Open from noon everyday

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. Open every day.

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.


On 23 August 2019 we opened a second site, just a couple of minutes walk from the Victorian Craft Beer Café. KØBENHAVN has 24 beers on tap and 6 handpulled ales. It is situated in the Westgate Arcade and has a beer garden under the glass roof. There is also a function room upstairs. Here’s the Images on Instagram


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.

We’ve been featured in a couple of national newspapers. GUARDIAN: Is Halifax the Shoreditch of the North? TELEGRAPH: Welcome to Halifax, the Shoreditch of the North.

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CAMRA Campaign for Real Ale

Highly Commended in the CAMRA Halifax and Calderdale Pub of the Year Competition 2022
Highly Commended in the CAMRA Halifax and Calderdale Pub of the Year Competition 2020
SPBW West Riding pub of the year Summer award winner 2019
CAMRA Halifax and Calderdale Pub of the Year Highly Commended 2019
Runner-up 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 2015

Beer Festivals

The INDYFAX BEER FESTIVAL is held on the August Bank Holiday Weekend and includes other bars in the town, including our sister pub KØBENHAVN.

Our BACK IN BLACK beer festival is our winter beer festival and is held in November every year. In 2023 the dates are 23rd – 26th November. It has attracted a large following and is a celebration of all things dark – from 3.5% Milds to 12% Imperial Stouts.

Opening Hours

Monday noon – 11pm
Tuesday noon – 11pm
Wednesday noon – 11pm
Thursday noon – 11pm
Friday noon – midnight
Saturday noon – midnight
Sunday noon – 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. About 5 minutes from the Piece Hall.

For map & directions, click here


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
  • Indyfax 2023

    After an incredible summer of sunshine and musical events, you may find yourself asking “How could it get any better?”. The answer, of course, is the return of Halifax’s independent beer festival, The Indyfax. From 25th until 30th August, Dukes, Good Mood, The Grayston Unity, Loafers, KØBENHAVN, Meandering Beer and The Victorian Craft Beer Café will be celebrating, bringing you over 100 different beers from around the country. It will also be KØBENHAVN’s third birthday. Doesn’t time fly when you’re having fun?

  • Indyfax 2021

    Indyfax returns to post apocalyptic Britain celebrating the greatness that is the independent craft beer scene of Halifax. Say hello to our new friends at Dukes and Good Mood as well as old favourites The Grayston, Alex and Meandering Bear. Our sister bar KØBENHAVN will the celebrating its 2nd Birthday and we will be officially launching the second beer from our Second Sight brewery, Just the ‘Fax. A juicy pale at 5.2%. What’s not to like?

  • Yes, We Are Brewing

    After years of been asked why we don’t brew our own beer, we can introduce our brand new brewery, under the Second Sight Brew Co brand. If you see Chris, our brewer, drink his beer and give him some feedback.
    More information and merch can be found here: Second Sight Brew Co

  • Back in Black 4!

    Back in Black 4

    Back in Black 4 is upon on! Our takeover of all 28 lines across cask and keg begins on Thursday 5th March running to the 8th.

  • Belgian Beer Weekend

    4-7 July 2019

    At the beginning of July we will be hosting yet another of our Belgian beer events. Our taps will be adorned with everything from Wits to Quads, Flemish Reds to Tripels. A large selection of 330ml bottles and 750ml bottles for those who like to share.

    As usual entry will be entirely free. Look forward to seeing you all there

  • Bone Machine and Brew York Tap Takeover and Meet the Brewers

    Thursday 27th June 2019

    We’re hugely excited to announce that we’re hosting a tap take over from two excellent York based breweries. You’ll also have a chance to meet the brewers and find out more about the 14 beers they’ll each be bringing!

    That’s right, 28 beers in total! 5 cask and 9 keg beers from both breweries for you to get stuck in to!

    As well as that, we’ll be a receiving a ‘Highly Commended’ award from Halifax and Calderdale CAMRA for the 2019 Pub of the Year competition. That will be around 7pm.

    Hope to see you there!

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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: København craft beer bar, La Luna restaurant, 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.

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.

The Victorian Pub Company Ltd
Company No

Open every day, from 12am.