light for $13.

Service: At your old respite? Even after the 15th visit, that cute bartender you were trying to get to know still insisted on smacking gum while staring through you and mixing up your tab at the end of the night.

At The Railyard, service is quick, it’s friendly and it’s not merely gushing for a tip. You don’t have to visit more than once for Tony to remember your name. You’ll remember his too, because he’ll remind you of comedian John Caparulo.

Clientele and Atmosphere: When it was $2 you-call-it night back in your heyday, it was like flies to a dead horse, but having to elbow-check your date to get to your beer was never really worth it.

The Railyard is slightly more subdued. Because it’s a little bit off the beaten path, the crowd that gathers is a like-minded group of Houstonians in their 30’s looking to cut loose, minus the pressure of having to see and be seen. To the background beat of freight trains thumping along on the nearby tracks, a schizophrenic juke box spits out old-school Metallica and follows it with Jimmy Buffett. It epitomizes The Railyard’s laid-back attitude. Feel like watching the game? Have at it. Feel like dancing? Dance. Feel like cuddling up in a corner with a date or hollering for a round of shots with the after-work crowd? Cuddle up or party down. Throw in all the trappings of a sports bar (flatscreens in all the right places), some arcade throwbacks (Golden Tee and Big Buck Hunter) and a photo booth for no particular reason, and you’ve got yourself a bar that feels like college, but grew up, got a job and doesn’t live in its mom’s basement anymore. A genuine neighborhood bar.

Being thirty-ish is strange. It leaves you feeling stuck in that purgatory of being old enough to know better, but still too young to care. And while the memories forged at your old stomping grounds can never be replaced, they have less to do with the bars themselves, and more to do with the people, conversations and wild times associated. The Railyard is right there with us. For all its college charm, it exudes an undeniable wisdom, reminding us of the journey that was, but that the best is yet to come.