The Grayston Unity is an independent bar owned by folks who live in Halifax. It’s in a building that dates back to the 1860s (originally opened as a County Court), take a look at the crest on the corner of the building. Opposite the bar is the glorious Halifax Town Hall (anyone can go in to take a look), designed by the architect whose next job was the Houses of Parliament. The bar itself is in a bit that used to be for carriages to enter. A Wesleyan Chapel built in the 18th Century sat on the adjoining car park until the 1950s.
During the week and on occasional Sunday’s there’s lots going on (see our events section on our Facebook page). Live music takes place in our back room (the UK’s smallest music venue) and in the backyard in the summer months. We also hold a folk and roots night, jazz club, open mic, art exhibitions, Sunday sessions and lots more. In addition, we hold a poetry slam night, spoken word festival, a monthly music quiz night, and the occasional bit of theatre.
We also founders of TOWN grassroots music festival and co-founders of the www.halifaxfestivalofwords.com which is annual festival which celebrates language through music, spoken word, author talks, Q&As and lots more. This we do with The Book Corner, in spaces across the town.
Since opening in May 2016 we have been awarded the Yorkshire Post Pub of the Week (https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/what-s-on/dining-out/pub-of-the-week-the-grayston-unity-halifax-1-8299859) and Calderdale CAMRA Pub of the Season. We were ‘in the 2018, 2019,2021 & 2022, 2023 CAMRA Good Beer Guide. We were the 2018 Parliamentary Pub of the Year for Yorkshire & Humberside. We also received the ‘Bar of the Year 2018’ award in the Halifax Courier Business Awards. In the UK top 10 of pubs with live music (The Guardian).
Music is very important to us and you can expect an eclectic mix of background music, it is just that as our bar is about conversations.
Grayston was my mother’s family name and it is used in memory of her. Until the 1950s members of her family owned a brewery in the centre of Keighley and their pubs included the Turkey Inn at Goose Eye. Unity? Well, we believe in the goodwill of people and being together as one. In September 2019 we opened our 2nd place, Meandering Bear, 5 mins walk away.