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Bottoms Up: With Emily Shelle at the Railway Stage & Beer Café

Saturday 14th, April 2018 / 07:00

Photo by Zee Khan

HOW DID YOU START BARTENDING?
I was living in an old mining town in Australia called Beechworth, working as an au pair and on the hunt for a second job. I applied at a local hotel called Tanswell’s. It was an old gold rush era pub from the late 1800s. Apparently Ned Kelly used to ride his horse through the tavern doors, right up to the counter.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU WORKED AT THE RAILWAY?
I’ve been coming in for years, but about three months ago I got home from travelling through Asia and vowed to get a job in a live music venue. Lucky for me, the Donnelly Group got back to me right away.

BEST THING ABOUT YOUR JOB.
The people I work with. It’s rare in this industry to have a crew that is so compatible. Doug Meaker (bar manager) and Chad Cole (owner, GM) have done an amazing job. I especially love working in the back bar, a hidden Vancouver gem. When it’s slow I can shoot pool with regulars, try some of our many delicious craft beers and engross myself in people’s stories of Railway. It’s incredible working in a place with so much history.

FAVORITE DRINK TO MAKE?
Old Fashioned. It’s also my favorite drink to drink so I get excited whenever I get to make one.

GO TO ON AN OFF NIGHT?
I love Uncle Abe’s and The Narrow. The music they play and the cocktails they serve are right up my alley.

THE GREATEST NIGHT YOU’VE EVER HAD AT WORK?
For me there hasn’t been just one. It’s the gigs that bring in the best clientele that are winners. When the band is good, the night is good.

WORST?
I mean, even the worst shifts at Railway are still fun ones. I honestly can’t think of a night where I’ve been truly miserable. If I hate the band, get swarmed with 17 martinis at once or get several customers who forgot their deodorant, I am still having a laugh.

The Railway SBC is located at 579 Dunsmuir Street

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