The Bradford Pub Scene


Real Ale is back!

There has been something happening recently in Bradford and it is all down to the rise in popularity of real ale. Bradford has seen a steady rise in micro bars and real ale pubs springing up and the trend looks like it will continue.

One of the main areas to be is North Parade, at the top of the city. The first of the new generation bars to arrive was The Sparrow which opened in 2011. Since it opened it has received many accolades such as listed in ShortList magazine top 10 UK Pubs, The Guardian's top 10 UK craft beer bars and locally Bradford CAMRA pub of the year 2012, as well as being featured in The Good Beer Guide.


The next bar to join The Sparrow was Al’s Dime Bar, which classes itself as a New York style dive bar which specialises in amazingly tasty and good value cocktails as well as imported American beers.

Then came along The Record Café an independent record shop, serving real ale, craft beer and charcuterie. The mezzanine level record shop sells the latest vinyl releases, the ground floor bar and charcuterie counter serves local real ales, craft beers from further afield, continental ham platters and pork pies.


The latest edition to the family on North Parade is the Brew House which opened in March 2015. This large relaxed and contemporary bar is situated in a Victorian building, previously home to Liverpool and Victoria's commercial chambers. It now served a great selection of craft beers along with Yorkshire Cask Ales and home-cooked pub food made from locally-sourced produce.

Just around the corner there is Bradford Brewery and in March 2015 brewing returned to Bradford when Bradford Brewery opened its doors with the adjoining Brew Factory. The bar showcases ale & lager lovingly brewed in Yorkshire which is served alongside a fantastic selection of Pieminister pie and mash.

Not only is there this great selection of new bars there is a also a number of traditional pubs scattered across the city. The New Beehive and Jacobs are traditional ale houses serving a great selection of real ales,The Corn Dolly, The Fighting Cock, City Vaults, The Old Bank and The Shoulder of Mutton are just a few which can be found on the City Centre Ale Trail.

So why not explore the city and then pop into one of the many great bars for a bit of light refreshment!