A New Beery Destination – The Sparrow Bier Cafe, Bradford

Rob’s Beer Blog #3


Is it a bird? Is it a plane?…well it is a bird of sorts… it’s The Sparrow!

A new Bar is set to open on Friday 20th May in Bradford town centre. The brainchild of two proud Bradfordians Mark Husak and Les Hall, The Sparrow is a laidback and modern continental beer bar. Decked out with simple retro furniture, plain painted walls adorned with cool gig poster artwork The Sparrow is a wonderfully cool watering hole for the more savvy beer drinker.

I was lucky enough to get an invited to a preview night two days before its official opening. Meeting up with a group of fellow bloggers and beery types we descended on their North Parade location. On approaching the bar I opted for a pint of thirst-quenching malty delight that is Bernard Dark. The simple blonde wood bar is lined with four hand pulls (this night featuring Dark Star Original, Thornbridge Jaipur, Ilkley Stout Mary and Saltaire’s South Island Pale) and six keg taps (Three-way Bernard font serving filtered pilsner, Unfiltered and Dark plus Broadoak Cider and two guest kegs which were dispensing Meantime IPA and London Stout). All draught beer I had were tasty and in good condition, they were having issues with the guest keg lines but these problems are expected so early on but the London Stout tasted great. As for the cask ales I loved the balanced roasted quaffability of Dark Star’s chestnut coloured bitter but those gorgeous Czech beers kept calling me back for more Bernard Dark and Unfiltered pilsner, wonderful beers that won’t scare away the less-aware beer drinker. I delved into their well-stocked fridges for a bottle of Great Divide Titan IPA, devilishly drinkable piney goodness at 7.1%. The fridges stock a good range of beers from America, Belgium, and Germany as well as a number fruit beers and low-alcohol beers for the designated driver.

One of the best things about The Sparrow was the atmosphere, friendly and enthusiastic, everyone seemed to be firmly behind this new business venture. Cool music and joyful chat filled the air and contributed that essential ingredient that will hopefully make this new bar a success.

 

 

I’m told The Sparrow will be hosting various live music events and will be serving Deli Style sandwiches & snacks, teas & coffees and sweet treats so its not just all about beer.

 

I wished I’d have taken more photos but I was too busy chatting and drinking, if you want to see more you’ll have to pay them a visit and see for yourself.

To read and see more please visit Eating isn’t Cheating to read what Neil (who was in our gang of bloggers and boozers) thought of the experience too.

As I mention I visited a few days before the official opening so not everything was finished and I’m sure they will be resolved very soon. The Sparrow has so much potential and I believe the owners have the passion and intelligence to do so. Bradford has been crying out for a good venue to drink great beer in a relaxed setting and The Sparrow is shaping up to be that place. I look forwards to my next visit.

 

Click here to visit their Facebook page.

32 North Parade, BD1 3HZ Bradford, United Kingdom

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