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Harrys Bar, Wakefield

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Great pub , but they persist on having live music which takes up half the pub leaving it difficult to get served and cramming everybody in small area .
ALBEERT - 28 Jan 2018 19:29
Looks unpromising from the outside,but go in!
Why?Because the beer is great.
Drank an unidentified golden ale for £1 a pint amongst a pleasant crowd.
One of the better pubs on my recent Northern tour.
Would definately go again (and i probably will one day)
toolster - 17 Apr 2013 18:18
Small but perfectly formed. Always a well-kept and interesting mix of ales available. Their Tuesday £1 a pint offer is almost too good to be true. Last time I went in the barrel on promo was an outstanding 4.3% pale ale
droolian - 13 Apr 2013 18:09
Great little pub, live music on Tuesday night, great selection of real ales ("Leeds pale" is my favorite at the moment), cant fault this place at all
stutheking82 - 12 Jan 2012 13:27
Possibly the best pub in the world!
monty73 - 28 Apr 2011 16:05
Sensational ale hole - difficult to fault? Try impossible to fault. Beers listed on a chalk board featuring at least 6 real ales. A nice mix between modern and old, the interior is very pleasing and there is a small seating area besides the pub. A large selection of fruit beers and various other bottles including WKD Cider (first time i've seen it, thank god!) and Crabbies Alcoholic Ginger beer which was a lovely drop. With regards to the levels of patronage, I had no problems getting a seat at 5.30pm on a weekday and the pub was comfortably busy. I will be seeking out this pub the next time I happen to go anywhere near Wakefield Westgate, and will add it to the list of fantastic pubs in Wakefield including Boons, Red Shed and Fernandes.
Sharp - 13 Aug 2009 13:32
A small and cosy pub a little off the beaten track, serving up a good selection of ales (from Ossett and elsewhere), continental bottled beers and premium lagers.

The interior is all wooden beams and exposed brickwork with some partitioned drinking areas. As noted in a previous review, the size of the place is a double-edged sword - lovely when quiet, awkward and difficult to relax when busy. Live music nights are advertised inside (how do they fit them in?). There was a nice sun deck outside.

Well-worth a visit in quieter periods (though given it doesn't open until 5 most weekdays that could prove more difficult to achieve than usual). Good pub.
Quinno - 3 Aug 2009 21:13
Great pub. Brilliant atmosphere and fine ales. Difficult to fault for a town centre pub.
RealAleQuaffer - 20 Mar 2009 21:35
An absolute gem of a place. I had heard of the mythical Harry's Bar on Westgate shortly after I moved to Wakefield, but hadn't seen it. Then a couple of weeks ago I wandered up a tiny alleyway opposite the road running up to Wesgate Station and there it was, about 50m down, a unicorn of a pub: difficult to find and magical. A great selection of real ales in a tiny pub, wonderful cosy atmosphere. They do music at some time during the week, though I have no idea how they can fit a whole band in, but I intend to find out soon!
Woodie09 - 28 Jan 2009 15:23
Absolutely heaving on the Saturday night I visited. Despite the cold weather I braved one of the tables outside. Several real ales on offer.
blue_scrumpy - 18 Dec 2008 22:35
This place gets better, especially since Fernandes has gone to Ossett. The beer range has been much improved, Red Lion Chardonnayle (5.1%) has replaced Excelsior and is flying out, but Silver King and Landlord are also permanent. Guest beer turnover is quite rapid, and beer quality much better since a new temperature controlled piping system installed. Only weak point is often poorly pulled beer by some of the lasses, and size of the place as it gets too full sometimes - best avoid fri. evngs !
Landlord Ian a.k.a 'fish' keeps good order, and the place doesn't attract low life - usually.
Beer prices are good value, 2.20 for 5% !.
minesawhitelion - 3 Jul 2008 10:50
WARNING.

Do not confuse Harry's Bar in Wakefield with Harry's Bar in Venice!
chopin - 19 Apr 2008 00:12
beers are great, friendly staff and customers, has a TV
oftenscore6 - 18 Apr 2008 23:49
Harry's is a lovely pub - Ian (affectionately known as Fish) is a really welcoming landlord.

Mondays are 'open mic' night, and can be a bit of a distraction if you're hoping for a quiet pint. Also Wednesdays usually there's a band on and in such a small room it can get *very* noisy. Otherwise it's a good venue but can get very very busy.

Good range of ales, the bar staff are really helpful and will assist you in picking something to your tastes.
capnb - 20 Feb 2008 09:26
A small one roomed pub, tucked away fifty yards or so from the main road. (Not the easiest place to find if youre a casual visitor, its best approached via a passageway, just up the hill from the nearby Elephant and Castle).

The interior is cosy and very relaxing. Wooden beams, exposed brickwork and partitioned drinking areas all contribute to the intimate feel.

Six real ales on this visit: Ossett Excelsior and Silver King, plus Taylors Landlord as the regular beers. Also, Red Lion Oregon Gold, Little Valley Red Dyke and Fenland Smokestack Lightning as guest ales. Both the Ossett beers were excellent: Fresh tasting, well pulled and served cool, not cold.
There were also several high quality lagers and Hoegaarden on draught.

Not the friendliest barman ever, but he was very efficient.

The size of Harrys Bar is one of its strengths, but also a weakness. Fantastic, when fairly quiet, but it can be horrendous when busy, particularly weekends and live music nights. It was originally a refuge from the locally infamous Westgate Run, but it is now unfortunately part of it.

Handy for several nearby restaurants, including the Spice Cottage next door. Westgate station is also very close. If looking to kill time before a train, the beer is far superior here to the Elephant and Castle and Henry Boons. However, be aware that the pub doesnt open until five o clock, Monday to Saturday.

Highly recommended.

aleandhearty - 13 Feb 2008 16:07
Nice cosy small pub, gets very crowded sometimes especially if there's a band playing. Good selection of guests as well as several from Ossett Brewery.
capnb - 22 Nov 2007 17:06

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