Every day from 11am

we are completely independent

we left the big uk brands behind


10 Hand Pulled Beers/Ciders & 18 Beers On Tap & 100 Bottled Beers & Pies & Coffee. Every day, from 11am.

Large selection of teas, soft drinks & wine too.

Our Story

The Victorian Craft Beer Café opened in 2014, bringing continental style drinking to Halifax, West Yorkshire. Situated next to the Victoria Theatre and just a few minutes walk from the Piece Hall in the centre of Halifax, it is a temple to beer. We stock beer from the best and most progressive breweries in the UK. It is a unique looking bar, more in character with Manchester, Leeds or London. The range of beers keeps improving and it is proud to stock ales from breweries such as Squawk, Black Iris, Black Jack, Anspach & Hobday, Anarchy, Vocation, Thornbridge & Track amongst others. It has a large selection of Belgian beers, some famous some a little more obscure. The single malt Whisky selection is the best in the area, too.


We’re proud to be part of Halifax’s regeneration, and we are members of the Halifax Business Improvement District. We are sandwiched between the The Piece Hall, Square Chapel Theatres, Victoria Theatre & Halifax Playhouse. For those travelling by rail we are 10 minutes from Bradford or Hebden Bridge. For those staying the night, there are several hotels such as Premier Inn, White Swan, Imperial Crown & Wool Merchant Hotel nearby. Is Halifax the Shoreditch of the north?

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CAMRA Campaign for Real Ale

Runner-up in the Yorkshire Pub of the Year Competition 2018
CAMRA Halifax and Calderdale Pub of the Year 2018
Highly Commended in the CAMRA Halifax and Calderdale Pub of the Year Competition 2017
Yorkshire Post Pub of the Week April 2016
CAMRA Halifax and Calderdale Pub of the Season Summer 2015

Beer Festivals

The INDYFAX BEER FESTIVAL is held on the August Bank Holiday Weekend and it includes our friends at the Grayston Unity, Pumproom Micropub & The Alexandra Beer House. In addition, The Lantern music venue joined us in 2018 providing music and yet more beers.

Our BACK IN BLACK beer festival is our winter beer festival and is held in February every year. It has attracted a large following and is a celebration of all things dark – from 3.5% Milds to 12% Imperial Stouts. So, let loose from the noose!


thai food served

Occasional gourmet popup food events, including the incredible Mac Daddies, Pizza Fella, Little Red Pizza Shop, The Mexican Pilgrim and What’s Your Beef?

Opening Hours

Monday 11am – 11pm
Tuesday 11am – 11pm
Wednesday 11am – 11pm
Thursday 11am – 11pm
Friday 11am – Midnight
Saturday 11am – Midnight
Sunday 11am – 11pm

Where are we?

We’re Near Harvey’s & Victoria Theatre

We’re near Harvey’s department store, the Victoria Theatre & the Circle Lounge cocktail bar

For map & directions, click here


Every Wednesday 8.30pm

The Shabby Cats
Playing traditional pub tunes from the 20’s, 30’s, 40’s & 50’s

Every Sunday 5pm

The Sunday Session
Live acoustic acts playing covers/originals


Spoken Weird modern poetry including open mic on the first Thursday of the month. Hosted by Geneviève L Walsh & John Darwin

Whisky Nights & Belgian Beer Nights

Usually held on random Thursdays throughout the year. Our Belgian Beer weekenders have been successful too and include traditional Belgian food



Keep up to date with the stuff we're doing
  • More taps = more selection

    Good news! We’ve just increased the number of taps at the bar to 18 to offer you more choice and to make it more exciting for us. To be honest, we’ve had the feeling that 12 taps wasn’t enough for a while now – there are just too many beers styles in the world. If we can find more room at the bar and if our beer cellar (read engine room) can take it, the temptation to add another 6 next year might be too much for us to bare. Until then, enjoy more IPAs, Belgian, sours and saisons. Our 10 handpulled beers/ciders remain unaffected.

  • Yorkshire Pub of the Year Runner Up 2018

    We came joint second in CAMRA’s Yorkshire Pub of the Year competition and we’re very happy about that! We shared our placing with Sheffield’s Kelham Island Tavern. The winner, for the third consecutive year, was the George & Dragon in Hudswell near Richmond. More reading here.

  • Indyfax 23rd-27th August 2018

    August bank holiday sees the return of our annual beer festival! Expect 10 more handpull lines, some special keg beers and wonderful food for all to enjoy.

    Like last year, our friends from the The Alexandra Beer House, The Grayston Unity, The Lantern, and The Pumproom Micropub are joining us again, with various tap takeovers and music events going on all weekend!

    We can’t wait, hope to see you all there!

  • Pub of the Year 2018

    We’ve been awarded CAMRA Halifax and Calderdale Pub of the Year 2018.

    Thanks to everyone for their support. More of this story here.

    A special thank you to Hugh from the Cross Keys for graciously allowing someone else to win this award. We promise to return it next year, should he require it.

    Photo credit CAMRA. No drinks were harmed during the event

  • Welcome to Halifax, the ‘Shoreditch of the North’


    Another national newspaper, this time The Telegraph, which asks the question Is Halifax the Shoreditch of the North?

  • Shoreditch of the North?


    Guardian Article

    Several of the new Halifax bars are featured in this article in a national newspaper.

The A-Team

When keeping it real goes wrong
  • Ants

    "The King of Halifax"
  • Jim

    "It's bread Jim, but not as we know it."
  • Lee

    "The funniest man from Liverpool since Jimmy Tarbuck"
  • Simon

    "Drinking is my business, and business is good"
  • Pang

    "The timekeeper"
  • Tom

    bar manager
    "Bringing a touch of class to the proceedings"
  • Sam

    "The Beard"
  • Lewis

    "Belgium beer please!"

Get In Touch


Leave the Piece Hall from its highest point, the West Gate. Walk up the Westgate arcade, turn left at the end and continue up Alexandra St, towards the Victoria Theatre. We are directly behind the theatre and Harvey’s department store, on the corner of Powell Street.

Businesses on route: La Luna restaurant, Alexandra Beer House, Circle Lounge cocktail bar


Walk out of the station and walk up the hill directly in front, Horton St. After a few minutes you should see the Victoria Theatre. We are directly behind the theatre.

Businesses on route: Cycle Gear, Romeo & Juliet Restaurant, Victoria Theatre


Leave from the top of the bus station and follow the main ring road on to Broad Street. Stick with the ring road until it starts to go downhill again. We are on the same block as Wetherspoon’s Barum Top, further down the hill.

Businesses on route: Kashmiri Aroma, Brasserie at the Bull

Our Address

For more information, please contact us:

Victorian Craft Beer Cafe
18 – 22 Powell St
West Yorkshire
United Kingdom

We have never had a landline telephone. Some crafty websites like to list an imaginary number for us. Please ignore them.

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Open every day, from 11am.