Meandering Bear is a new proudly independent bar which opened in Halifax in September 2019 . It’s from Michael & Jess, the folks behind the award winning Grayston Unity and long time friend Andrew Murphy,
The bar is located close to the Piece Hall/Square Chapel & Westgate Arcade. It offers a great range of cask & keg ales & lagers, cocktails and spirits. Food too with meat/cheese boards, toasted sandwiches and generally food to go with drinks in an informal setting. The vast majority of our suppliers are from Calderdale so local produce is often be used. That’s important to us as we believe completely in the idea of spending locally helps the local community survive and grow.
The name comes from the true story of when Halifax had a zoo, yes really! in Siddal just before WW1. One day a bear managed to escape, meander around a bit before finally being returned to the zoo.
The Unity Trio jazz band play on the first Sunday afternoon of the month, occasional Saturday dj sets and we are a venue for Halifax Festival of Words (organised by our other place The Grayston Unity). We have a monthly general knowledge quiz (last Thursday of the month) & a music quiz (2nd Thursday of the month, both start at 8.15pm).
We also do 'Meet the Brewer' nights & 2 beer festivals a year.
We actively collect for Calderdale Womans Centre which for over 25 years has helped women in Calderdale and Kirklees. We do this via a collection tin but also we give money from every coffee sold and through two specially created cocktails.
OUR OTHER PLACE
Looks completely different and has a different drink offer but our approach is the same. The Grayston Unity is a 5 minute walk away in the town’s historical Town Hall area. The bar looks out onto the Town Hall itself, indeed in the summer months we have chairs on the terrace (as well as at the rear). It’s the UK’s smallest music venue (18 capacity) and hosts everything from gigs to social and cultural history talks. It was the Halifax Bar of The Year in 2019, Yorkshire & Humberside Parliamentary Pub of the Year and lots of other things too including a regular spot in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide. www.graystonunity.co.uk
We recommend bookings for Saturday’s but not essential we do take bookings for all the days we are open. We do try & keep some tables for ‘walk ups’ but our capacity is reduced to keep you & staff safe.
Bookings can be made prior to the day by calling/texting
07807136520 or via messaging our Facebook page only. If booking for the same day please just call or text.
Tables can only be held for 5 mins. Thanks.
Monday: - Closed
Tuesday: 1.00pm - 10.30pm
Wednesday: 4.00pm - 9.00pm
Thursday: 4.00pm - 10.30pm
Friday: 3.00pm - 11.15pm
Saturday: 12.00pm - 11.15pm
Sunday: 1.00pm - 9.00pm
General number: 07807136520
If you want to supply us don’t call us! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org . Quality has to come first, then we prioritise local suppliers, however when it comes to beer we are always on the look out for interesting breweries, where ever they are.
21-23 Union St, Halifax HX1 1PR, UK