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Where to head for Christmas drinks in Bradford

The festive season is upon us and the chances are you will be heading out for a festive tipple or two in the next few weeks. Whether it’s catching up with friends or the works Christmas do, here’s our guide to the best places in Bradford for a yuletide booze up.

Sunbridge Wells

Sunbridge Wells is tailor made for Christmas parties, with nine themed bars and several food options spread over multiple levels. So if you’re into specialist gin, craft beer, real ale, Italian tapas, 90s pop or wood-fired pizza, you will find a corner of Sunbridge Wells that suits you. The venue is relaxed and cozy during the day but things get lively as the night goes on, making it perfect for those looking to let their hair down. If you haven’t been before make sure you head down and get lost in the maze of brilliantly restored underground tunnels. 

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The Sparrow

The Sparrow has long been considered as the place to go for beer enthusiasts in Bradford. Following a takeover from Kirkstall Brewery last year it is still as good as ever with an awesome beer lineup, cozy decor and a relaxed vibe. An ideal place for small groups looking for some quality tipple.

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Bears Den

Strictly speaking we’ve already covered Bear’s Den as part of the Sunbridge Wells complex. But we think it merits a special mention of its own thanks to their awesome craft beer lineup, tasty grazing menu and the fact that it’s just a lovely place to hang out. Probably not ideal for bigger rowdy groups, but if you’re planning on catching up with a friend or two then look no further. 

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Brick Box Rooms

Ivegate seems to have transformed into Bradford’s party street recently, and at the centre of that is the fantastic Brick Box Rooms.  For such a small bar it certainly packs a punch with regular themed parties and good vibes all-around. 

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The Exchange

Located in the bowels of the incredible Wool Exchange building, Exchange Bar is a hidden gem offering some quality beer and spirits. There’s also a shuffle board!

The Record Cafe

The two-time CAMRA Pub of the Year winners recently celebrated their 5th anniversary and in that time have pretty much cemented their place as Bradford’s go-to venue for beer enthusiasts. They also sell amazing charcuterie and a fine selection of vinyl records. Perfect if you’re looking to meet with friends in a relaxed venue with quality produce and good music. 

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City Vaults

One of Bradford’s oldest and most popular pubs, City Vaults has just undergone a major refurb, almost doubling the size of the venue just in time for Christmas! City Vaults offers a bit of everything with cozy corners and traditional features alongside modern touches and open plan spaces. An ideal stop-off on any occasion, they also serve food.