A great dame of the south, this pub has been serving up forever, and long may it do so
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The Railway is a bit of a celebrity. The proud cream-coloured corner classic has been intoxicating South Melbourne’s inhabitants forever – even back when Sunday boozing was off-limits, they’d operate speakeasy-styles from the house next door (which is now the leafy beer garden). It’s also played backdrop to Spielberg’s wartime drama The Pacific. Exhausted TV production assistants sink pitchers of James Squire at the front bar’s high tables, and weathered regulars claim the leather chairs by the fire. They get a little fancy with the odd Asian-style duck salad in the bistro, but we can’t and won’t go past Wednesday’s $15 porterhouse steak night. Sadly, the resident cat just passed away (RIP), but the Railway carries on. May it do so forever.