Yorkshire Living, March 2012
The Sparrow is a speciality beer bar housed in a grade II listed building on Bradford’s North Parade. It opened it’s doors in May 2011 and is fast becoming one of the UK’s best and most popular craft beer bars. The bar attracts a wide range of customers who travel to taste some of the 70 ever changing beers that are available at any one time. The Sparrow offers local beers from Saltaire, Ilkley, Salamander, Magic Rock and Kirkstall as well as stocking some traditional and experimental beers from some of the best national and international breweries. CAMRA (Campaign For Real Ale) recently awarded The Sparrow Pub Of The Season for Autumn 2011 and the bar also featured in a national newspaper’s ‘Top 10 Craft Beer Bars in The UK’ feature.
It’s not just beer at The Sparrow, select wines, spirits, juices, coffees, teas and deli style beer snacks are also on offer. The arts also feature heavily. Music playlists are updated daily and art by local artists hang on the walls.
The Sparrow has an excellent reputation in the area. Why not call in for a drink, relax and hangout with friends at the end of your working week? Les & Mark welcome all to the award winning bar.
Morning Advertiser, 22 December 2011 - Opening Party: Best Pub Launches of 2011
The craft-beer revolution arrived in Bradford in May when Mark Husak and Les Hall converted a freehold shop into a European-style beer café.
Husak, a former music promoter and teacher, and lawyer Hall had never run a licensed outlet before — but they brought with them a passion for beer. The bar bristles with hand-pumps and craft-beer fonts, and if that’s not enough for you there are 60 different bottled beers in the fridges. Deli-style snacks are served alongside the beer.
Sparrow has quickly caught the attention of beer-lovers and has had some rave reviews. “We threw ourselves in at the deep end with this, but it’s been better than we thought it would be,” says Husak.
The people of Bradford have really taken to it. There’s nothing quite like it around here.
The Guardian, 29 August 2011 – 10 Top Bars and Pubs for Craft Beers
Further bolstering Yorkshire’s credentials as a craft beer stronghold, the Sparrow opened earlier this year in a small grade II-listed building on Bradford’s North Parade.
Local outfits such as Ilkley and Kirkstall regularly feature next to larger microbreweries among the beers on tap, and Tony Gartland of the Saltaire Brewery spoke at a recent IPA day (where attendees could choose from 15 varieties). Aside from the beer, the Sparrow has drawn praise for its local artwork, bar food and music taste.
Shortlist Magazine, 16 June 2011 – Pints and Pistachios
Wash down Polish ham on rye with Bernard unfiltered Czech pils or Barrack Obama’s favourite tipple, Goose Island Urban 312 wheat beer, at this new bar.